Distraction

During my internship, my supervisors would often challenge me to provide distraction for patients without using an iPad. I’d often shrug it off because, in the rush of getting called for a procedure while they’re already setting up, the patient already crying and tension rising, the iPad 9 times out of 10 would work likeContinue reading “Distraction”

Medical Play

I’m all about cool toys to promote medical play with my patients. I recently found Pandora’s box of playmobile medical play sets and needless to say, I’m obsessed! I got the “Hospital Play Box” which resembles an OR to use on my surgery/ortho unit. They also have a bunch more like an X-ray room, pediatrician,Continue reading “Medical Play”

Increasing Compliance

There are many times that I am asked to help a patient to increase compliance with their plan of care. This can be anything from helping a patient take their medicine to helping them walk around the unit post-op to simply helping them breathe after a breathing treatment. These are the times that creativity really kicksContinue reading “Increasing Compliance”

Child Life Market

All week long I’ve shared with you some of my favorite resources I use to help my patients cope with hospitalization. Let’s end another week with a peek into my child life market, Coping + Normalization Edition!  Normalization Link: http://a.co/3sqZ08E Coping Tools Link: http://a.co/2uwX17K

Favorite Find

In January 2014, The Confetti Foundation started supplying birthday party kits to children who spend their birthdays in the hospital. Through the party kits, children of all ages are celebrated and honored on their special day. One of my favorite duties as a CCLS is helping patients celebrate important milestones, like birthdays! I love celebrating birthdaysContinue reading “Favorite Find”

Favorite Find

Tanners Totes is dedicated to providing cheer to preteen and teen patients undergoing long-term hospital treatments and stays. A Tanner’s Tote is unique in that it presents the patient with a wide variety of new, non-food, items to bring some greatly needed distractions and joy. This is another organization that I hold near and dearContinue reading “Favorite Find”

Child Life Market

All week long I’ve shared with you my NICU tips and tricks. Today I want to share my NICU shopping lists with you! Must-Have Items for NICU Siblings Link: http://a.co/hVPChxj Must-Have Items for Bereavements Link: http://a.co/gh3Fq3w Must-Have Items for NICU Link: http://a.co/9x22vgR What are your NICU must-have items?

NICU Bereavements

While it is an honor to be able to be a part of this difficult time in a family’s life, bereavements are always difficult in a pediatric setting. They’re of course difficult for the grieving family, they’re difficult for the staff, and they’re difficult for me. No matter what anyone says/does, this is the worst dayContinue reading “NICU Bereavements”

NICU Siblings

You may remember that back in June I began providing coverage in NICU. While I am in no way a child life NICU expert, I wanted to share some tips and tricks in working with this unique population and their families. Luckily, my NICU already had a sibling program set in place when I arrived.Continue reading “NICU Siblings”

Teacher Toolbox

I am so excited to finally have my teacher tool box up and running! I’ve always been very organized and now I’m able to have all of my expired/left over medical supplies nicely sorted. You can find your own teacher tool box on Amazon.com – click here. They sell lots of different sizes so makeContinue reading “Teacher Toolbox”