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 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”

Yoga + Child Life – Part I

You may remember at the end of last year I enrolled in the Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training ( see post here ).  Let me start off by saying I am by no means an expert Yogi! I enrolled in this course not to deepen my practice or ditch child life to become a yogaContinue reading “Yoga + Child Life – Part I”

Cystic fibrosis resources! 

Working on a respiratory unit I often have patients that have been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This is a population I never worked with at my previous position in the pediatric emergency room so I had a lot of learning to do coming into my new position. May is CF awareness month so IContinue reading “Cystic fibrosis resources! “