Worth it: 003

    I found this hidden in my drafts & thought it would be great to post for today’s throwback Thursday! This was written about a year ago when I was still working in the pediatric emergency room. I love this post because stories like these happen all of the time thanks to child life specialists!Continue reading “Worth it: 003”

Favorite Find of the Month

Hello Child Life-ers! If you know me you know I’m a sucker for freebies, which is why this month’s favorite find are these adorable nursing coloring books by Johnson & Johnson!   If you’re interested in these, you can find them at http://www.discovernursing.com/resources/free-materials#no-filters  (on the 2nd page). You’re able to order 25 at a time &Continue reading “Favorite Find of the Month”

Favorite apps

I just recently got approval to use an iPad as a tool for distraction and education with my patients. I am so grateful to finally be able to use this amazing tool! Here are some of my favorite apps that I’ve been using: Medi toons is my go-to app when doing appy teachings for olderContinue reading “Favorite apps”

Worth it: 002

Earlier this week we had a little 5-year-old, let’s call her Emily, visit the ER for constipation. After 2 unsuccessful enemas, the doctors and nurses decided it would be best to just have her drink a medicine that would help do the job of the enema. Little Emily would drink a sip, cry about howContinue reading “Worth it: 002”

Favorite find of the month

I thought I’d post my favorite find of the month a couple of days early this time around – before it’s no longer available! A few months back you might remember my post about prepping little ones for x-rays. I’ve been using my “cooper gets an x-ray” book along with a little camera to teach those concrete thinkersContinue reading “Favorite find of the month”

How I studied for the certification exam

When I finally signed up to take my certification exam, I quickly became overwhelmed with what/how I had to study. The Child Life Council has a list of suggested materials for you to review before the test – ( http://childlife.org/files/CandidateManual.pdf — page 15) – but it can definitely be overwhelming to be given a listContinue reading “How I studied for the certification exam”

Choosing Your Child Life Internship Project

      Usually towards the end of your Child Life internship the time will come for you to create a very creative and unique project that will truly show your passion for Child Life and creative abilities with almost no instructions given to you. No pressure, right? Most of us in Child Life are pretty creative to beginContinue reading “Choosing Your Child Life Internship Project”

IV / sutures prep doll

Hi everyone, meet Harper! She is my little mermaid friend that helps me teach my younger patients about two very common ER procedures: IV’s and sutures. With her by my side, I am able to explain to little ones how this is going to help them & yes, that even mermaids get this done sometimesContinue reading “IV / sutures prep doll”