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

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 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”