Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Infant Development Specialist - Developmental Care-IP (1.0 FTE, Days) in Palo Alto, California

Psychology&Social Science

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shifts

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

The Infant Development Specialist conducts a program of early assessment services for newborn, premature and convalescing babies in the clinical setting of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and developmentally and behaviorally focused interventions that are individualized for physically and/or developmentally handicapped infants and support and consultation their families.

Essential Functions

• Completes age-appropriate developmental assessments on referrals to determine levels of developmental functioning, considering the medical care needs of the patient and the impact of illness on infant and child development.

• Fosters and builds the developmental knowledge and skill base of the care-giving staff, including the family.

• Issues and maintains inventory of age-appropriate equipment, developmental materials and toys.

• Maintains clinical and administrative documentation as needed/required. Records all assessments, developmental care-plans, and progress notes of infants for the duration of their stay in the hospital.

• Participates in and generates discharge developmental care-plans and communicates these to parents and staff.

• Participates in program development and evaluation as well as in research protocols, organizing and collecting data as assigned/needed. Expands knowledge by such means as academic study, reading, and attending outside conferences, workshops and seminars.

• Performs weekly reassessment and update of developmental care-plans, including consultation with caregiving staff and families.

• Prepares and documents a developmentally and age-appropriate, flexible, and individualized care plan, which is documented in the infant's chart, posted at the bed side, and shared with physician, nursing and other health care provider staff.

• Provides training to parents. Provides ongoing developmental in-services, mentoring, and participates regularly in daily rounds.

• Serves as a consultant to other health care providers as necessary. Communicates and collaborates with the family to obtain necessary information, share the results of the assessment, and explain the individualized care plan.

• Shares information with appropriate school-based teachers and curriculum specialists.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Master's degree in a work-related field/discipline from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Knowledge of case management and service needs of infants and their families.

• Knowledge of infant and early childhood developmental stages, including typical and atypical development and developmental disabilities.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.