Do You Want To Use Some Cold Spray?

As we continue to celebrate Child Life Month, I wanted to share with you a bulletin board I made to teach¬†staff about reasons to use topical numbing spray during procedures like blood draws, IV starts, and injections. I had quite a bit of fun making the bulletin board and it worked out pretty good, so I took a picture to share. I decided to go with a Frozen theme because we often tell the kids that we have Elsa’s magic in a can. Cute right? Anyways, I hope you get a kick out of this board! (If you’re having trouble reading the board, click on it to see a larger version on Flickr)

Frozen Spray Bulletin Board

Happy Child Life Month V-Log!!!

Happy Child Life Month everyone!!! Did you know that March is when child life specialists around the world celebrate and spread the word about the awesomeness that is child life? But even with a whole month, there are still many people who ask me “A child life what? Come again?” So in celebration of child life month I made a little video talking about the main points of child life. It’s so difficult to explain everything a child life specialist does, but this is one way of categorizing our work. I hope you enjoy!!! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Make Your Own Port-Access Doll

I am so excited to share with you the first video-blog for A Little Playfullness!!! This is my first time doing a video-blog post, so bear with me as I learn. In this post I’m showing a hospital buddy doll that I made into a port-access doll. I hope you enjoy this video and let me know what you think!

Friday Fun: Because Kids Don’t Talk Like That

It’s National Play Therapy Week and there is the funniest video on youtube that gives a great example of why play therapy is so important. As I explain to so many people every day, kids don’t really sit and have a long, deep conversation about their feelings and experiences. They communicate through play. And play therapy is a wonderful, safe, and appropriate environment for kids to work through the problems life sometimes throws at them. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did!

A Hero With A Stethoscope

Today I wanted to share a wonderful video about a Dr. Michael B Harris, an oncologist who is more than just a doctor treating cancer. He is treating the whole patient and the whole family, very much like a child life specialist. In fact, he is a huge supporter of child life, talking about the important role child life specialists as well as social workers, physical therapists, speech therapists and many other disciplines have on the health and wellbeing of the patient. The video is very inspiring and I believe that it is a great reminder to anyone who works in healthcare that this is why we do what we do. And to never forget to treat the patient, not just the disease. You can watch an excerpt of the video from the Association Of Child Life Professional’s YouTube Channel here:

 

To watch the whole video, follow this link to vimeo! It’s totally worth it, so check it out!

Let’s CHAT

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Recently I was privileged¬† to present at the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas’s Nursing Conference. It was so exciting to be able to talk again about our nitrous oxide program at our hospital, but I was totally blown away by the sessions I got to attend as well. Even though the conference was geared towards continuing education for nurses, there were so great presentations that anyone in healthcare could benefit from, regardless of field. I learned about the latest advances in sedation, tips for dealing with burnout, and recognizing types of trauma, to name a few. It was really awesome to see things from the perspective of nursing and I definitely have a better understanding of not only my nursing coworkers, but how we can work together. I definitely recommend if you are a child life specialist to not forget about what other disciplines can teach you!

Even more of a surprise was how much people liked my own presentation. It turns out that the poster presentations were all rated and I got great reviews!! It was really an honor to be able to present and I’m so glad that people found it helpful!

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I can’t wait to see what will be my next project!!!