NICU Heroes Episode 23: How to Engage Child Life in the NICU

NICU Heroes podcast, Hand to Hold

Guest: Katie Taylor, CCLS
Co-founder and CEO, Child Life On Call

Disclosure: The speaker in this interview is the owner and CEO of a company providing services to NICUs and families. This affiliation does not influence the presentation’s educational content value or impact its CEU eligibility.

In this episode:

  • Explain at least three ways that the role of a child life specialist differs from a nurse, and when to refer a parent for these services
  • List two activities/strategies a child life specialist might employ with siblings of an infant in the NICU to help them better understand what is happening
  • Describe one tool or strategy that a NICU professional might use to help diffuse a situation if child life is unavailable


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