The Adolescent Young Adult Life Specialist is responsible for implementing a psychosocially and developmentally supportive program for adolescents, young adults and their families who are diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders, and who are cared for in both the hospital and clinic settings. This position is focused primarily on the Adolescent and Young Adult patients, ages 15-39.
Essential Job Functions
Provide range of therapeutic services, including orientation to hospital and clinic, developmentally appropriate preparation for procedures, stress reduction techniques, behavioral interventions
Participate in rounds on AYAs in hospital and participate in multi-disciplinary clinic visits for all AYAs
Encourage AYAs in hospital and clinic to maintain their personal routines, independence, education/work and personal interests. Help them keep up their links with family, friends, school or work. Help them establish new connections that support them in their cancer journey.
Assist with AYA educational and work-related needs and implementing supportive aids for school and work, including letters, educational plans, home-bound documents
Demonstrates expertise in critical thinking and child, adolescent and young adult development and life issues
Demonstrates or able to demonstrate general knowledge of cancer and blood disorders common to the AYA population
Demonstrates understanding of critical roles involved in the care of AYAs, including nursing, nurse navigator, social work, palliative care, financial and counseling
Participates in interdisciplinary rounds, AYA conferences and local, regional, national and international meetings
Plan and coordinate interactions with AYAs and families in multiple health system and community settings
Assists with marketing of AYA programs to other health care professionals and community partners.
Assists education with the coordination and implementation of the orientation of new personnel and the maintenance of current competencies in regards to AYA development and AYA services.
Assist in assessing the needs on the unit of educational and discharge planning needs of the patients and their caregivers.
Assists in the development, implementation, and provision of educational programs for patients, staff, families, and the community.
Education: Bachelor's degree required. Masters preferred in the following related fields: Marriage and Family Therapy or a related mental health field or degree from a social work or social welfare accredited by the Council on Social Work education.
Experience: 3-5 years with the management of patients with cancer, blood disorders or other chronic pediatric or adolescent, young adult illnesses is preferred.
Licensure in the state of South Carolina if applicable.
Bon Secours is a $3.3 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system. We operate in nine communities over six states. The Mission of Bon Secours Health System is to bring compassion to health care and to be Good Help to Those in Need, especially those who are poor any dying. At Bon Secours, we are passionate about delivering “good help” to our patients and residents. We are committed to hiring th...e very best who are engaged in their work and those around them. At Bon Secours, we believe in Right Relationships and as an organization we are fully committed to equal employment opportunity. In keeping with federal, state and local laws, Bon Secours Health System, Inc. policy forbids employees and associates to discriminate against anyone based on race, religion, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Bon Secours also provides reasonable accommodations to disabled employees and applicants as required by law.