The Staffing Calculator is a new service available through the Child Life Professional Data Center
. Developed by the Staffing Analytics Task Force, the calculator is a new tool for child life leaders and programs to use when advocating for additional positions. The calculator is standardized to account for differences across all specialty areas and balanced to highlight the holistic value of Child Life. It considers emotional acuity and utilizes language that matches hospital operations and finance.
The Staffing Calculator is flexible depending on the needs of the child life program and the level of data they have. For the emotional acuity measure, child life programs can choose from the following options:
- Use program data to calculate the percentage of patients needing child life services
- Administer the Pediatric Emotional Safety Screener to establish the percentage of patients needing child life services in each service area
- Use percentages from the Pediatric Emotional Safety Screener study at Children's Hospital Colorado