Chelsea Gourley lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She completed both her bachelors and masters degrees at the University of Utah. After finishing her graduate work, she did a Child Life internship at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital in Los Angeles during the fall of 2017. She got her first job as a Certified Child Life Specialist a couple of months later at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is where she is currently working. She works PRN, covering a large range of areas including the ED, same day surgery, PICU, CICU, NICU, medical imaging, children's procedure unit, inpatient surgery, infant unit, heme/onc unit, rapid treatment center, outpatient clinics, outpatient lab, and the playroom called The Forever Young Zone. Although she is PRN, she averages about 30-40 hours a week. She has learned a lot from working in so many different areas, and really enjoys getting to interact with several different patient populations. She loves the work she gets to do as a CCLS, supporting patients and families in the hospital. Her favorite thing about Child Life is helping children realize they have the ability to do hard things, and hopefully helping to make the medical environment as positive a place as it can be for them.
When she is not working, Chelsea can be found spending time with her family and friends, or visiting her boyfriend who currently lives in Northern California. She also loves to read, cook, and hike in the mountains.
She is so grateful to have had the opportunity during grad school to work on this research, Children's distress during intravenous placement: The role of Child Life Specialists. She believes research is so pivotal to the field, and hopes to continue working on research throughout her career as a Certified Child Life Specialist.