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Meet the Specialists

Child Life Specialists at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree in child life or a closely related field. Upon graduation, Child Life Specialists must complete a 500-hour internship before they are eligible for certification.

Through their specialized training, Child Life Specialists become experts in anticipating the needs and concerns of children in the medical environment. Their training makes them aware of issues that can arise at various ages.

Examples include: 
  • Preschoolers may think they are having blood drawn as punishment
  • School-aged children may blame themselves for having cancer
  • Adolescents covet privacy, independence and peer interaction, and can become withdrawn or feel sad during or after hospitalization.
 
The Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, Child Life Specialist's participate in a variety of hospital wide committees and programs, these include:
 
  • Cardiac pre-surgical Orientation
  • Scoliosis Orientation
  • Pre-Surgical Orientation
  • Child Life Community Field Trips
  • Nursing Student/New Resident Orientation
  • Child Life Month Activities
  • Bring Your Child to Work Day
  • KAPOW
  • Summer Safety Fair and Teddy Bear Clinic
 
The goal of the Child Life Department is to enhance understanding and awareness of the Child Life Profession within the hospital and community.
 
Child Life Specialist

Renee Jadusingh-Sabillon, CCLS

Child Life Manager
Certified Child Life Specialist
Phone:
786-624-3931

 
Child Life Specialist

Karla Filosa, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist II
Unit:
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Phone:
786-624-5481

 
Child Life Specialist

Regine Duret-Msimanga, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist II
Unit:
Cardiac / Cardiovascular Surgery
Phone:
786-624-5482

 
Child Life Specialist

Danielle Furio, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist I
Unit:
Radiology
Phone:
786-624-5325

 
Child Life Specialist

Brittany Brown, CCLS

Certified Child Life Specialist I
Unit:
Emergency Department
Phone:
786-624-5488

 
Child Life Specialist

Elizabeth Fitzgibbons, CCLS

Child Life Support Specialist
Unit:
Emergency Department
Phone:
786-624-5362

 
Child Life Specialist

Jennifer Oquendo, CLAA

Assistant
Unit:
Administrative Child Life Activity 
Phone:
786-624-3992


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