A career as a child life specialist might interest to you. A child life specialist works with children who are in the hospital. They help the patient and their families cope with the stress and anxiety of being in the hospital, prepare kids for tests or procedures (like MRI scans or surgeries), and help with non-medical pain management. They provide activities and organize special events like birthday or holiday parties for the kids. Child life gives you the opportunity to work with kids of all ages (from birth to early 20's, depending on the hospital) and of all developmental abilities. They make a huge impact on the patient experience.
To become a Child Life Specialist you'll need at least a Bachelor's degree in Child Life or a number of other areas of study (psychology, social work, child development, etc), and there are Masters degree programs as well.
Rachel recommends the following next steps:
- Check out the Association for Child Life Professionals for more info! https://www.childlife.org/the-child-life-profession