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Carolyn Duerden, CCLS, CEIM, CPST

Carolyn Duerden is a certified child life specialist at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City. She is also a certified educator of infant massage and car passenger safety technician.

She received her Bachelor of Science in human development and family studies from the University of Utah. Carolyn has been a certified child life specialist since 1991, and is educated and clinically trained in the developmental impact of illness and injury of hospitalized children. In her role, Carolyn helps improve patient and family care, satisfaction and overall experience. One way she connects with children is through play, and she is often heard saying, “Play is the language of children.” Play is an important aspect of hospitalization for children because it decreases stress and provides self-expression and mastery.

Carolyn loves her job because there are no two patient interactions or families that are the same. As a professional, Carolyn finds fulfillment in every experience that she has at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City and says, “I confess that I have the best job in the world!”

Outside of work, she loves spending time with her family, watching great movies and traveling.