Lactation Consultant - Women's Health Administration

Job Description

The Lactation consultant is skilled in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation to assist the breastfeeding mother to attain her individual goals. The Lactation Consultant function is a member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team as a consultant, educator, and mentor to nurse, healthcare professionals and patients. Consistently demonstrates behaviors that model the Hospital?s core values and mission statement.

The purpose and function of this position is to assist breastfeeding mothers with lactation skills, concerns, and issues.

Responsibilities

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

Knowledge and Skills

Education: Bachelor's degree required. IBCLC certification required. Master's degree in Nursing or other health related field of study preferred.

Years of Experience: 3 - 5 Years equivalent experience. Experience providing assessment intervention and planning in the areas of nutrition, health education, lactation services to patients receiving care in an OBGYN facility/program preferred.

Required Skills and Knowledge: Professional knowledge of the breastfeeding process, antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum health care and psychosocial issues. Knowledge of premature infants and newborns. Knowledge of the breastfeeding care and educational principles, practices, procedures and techniques required to assess learning needs, develop an educational plan, and teach/counsel staff, patients and family members and evaluate the effectiveness of the instruction. Highly specialized skills and abilities regarding: assessment, intervention based on patient history and assessment, initiation and modification of complex situations and related therapies and interventions. Ability to provide information with consideration of mental, emotional, cultural, social and physical factors. Educational strategies to provide individual, family and group counseling, guidance and health promotion instructions to assist patients and family members to participate in their health care plan and maintain good health habits and prevention activities. Knowledge of a wide range of acute and chronic conditions and wellness/preventative services commonly found in a primary care setting serving antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum patients and newborns. Provide expertise to families and mothers who are adopting infants and desire to breastfeed. Professional knowledge of health care principles, practices and procedures to assess health care needs of a wide variety of antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum patients and newborns, requiring comprehensive care; ability to develop care plans incorporating several disciplines. Ability to utilize the principles of telephone and walk-in patient screening, advice, communications and documentation. Ability to recognize adverse signs and symptoms and to react swiftly and appropriately in emergency situations. Knowledge of pharmaceuticals and the effects on lactation for antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum patients and newborns. Able to identify the appropriate route and dosing, desired effects, complications of use, and recognition of adverse reactions. Knowledge of managed care principles to include case, disease and demand management, access standards, and benefit entitlements. Knowledge of hospital administrative procedures and channels for reporting, inspection, quality control activities, and ordering supplies; and basic personnel administration in matters such as unresolved patient complaints and to provide system. Knowledge of the internet to facilitate literature searches, reviews and professional networking.

Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree required. IBCLC certification required. Master's degree in Nursing or other health related field of study preferred.

Years of Experience: 3 - 5 Years equivalent experience. Experience providing assessment intervention and planning in the areas of nutrition, health education, lactation services to patients receiving care in an OBGYN facility/program preferred.

License and Certifications: Required- IBCLC Certification by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. BLS within 90 days of employment.