Lactation Consultant, First Shift

Job Description

Consultant- Lactation
Women's Health Administration
Part Time
First

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

PATIENT POPULATION - (CLINICAL ONLY) 5% Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect. Actively promotes breastfeeding and assists mothers in reaching their own goals for breastfeeding. - 15% Develops and implements standards of care and guidelines for assisting breastfeeding mothers in all areas of the organization where they might be served (emergency department, OB/GYN, family health centers, employee health, women's health, nurseries, internal medicine, etc.). Supports educational programs, breastfeeding classes, Baby Steps, Childbirth Education classes, new mother support groups, etc. Organizes information and posters for activities to promote breastfeeding. Participates in the development of the individual plan of care. Informs patients / clients of available referral services. Provides interventions as recommended in the plan of care Plans, oversees and coordinates patient, family and staff breastfeeding education activities in coordination with Maternal Infant Health care services. - 20% Responsible to the Women's Health Service line ACNO / Director for patient care education. Provides and coordinates didactic education to all patients who require breastfeeding information in accordance with current research literature and national standards of care, Establishes reviews and updates educational content on a variety of medications and maternal and infant conditions to include cleft palate, cleft lip, micro-premies, etc. Reviews and updates information regarding wellness topics such as nutrition, preventative services, and exercise to promote good health habits and increase patient compliance with the health care plan. Implements and maintains a reference library of breastfeeding materials appropriate for both health-care providers and mothers interested in learning more about lactation. Responsible for maintaining and updating files, in appropriate locations, of journal articles and obtaining references works that include the latest information on lactation in a variety of contexts and circumstances. Develops or obtains suitable educational materials to facilitate patient understanding of content. Provides antepartum, intrapartum and post partum classes on breastfeeding, breast care and related topics to inpatients and/or outpatients in a group or 1 to 1. - 15% Knowledgeable and skilled in the physiology and clinical management of breastfeeding. Assesses patient and family emotional, cognitive, social and motivational status relative to learning and determines their educational needs and priorities. Adjusts teaching plan to meet patient and family needs. Evaluates the effectiveness o f patient and family education. Documents patient/family education and progress of the mother and baby in accordance with hospital standards. Maintains professional growth in the area of educational techniques and acute/chronic/ wellness topics to maintain quality of patient education services. Accepts consults for the education of patients and family members in the inpatient or outpatient settings. Evaluates equipment related to breastfeeding and maintains the breastfeeding room. Supports hospital employees who are breastfeeding. Plans, oversees and coordinates annual and as needed education. Reviews care routines, policies, procedures and/or other aspects of the mother-baby hospital experience with involved clinical staff in order to highlight successes or needs of lactating mothers and their breastfeeding infants. Responsible for coordinating staff competency activities and documentation of activities in staff education folders. Develops a reference library for staff use. Serves as the consultant for Maternal-Infant Health Services regarding breastfeeding issues. - 20% Establishes and maintains a telephone line to provide contact with patients who require assistance or those referred for outpatient assistance. Establishes and maintains a regular follow-up system of continuing care for mothers and their infants first seen in the hospital. Patient contact may be made via patient visits, telephone calls, post cards or letters. Develops documentation record to track patient progress/concerns. Screens walk-in patients and telephone calls to assess severity of patient condition and requirements for physician intervention. Communicates with physicians regarding patient condition and disposition and documents events appropriately. Screens patient records and performs patient interviews to assess the medical and obstetrical history and determine the health care needs. Performs psychosocial assessment of patient and family to identify significant cultural, spiritual, financial or emotional factors, which may affect health care plan. Recognizes sub-optimal changes in status and symptoms that require follow-up and reports to physician. Completes required paperwork to document activities. Serves as a liaison/resource and/or case manager. - 5% Offers case conferences that highlight particular needs of lactating mothers and their breastfeeding infants for OB/GYN and/or Newborn / Neonatal patients. Coordinates Breastfeeding Committee and facilitates Breastfeeding Support Groups. Coordinates patient care services between clinic providers, specialists, pharmacy and other ancillary services. Coordinates patient referral to support services provided through Baby Steps, Centering Pregnancy, other networks, and the community. Assists and provides support to patients as necessary in obtaining services Participates in community activities. - 5% Member of the local Lactation Consultants Association and attends quarterly meetings. Member of hospital-wide lactation group and attends quarterly meetings. � Participates in Quality Improvement, Total Quality Management and research processes which result in the improvement of clinical interventions. - 15% Identifies problems, designs projects, collects data, analyzes data, tracks workload and processes results. Applies generated information to health care practice with the goal of improving utilization and clinical outcomes. Conducts annual audits to determine breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates and the effects of change in protocols. Maintains statistics | Review the physical demands and assign an overall average percentage of time this position performs these activities. These physical demands will not be listed or rated on the annual performance appraisal. Climbing:Ascending or descending stairs, ladders, ramps, etc, using feet and legs and /or hands and arms - 5% Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist - 5% Kneeling:Bending legs at knees to come to a rest on knee or knees - 5% Reaching:Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction - 40% Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time - 40% Walking:Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks - 70% Pushing 0-10 lbs:Use of upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to move something forward, downward or outward - 20% Pushing 11-20 lbs: Use of upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to move something forward, downward or outward - 20% Pushing 21-50 lbs: Use of upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to move something forward, downward or outward - 0% Pushing 51 lbs or more: Use of upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to move something forward, downward or outward - 0% Pulling: Use of upper extremities to exert force in order to drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion - 10% Lifting 0-10 lbs: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position, or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position and requires the use of upper extremities and back muscles - 20% Lifting 11-20 lbs: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position, or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position and requires the use of upper extremities and back muscles - 20% Lifting 21-50 lbs: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position, or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position and requires the use of upper extremities and back muscles - 0% Lifting 51 lbs or more: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position, or moving objects horizontally from position-to-position and requires the use of upper extremities and back muscles - 0% Carrying 0-10 lbs: Holding and moving/transporting an object about - 20% Carrying 11-20 lbs: Holding and moving/transporting an object about - 20% Carrying 21-50 lbs: Holding and moving/transporting an object about - 0% Carrying 51 lbs or more: Holding and moving/transporting an object about - 0% Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm, as in handling - 40% Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of (using) fingertips - 100% Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word - must convey detailed or spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly - 100% Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication - 100% Seeing: The process of perceiving objects by use of the eyes to perform an activity - visual acuity requirements include ability to discern position of object(s), shape of object(s), color, depth perception or visual inspection - 100%

Qualifications

Minimum Required: High School Diploma, or GED. Bachelor?s required and IBCLC certification required. ? Preferred: Master?s in Nursing or other health related field of study. | Required- IBCLC Certification by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners ? BLS within 90 days of employment | Minimum Required: 3 - 5 years equivalent experience ? Preferred: 3 - 5 years experience providing assessment intervention and planning in the areas of nutrition, health education, lactation services to patients receiving care in an OBGYN facility/program.