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Lactation Specialist

Salinas Valley Health
Salinas, California
hourly rate for this position is $63.92 - $77.70
Closing date
Apr 16, 2023

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Registered Nurse (RN)
Position Type
Part Time
Work Setting
Hospital / Medical Center

Job Details

Salinas Valley Health





Lactation Specialist provides assistance to women and infants in the Mother Baby, Neonatal Intensive Care, Pediatric Unit, and out-patient services, who are attempting to establish and/or maintain breastfeeding.  Promotes long-term breastfeeding success through providing outpatient consultation and support.  Develops, implements and evaluates breastfeeding education for families, patient, staff and medical personnel.




  1. Plans, organizes and delivers lactation services to all breastfeeding patients, both inpatient and outpatient.
  2. Conducts bedside rounds daily.
  3. Consults with mothers having breastfeeding problems.
  4. Direct phone line available for patients needing lactation assistance and answered within 24-hours, or on the following Monday when it is a weekend.
  5. Selects appropriate breastfeeding education for post partum discharge and community resources.
  6. Maintains a safe and clean work environment.
  7. Complies with safety policies and procedures in order to provide a safe environment for employees, patients, and visitors.
  8. Actively participates in achieving departmental goals.
  9. Performs other duties as assigned.




The plan of nursing care will:

  • Be documented in the patient’s medical record.
  • Be initiated, individualized and reviewed according to departmental standards of care and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Be reflective of the patient’s needs, as developed form the patient’s assessment.
  • Identify patient care issues, initiate interventions and evaluate how they affect patient outcome.
  • Include discharge planning to be initiated upon admission and completed by discharge.
  • Be developed in coordination with the patient/family, physicians, and other health care team members.


Source:  Chart Review Eight (8) times Per Year (8 charts x 5 line items = 40 times)

(Exceeds Standard:  64-72; Meet Standard:  57-63; Does Not Meet Standard:  0-56)


Patient’s medical record reflects correlation of nursing problems to:

  • Patient assessment.
  • Plan of care.
  • Lactation intervention.
  • Patient response to care given.
  • Patient’s progress toward her expected outcomes.

Source:  Chart Review Eight (8) times Per Year (8 charts x 5 line items = 40 times)

(Exceeds Standard:  36-40; Meet Standard:  32-35; Does Not Meet Standard:  0-31)

Ensures the significant changes and/or abnormal findings are reported and followed up appropriately.


The documentation of the patient assessment will be legible and include the following:

  • Initial observation made upon delivery of infant and patient desire to breastfeed.  Assessment completed according to departmental standards of care and departmental police and procedures.
  • The full range of patient needs to include: latch, suck, swallow
  • Date, time and signature/initials for each entry.

Source:  Chart Review Eight (8) times Per Year (8 charts x 2 line items = 16 times)

(Exceeds Standard:  14-16; Meet Standard:  13-14; Does Not Meet Standard:  0-12)

Demonstrates the ability to perform appropriate house-wide competencies.

Demonstrates the ability to perform department specific competencies.

Independently analyzes situations, anticipates problem areas and takes appropriate course of action to include delegation of health care team members or seeking assistance, but not limited to:

  • Integrating data to lactation assessment.
  • Seeking necessary resources.
  • Developing interventions from assessment.
  • Evaluating and reassessing on an ongoing basis.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the care provided by team members and intervening appropriately.
  • Integrating plan and assessment with interventions.

Formulates, implements, and documents an individualized teaching plan for each mother/baby based upon:

  • Assessed needs of the patient/family.
  • Collaborated teaching plan with the physician, patient/family and health care team.
  • Teaching strategies suitable for the learning/developmental stage of the patient/family.
  • Evaluated effectiveness of teaching plans/discharge instructions and modifications as needed.





Assuming role as preceptor as assigned.


Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the populations served.  This includes demonstrating knowledge of the principles of caring for the following, but not limited to, geriatric, pediatric, developmentally-challenged, special needs and physically-challenged, and various diagnoses, interventions, procedures and operations performed for patients served.




  1. Education:   Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) preferred.
  2. Licensure:  Current California Registered Nurse license required.   Current BLS/Healthcare Provider status as per American Heart Association standards required. Current International Board of Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification required   Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) status as per the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association required.
  3. Experience:  A minimum of two (2) years’ experience in an acute care hospital required.  Lactation consultation experience within the past 5 years preferred. 
  4. Interpersonal Skills: Ability to relate cooperatively and constructively with patients, families, significant others, co-workers, physicians, and other staff members.
  5. Essential Physical Requirements: See attached “Physical Requirements Sheet”
  6. Essential Mental Abilities: Ability to prioritize and perform critical thinking process to include, but not limited to: (respiratory, cardio-pulmonary, neuro and psychosocial), to formulate a plan of care based upon the assessment and to evaluate the patient’s reaction to the plan of care.
  7. Essential Sensory Requirements: Must be able to hear, see, verbally communicate and have tactile sense.
  8. Performance Improvement: Assumes active role in the department’s Continuous Performance Improvement Program.  Develops, implements and assesses Continuous Performance Improvement efforts as assigned.









Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, founded in 1953, is the cornerstone of what would eventually become Salinas Valley Health. Today, we serve thousands of individuals and families just like you throughout the Salinas Valley, Monterey Peninsula and the surrounding region. Each year, our highly trained team of healthcare professionals takes our renowned quality of patient care to the next level. Our team actively utilizes the latest medical techniques with our state-of-the-art technology to improve your health and well-being. In many cases this provides you and your family the opportunity to receive specialized care right here in your own community, without the need for travel. Our 263-bed acute care hospital employs more than 2,036 people and has a medical staff of more than 300 board-certified physicians across a broad spectrum of specialties, all dedicated to your care.

Each day we deliver exceptional, compassionate and culturally sensitive care, holding true to our mission of improving the health and well-being of our community.

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