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Lactation Consultant RN - (6:30A-7P)

The Cedars, Virginia
Closing date
Jul 8, 2023

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Registered Nurse (RN)
Position Type
Full Time
Work Setting
Private Practice
Interested in a career with both meaning and growth? Whether your abilities are in direct patient care or one of the many other areas of healthcare administration and support, everyone at Parkland works together to fulfill our mission: the health and well-being of individuals and communities entrusted to our care. By joining Parkland, you become part of a diverse healthcare legacy that s served our community for more than 125 years. Put your skills to work with us, seek opportunities to learn and join a talented team where patient care is more than a job. It s our passion. PRIMARY PURPOSE Serves as a lactation consultant in the Women & Family Education department within the WISH and Parkland Education department, in order to ensure that patients and their families receive proper education and training related to breastfeeding. MINIMUM SPECIFICATIONS Education:
  • Bachelor's degree in Nursing preferred. Experience:
    • Must have two (2) years of experience in maternal/infant health.
    • Prefer experience in lactation consulting/breastfeeding instruction.
    • Must have inpatient hospital experience. Certification/Registration/Licensure:
      • Must have current RN license or valid temporary permit with the Texas Board of Nursing or valid Compact RN license. Employees in this position hired on or before 01/01/2023 are exempt from this requirement.
      • Must have a current healthcare provider CPR course completion card from one of the following:
      • American Heart Association
      • American Red Cross
      • Military Training Network.
      • Must have Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification upon hire or obtain it within 90 days of placement in the role.
      • Must obtain certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) within 18 months of hire date or reclassification date and maintain certification.
        • *IBLCE reserves the right to change/cancel exam dates and delays the release of test results. In instances when the staff member s exam date is documented as changed/canceled, the staff member must register for the next regularly scheduled exam date. If the new test date extends beyond the current expiration date or the 18-month initial hire/reclassification period, the new due date will be artificially extended six (6) months (last day of the month) after the new test date to allow for testing and release of test results to Parkland Health and Hospital System). In instances when the release of a staff member s test results has been documented as being delayed by the IBLCE and the results will not be received before the 18-month period, the staff member will have their new due date artificially extended six (6) months (last day of the month) from the original due date identified by date of hire or date of reclassification. SKILLS or SPECIAL ABILITIES:
          • Must be able to demonstrate competency in the physiology and clinical management of breastfeeding.
          • Must be able to demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and possess good oral and written communication skills.
          • Must be able to communicate effectively with patients, families, and hospital staff.
          • Must demonstrate patient centered/patient-valued behaviors.
          • Must be capable of handling complex or clinical specialty care.
          • Must be able to initiate changes utilizing independent judgment with minimum supervision.
          • Must maintain current continuing education in lactation. RESPONSIBILITIES
            • Facilitates the initiation and continuation of breastfeeding through one-on-one breastfeeding evaluation and assistance to mother and baby. Provides education on breastfeeding, breast care and related topics to patients and their families.
            • Assists with interventions for commonly occurring short-term breastfeeding problems. Assesses unusual breastfeeding situations or challenges and provides assistance or solutions for staff and patient.
            • Teaches Breastfeeding, Childbirth Preparation and/or postpartum discharge classes to assist class participants in obtaining knowledge and skills related to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and early parenting. Provides lactation discharge teaching instruction and refers patients for follow-up care as needed.
            • Serves as a clinical resource to hospital staff on issues related to breastfeeding. Collaborate with unit staff on developing resolutions to patient s breastfeeding problems.
            • Demonstrate proficiency in using breastfeeding management equipment and devices to assist patients with breastfeeding.
            • Assists with developing, implementing and evaluating patient and family education materials and/or programs.
            • Completes appropriate documentation. Maintains accurate and timely entries and notations in patient care records and hospital documents.
            • Stays abreast of the latest developments, advancements and trends in Lactation Consulting by attending seminars/workshops, reading professional journals and actively participating in professional organizations. Maintains State of Texas Licensure as a Registered Nurse, plus certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Integrates knowledge gained into current work practices.
            • Maintains knowledge of applicable rules, regulations, policies, laws, and guidelines that impact or govern the assigned department. Develops effective internal controls that promote adherence to applicable state/federal laws, and the program requirements of accreditation agencies and federal, state, and private health plans. Seeks advice and guidance as necessary to ensure proper understanding.
            • Identifies ways to improve the work process and improve patient and customer satisfaction. Makes recommendations to supervisor and implements and monitors results as appropriate in support of the overall goals and mission of the assigned area and Parkland.
            • Serves on various interdisciplinary committees as assigned. Completes special projects as assigned. Parkland Health and Hospital System prohibits discrimination based on age (40 or over), race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, disability, national origin, marital status, political belief, or veteran status. Associated topics: asn, care, care unit, infusion, intensive, mhb, nurse rn, psychiatric, staff nurse, tcu

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