Conducts bedside lactation rounds daily and consults with mothers having breastfeeding problems.
Essential Job Duties:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
- When providing breastfeeding support and teaching to breastfeeding patients and families utilize knowledge of personality, counseling skills, and family and group theory.
- Consistently and thoroughly assesses patients/families to collect data and identify learning needs according to established standards and policies.
- Develops and individualizes a breastfeeding plan of care for each mother-baby couple in accordance with established standards, appropriate prioritization of problems/needs, and mutually agreed upon goals.
- Continuously evaluates the effectiveness of the breastfeeding plan of care, making revisions and recommendations based on analysis of patient responses to interventions.
- Participates appropriately in communication and decision-making activities of the lactation services and the maternal-child health service.
- Selects appropriate breastfeeding related supplies for retail sale and for rental. Over-sees breast pump rentals and retail sales within lactation services.
- Creates a milieu that promotes learning for staff and patients. plans, teaches and conducts in-service education for staff and students including orientation of new staff.
- Plans, organizes and delivers lactation services to all breastfeeding patients, both in patient and out-patient.
- Possesses excellent oral and written communications skills. Participates in unit shared governance according to departmental standards. Establishes effective collaborative relationships with other members of the health team as it relates to breastfeeding
- Participates in quality assurance programs to monitor the caliber of the program. Oversees the financial performance of lactation services.
- Adherence to credentialing requirements of AAMC as stated in the nursing bylaws.
- Current licensure as a registered nurse by Maryland Board of Nursing or current graduate of Medical School.
- International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC) certification
- Registered Nurse
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Working Conditions, Equipment, Physical Demands:
There is a reasonable expectation that employees in this position will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
Physical Demands – Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.
The physical demands and work environment that have been described are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The above job description is an overview of the functions and requirements for this position. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list encompassing every duty and requirement of this position; your supervisor may assign other duties as deemed necessary.