Functions as a member of the health care team by providing patient and family education, acting as a consultant and resource for the medical and nursing staff, and by serving as a community resource for breast feeding related care throughout the organization, not just in Maternal Child Health. The Lactation Consultant uses specific age and culture-related physical, intellectual, psychosocial, and developmental attributes in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of care for breast feeding patients.
Unit Description: 32 bed Mother Baby Care unit, providing couplet care.
Nursing Process: Develops and implements care plans for patients based on scientific research rationale. Assesses, counsels, and supports patients regarding breastfeeding problems.
Education and Research: Develops, implements, and evaluates educational plans and teaching strategies related to breast feeding for patients/families, nursing staff, residents and physician staff. Participates in research related to breastfeeding care.
Collaboration: Acts as a liaison between patient/family, multidisciplinary team members, and community resources. Assists nursing staff in developing a plan of care to meet individual patient needs. Develops a discharge plan of care and makes appropriate referrals.
Compliance: Reviews policies and procedures, standards of care, and patient education materials related to care of the breastfeeding patient.
Communication: Communicates the goals and plan of care to patients and health care team members. Documents in EPIC all care provided to the patient. Communicates patient outcomes and changes to multidisciplinary team members.
Assists with maintenance of breastfeeding equipment and supplies.
Participates in data collection related to quality metrics that reflect breastfeeding initiatives and perinatal core measures. Initiates and implements quality improvement activities to ensure quality and effectiveness of the program.
Demonstration of competence in lactation consultant practice: complete, accurate and timely documentation of care, communication and collaboration with other health care professionals.
Formulates, implements, evaluate, and document patient and family education.
Responds to telephone calls from breastfeeding mothers after discharge.
Enhances professional growth and development through participation in current literature review, in-service meetings and workshops in the field of lactation.
Acts as a resource person for nurses, physicians, and patients.
Provides formal and informal education opportunities related to lactation for nurses, physicians, and community.
Orientation of the breastfeeding program to all new nursing employees.
Assess staff development needs related to breastfeeding knowledge and support, and prepares staff in first line lactation education and support techniques.
Review and makes available written materials for patients, and staff for both introductory and discharge.
This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. It should be understood, therefore, that incumbents may be asked to perform job-related duties beyond those explicitly described.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
A. Education / Training: Associates Degree in Nursing required, Bachelor of Science in Nursing preferred.
B. Work Experience: 2 years of recent maternal child experience.
C. Certification, Licensure, Registration: RN License in State of Michigan required. IBCLC certified preferred. CLC required at time of hire and IBCLC obtained within two years of hire.
D. Other Qualifications: Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.