Lactation Consultant, RN, IBCLC
Category: Nursing, Labor & Delivery, Mother/Baby
Job Requisition: 1370
Department: Parenting Education
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Days and/or Early Evenings, Weekends & Holidays
Location: Washington, DC
General Summary of Position:
A nurse is responsible for providing competent professional nursing care using the nursing process. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
Lactation Consultants are responsible for providing lactation assessment, management, education, and instruction to all inpatient lactating women and to community-based outpatients in the form of consultations, rental or sale of lactation equipment and supplies, telephone triage, and prenatal education as appropriate. They will practice under the International Lactation Consultant Association Standards of Practice for the IBCLC Lactation Consultant. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Bachelor’s degree or higher in Nursing preferred.
LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current D.C. license as a Registered Professional Nurse upon hire. Certification in Basic Life Support. Certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two years as an IBCLC required. A comparable combination of nursing and lactation consultant experience will be considered.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Ability to work cooperatively, efficiently and effectively in a professional manner. Excellent counseling and communication skills, public relations awareness and initiative are essential.
PRACTICE & QUALITY
Practices lactation management, counseling and patient education in accordance with research-based evidence, the ILCA Standards & Scope of Practice, the IBLCE Code of Ethics, and nursing scope and standards of practice within the MGUH interdisciplinary team of patient and family care.
Creates an environment that fosters confidence and adult learning while supporting, promoting and protecting confidentiality and lactation management for the mother-infant and their families.
COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION
Participates willingly and appropriately in education opportunities, decision making, scheduling, unit communications, unit meetings, quality assurance, performance improvement initiatives, and all activities that include assessment and provision of care and department cohesiveness.
Communicates clearly, accurately and effectively to peers, medical and nursing staff, visitors, and other departments to facilitate patient care.
Participates in education, in mentoring of medical and nursing students, and as a speaker for professional presentations when requested of Lactation Services.
Attends a minimum of 3 professional continuing education presentations a year.
Participates in professional development activities.
Incorporates evidence-based practice and research into patient care delivery.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.
MedStar Health is an Equal Opportunity (EO) Employer and assures equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We hire people to work in different locations, and we comply with the federal, state and local laws governing each of those locations.
A qualified individual with a disability will be considered for employment on the same basis as non- disabled applicants if he/she can perform the essential functions of the job sought, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without imposing a direct threat to the health or safety of others or him/herself.
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