University of Utah Health Lactation Consultant- pediatrics in United States

Overview

As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position provides lactation and breastfeeding support services to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and other related departments at the hospital.

Responsibilities

  • Educate patient families and staff about lactation and breastfeeding utilizing evidence based information.

  • Assess maternal and infant factors related to lactation and feeding.

  • Create individualized lactation and feeding plans during hospitalization and in preparation for discharge.

  • Support lactation and breastfeeding goals.

  • Intervene to help problem solve when lactation or breastfeeding issues and/or barriers arise.

  • Facilitate the development of policies and guidelines that protect, promote, and support lactation and breastfeeding.

  • Advocate for exclusive breastmilk feedings and breastfeeding.

  • Maintain a collaborative relationship with patient families and multidisciplinary care team.

  • Make referrals, as needed, to other health care providers and community support services.

  • Record care provided.

  • Participate in quality assurance and quality improvement projects.

  • Participate in medical conferences, staff meetings, continuing education courses, team meetings and other related activities.

  • Assist with general departmental maintenance related to lactation and breastfeeding.

  • May assume team lead responsibilities of milk lab.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above with minimal supervision.

  • Effective critical thinking and communication skills.

  • Specialized knowledge and clinical expertise in lactation, breastfeeding, and maternal newborn care.

  • Ability to evaluate learning needs of family and provide education appropriate to age, culture, condition, and circumstances.

  • Identify needs and areas for growth and development of position and program.

  • Ability to maintain a current knowledge of safety issues needed in the treatment of patients.

  • Ability to work within the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant’s (IBCLC) scope of practice and according to the IBCLC’s code of conduct.

Qualifications

Qualifications

Required

  • Minimum one year experience maternal-newborn or newborn care.

One of the following

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification.

  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Utah or equivalent degree with lactation experience and expectation that IBCLC certification is earned within two years of hire.

Licenses Required

  • Basic Life Support Health Care Provider card through American Heart Association or obtain within one month of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving patients or objects, such as medical equipment, while providing patient care. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Non Indicated, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking

Requisition Number 28993

Reg/Temp Regular

Employment Type Part-Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule 1 day per week

Location Name University of Utah Hospital

Patient Care? Yes

City SALT LAKE CITY

State UT

Department UUH OPC 35A PEDIATRIC CLINIC

Category Pediatrics

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.