Lactation Consultant

MedStar Health
Washington, DC
May 17, 2018
May 21, 2018
Full Time
Ab out MedStar Georgetown University Hospital: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, DC Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personaliscaring for the whole personMedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment. MedStar Georgetown's centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown's healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership. 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 Consultant 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. Qualifications: EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Graduate of an accredited School of Nursing; Bachelors degree or higher in Nursing preferred. LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current DC 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. Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 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 & family care Creates an environment that fosters confidence and adult learning while supporting, promoting, and protecting confidentiality & 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 & nursing staff, visitors, and other departments to facilitate patient care. LEADERSHIP Participates in education, mentoring of medical and nursing students and as a speaker for professional presentations when requested of Lactation Services PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 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 HealthMedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, DC, 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.