Lactation Coordinator, RN; Per Diem

Nursing Leominster, Massachusetts


Description

Position at UMass Memorial Health - HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital

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Title: Lactation Coordinator
Department: Lactation
Requisition #: 215913
Hours: Per Diem
Shift: As needed
Union: No
Posting Date: 8/1/2021
Status: Non-exempt/Hourly
Location: HealthAlliance, Leominster Campus


HealthAlliance Hospital is part of the UMass Memorial Heath Care system. 
We are committed to improving the health of people in our community through excellence in care and comprehensive health services.  By exploring careers with us, we know you are committed to giving your best to our patients, our community and everyone working on our HealthAlliance Care Team. Whatever your career choice, know that at HealthAlliance Hospital you can make a difference.

GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Lactation Coordinator acts as coach, consultant, teacher, and lactation expert working collaboratively with the Maternity unit, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and nursing care teams to develop feeding plans for a range of infants.  Provides breastfeeding support and education to patients and staff.  

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

Job duties specific to this position:

  • Writes and updates all nursing policies and procedures as they relate to breastfeeding families.
  • Acts as coach, consultant, teacher, and lactation expert working collaboratively with medical and nursing care teams to develop feeding plans for a range of inpatient and outpatient infants.
  • Performs clinical assessment on inpatients (includes mothers) who are referred by physicians, staff or self, for individual breastfeeding consultations and/or teaching. 
  • Performs postpartum support and consultation  via telephone consultation, clinic visits, and support through consultation with the primary pediatrician.  Documents assessment and plan of care for every consultation. 
  • Includes evidence-based research into clinical practices.
  • Implements and evaluates training for nursing staff on the techniques, support and policies as they relate to breastfeeding families.
  • Implements and evaluates early pregnancy classes for breastfeeding families.
  • Applies knowledge of contemporary childbearing and parenting issues, and adult learning principles.

Job duties for all positions:

  • Takes responsibility for ensuring that all work outcomes satisfy the HealthAlliance Three Pillars: Finance, Quality, and Service Excellence.
  • The individual must support the mission, vision, and goals of HealthAlliance Hospitals and serve as a role model for the CARES- It Happens Here customer service initiative.
  • Demonstrates excellent attendance and actively participates in a variety of meetings and training sessions as required.
  • Demonstrates a friendly, responsive, service-minded attitude to all internal and external customers.
  • Communicates ideas effectively. Shares information and keeps others properly informed. Gives, and is open to useful feedback.
  • Adheres to the HealthAlliance Hospital Code of Conduct and Behavior Standards and dress code. 
  • Complies with established environment of care/safety policies and procedures and all health and safety requirements.
  • Maintains, and fosters, an organized, clean, safe work environment.
  • Actively contributes to the development and application of process improvements.
  • Maintains a collaborative, team relationship with peers and colleagues in order to effectively contribute to the group’s achievement of goals and to help foster a positive work environment.
  • Demonstrates respect for the diversity of patient and employee populations. Supports and encourages diverse points of view, work and lifestyles.
  • Practices cost containment and fiscal responsibility through the efficient use of supplies, equipment, time, etc.
  • Performs a variety of related duties as assigned.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

JOB KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Knowledge of contemporary childbearing and parenting issues, and adult learning principles.
  • Knowledge of diverse cultural, physical, emotional, and psychological response to birthing, lactation, and parenting.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop positive working relationships.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to read, write and speak clearly in English.

EDUCATION:

BS in Nursing required. 

EXPERIENCE:

Three to five years of related clinical experience.  

An equivalent combination of education and experience which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility listed above may be substituted for the above education and experience requirements.

LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, ETC.:

Registered in MA as a professional nurse.  Current certification from IBCLC (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners) required.

 

Standards of Respect: