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Req #:11077 Category:ALLIED HEALTH Division:Nursing Services Employment Type:Full Time Shift:Night Hours:7p-7a Compensation Type:Hourly Facility:John Peter Smith Hospital Location:1500 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX
Description: The Lactation Consultant is responsible for the delivery of quality patient care through the process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation with a focus on education. This position participates as an essential member of the healthcare team providing education, support and lactation therapy for the breastfeeding inpatient, outpatient, and mothers. Typical Duties:
Collaborates with multidisciplinary team to optimize numbers of breastfeeding and breast milk feeding infants. Provides education for staff on protocols, care plans, and general breastfeeding information and updates.
Develops and implements standards of care and guidelines for assisting breastfeeding mothers in all areas of the District where breastfeeding mothers might be served (Emergency Department, OB-GYN inpatient unit, Family Health Centers, Employee Health Clinic, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, etc.).
Provides and coordinates patient care, educates patients and public about various health conditions, and provides advice and emotional support to patients and family members.
Maintains accurate, detailed reports and records and directs care with regard to age and developmental stage, presenting complaint, and pertinent history.
Modifies patient treatment plans as indicated by patients’ responses. Monitors, records and reports symptoms and changes in patients’ conditions. Documents teaching and consultation and response in the medical record. Reports findings to appropriate staff.
Plans, oversees and coordinates patient family and staff breastfeeding activities.
Participates in community activities which support, educate and promote the benefits of breastfeeding.
Participates in quality improvement and research processes which result in the improvement of clinical interventions.
Assesses infant’s readiness to breastfeeding/breast milk feeding.
Provides education to parents who are interested in breastfeeding/breast milk feeding to include bedside consultation, classes, reading materials, or other methods identified as needed. Provides education for prenatal and postpartum breastfeeding mothers and assists with the education of District employees on the subject of lactation support.
Participates in discharge teaching instructions related to breastfeeding/breast milk feeding.
Provides telephone counseling to breastfeeding/breast milk feeding mother’s in the community.
Responsible for supporting the Performance Improvement process and involvement within the department. Includes evaluation and improvement in the areas of outcomes, access, education, satisfaction, and costs.
Serves as a resource person for physicians, Clinical Nurse Managers, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, nurses & other healthcare providers in order to promote optimal care.
Maintain required Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPS) towards recertification.
Performs other job related duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent.
3 plus years of experience in peer counseling working in a healthcare setting; OR
3 plus years of experience providing professional breastfeeding support.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing or healthcare related field.
Current International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
CPR Healthcare Provider certification.
Completion of department specific competency based orientation program within 90 days of hire.
JPS Health Network is a $950 million, tax-supported health care system for Tarrant County in North Texas. Licensed for 578 beds, the network includes an acute care hospital and more than 40 community-based clinics, including 19 school-based clinics. John Peter Smith Hospital is home to Tarrant County’s first and only Level 1 Trauma Center, its only psychiatric emergency services site and has the largest hospital-based family medicine residency program in the nation. Our network employs more than 6,500 people.
Acclaim is our multispecialty medical practice group. Acclaim has over 300 providers serving the JPS Health Network in specialties ranging from primary care to general surgery and trauma. The Acclaim group has been formed around a common set of incentives and expectations supporting the operational, financial and clinical performance outcomes of the network. Our goal is to provide high quality, compassionate clinical care for every patient, every time.