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Lactation Consultant

Company: WellStar Health System
Location: Marietta
Posted on: April 17, 2018

Job Description:

Overview


At WellStar we all share common goals. Thats what makes us so successful and such an integral part of our communities. We want the same things, for our organization, for our patients, and for our colleagues. As the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Georgia, this means we pride ourselves on investing in the communities that we serve. We continue to provide innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare.


Responsibilities


The Lactation Consultant at Kennestone Hospital has specialized education and extensive experience in managing the needs and care of the breastfeeding family. In providing patient care using an understanding of age specific needs, the Lactation Consultant addresses the physiological, emotional, developmental, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the patient and family/ support system. Using a family centered approach, educational needs may range from pre-conception through time of weaning, assisting the mother to attain her individual breastfeeding goals. The Lactation Consultant is responsible for professional and self developmental activities. Responsible for delivering patient care in complex, multiple problem breastfeeding situations. Functions as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team as a consultant, instructor, and mentor/preceptor to other health care professionals and clients in hospital and community settings. Independently performs her job functions and is responsible to the Manager or Assistant Nurse Manager. The Lactation Consultant who is not IBCLC certified must have an IBCLC preceptor and be checked off for all inpatient, outpatient and phones consultations for 6 months after hire date.


Qualifications


Required Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology or Lactation from an accredited college or university. In lieu of a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, an Associate's Degree in Nursing plus 1 year relevant nursing experience is acceptable.



Requierd Licensure: The Lactation Consultant is currently certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), or if not certified with an IBCLC, will become certified within two years of hire date. RN License or OT/PT/SLP license in the State of Georgia



Required Minimum Experience: Breastfeeding experience is required to become eligible to sit for the exam. This experience is considered adequate for entry level into Lactation Consultant practice. Hours vary based on educational background. Minimum breastfeeding experience is typically 2500 hours.



Required Minimum Skills: Strong judgment skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision and make independent decisions that still reflect the policies/procedures and philosophy of the department Assisting the breastfeeding mother to attain her individual breastfeeding goals Assessment and patient care regarding breastfeeding for newborns, infants and mothers Communication with members of the health care team Teach breastfeeding classes to the community and to health care workers Telephone counseling Keyboard skills (computer skills including word processing desirable) Other duties as required related to health promotion, the WellStar Health System, and the day to day functioning of the department



Join us for outstanding benefits and development opportunities. We also offer state-of-the-art technology, professional support and advancement, and colleagues that rank amongst the best in the country.



Step up to your potential. Find out more and apply today!

Keywords: WellStar Health System, Atlanta, Lactation Consultant, Professions, Marietta, Georgia

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