The Lactation Consultant (LC) functions as a clinical expert in the management and support of lactation. The LC actively promotes breastfeeding and assists mothers in reaching their own goals for breastfeeding. The LC plans and coordinates patient, family and staff breastfeeding education activities in collaboration with the Women's Services department nursing leadership and staff for the specified Harris Health pavilion. The LC coordinates the activities of Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and staff that provide breastfeeding support to antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum patients who require breastfeeding support throughout the facility. The LC serves as a liaison/resource/facilitator and promotes interdisciplinary/interdepartmental communication and collaboration. The LC participates in quality improvement, research processes/utilization and community activities as appropriate. The LC works directly with the Women Services department nursing leadership to translate pavilion and department strategic plans and policies into a plan suitable to the unique needs of the patient population.
The LC is responsible for maintaining an environment that cultivates exemplary patient care. As a member of the professional nursing team, the LC facilitates a setting that supports professional nursing practice. The LC ensures compliance with standards established by professional nursing organizations; national, state, and local regulatory agencies; and institutional policies and procedures. The LC is accountable for nursing practice that upholds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior.
a. Education: Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing with a Bachelors degree in Nursing or related field required. Masters degree in Nursing or related field is preferred. Holds at least one (1) of the following in Nursing: Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree.
i.Licensed to practice nursing in the State of Texas. ii.Certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). If not IBCLC, must be Certified Breastfeeding Educator (CBE) and complete IBCLC certification within two years. Failure to obtain IBCLC may result in termination of employment. iii. Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program.
Work Experience: i.Two (2) years of work experience as staff nurse in Women's Services or related clinical area of practice. ii.Breastfeeding education experience with minimum of two (2) years working with childbearing and breastfeeding families.
3.Management/Experience: N/A 4.Equipment Operated: Typical medical equipment related to job duties.
Communication Skills: Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact) Bilingual Skills Required: Yes Language(s): Spanish Writing /Composing (Correspondence/ Reports)
Other Skills: Medical Terms, PC, Word Proc
Work Schedule: Weekends, Flexible, Travel
Other Requirements: BCLS and NRP required-can be scheduled and completed during orientation.
The Harris Health System is a fully integrated healthcare system that cares for all residents of Harris County, Texas. We are the first accredited healthcare institution in Harris County to be designated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient-Centered Medical Home, and are one of the largest systems in the country to achieve the quality standard. Our system includes 23 community health centers, five school-based clinics, a dental center and dialysis center, mobile health units, a rehabilitation and specialty hospital and two full-service hospitals.Ben Taub Hospital is a world renowned Level I Trauma Center with 586 licensed acute-care beds and provides a wide range of specialty care outpatient services. Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital is a 328 licensed bed acute-care hospital with a newly expanded Level III trauma center and a distinguished regional center for neonatal intensive care for high-risk deliveries.Harris Health is a teaching system for Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). We train the next generation of healthcare providers on the latest medical procedures and technological breakthroughs.With... our fully integrated electronic medical records system, we offer patients the convenience and assurance that their medical history is accurate, safe and available when and where it is needed. Our Medical Home designation ensures that we offer a full range of preventive, specialty and acute care services for the entire family.