Lactation Consultant, RN, IBCLC, Casual

Location
Wilmington, DE, 19803
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Oct 27, 2017
Closes
Nov 26, 2017
Specialty
Maternal / Child
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Nemours is seeking a Lactation Consultant - Casual to join our team in Wilmington, DE.

As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 280,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.

As the birthplace of the Nemours health care system, the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, honors our legacy of delivering exceptional care to the children of the Delaware Valley and beyond. Ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and honored with the ANCC’s Magnet® Designation for excellence in nursing practice, we offer intensive and acute inpatient and outpatient services covering more than 30 pediatric specialties. We recently completed a multi-phase hospital expansion that includes new inpatient rooms, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department. Additionally, Nemours duPont Pediatrics allows us to reach more children across the region through community-based physician services and collaborative partnerships with health and hospital systems.

The Lactation Consultant (LC) is a certified registered nurse skilled in assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation to assist the breastfeeding mother-baby dyad with feeding and help the mother to achieve her individual goals. The LC functions as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team as a consultant, educator and mentor to nurses, health care professionals, patients and their families. The LC demonstrates behaviors that model the core values and mission statement for the organization.

Essential Functions
  1. Clinical Judgment: Provides advanced assessment and interpretation, implements nursing care plans and support, and evaluates outcomes for the breastfeeding population based on physician/nurse referrals for all breastfeeding or pumping issues.
  2. Facilitator of Learning: Demonstrates clinical expertise while supporting the breastfeeding mother-baby dyad. Provides evidence-based education or teaching skills to direct care staff and families.
  3. Collaboration: Focuses on multidisciplinary team building while providing breastfeeding resources and support. Promotes community outreach activities to share the benefits of breastfeeding.
  4. Response to Diversity: Reviews alternative approaches and implements planned change to meet the breastfeeding mother’s needs, considering cultural, social, family and system diversity.
  5. Clinical Inquiry: Individualizes standards and guidelines for particular patient situations. Questions and/or evaluates current practice based on patients’ responses, review of literature, research and education/learning. Maintains the knowledge and skills needed to address questions arising in practice and improve patient care.
  6. Systems Thinking: Develops, integrates and applies a variety of strategies that are driven by the needs and strengths of the mother-baby dyad. Negotiates and navigates through the system on behalf of the patient and family; anticipates needs of the mother-baby dyad as they move through the health care system; utilizes untapped and alternative resources as necessary.
  7. Advocacy/Moral Agency: Works on behalf of the patient, family and community; advocates from the patient/family perspective. Supports colleagues in ethical and clinical issues; achieves mutuality within patient/professional relationships.
  8. Caring Practices: Recognizes and tailors caring practices to the individuality of patient and family; has astute awareness and anticipates mother-baby dyad changes and needs; follows the family's lead; promotes safety throughout mother and baby’s transition along the health care continuum.

Requirements
  • Active Delaware (or compact state) Registered Nurse licensure required.
  • Current AHA Healthcare Provider (HCP) Certification required.
  • Certified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) through the IBLCE.
  • BLS certification.
  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) required.
  • Minimum one year of experience with inpatient and outpatient lactation consultations.

Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.

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