Cedars-Sinai Lactation Consultant - Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - Per Diem in Los Angeles, California
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Our world-class, 45-bed, Level IV, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit admits nearly 700 infants per year, dedicated to providing the highest quality care for all newborns, ranging from healthy neonates to sick or premature newborns requiring close observation or intensive care. We are one of the largest in Southern California and unmatched in the United States for its state-of-the-art design and technology.
The Lactation Consultant is a competent clinician who provides care in a skilled and effective manner utilizing appropriate decision making skills and exhibiting competence in the clinical, cognitive and interpersonal skills required to independently and safely manage the routine breastfeeding care of the patient. The Lactation Consultant establishes a plan of care, sets goals, determines priorities, and evaluates outcomes within established standards of practice. The Lactation Consultant demonstrates a high level of skill in communication, adult teaching principles and the written language.
The Lactation Consultant's scope of responsibility, duties and accountability at the department and position levels will include knowledge and practice that is in accordance with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners' Code of Ethics, the International Lactation Consultant Associations' Standards of Practice, The Joint Commission standards and other regulatory requirements.
Assures quality of care by providing assessment, planning, intervention, education and evaluation in accordance with standards set by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners’ Code of Ethics and the International Lactation Consultant Associations’ Standards of Practice as well as Cedars-Sinai’s standards of safety and care. Collaborates with patient care team to support feeding choices. Observes the patient’s and family’s reactions to interventions, teachings, treatments and her general behavior and/or general physical condition.
Implements appropriate reporting, referrals and care in accordance with standardized procedures. Provides complete, accurate and timely documentation in the electronic medical record to ensure the safety of the patient and the continuity of appropriate care.
Demonstrates knowledge to identify and make special adjustments as required to the specific populations’ needs, including cultural, spiritual, age, psychosocial, communication, gendereconomic, education and family. Identifies family’s readiness for learning and ability to follow directions/instructions and give consent.
Demonstrates proficient assessment skills, and integrates appropriate data sources to assess the signs, symptoms, reactions, behaviors, or general appearance to determine normal versus abnormal characteristics.
Maintains a cooperative and collaborative relationship among health care teams by communicating information; responding to requests; building rapport; and participating in problem-solving methods.
Promotes Family Centered Care in a respectful environment and provides education and instruction in a manner that the patient and her family can understand.
Maintains and expands clinical knowledge and skills in lactation by participating in continuing education opportunities. Provides education on evidenced-based information and clinical skills with clinical team members.
Participates in the Peer Review process annually, both in giving and receiving, to enhance team work, staff development, overall performance and establish accountability
Provides telephone counseling to patients utilizing current evidence-based information and appropriate telephone counseling techniques. Provides complete, accurate and timely documentation of telephone education in the patient’s electronic medical record.
Provides education and instruction to patients and clinical staff on safe handling, labeling, storing and administration of human milk. Maintains quality control of breastmilk and PDHM products including their expiration dates, functioning of breastmilk refrigerators, and freezers and the quality assurance guidelines set by Transfusion Medicine.
Provides education and instruction to patients and clinical staff on breastfeeding, developmental feeding milestones, feeding endurance for premature infants, and basic breastfeeding knowledge at bedside.
Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the current AAP and ABM guidelines for lactation care of the newborn and mother and applies to practice on the unit.
Provides assistance to co-workers and new staff as needed. Acts as a mentor/preceptor for new nursing and lactation staff as needed. Provides shadowing opportunities for physician interns as requested.
May participate in at least 50% of unit meetings or task forces and provides constructive input to assist in unit direction-
Acts as a resource on the unit for specific lactation related issues promoting evidence-based practice.
- Bachelors degree in healthcare preferred.
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) certification.
American Heart Association Basic Life Support certification.
Minimum of 2 years experience as an IBLCE Lactation Consultant. Experience in a hospital setting preferred.
Experience in an allied health care field preferred.
Cedars-Sinai is an EEO employer. Cedars-Sinai does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of the race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics or any genetic information), marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, age (40 or older), military and/or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal or state law.