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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Lactation Consultant in Napa, California

We are looking for a Lactation Consultant (California Nurses Association) with Obstetrics Acute Department at Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

Location: Napa, CA

Schedule: Part Time - 48 biweekly hours

Shift: 8-hour Days

Job Summary:

Accountable for the direct and indirect care for infants and women both in the inpatient or outpatient clinic setting. Responsible to provide postpartum maternal and neonatal assessments. Develops feeding plans to address the nutritional needs of the infant that may include but is not limited to breastfeeding support, breast pumping support, and supplementation as appropriate. Provides lactation support and education to mothers as directed by referral or in the outpatient setting after discharge.

Patient Population Served: Neonate, Adolescent, Adult

Consequently, the employee must be competent in the interpretation of a patient's self-report or behavior, and this information must be interpreted with an understanding of the cognitive, physical, emotional/psycho-social and chronological maturation process. The treatment of patients should be individualized and should reflect an understanding of the developmental needs and range of treatment needs for each patient.

Skills:

  • Ability to utilize resources appropriately:

1.

  1. Maintain a safe work environment by adhering to all Joint Commission, Title 22, Medical Center and departmental policies and procedures and other regulatory requirements;

  2. Identify, report, and seek to correct unsafe conditions or practices;

  3. Demonstrate efficient use of time and resources working within established budget parameters

  • Basic math and computer data entry skills

  • Current clinical skills of unit specific type patients

  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail when performing professional nursing care dealing with patients and families often under tense situations

  • Must be proficient in required competencies upon completion of orientation, as listed on the unit specific orientation and competency assessment form, and may also be listed on performance criteria documents

Position Requirements:

Experience:

  • Must have more than one (1) year of experience and meet the department specific competencies

    License / Certification:

  • Current California RN license

  • Current BLS certification for Health Care Providers - American Heart Association

  • Current NRP certification

  • Current ACLS certification - American Heart Association

Preferred Position Qualifications

Education:

IN-PATIENT NURSE:

• In-patient nurse provides consultations to mothers and neonates as directed by referral. Consultations may include but are not limited to:

◦ Basic breastfeeding guidance appropriate for the inpatient setting.

◦ Breast pump usage and maintenance, education and guidance as appropriate.

◦ Supplementation education and guidance as appropriate.

◦ Develops a comprehensive feeding plan consistent with current evidence based practice as appropriate.

◦ Provides treatment and develops treatment plans for maternal issues related to the delivery site, breasts and nipples as needed.

◦ Builds rapport with patient and provides reassurance.

◦ Communicates concerns regarding patient status to physician or provider as clinically appropriate. Following hospital guidelines ensures that appropriate follow-up care is arranged.

◦ Maintains knowledge of available community resources and refers patients as appropriate.

• Initiates and completes patient documentation in the electronic medical record (EMR) immediately following the consultation or at least by the end of the daily shift.

• Practices good stewardship of time and sees an appropriate number of referred patients per day.

• Participates in the development of clinical policies, procedures, nurse education and standards of care as requested.

• Attends and participates in staff meetings and other meetings as requested.

• Maintains knowledge of advances in nursing and healthcare practices. Maintains skills competency as evidenced by completion of annually skills checklist. Completes self-evaluation for the annual review process.

• Functions as an effective member of a team assisting others whenever possible. Displays effective problem solving techniques. Serves as a resource for other staff.

• Returns patient and provider phone calls as clinically appropriate. Returns team members' pages within the hour. Checks voice and e-mail message daily.

• Practices within the scope of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) guidelines.

OUT-PATIENT NURSE

• Out-patient nurse cares for postpartum mothers and newborns. Responsibilities include:

◦ Provides a complete nursing assessment of the mother and infant (including age specific growth and development), per clinic guidelines.

◦ Develops or continues treatment plans for maternal issues related to the delivery site, breasts and nipples as needed.

◦ Develops, modifies, or continues inpatient breastfeeding, breast pumping, supplementation and feeding plan consistent with current evidence based practice as appropriate.

◦ Initiates and completes documentation of the visit in the EMR before the end of the daily shift.

◦ Communicates concerns regarding patient status to physician or provider as clinically appropriate. Following clinic guidelines ensures that appropriate follow-up care is arranged.

◦ Maintains knowledge of available community resources and refers patients as appropriate.

◦ Practices good stewardship of time and per clinic guidelines daily sees designated the number of patients.

• Out-patient nurse provides follow-up lactation consultations in the clinic for mothers and infants as needed. Responsibilities include:

◦ Provides detailed breastfeeding/breast pumping guidance and hands on training of technique.

◦ Provides continuing treatment and develops treatment plans for maternal issues related to the delivery site, breasts and nipples as needed.

◦ Evaluates the infant and feeding plan. Makes modifications to plan consistent with current evidence based practice as appropriate to ensure optimal nutrition of infant.

◦ Initiates and completes documentation of the visit in the EMR before the end of the daily shift.

◦ Communicates concerns regarding patient status to physician or provider as clinically appropriate. Per clinic guidelines ensures that appropriate follow-up care is arranged.

• Returns patient and provider phone calls as clinically appropriate. Returns team members’ pages within the hour. Checks voice and e-mail message daily.

• Participates in the development of clinical policies, procedures, and standards of care as requested.

• Attends and participates in all staff meetings and other meetings as requested.

• Functions as an effective member of a team assisting others whenever possible. Displays effective problem solving techniques. Promotes positive public relations between patients, the hospital, and community. Serves as a resource for other staff.

• Maintains knowledge of advances in nursing and healthcare practices. Maintains skills competency as evidenced by completion of annually skills checklist. Completes self-evaluation for the annual review process. Serves as a link between education and practice with nursing schools and students.

• Cleans and restocks exam rooms.

• Practices within the scope of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) guidelines.

Education:

  • BSN, preferred

  • 3 years experience Lacation care, in Labor & Delivery, Post Partum, or NICU department or in an outpatient mother baby clinical setting.

For 50 years, Queen of the Valley Medical Center has been the premiere medical facility in the Napa Valley. Our long history of providing high quality and caring service is founded on four core values: Compassion, Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Integrity. These central principles inspire us to reach out to those in need and to help heal the whole person-mind, body and spirit.Queen of the Valley Medical Center combines the region's most qualified physicians and staff with the most advanced technology available. Because we have such high standards of care, our programs have been recognized regionally and nationally for their demonstrated success of outcome and care which is par with university hospitals.Queen of the Valley Medical Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Queen of the Valley Medical Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Category: Medical/Surgical Nursing

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