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Lactation Consultant IBCLC

Location DeKalb, Illinois Business Unit Kishwaukee Hospital Job REQID 73087 Job Function General Healthcare Shift Day Job (1st) Pay rates are dependent upon experience. The minimum starting hourly rate for this position is $25.07 Apply Now

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

Benefits

  • Annual Employee Incentive Bonus
  • $6,000 Student Loan Repayment ($5,000 part-time)
  • $5,250 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($3,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

Description

The  Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)  reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines, and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) assumes responsibility for the lactation support provided to breastfeeding patients and their families. The role of the IBCLC includes assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of breastfeeding and human lactation support in a variety of situations, such as anticipatory guidance and prevention of problems, complete, accurate, and timely documentation of consultation, communication, and collaboration with other health care professionals.

Description

  • Demonstrates proficiency in the Clinical Competencies for the Practice of an IBCLC. 
  • Functions as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team and consult with physicians, and other appropriate individuals as necessary in order to serve as a direct resource to breastfeeding mothers and babies.
  • Functions as a Lactation Consultant in area of expertise, collaborating with the mother, the primary nurse, physician and related members of the health team in the management of lactation and breastfeeding
  • Integrates knowledge, evidence-based practice and assessment skills that incorporate specific age and culture related care. 
  • Assists the primary nurse to formulate a nursing care plan for establishment of lactation and breastfeeding.
  • Collaborates with all members of the health care team incorporating evidence based practices to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate lactation and breastfeeding problems and to suggest treatment approaches and outcomes.
  • Develops, evaluates and revises policies and procedures related to lactation and breastfeeding.
  • Monitors and evaluates hospital practices for lactation and breastfeeding.
  • Participates in Quality Improvement for regulatory compliance, patient satisfaction, lactation and breastfeeding.
  • Collaborates with OB/Ped Leadership in the development of programs.
  • Designs and implements educational programs to families, and the community about breastfeeding and human lactation through teaching prenatal breastfeeding classes and post-natal support groups. 
  • Re-evaluates needs with leadership for program development and growth.
  • Assists health care team in maintaining their current knowledge base and competency with breastfeeding through the development of educational programs
  • Develops and maintains discharge support resources.
  • Provides documented evidence in the medical record of patient/family teaching and their responses and understanding of the teaching.  Ensures that patient education and instructions are consistent with that of the physician or designee
  • Follows up with lactating moms who seek a consultation
  • Working Conditions: Working conditions may involve exposure to infectious disease, blood, body fluids and/or tissue as well as other unpleasant elements such as accidents, injuries and illness.  May be exposed to and be required to handle varying unpredictable, emergency and crisis situations.  Occasionally subjected to irregular hours and pressure due to multiple calls and inquiries. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

 Required:

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with previous clinical experience in providing lactation education and breast-feeding care.
  • Current BLS certification for Healthcare Providers
  • Effective interpersonal skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced computer and charting skills

 Preferred:

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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