Lactation Specialist
Arkansas Children's Hospital - Little Rock, AR

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Position Summary
Functions independently in a staff position as an expert practitioner, consultant, educator and researcher within the lactation specialty. This individual possesses a high degree of knowledge, skill and competence in the provision of care directly to the patient, family or community and indirectly through guidance of care by other personnel.

Position Duties

Provides comprehensive assessment of the mother/infant dyad and the breastfeeding/lactation process.
  • Assesses the lactation status of the mother/ infant dyad.
  • Communicates assessments with the appropriate medical personnel through verbal reports and documentation in the patient's record.
  • Assesses education needs of mothers.
  • Participates in the identification of mothers within the system who need assistance and or breastfeeding education.

Develops plan of care with nursing, nutrition and the medical staff for mother/infant dyad, implements direct and indirect specialized patient care and evaluates the response to the treatment plan.
  • Participates actively with the interdisciplinary team in Discharge Planning, Lactation Rounds, Patient Case conferences evidenced on the Daily Activity Report.
  • Develops patient teaching plans on lactation and related issues.
  • Assists mothers who have problems breastfeeding.
  • Provides education for mothers as needed on collecting, labeling, storing, transporting and delivering expressed breast milk while their infants are here in the hospital and when at home.
  • Monitors progress of the breastfeeding mother/infant dyad and revises treatment plan as needed.

Develops the quality improvement program for the Lactation service, participates actively in the data collection and provides written summary reports for the director.
  • Maintains and develops as needed policies and procedures for the Lactation Service.
  • Develops the annual quality improvement (QI) plan for the Lactation Service, prepares QI reports for the director and may assist the lactation technicians with data collection.
  • Leads daily Lactation Lab rounds with the lactation technicians, identifies problems and works with them to find solutions.
  • Alerts the director of any problems needing solutions.
  • Takes minutes for Lactation staff meetings and maintains them on file.

Serves as an educational resource and participates in research activities while maintaining own level of competency.
  • Contributes to the lactation learning needs of the Nursing staff, medical residents, housestaff and other hospital personnel as needed.
  • Contributes to the breastfeeding education of the community.
  • Initiates and/or assists in research projects specific to lactation.
  • Participates in lactation continuing education activities for own professional growth.
  • Participates in at least 12 inservice education activities per year.

Position Qualifications

Education Requirements

Associate's degree or equivalent from two-year college program or technical school or nursing diploma Field of Study: RN or RD required. Note: Board certification or eligibility for certification by the Board of Certified Lactation Consultants preferred. Must have certification specific to patient population or role by December 2015.

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university

Experience Requirements

1 year total experience required • • which includes 1 year of managing or assisting with the management of breastfeeding mothers and teaching breastfeeding techniques in a health care facility experience


Certification/License/Registry Requirements

Registered Dietitian (RD) or Licensed Dietitian (LD) or RN License (AR or Compact State) • Candidate must possess at time of hire

Skill Requirements

Ability to communicate effectively with clients and health care professionals.

Typing and word processing with a working knowledge of Excel, Word and data base management preferred.

Physical Requirements

Physical Activity - Stand

Physical Activity - Walk

Physical Activity - Sit

Physical Activity - Use hands to finger, handle, or feel

Physical Activity - Reach with hands and arms

Physical Activity - Stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, twist, or bend

Physical Activity - Talk or hear

Physical Activity - Taste or smell

Physical Environment - Inside Office Environment / conditions

Physical Environment - Infectious disease

Physical Environment - Blood or bodily fluid

Lifting/Pushing/Pulling Weight - Up to 100 pounds (Manage safely with assistance of equipment or another person) * This position may require a fitness for duty evaluation

Noise Level - In general, the noise level for this position is considered to be:

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