Lactation Consultant
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns - San Diego, CA

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  • Part Time


    This position is located in Serra Mesa.

    8-hour shift; 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, weekends

    Required Skills and Qualifications
    • Internal candidates only (current Sharp HealthCare employees)
    • Current unencumbered California Registered Nurse licensure
    • Completion of an approved lactation course of study that prepares applicant to take the IBCLC exam
    • IBCLC within 1-2 years lactation hire date or maintenance of IBCLC
    • Current BLS and NRP certifications
    • Three or more years of counseling breastfeeding mothers preferably in the hospital setting on a post-partum unit or in the NICU
    • Effective interpersonal skills as well as oral, written, and presentation skills
    • Advanced computer skills
    Preferred Skills and Qualifications
    Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

    The Lactation Consultant provides consulting services to patient and family that progresses them towards self-identified and individualized breastfeeding goals. The consultant utilizes the nursing process in the approach to care of patients to promote quality breastfeeding/lactation outcomes.

    Lactation services are provided primarily on an inpatient basis to a very busy 72 bed mother-baby unit (MIS) and a fast-paced soon to be 81 bed NICU. This position will practice primarily on the MIS unit and float occasionally to the NICU. In addition to a high functioning lactation team. SMBHWN has a New Beginnings Boutique, staffed by Certified Lactation Educators, to provide retail accessories, basic education and several support groups to promote a successful breastfeeding experience for expectant and new parents.

    Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns is a nationally recognized, full-service Women's Hospital with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. Sharp Mary Birch Hospital is part of the Sharp HealthCare system, which won the 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Located in San Diego, Sharp Mary Birch is nationally recognized for its’ care of expectant mothers and delivering babies, as well as its 81-bed Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – the largest of its kind in Southern California. Other services include 9 Operating Room suites and 12-bed PACU, 72-bed Mother/Infant Services (MIS), 18-bed Women’s Acute Care, and the 18-bed Perinatal Special Care Unit (PSCU) with centralized monitoring specializing in high-risk antepartum care. SMBHWN provides a full range of medical and surgical services for women of all ages, including robotic gynecologic surgery and oncology. Discover the wonder of San Diego's only hospital dedicated to women's care. In 2009, SMBHWN received the Press Ganey Summit Award for physician satisfaction scores above the 95th percentile or above for their two most recent physician partnership reports.

    Essential Physical Requirements May Include
    • Walking
    • Standing
    • Gripping/grasping
    • Reaching below shoulder level
    • Keyboarding
    • Lift up to 50 pounds
    • Push/pull up to 50 pounds
    • Carry up to 25 pounds

    Additional physical requirements of position may be discussed during interview.

    Sharp HealthCare is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer (M/F/D/V).