Under the direction of the Manager or Director, the Lactation Consultant is a Registered Nurse who is responsible for providing lactation management services to expectant and new parents. These functions are performed in accordance with the hospital’s philosophy, policies and standards.
Utilizes the Nursing Process in Implementation of Safe and Appropriate Care. - • Accurately completes lactation assessments as defined by role • Prioritizes problems for immediate attention • Completes lactation consults in a timely manner and communicates plan of care to patient, family, staff, and physicians. • Collaborates with other members of the health care team as needed to provide care • Provides direct patient care within scope of practice as interpreted through guidelines of the Nurse Practice Act of Missouri • Adheres to medical center policies and procedures during care delivery • Provides emotional and psychological support to patients and families • Uses RBC as the model for professional interaction and communication.
Documentation. - • Complete/accurate documentation of lactation assessments, problem list, plan of care, and communication of plan to health care team. • Documents patient progress toward goals/effectiveness of interventions.
Acknowledges the Physician’s Plan of Care and Collaborates with Physician in the Delivery of Care. - • Participates in interdisciplinary and patient rounds as appropriate. • Is prepared and organized when discussing plan of care with the physician either by phone or in person.
Organization/Prioritization. - • Manages and prioritizes completion of job responsibilities within specific time frame and or assigned shift.
Demonstrates Knowledge of Age Specific Factors Necessary to Perform Safe and Effective Duties. - • Evaluates age specific/appropriate motor skills and psychological development. • Interview and communication techniques used are appropriate for age. • Assess safety needs based on age and plan of care is based on assessment. • Uses equipment appropriately, based on age and size of patient. • Oversees the procurement and maintenance of all equipment and products associated with lactation. • Identifies any unique physical and or emotional needs and determines what other support systems are required for care.
Professional Development. - • Practice is based on recommendations from research and best practices. • Pursues continuing education relevant to lactation consultant practices and maintains appropriate certification. • Plans, coordinates, teaches, evaluates lactation education for expectant and breastfeeding mothers and health care professionals. • Serves as a lactation role model and mentor to other health care professionals. • Serves on committees, workgroups and or taskforces as appropriate or when assigned to improve outcomes. • Maintains statistics for breast feeding scorecard. • Reviews care routines, policies and procedures with other members of the health care team to ensure best practices for lactating mothers and breastfeeding infants.