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*This is a FT, 1.0FTE, 40hr/week position*
Responsible for assessing, planning, implementing & evaluating lactation educational programming.
The LACTATION NURSE EDUCATOR is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating lactation educational programming and services required for all levels of personnel to provide breastfeeding care to the mother-infant dyad. A major focus of this position is the facilitation and implementation of orientation and skill development activities as well as facilitating continuing education in promotion of increasing breastfeeding rates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at discharge. The primary population served by the Lactation Nurse Educator is Neonatal Services; additional populations served may include: patient care services staff, allied health staff providing patient care, students, managers, community professionals and the public at large.
Assesses/identifies lactation educational needs related to new employees, preceptors, all levels of staff in terms of orientation, skill & competency development & professional continuing education.
Plans programs to achieve the skills/competencies necessary to educate utilizing evidence-based lactation information to assist in meeting percentage goal for breastfeeding at discharge.
Acts as a coach, role model, &/or mentor for competency development for students, staff, managers, community professionals, & public when leading & teaching educational programs both formal and informatl using a variety of education methods.
1.Assesses and identifies lactation educational needs related to new employees, preceptors and all levels of staff in terms of orientation, skill and competency development and professional continuing education.
2.Plans programs to achieve the skills/competencies necessary to educate utilizing evidence-based lactation information to assist in meeting percentage goal for breastfeeding at discharge.
3.Acts as a coach, role model, and/or mentor for competency development for students, staff, managers, community professionals, and public when leading and teaching educational programs both formal and informal using a variety of educational methods.
4.Provides formal and informal educational programs, such as classes, in-services, continuing education, and other major educational programs, to meet staff and organizational needs. Develops breastfeeding education material.
5.Instructs others to perform duties within the framework of the standards, policies and procedures set forth by Children's Hospital, the Ohio Nurse Practice Act, JCAHO and other professional practice standards.
6.Facilitates problem solving and conflict resolution related to the learning of lactation equipment, skills development for staff to assist lactating mothers, and timelines to meet breastfeeding milestones.
7.Participates in educational program evaluations and recommends changes to improve the quality of education and patient care.
8.Promotes patient-focused outcomes through communication with other disciplines, cross training and information sharing to meet common educational needs related to competency development.
9.Participates in research, quality improvement activities, and committees as assigned.
10.Uses ethical principles to guide lactation educational decisions and actions.
11.Maintains supplies and equipment for assigned education programs/ services.
12.Incorporates valid clinical and educational evidence/research findings into teaching methods and educational programs.
13.Demonstrates professional lactation competencies on an annual basis and completes hospital mandatory education on an annual basis.
Knowledge , skills and abilities required
1.Nursing or Allied Health
-assessment of learning needs
-program development and evaluation
-provision of educational programs
-use of adult learning principles
2.Certified in lactation either Certification by International Board of Certified Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC) or Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) or equivalent required.
3.Five years of demonstrated clinical competency in a neonatal/pediatric setting desired. Minimum two years of mother-infant dyad experience preferred.
4.Teaching skills in classroom and clinical area. Ability to adapt teaching methods for various types of learners and subject areas being presented. Group facilitation skills.
5.Adept interpersonal skills and ability to relate effectively with patient care services staff and a variety of hospital departmental personnel and physicians.
6.Leadership ability as demonstrated through high level of initiative, clinical decision-making and organizational skills.
7.Computer skills to maintain a data base.
8. Must be able to see, hear, speak, read and perform manual tasks with or without accommodation, and care for oneself with little or no difficulty.
Minimum Physical Requirements
Sitting - Frequently
Talking on phone/in person -Frequently
Typing on a keyboard -Frequently
Standing/walking - Frequently
This position was approved by Rick Miller to help Neonatal Services achieve our goal of high % of babies being breastfed at discharge from the NICUs (also major question for US & World News survey)