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Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston, opened its doors in April 2017. Located in one of the fastest growing areas in north Houston, the hospital, which has a staff of over 600, has already provided thousands of patients with specialty care closer to home. The outpatient building, which opened in October 2016, includes 72 exam rooms and clinics for major pediatric specialties including cancer, cardiology, allergy/immunology/rheumatology and diabetes/endocrinology. The hospital’s inpatient building features the area’s only dedicated pediatric emergency center with 25 patient rooms, 32 acute care beds, four operating rooms, 12 radiology suites and 28 critical care rooms.
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We are searching for a Lactation Consultant – someone who works well in a fast-paced hospital setting. In this position, you will provide support and instruction to mother/infant dyads with breastfeeding needs/lactation problems in a manner developmentally appropriate for adolescents and adults as necessary.
Think you’ve got what it takes?
Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Instructs mothers (adolescents and adults) on all tasks necessary to initiate and maintain lactation during the infant’s hospitalization; may include prenatal instruction and post-discharge follow-up
- Evaluates breastfeeding oral motor mechanics of infants and milk transfer making appropriate recommendations and management strategies
- Communicates the information obtained from maternal and infant observation and evaluation, collaborates with health care team for development and ongoing modification of plan of care
- Identifies patient response to care provided and collaborates with health care team to assure achievement of desired patient outcome
- Serves as an expert resource to departments and staff throughout the facility to ensure knowledge of, and adherence to, hospital policies and procedures related to human milk collection, storage, transport and feeding
- Represents department and self as a liaison to patients/families, visitors, peers and other health care team members
- Displays good judgment when interacting with others and demonstrates positive and effective interpersonal skills
- Demonstrates willingness and ability to acquire new knowledge, demonstrate new skills needed to improve individual, team, and organizational performance
- Expert knowledge of the physiologic and social sciences to breastfeeding and lactation
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Associate Degree in Nursing
- Current licensure with the Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas
- Two (2) years of experience working in lactation specialized program - or
Five (5) years of experience in OB, postpartum/mother-baby or NICU care
- Certified or eligible to certify within 1 year of hire by the International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners (IBCLC certification)
- Excellent communication skills
- Use critical thinking to critique the findings from the physiologic and social sciences and evaluate their applicability to clinical management issues
- Ability to organize and time manage job tasks effectively
- Effective at building collaborative relationships
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