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Lactation Specialist (IBCLC), Maternity Care Ctr, Per Diem, Nights

Company: Adventist Health NW
Location: Bakersfield
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Adventist Health is more than an award-winning health system. We provide whole-person care to our communities and champion the greater good - from the operating room to the boardroom, we are driven by our unique passion to live God's love through health, wholeness and hope. From Oregon to Oahu, we have a calling to always do more. Now is your chance to apply your passion to our mission.

Adventist Health Bakersfield Medical Center is a 254-bed acute-care hospital serving Kern County communities with key service areas including brain and spine, heart, cancer care, orthopedics, emergency services, three Quest Imaging locations and the Adventist Health Physicians Network. The hospital is staffed by more than 645 affiliated physicians, 1,832 associates and more than 250 volunteers.

Adventist Health Bakersfield Medical Center has deep roots in Kern County - serving the community for more than 100 years!

Adventist Health Bakersfield has also been recognized as the only Top Hospital in Kern County, by the Leapfrog group. While this is a great recognition, what it really shows is our unwavering commitment to give our very best for our community as we carry out our mission of "Living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope." As one of six hospitals in California and one of 35 in the nation with this "Top General Hospital" status for patient safety and quality care, we appreciate being our community's hospital of choice.

We're looking for someone to join our team as a Lactation Specialist who:

Provides inpatient lactation services to women and their families adapting the instruction and care to the lifestyle, cultural lifestyle, cultural background and socio-economic status of the patient. Works in collaboration with the direct nursing staff and the physician to assist the patient in achieving a satisfactory start to successful breastfeeding. Assists in the implementation of short and long range goals applying to breastfeeding that are identified by the nursing staff providing direct patient care.

Essential Functions:

  • Employs an interdisciplinary approach to providing comprehensive newborn assessment and lactation support. Facilitates the coordination of all necessary services for patients and families. Coordinates patient care for hospital admissions, specialty referrals, and ancillary support departments based on the assessment from the newborn visit. Within the assigned service area of operation, contacts every woman who has delivered a newborn, offers telephonic assessment and lactation support, generates a nursing care plan, and monitors follow up. Assesses the needs of the mother and her newborn in the post-partum period. Documents identified high risk factors and problems, which may require consultation and intervention, and plans for appropriate follow up.
  • Collaborates with other members of the health care team to identify parent's educational and competency gaps related to breastfeeding and newborn assessment. Conducts and documents individual or family lactation or newborn visits to address the identified gaps associated with the newborn or lactation visit. In collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, assesses staff knowledge and identifies competency-based educational needs of staff related to breastfeeding patients and newborn assessment. Provides both formal and informal medical and nursing staff education services in a manner that is consistent, uniform, efficient and cost-effective. Evaluates the effectiveness of the education and modifies educational plans as needed.
  • Provides daily assessment and support of new mothers and infants in conjunction with the nursing staff. Appropriately documents breastfeeding assessments, interventions and plan of care in the medical record. Communicates breastfeeding assessment and plan of care with bedside nurse to ensure continuity. Performs duties of the clinical nurse in assigned setting when necessary. Assists with development and updating of lactation protocols in collaboration with a health care team of physicians, nurse practitioner, midwife, social workers, and nutritionists. Teaches group prenatal newborn care and lactation classes. Provides education and mentoring to health care professionals. Mentors nursing staff in providing inpatient education.
  • Communicates and markets breastfeeding education programs to a broad target audience using appropriate methods, and based on identified/assessed needs. Provides breastfeeding education to obstetrical and pediatric care providers in the community. Communicates the assessment and plan of care to the mother and/or baby's doctor when seen in the outpatient clinic.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

You'll be successful with the following qualifications:


  • High School Education/GED or equivalent: Preferred
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education/related experience: Preferred

Work Experience:

  • Two years relevant experience: Preferred
  • Experience teaching health education classes and facilitating support groups: Preferred

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC): Required
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification: Required

Keywords: Adventist Health NW, Bakersfield , Lactation Specialist (IBCLC), Maternity Care Ctr, Per Diem, Nights, Other , Bakersfield, California

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