Lactation Consultant Nurse Clinician - Mother/Baby - Duke Regional Hospital

  • Requisition Number: 112311
  • Location: Durham
  • Type of Position: Regular
  • Employment Status: Full Time
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Duke Regional Hospital has served Durham, Orange, Person, Granville and Alamance counties and the surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. With more than 1,900 employees, its focus is on providing outstanding medical care with compassionate, personalized service in a comfortable community hospital setting. Duke Regional Hospital has 369 inpatient beds and offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services, including orthopedics, weight-loss surgery, women's services, and heart and vascular services, and also offers care at the Duke Rehabilitation Institute and Davis Ambulatory Surgical Center. In fiscal year 2018, Duke Regional Hospital admitted 16,299 patients and had 165,953 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.


U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke Regional Hospital as #10 in North Carolina and #4 in the Raleigh-Durham area for 2018-19.


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Lactation Consultant Nurse Clinician – Duke Regional Hospital
Duke University Health System- Duke Regional Hospital seeks to hire an experienced Registered Nurse who will embrace our mission of Advancing Health Together.

Department Profile:

The Mother/Baby Unit at Duke Regional Hospital is comprised of 33 beds. This unit provides care for obstetrical (of child bearing age) and gynecological patients. Our team is active in delivering exemplary care for each patient to ensure an excellent patient experience, every time.

Position Summary
The Lactation Consultant Nurse Clinician is an expert in the management of the mother-baby dyad and family that are having complex lactation and nursing issues. S/he is clinician, teacher, consultant, and leader. As a consultant, s/he works collaboratively with the Birthing Center and nursing care teams to develop complex feeding plans. S/he makes clinical assessments, and use current lactation theories and research to develop evidence-based feeding plans that address individual feeding issues while respecting the physician’s and family’s breastfeeding goals.

Days; 8 or 10 hour shifts

Specific Job Responsibilities and Standards:
Clinical Expert
-    Provide clinical care and lactation services to breast-feeding mothers by physician or nurse referral. Recommendation by ILCA (International Lactation Consultants Assoc) is 1 LC per 1000 births per year.
-    Collaborate with birthing center nursing care teams to develop complex feeding plans.
-    Use current lactation theories and research to develop evidenced based feeding plans that address individual feeding issues, such as nutritional requirements, while respecting the family’s breastfeeding goals.
-    Collaborate with interdisciplinary team and outpatient LC to provide continuity of care upon discharge of patients.
-    Role model for advance nursing skills in lactation.

-    Facilitate the professional development of health care team at DUMC by improving clinical and theoretical education and knowledge of Lactation
-    Participate in developing, implementing and evaluating patient education resources and programs
-    Teach, coach, support breastfeeding mothers utilizing evidence-based practice and with DUHS approved educational resources.
-    Teach, coach, support, and mentor DUH nursing staff and other healthcare learners to promote evidence-based clinical practice, and support breastfeeding skills to mother-infant dyad.
-    Assess local community need for breastfeeding education, and participate/teach in programs to address needs.

Research Utilization and Investigation
-    Utilize evidence-based research and knowledge to support clinical, educational and consultative roles in order to provide a scientific basis for professional nursing practice.
-    Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team and Dept. of ACP in research opportunities that will advance lactation.
-    Participate in interdisciplinary performance improvement and clinical research to promote evidence-based nursing practice and to improve clinical outcomes.
-    Participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of standards of practice, guidelines, policies, procedures, and protocols within area of lactation.

-    Serve as a consultant to nursing, members of the healthcare community, and to the larger community in areas of lactation.
-    Participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and projects in lactation and breastfeeding to meet goals and objectives of DUHS.
-    Identifies and analyzes system barriers to provision of excellent care and develops plans to resolve barriers. 

Professional Leadership and Development
-    Role model advanced practice professional nursing through conduct, appearance, communication, mutual respect, leadership, ethical decision-making, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
-    Assume responsibility for professional self-development. Quality of work reflects high professional and ethical standards
-    Communicate effectively to maintain positive working relationships.
-    Demonstrate responsibility for professional practice through active participation in professional organizations, a minimum of 25 continuing education hours/year, and in maintaining certification as lactation consultant.
-    Enhance the body of knowledge in nursing, lactation, and breastfeeding through exchange of ideas and knowledge using methods such as posters, newsletters, presentations, and publications


Knowledge, Skills, Education, and Experience Required: 

·        Previous work experience (3+ years) as a clinical nurse is required.

·        BSN required

Licensure, Certification or Registration Required:

·        Current registration with North Carolina State Board of Nursing as a registered professional nurse OR current compact RN licensure to practice in the state of North Carolina required.

·        BLS (or higher) certification required.

·        Professional specialty certification (preferred).


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