Lactation Consultant RN

York, PA | Nursing | Tracking Code: 56906

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Position Summary:



14:00 - 23:00



General Summary:


Under the general supervision of the Nurse Manager, provides professional nursing care at the intermediate practitioner level in accordance with the principles of patient and family-centered care based on the nursing process and according to the clinical standards of the hospital. Coordinates care planning with other disciplines. Coaches and mentors the Lactation Consultant I. The Lactation Consultant (LC) functions to enhance the normal process of lactation and to assess, prevent, and manage lactation problems. The LC is a health care provider who is qualified to provide education and consultation for routine and special circumstances related to breastmilk feeding.


Duties and Responsibilities:


1 Meets all expectations of the Lactation Consultant I.
2 Coaches and mentors the Lactation Consultant I in developing and coordinating the case load and their breastfeeding plans of care (BF p.o.c.). Initiates and manages plans of care for more complex groups of assigned inpatients and outpatients.
3 Provides and coordinates direct care in accordance with the principles of patient and family-centered care based on the nursing process and per the clinical standards of the hospital. The LC serves as a breastfeeding advocate and encourages informed decision-making.
4 Independently recognizes subtle changes in condition. Analyzes patient data, integrates information from other sources, and initiates/facilitates collaboration with multi-disciplinary team members to develop an individualized and outcome-driven BF p.o.c. Monitors adherence to/progress of breastfeeding plan of care, and modifying BF p.o.c. as needed for a positive outcome.
5 Safely and independently administers prescribed treatments, medications and nursing interventions based on breastfeeding assessment and plan of care. Initiates emergency action in response to acute risk situations.
6 Appropriately organizes and prioritizes time based on higher acuity breastfeeding couplet, breastfeeding progress, and higher workload. Identifies changes in couplet breastfeeding status and acts accordingly. Knows and can activate resources to achieve positive BF outcomes for the couplet. Performs BF consultations at appropriate intervals.
7 Identifies and communicates individualized patient needs for safe handoffs during transitions of care; the LC shares plan of care with primary nurse. Delegates aspects of care to nursing to meet couplet breastfeeding needs respectively and appropriately.
8 Appropriately and correctly documents the patient/newborn response to interventions and progress towards outcomes, including variances/poor progress with breastfeeding in the electronic record. Provides assistance via telephone to pregnant and lactating women requiring information, counseling, follow-up, and refers them to appropriate programs.
9 Able to discuss, document, and apply performance initiatives and outcomes at the unit level as they relate to the WellSpan Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) and Nursing Sensitive I (NSIs). Applies current WIGs to care delivery.
10 Begins reading current breastfeeding literature. Expresses interest in evidence-based research and its application to best practice. Understands clinical relevance and the impact on couplets breastfeeding outcomes.
11 Actively promotes an environment conducive to professional practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, and patient / staff safety. Integrates SDM by unit and/or hospital-wide committee membership or by supporting and helping fellow co-workers attend meetings and/or work on SDM projects.
12 Promotes cooperation and communication among all team members. Seeks opportunities to assist co-workers without compromising individual responsibilities. Gives feedback to members about strengths and contributions. Consistently interacts with others in a manner that is perceived to be positive, supportive, and with sensitivity to cultural and role differences.
13 Provides/demonstrates leadership for problem solving and goal formations at the point of care. Acts as a coach to CNI staff for clinical issues and advancement opportunities.
14 Demonstrates ownership of patients beyond individual assignments. Anticipates needs for alteration of staffing for upcoming 24 hours and assists in actions to adjust. Flexible with schedule and assignments; adapts to changing unit conditions.
15 Displays conflict resolution and negotiation skills to maximize team performance. Provides feedback in a positive and respectful way. Aware of and investigates events that led to conflict; recommends preventative measures or solutions.
16 Identifies own areas of professional growth and development in performance improvement efforts; develops professional goals and follows through with such goals. Seeks mentoring and coaching from the CN III. Seeks learning opportunities and resources beyond work environment and uses new knowledge and skills acquired. Required education and competencies completed, including 30 CEUs. Meets mandatory criteria for CNAP II level.
17 Supports the Keystone 10 initiatives by promoting The 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and adheres to the international code of marketing of breastmilk substitutes.

Required Skills


Minimum Education

Diploma/Associate’s Degree



Preferred Education

Bachelors of Science, Nursing (BSN)



Minimum Experience 

2 years of Mother/Baby experience required



Req Cert/Registration

Registration and current RN license in PA;

Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required;

Lactation Certification by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC) - Preferred

Quality of Life

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees, and 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Quality of Life
Quality of Life

Founded in 1741, the city of York is considered by many as the first capital of the United States. The Articles of Confederation were signed by the Second Continental Congress here in 1777. Its beautifully restored historic district is an architectural treasure. While York retains its farming and manufacturing heritage, at its heart York is a thriving cultural community that has attracted creative talent and innovative entrepreneurial investors from across the nation.

Life in York County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, semi-professional baseball team, fine dining and more — within an easy drive of major East Coast cities.

York County residents can find local employment in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, agricultural and service sectors. (Patient population: 445,000)

Equal Opportunity Employment

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

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