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Registered Nurse (RN) - Lactation Consultant

Company: Ochsner Health
Location: Gretna
Posted on: October 10, 2021

Job Description:

This job provides education to women, families, health professionals, and the community about breast feeding and human lactation. Facilitates the development of policies which protect, promote, and support breastfeeding; acts as an advocate for breastfeeding and provides evidence-based breastfeeding support and care from preconception to weaning for women and their families.

Job Description

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities.  Contents are subject to change at the company’s discretion.


Preferred – Bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing.

Work Experience

Required – Experience in maternal-child health nursing.

Preferred – 3 years of experience in lactation consulting.


Required – Current registered nurse (RN) license in the state of practice.

International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Computer skills and dexterity for data entry and retrieval of information.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and ability to present information clearly and professionally.
  • Proficient with Windows-style applications, various software packages specific to role and keyboard.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Job Duties

  • Oversees and coordinates lactating patient needs by providing up-to-date and accurate information and appropriate lactation assistance, applying age specific knowledge that’s relevant to the care of the patient.
  • Provides anticipatory guidance to promote best breastfeeding practices and minimize the potential for breastfeeding problems or complications.
  • Conducts quality assurance programs to monitor the caliber of the program and maintains appropriate consult documentation and statistics.
  • Evaluates products related to lactation and makes recommendations regarding their benefits to patients.
  • Provides information for access to breastfeeding equipment and devices appropriate for the lactating mother and breastfeeding infant.
  • Adapts behavior to the specific patient population, including but not limited to respect for privacy, method of introduction to the patient, adapting explanation of services or procedures to be performed, requesting permissions and communication style.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

This employer maintains and complies with its Compliance & Privacy Program and Standards of Conduct, including the immediate reporting of any known or suspected unethical or questionable behaviors or conduct; patient/employee safety, patient privacy, and/or other compliance-related concerns.

The employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Physical and Environmental Demands

The physical essential functions of this job include (but are not limited to) the following:  Frequently exerting 10 to 20 pounds of force to move objects; occasionally exerting up to 100 pounds of force. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.

The incumbent works in a patient care area; works in an area where patients enter; works directly with patients; and/or works with specimens that could contain communicable diseases.  There may be an occupational risk for exposure to communicable diseases.

Because the incumbent works within a healthcare setting, there may be occupational risk for exposure to hazardous medications or hazardous waste within the environment through receipt, transport, storage, preparation, dispensing, administration, cleaning and/or disposal of contaminated waste. The risk level of exposure may increase depending on the essential job duties of the role.

Keywords: Ochsner Health, New Orleans , Registered Nurse (RN) - Lactation Consultant, Other , Gretna, Louisiana

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