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FT Lactation Consultant RN- Postpartum @ HUP

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Job ID: 218055
Category: Nursing
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is hiring for a Lactation Consultant RN to join the Postpartum unit!


  • The Lactation Consultant nurse (LC) functions to enhance the normal process of lactation and to prevent, assess, and manage lactation problems in the in-patient setting. The Lactation Consultant is a health care provider who is qualified to provide education and consultation for routine and special circumstances related to breastfeeding.


  • The Lactation Consultant (LC) collaborates with multi-disciplinary team members to develop plans of care for breastfeeding families, performs consultations at appropriate intervals and anticipates the patient discharge and establishes appropriate plan of care. The LC develops appropriate nurse-patient/family relationships integrating patient/family concerns, beliefs and values into the plan of care. The LC continually evaluates the effectiveness of this plan of care and adapts the plan based on the patient's response.
  • The LC also: completes an initial assessment using principles of interviewing, observation, and physical assessments.
  • Demonstrates the proper use of breast pumps and all other breastfeeding accessories.
  • Provides assistance via telephone to pregnant and lactating people requiring information, counseling, follow-up, and refers them to appropriate programs.
  • Serves as a breastfeeding advocate, encouraging informed decision-making.
  • Orients new nursing staff to the infant feeding policy and practice guidelines and serves as a mentor for Lactation Providers.
  • Demonstrates safe practice within the UPHS professional practice model and demonstrates UPHS core values which reflect its mission.
  • Provides direct care to patients who may range in age from infancy to the middle adulthood and demonstrates competency within the following domains of nursing practice: Continuous Quality Improvement, Evidence-Based Practice & Research, Leadership, Person & Family Centered Care, Professionalism, Safety, Teamwork, and Technology/Informatics.
  • Maintains a competent level of knowledge and skill with providing direct care.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide individualized care based on physical, psychosocial, cultural, educational, safety, and age appropriate considerations of assigned patients.
  • Complies with all regulations and standards of regulatory and accrediting bodies.
  • Supports the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative by promoting the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and adhering to the international code of marketing of breast milk substitutes.
  • Assures patient confidentiality, privacy, and advocates for both verbal and non-verbal patient.
  • Consistent organization and prioritization of workload, confident management of emergency situations and effective communication and documentation.
  • Adhering to all entity policies and all mandatory educational requirements.
  • Sharing clinical concerns with nursing leadership and utilization of the chain of command, delegating and following through as appropriate.
  • Effectively works with others in a respectful manner with sensitivity to cultural and role differences.
  • Supporting colleagues, assists in the professional development of others and maintains open communication.
  • Identifying personal learning needs, establishes and follows through on professional & organizational goals which support unit, department, entity and UPHS goals.

Education & Credentials:

  • Bachelors of Nursing (Required)
  • International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners Certification or Other accredited program obtained within 12 months of hire.

Other Experience:

  • Nursing: 2 years of Inpatient Postpartum Couplet Care
We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

   Current UPHS employees must apply HERE
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