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Employment Type:
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Posted:
12/20/2017
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Health Care & Medicine
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Job Description

Qualifications

 Minimum Education
High School Diploma or GED

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Specific Requirements and Preferences
Successful completion of the Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Competency Based Training Program

Minimum Work Experience
0 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Current or prior enrollment in the WIC program as a breastfeeding mother preferred. Experience in health care setting preferred.


Required Skills/Knowledge




Required Licenses and Certifications




Functional Accountabilities

Breastfeeding Support
  1. Provide support to breastfeeding women to help them choose, initiate, and continue to breastfeed through clinic visits, hospital visits, home visits, and regular telephone contacts.
  2. Respond to inquiries for breastfeeding support as referred by WIC clinic site supervisor; refer mothers to the WIC nutritionist, lactation specialist, or private physician for breastfeeding concerns beyond the scope of the peer counselor’s expertise.
  3. Facilitate breastfeeding classes and support groups.
  4. Attend scheduled monthly meetings and training sessions to increase knowledge in supporting the breastfeeding effort.
  5. Report as required to the BPC supervisor at State Agency to discuss caseload, ask questions, and receive direction; keep immediate supervisor advise of any difficulties encountered in performance of duties.
Record Keeping
  1. Complete client charts and forms as needed for breast feeding related matters; maintain follow up notes in the CARES system.
  2. Maintain a weekly log of time spent in assigned duties for approval by immediate supervisor and BPC supervisor.
Program Knowledge
  1. Assist the WIC staff in breastfeeding promotion through special projects and other duties as assigned.
  2. Stay abreast of WIC policies and procedures and program updates through participation in staff meetings and training sessions as determined necessary by the Local Agency WIC Coordinator and WIC State Breastfeeding Coordinator.
  3. Respect participant and patient confidentiality protocols.
Safety
  1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance
 

About Children's National Health System

Childrens National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding childrens hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nations children for more than 130 years, Childrens National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Childrens National is proudly ranked consistently among the best pediatric hospitals in America by US News & World Report.

Our Culture

Children's mission is to be preeminent in providing pediatric health care services that enhance the health and well-being of children regionally, nationally and internationally. Through leadership and innovation, Children's creates solutions to pediatric healthcare problems. Children's excels in Care, Advocacy, Research, and Education to meet the unique needs of children, adolescents and their families. Children's leadership realizes that our employees are the heart of our medical center and the soul of our mission. One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our workforce, which adds to the richness of our culture. Teamwork, dedication, and professionalism are essential values and characteristics that make our employees unique.

Childrens internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation and world. Our employees share a sense of pride and commitment to the patients and families we serve. We aspire to provide patients and their families with the highest quality of care and service in a family-centered environment. In essence, we are a team of "Great People Providing Great Care."

Nursing Students

As a nursing student, you might already be craving hands-on experience at a highly respected hospital. You may be thinking about where or with which population you want to work after graduation.

At Childrens, a world-class teaching hospital and internationally-recognized leader in pediatric health, we invite nursing students at all stages of learning to explore the real world of working in a hospital setting and experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of this career.

Internship Program

The internship program provides the novice nurse with the knowledge base and skill set needed to transition to competence in clinical nursing practice. While providing the needed skills to meet the organization goals and mission, the program provides nurses with the leadership skills to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team. The program bridges the gap between undergraduate education and real-life professional nursing practice, delivering state-of-the art pediatric care.

The program is offered to new graduate nurses from an accredited nursing program with a passion for children. All new graduates, with less than one-year acute care experience, are eligible to participate in the program after obtaining licensure.