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Full time
Posted:
1/9/2018
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Health Care Provider
Industry:
Health Care & Medicine
LACTATION PEER EDUCATOR
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Job Description

Qualifications

 Minimum Education
High School Diploma or GED

Specific Requirements and Preferences


Minimum Work Experience
0 Year(s)

Specific Requirements and Preferences
Breastfed an infant for at least 4 months. Teaching and/or research experience preferred.


Required Skills/Knowledge

Excellent customer service skills. Strong oral and written communications skills necessary to interact diplomatically and tactfully with diverse groups of people. Proficiency with MS Office and other computer applications as required. Proficiency with data management and analysis. Ability to consider multiple variables to determine proper course of action. Exercise good judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information and situations.



Required Licenses and Certifications

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Competency Based Training Certificate or equivalent.



Functional Accountabilities

Counsel
  1. Provide support to breastfeeding women to help them choose, initiate, and continue to breastfeed through clinic visits and regular telephone contacts.
  2. Respond to inquiries for breastfeeding support as referred by community partners (WIC, Children’s Health Centers) and local birthing facilities.
  3. Facilitate breastfeeding classes and support groups.
  4. Refer mothers to the lactation specialist, or private physician for breastfeeding concerns beyond the scope of the peer counselor’s expertise.
  5. Attend scheduled monthly meetings and training sessions to increase knowledge to support the breastfeeding effort.
Research Project Support
  1. Complete required research training modules and data collection/management system training.
  2. Conduct research project recruitment and enrollment activities both onsite and at approved DC birthing facilities.
  3. Collect study data according to approved protocol.
  4. Maintain database of study data with respect for participant confidentiality protocol.
  5. Keep immediate supervisor advised of any difficulties encountered in performance of duties.
Reporting/Documentation
  1. Maintain a weekly log of time spent in assigned duties for approval by immediate supervisor or designee.
  2. Report as required to the immediate supervisor or designee to discuss caseload, ask questions, and receive direction.
  3. Maintain timely documentation of all client interactions in appropriate system(s).
General Office Support
  1. Answer telephone.
  2. Conduct orientation and provide shadowing opportunities for trainees completing breastfeeding medicine elective.
  3. Assist with outreach efforts and activities.
  4. Maintain end of the month reports and follow grant/research project guidelines.
  5. Complete clients’ charts and forms as needed for breastfeeding related matters.
  6. Other support duties as needed.
Non-Essential Funcion
  1. Dependability and reliability with respect to attendance, punctuality, and availability during regularly assigned work periods.
  2. Allocation and planning of time for completing assignments, and the ability to anticipate obstacles to meeting requirements.

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Organizational Commitment/Identification
  1. Partner in the mission and upholds the core principles of the organization
  2. Committed to diversity and recognizes value of cultural ethnic differences
  3. Demonstrate personal and professional integrity
  4. Maintain confidentiality at all times
Customer Service
  1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met
Teamwork/Communication
  1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  3. Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions
Performance Improvement/Problem-solving
  1. Contribute to a positive work environment
  2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment
Cost Management/Financial Responsibility
  1. Use resources efficiently
  2. Search for less costly ways of doing things
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.