Lactation Consultant PRN Job at MU Health, Columbia, MO

  • MU Health
  • Columbia, MO

Job Description

Location: Columbia, Missouri
PRN, flexible hours Monday-Friday, occasional Saturdays

Location: Women's Hospital, Columbia MO

Department: Lactation Consultants

Salary: $38.83/hr flat rate plus $4 for nights, $3 for weekends


MU Health Care is seeking a dedicated Lactation Consultant Coordinator to champion breastfeeding support and education. If you're passionate about empowering mothers and promoting good health habits, we want you on our team. As a Lactation Consultant, you'll lead efforts to assist breastfeeding mothers, conduct educational programs, and serve as a crucial resource within our hospital.

Your role as an advocate for breastfeeding and liaison between healthcare providers will make a significant impact on patient care. Join us and help mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals while enhancing patient education and support. Apply now to be part of a team committed to improving healthcare through breastfeeding advocacy and education.


MU Health Care is a growing academic health system in mid-Missouri comprised of multiple hospitals - including the region's only Level 1 Trauma Center and region's only Children's Hospital - and over 50 specialty clinics located throughout the region.

As an MU Health Care employee, you'll be part of an exceptional team committed to our mission of saving and improving lives. Our core values of inclusion, respect, service, discovery, responsibility and excellence foster a collaborative work environment where you can grow your career.

Learn more about MU Health Care. Learn more about living in Columbia, MO.


Actively promotes breastfeeding and assists mothers in reaching their own goals for breastfeeding. Develops and implements standards of care and guidelines for assisting breastfeeding mothers in all areas of the organization where they might be served. Supports programs already in place. Organizes information and posters for activities to promote breastfeeding

Plans, oversees and coordinates patient, family, and staff breastfeeding education activities. Provides and coordinates didactic education to all patients who require breastfeeding information in accordance with current research literature and national standards of care. Evaluates the effectiveness of patient and family education.

Reviews and updates information regarding wellness topics such as nutrition, preventative services, and exercise to promote good health habits and increase patient compliance with the health care plan. Implements and maintains a reference library of breastfeeding materials appropriate for both health-care providers and mothers interested in learning more about lactation.

Provides antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum classes on breastfeeding, breast care and related topics to inpatients and/or outpatients. Knowledgeable and skilled in the physiology and clinical management of breastfeeding. Documents patient/family education and progress of the mother and baby in accordance with hospital standards.

Maintains professional growth in the area of educational techniques and acute/chronic/wellness topics to maintain quality of patient education services. Accepts consults for the education of patients and family members in the inpatient or outpatient settings. Evaluates equipment related to breastfeeding and maintains the breastfeeding room. Supports hospital employees who are breastfeeding.

Plans, oversees and coordinates annually and as needed education. Reviews care routines, policies, procedures and/or other aspects of the mother-baby hospital experience with involved clinical staff in order to highlight successes or needs of lactating mother and their breastfeeding infants. Responsible for coordinating staff competency activities and documentation of activities in staff education folders. Develops a reference library for staff use.

Serves as the consultant for MUHC service regarding breastfeeding issues. Establishes and maintains a telephone line to provide contact with patients who require assistance or those referred for outpatient assistance. Establishes and maintains a regular follow-up system of continuing care for mothers and their infants first seen in the hospital. Develops documentation record to track patient progress/concerns.

Communicates with health care providers regarding patient condition and disposition and documents events properly. Screens patient records and performs patient interviews to assess the medical and obstetrical history and determine the health care needs. Recognizes sub-optimal changes in status and symptoms that require follow-up and reports to physician.

Serves as a liaison/resource and/or case manager. Offers case conferences that highlight particular needs of lactating mothers and their breastfeeding infants for RMCHP. Coordinates patient care services between clinic providers, specialists, pharmacy and other ancillary services.

Participates in Quality Improvement, Total Quality Management and research processes which result in the improvement of clinical interventions. Conducts annual audits to determine breastfeeding initiation and continuation rates and the effects of change in protocols.

May complete unit/department specific duties as outlined in department documents. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Missouri Board of Nursing RN or Nurse Licensure Compact multi-state RN. When primary state of residency changes, compact state RNs must apply under new state of residency within thirty (30) days. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), or other national lactation organization, within one (1) year as a condition of continued employment in this job classification.


Five (5) years of lactation consultant experience.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met with or without reasonable accommodation. The performance of these physical demands is an essential function of the job. This position is very active and requires ambulating, reaching, and moving objects weighing up to and over 20 lbs. This role also routinely comes into contact with patients who may have contagious illnesses. This position is in a health care facility open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Rotating shifts as well as holiday and work during inclement weather will be required.

Job Tags

Price work, Holiday work, Relief, Flexible hours, Shift work, Night shift, Rotating shift, Weekend work, Saturday, Monday to Friday,

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