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Providence RN - Lactation Specialist in Spokane, Washington


Providence is calling a Registered Nurse (RN) Lactation Specialist (Women's Health Services, Days, 0.8 FTE) to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

In this position you will:

  • Customer Service: Maintain and promote positive, open and honest interpersonal relationships with customers (physicians, employees, visitors, patients, and other PSHMC publics). Provides high quality service to all customers; focuses on understanding customers’ needs and follows through. Demonstrates respect for the capabilities, different cultures and or personalities of co-workers and Medical Center publics within the mission/values of PSHMC.

  • Family Centered Care: Promote and support the principles of family centered care for all patients in the unit/service.

  • Communication: Promote and demonstrate effective, open and honest written and verbal communication skills.

  • Self Management: Demonstrate self-management behaviors which reflect a positive image of PSHMC, following established policies and procedures and promote an efficient, cost effective work environment.

  • Ownership /Stewardship and Accountability: Demonstrate good stewardship of resources by treating property of customers, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and co-workers with care and respect.

  • Teamwork: Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of staff and other disciplines for problem solving without blaming.

  • Flexibility: Demonstrate flexibility by readily adapting to different situations to complete work.

  • Lactation Support:

  • Program Coordination: Usessources available within PSHMC to enhance program coordination.

  • Serve as a contact person for lactation program issues.

  • Work in concert with WSL Director and Fiscal regarding billing issues, insurance and retail sales program.

  • Program Development:

  • Develop materials and programs for internal and external customers.

  • Use program design process, including:

  • Needs assessment

  • Objective writing

  • Selection of learning experiences

  • Evaluation

  • Collaborate with WSL Director, clinical Educator and/or BP Education Committee as appropriate, to develop and implement orientation, inservice and continuing education programs/materials for PSHMC staff development.

  • Collaborate with WSL Director, Nurse Manager, Department Managers, etc. to develop and implement lactation programs.

  • Participate in the development, scheduling and coordination of PSHMC Hospital-wide programs, workshops, seminars and outreach education in collaboration with clinical Educator and BP Education Committee as appropriate.

  • Nursing Process:

  • Implement the nursing process as an essential means of providing ongoing patient care for the breast-feeding mother in the inpatient or outpatient setting.

  • Assess and legibly documents the physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and safety dimensions of the patient/family.

  • Perform the initial admission assessment of patient’s physical, intellectual and emotional readiness for breast-feeding.

  • Complete initial Discharge Planning Assessment on admission for items pertinent to breast-feeding/infant attachment, considering the age and culture of the patient.

  • Perform ongoing assessment of patient’s total status as it relates to breast-feeding, infant care.

  • Analyze assessment data in order to formulate legibly written statements of a patient’s existing or potential health problems related to breast-feeding:

  • Collect subjective and objective data from patients, families, and other staff members to formulate the nursing diagnosis regarding breast-feeding.

  • Identify, articulate and document existing or potential health problems related to breast-feeding based on the assessment data.

  • Identify, articulate and document patient/family learning needs especially, but not limited to, breast-feeding, considering the age and culture of the patient.

  • Utilize assessment data and nursing diagnosis to formulate and legibly document a breast-feeding plan of care consistent with identified patient/family problems:

  • Develop and/or assist nursing staff to develop a breast-feeding plan of care to meet the assessed needs of each patient based on the nursing diagnosis and the process standards.

  • Include the patient and family in formulating the plan for breast-feeding.

  • Prioritize when planning for patient care.

  • Include restorative and preventive element in planning patient care in order to assure the highest level of health potential that is achievable at discharge.

  • Identify needs and makes referral to available resource people, including community resources, in planning nursing care.

  • Report pertinent information to the discharge planning conferences or to appropriate social worker as needs is assessed to facilitate discharge planning.

  • Maintain a current written care plan for selected patients, consistent with the nursing diagnosis and the medical plan of care which identifies nursing problems, appropriate nursing interventions and expected outcomes.

  • Implement and coordinate the medical/nursing plans of care (including teaching) to meet the patient/family physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and learning needs in a safe, effective manner:

  • Organize and establish priorities to perform assigned work in a timely and orderly manner.

  • Provide lactation support according to established process and outcome standards based on appropriate physiological, psychosocial principles of nursing.

  • Create and maintains a safe environment for the patient through appropriate intervention as determined by the patient’s status.

  • Provide lactation support according to established professional norms, ethical dimensions of practice, policies, and procedures; demonstrates working knowledge of equipment necessary in providing care.

  • Coordinate and implement patient education programs appropriate for the patient and based on the patient’s and/or family ability, willingness and readiness to learn.

  • Consider medications and IV solutions side effects and contraindications related to breast-feeding.

  • Provide psychosocial, spiritual and cultural support for patients and families based on assessed needs.

  • Evaluate and documents legibly, accurately, and completely all components of the nursing process:

  • Perform ongoing evaluation of patient’s condition and response to the breast-feeding plan of care, modifying plan and taking action as indicated.

  • Evaluate the patient’s response to teaching provided and documents on appropriate forms.

  • Evaluate contents of the patient record and nursing care plan regarding breast-feeding for accuracy and completeness of detail.

  • Leadership:

  • Utilize principles of leadership in accomplishing patient care goals and in performing leadership functions to guide, direct, supervise and coordinate staff to efficiently achieve and maintain an orderly unit environment in an allotted time frame.

  • Demonstrate flexibility; re-establishes priorities and work plans to compensate for unanticipated changes in work volume, assignment, emergencies, staffing/scheduling changes to adequately meet patients' needs.

  • Conduct and/or actively participates in team conferences and develops a written nursing care plan to assist staff in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating patient care regarding lactation.

  • Ability to assist, guide and supervise team members in providing nursing care to patients who are breastfeeding.

  • Promote the professional development of co-workers/team members by providing clinical consultation and by facilitating others' attendance at inservice programs, conferences and lectures within the Medical Center.

  • Participate, when serving as a member on selected committee, forums, and councils.

  • The following standards are rated if individual assumes additional RN roles:

  • Meeting criteria for consulting nurse as outlined in the PSHMC Consulting Nurse Job Description.

  • Meet criteria for effective precepting as outlined in the PSHMC preceptor program.

  • Effectively implements charge nurse competencies when performing in charge nurse role.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Sufficient for license/registration.

  • Licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington.

  • Acceptable references from former employer(s).

  • Three (3) years current nursing or Lactation Specialist experience in obstetrical or newborn care in an acute care hospital.

About the hospital you will serve.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center has a commanding presence in Spokane, Washington and is a beacon of hope and healing for patients throughout the region. We have over 600 beds and are chosen by people from across the state for the da Vinci surgical robotic for heart surgery and parents from all over the Inland Northwest who have children with life-threatening conditions know they’ll find the care and comfort they need at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

For information on our comprehensive range of benefits, visit:

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Part-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Clinical Education

Location: Washington-Spokane

Req ID: 291127