Job Description

Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966.  Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.

Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities.  Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its two hospitals: Ben Taub and LBJ.

Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its hospitals — Ben Taub and Lyndon B. Johnson — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Skills / Requirements


The Lactation Consultant (LC) functions as a clinical expert in the management and support of lactation. The LC actively promotes breastfeeding and assists mothers in reaching their own goals for breastfeeding. The LC plans and coordinates patient, family and staff breastfeeding education activities in collaboration with the Women's Services department nursing leadership and staff for the specified Harris Health pavilion. The LC coordinates the activities of Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and staff that provide breastfeeding support to antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum patients who require breastfeeding support throughout the facility. The LC serves as a liaison/resource/facilitator and promotes interdisciplinary/interdepartmental communication and collaboration. The LC participates in quality improvement, research processes/utilization and community activities as appropriate. The LC works directly with the Women Services department nursing leadership to translate pavilion and department strategic plans and policies into a plan suitable to the unique needs of the patient population.

The LC is responsible for maintaining an environment that cultivates exemplary patient care. As a member of the professional nursing team, the LC facilitates a setting that supports professional nursing practice. The LC ensures compliance with standards established by professional nursing organizations; national, state, and local regulatory agencies; and institutional policies and procedures. The LC is accountable for nursing practice that upholds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

1. Education/Licensure/Specialized Training:

a. Education:
Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing with a Bachelors degree in Nursing or related field required. Masters degree in Nursing or related field is preferred. Holds at least one (1) of the following in Nursing: Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree.

b. Licensure/Certification:

i. Licensed to practice nursing in the State of Texas.
ii. Certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). If not IBCLC, must be Certified Breastfeeding Educator (CBE) and complete IBCLC certification within two years. Failure to obtain IBCLC may result in termination of employment.
iii. Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program.

Work Experience:
i. Two (2) years of work experience as staff nurse in Women's Services or related clinical area of practice.
ii. Breastfeeding education experience with minimum of two (2) years working with childbearing and breastfeeding families.

3. Management/Experience: N/A
4. Equipment Operated: Typical medical equipment related to job duties.


Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Bilingual Skills Required: Yes Language(s): Spanish
Writing /Composing (Correspondence/ Reports)

Other Skills:
Medical Terms, PC, Word Proc

Work Schedule:
Weekends, Flexible, Travel

Other Requirements: BCLS and NRP required-can be scheduled and completed during orientation.

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