Patient Care Technician for Nursery/NICU

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Healthcare - Nursing



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This position has the direct operational responsibility for offering consultations to breastfeeding mothers in the hospital setting. This position is responsible for acting as a clinical resource, educator, mentor for lactation, including the assessment of difficulties, instruction, and demonstration of proper techniques, distribution of breastfeeding aids, and consultation with both inpatient and outpatient mothers or expectant mothers. Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served in assigned area. Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development specific to the mothers and their infants.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provides consultation for new mothers
2. Promotes the importance of breastfeeding for infants and their mothers.
3. Collaborates with both staff and physicians to insure that patients are well informed.
4. In conjunction with the Lactation Services Coordinator, annually sets performance objectives which address priorities for performance improvement.
5. Attends regular monthly meetings.
6. Keeps professionally current by attending workshops, seminars, in service programs, and reading.
7. Participates in efforts to improve outcomes of breastfeeding mothers, by contributing to the development of data tools to monitor such outcomes across the division, and following discharge.
8. Patient Teaching: Recognizes learning needs of individual patients and families. Utilizes principles of the teaching learning process including consideration of age to develop individualized plans to meet these learning needs. Evaluates effectiveness of teaching. Identifies the need for standard patient teaching plans and assists with their development.
9. Patient Advocacy: Defined as the act of ensuring that patients are informed of facts that are needed to make decisions and the act of supporting patients in their decision making. Patent advocacy is guiding patients in information gathering and advising patients how to get their needs met in the health care system. The patient advocate pleads the cause and intervenes on behalf of the patient. The patient advocate identifies and reports to the supervisor situations which are deemed incompetently handled, unethical, inappropriate or illegal. The expected behavior of the employee while acting as a patient advocate is to remain objective throughout the process. Independently acts in the role of patient advocate.

Required Experience: One to Two years experience


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