Nurse Clinician- Lactation Specialist - 50%

Patient Care Providers
21003061 Requisition #

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing is seeking a Nurse Clinician - Lactation Specialist to perform specific tasks to assist members of the Nursing team in providing patient care under the direct supervision of the Nurse Manager. 

Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with nursing staff and other health care professionals in the development and review of standards and in planning, implementing and evaluating patient care for a specific patient population.
  • Provide direct nursing care, facilitate continuity of care and follow universal precautions
  • Coordinate and facilitate patient care between multiple disciplines including home health agencies, referring physicians and other community support services
  • Coordinate patient care to better utilize supportive services through patient visit and possible admission, pre-schedules testing, follows up with test results to both patient and physician, obtains medical history, coordinates follow up visit appointment, provides medication, rehabilitation teaching, etc. 
  • Serve as a clinical resource or consultant for specific patient population
  • Participate in development and implementation of managed care programs for a specific patient population
  • Communicate with physicians and members of the health care team directing patient care
  • Manage and support Telephone Triage
  • Provide leadership for direct patient care programs in area of specialization collaborating with unit-based nurse management team(s)
  • Participate in decision-making process for financial management, operational budgetary decisions and cost containment strategies
  • Participate in/provide leadership for divisional, departmental and/or intra institutional and community committees and projects
  • Participate in the ongoing implementation of current regulatory standards in order to meet state and national agency accreditation
  • Perform other special projects and tasks as assigned
  • Design and implement patient/family health education activities for the patient population
  • Serve as an educational and clinical resource to patient/family/staff
  • Support the implementation and evaluation of staff education and orientation programs
  • Facilitate the educational experience for health care students and monitor the care delivered
  • Incorporate the role of patient care provider, advocate (patient, family, and health care professional), consultant, educator, researcher and quality manager
  • Participate in the development and implementation of division/unit quality assessment and improvement programs
  • Use relevant nursing research to improve clinical practice and investigate nursing care problems.
  • Participate in development and conduct of research activities related to area of specialty
  • Responsible for maintaining clinical expertise consistent with patient population requirements and current nursing and medical practice
  • Adhere to professional and legal standards of nursing practice
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient and staff information
  • Promote a positive work environment
  • Demonstrate the core values of service leadership: respect, communication, accountability, integrity, and compassion
  • Maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students and the public

Basic Functionality and Responsibility:

  • To function as a clinical lactation expert within Children’s and Women’s Services

Percent of Time: 50%
Schedule: 20 hours per week, Days, Monday - Friday, 1-2 weekends per 6 weeks
Location: UIHC Main Campus

SEIU Pay Grade: 70 -

Benefits Highlights:
  • Regular salaried position located in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Fringe benefit package including paid vacation; sick leave; health, dental, life and disability insurance options; and generous employer contributions into retirement plans
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Education Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 1 - 3 years of current Lactation consultant, NICU, or OB nursing experience
  • Lactation Consultant License (IBLCE) 
  • Current license to practice nursing in Iowa is required by date of hire
  • Demonstrate excellent patient interaction/communication/education
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Member/involvement in professional organizations

Please attach a resume and cover letter as part of the application process.  Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. For questions or additional information, please contact Nursing Recruitment at 319-356-2285.

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check. This position is not eligible for University sponsorship for employment authorization.


  • Five professional references will be requested and required at a later step in the recruitment process

Equal opportunity/affirmative action employer

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance or accommodations with the application or interview process may contact University Human Resources/Faculty and Staff Disability Services, (319) 335-2660 or  For jobs in UI Health care, please contact UI Health care Leave & Disability Administration at 319-356-7543.

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