Req ID: 165066
Department/Program: Family Newborn Care Unit, Women & Newborn Health Program
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly PT (90% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Start Date: ASAP
Union Status: NSNU Nursing, Nursing Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $37.3634 - $45.5615 /hour
Closing Date: September 25, 2023 (Applications are accepted until 23:59 Atlantic Time)
IWK Health is a respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million children, youth, adults and families each year across the Atlantic region. We have a team of approximately 4000 employees, physicians, volunteers and learners at sites across Nova Scotia. People build careers with IWK Health with our focus on training and mentorship opportunities. We recognize each other’s talent and celebrate our successes. We collaborate in modern facilities or virtually from home, align our work to our values, and enjoy access to enhanced benefits and wellness programs. We are proud to support our patients, families and communities and are grateful for the generous donor support we receive.
Promoting an anti-racist environment, and calling out discrimination as we work and provide care, is important to us. We are located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq people. Working in Mi’kma’ki and providing care to those across Atlantic Canada is a shared privilege with the original inhabitants who have lived here for many thousands of years prior to colonization. There are 13 First Nation communities across Nova Scotia, and more than 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities who also have a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. We have the highest percentage of people with disabilities in the country. Nova Scotia has the highest proportions of transgender and non-binary people than any other province or territory in the country. We are active in our work to eliminate discrimination, but have more work to do to build that trust, acknowledge our biases and reduce the barriers our diverse communities face. We want IWK Health to be a safe and supportive space of equity and belonging in the care we provide and the employment we offer. We welcome all interested persons who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply to support our goal for our workforce to be representative of the patients, families, and communities that we care for at all job levels.
Reporting to the Manager, Family Newborn Care Unit, the Lactation Consultant Nurse (LCN) is a member of the Childbirth Care team, collaborating on the delivery of holistic and comprehensive care to meet the needs of infants within the context of their family. Nursing care includes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation with the purpose of promoting of health within a fast paced and dynamic teaching environment. The LCN is responsible and accountable for the application of current theory and research in the delivery of family centred patient care consistent with the philosophy, objectives, vision and mission of the IWK Health Centre, providing inpatient care to infants and their families.The LCN advocates for breastfeeding women and infants by collaborating with other members of the healthcare team to ensure the promotion and support of breastfeeding in the Women’s and Newborn Health Program of the IWK Health Centre. Using current research based knowledge related to breastfeeding, provides consultation to other health care providers as well as provides care directly to patients and their families. The LCN provides leadership in planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating activities for healthcare professionals and patients/families and the development of standards of care/guidelines/policies and procedures pertaining to breastfeeding and infant feeding. The Lactation Consultant Nurse adheres to the ILCA Standards of Practice and the IBCLC Code of Ethics.
8, 10, 12 hours per shift, days, evenings, weekends (flexible)
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing required (candidates with commensurate experience and education will be considered).
Licensed, or eligible to be licensed, with the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) required.
Current IBCLC certification required.
Clinical experience as a Lactation Consultant preferred.
Recent clinical Family Newborn experience required.
Current successful completion of a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support Level (BLS) Program within the last 12 months, or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate, required.
Current NRP certification required.
Demonstrated commitment to the Baby Friendly Initiative.
Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills and is able to maintain good interpersonal and working relationships with all members of the health team.
Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be self-motivated, and work both independently and as part of a team.
Demonstrated change management skills, leadership skills, critical thinking and oral/written communication skills.
Competency in other languages considered an asset.
Thank you for your interest in IWK Health.
Please note that we only contact applicants selected for interview/testing. If we invite you to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) you have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.
This is a Nursing bargaining unit position. Preference is given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. Successful applicants changing unions, bargaining units or employment status, are advised to seek clarification regarding their seniority, benefits, and vacation entitlement and/or usage, prior to accepting the position.
An offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials. Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis
If you are an employee of IWK Health, please apply through the internal careers page to ensure you are flagged as an internal applicant.