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RN Lactation Program Coordinator

Job ID: 21899
Location: Vancouver, WA
Work Type: Full Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 1.00
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description


PeaceHealth is seeking an experienced Registered Nurse for a full-time RN Lactation Program Coordinator position at  Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington.  This is a  Full Time, 1.00 FTE, Day shift position working 8 hour shifts.    In this role you will provide expert assessment, treatment, consultation and planning for optimal lactation management in both the inpatient and outpatient setting for Southwest Medical Center. 

We offer :

  • Hourly compensation starts at $45.48, more depending on experience and advanced degree. 
  • Relocation Assistance
  • A Birth Center named in 2020 & 2021 to the Elite List of the Best Maternity Hospitals in the US by Newsweek 
  • A comprehensive benefits package including tuition reimbursement and CE. 
  • A non-profit mission driven healthcare system that is on the Magnet Journey.

Southwest Washington Medical Center is a 450-bed tertiary-level hospital, located just across the river from the Portland [Oregon] metropolitan area. Vancouver is a great location where you can enjoy big city life or the serene countryside, with easy access to an abundance of recreational and cultural activities.

Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including 2 doses of a 2-dose series or 1 dose of a 1-dose series plus 14 days beyond the final dose prior to start date.



  • Provide direct patient care and leadership as expert in lactation to include assessment, planning and clinical oversight in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team to ensure effective and timely lactation management and plan of care for inpatients at PHSW, both in the Mother Baby Unit and Holtzman Twins Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Provide assessment, planning, clinical oversight and/or direct patient care for outpatient lactation services and lactation oversight for postpartum clinic.
  • Promote educational and professional development of lactation program using clinical expertise and team coordination. Develop staff by serving as a role model for professional nursing service and coordinating and/or facilitating interdisciplinary education to ensure clinician competence in lactation. Provide both prenatal and ongoing lactation education/support for the patient at PHSW and/or within the community by bridging with Obstetric and Pediatric providers to promote breast feeding. Incorporate regulatory compliance. Responsible for creating, reviewing and revising policy and procedures in regards to lactation needs in coordination with clinical leadership team.
  • Perform effective communication and documentation by communicating and documenting interventions. Utilize recognized organization communication standard. Study lactation pathophysiology and management strategies to stay abreast of current best practice standards. Maintain oversight of all education materials for staff and patients. Keep abreast of and comply with departmental and organizational changes and events through reading appropriate communications and attending unit and assigned meetings. Maintain a clean and organized environment for resources.
  • Work with leadership team to facilitate accurate financial capture of lactation services in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
  • Ability to travel between multiple locations.
  • Perform other related duties as may be assigned.



  • Graduate of an accredited school/college of nursing with additional lactation training.
  • BSN preferred.


  • Minimum 3 years in lactation education and practice (or may have equivalent combination of education and/or experience) required.
  • Five years lactation experience preferred.
  • Program development experience preferred.


  • WA State RN Licensure with Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers;
  • International Board Certification for Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) within 1 year of hire.


  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate clinical information.
  • Strong analysis/problem solving skills.
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment independently or as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Proven leadership.
  • Ability to teach/train.
  • Knowledge of nursing processes and practices.
  • Working knowledge of case management.
  • Computer skills.


  • Work requires normal exertion at least 66% of the time.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 30 lbs. or less.
  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation. Provides care in an uncontrolled home environment.
  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).
  • Operates motor vehicle on urban roadways up to 25% of each day.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement. There may be more than one opening on this posting.

See how PeaceHealth is committed to Inclusivity, Respect for Diversity and Cultural Humility.  

For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.  EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state, or federal laws.

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