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CommonSpirit Health Lactation Specialist RN in DES MOINES, Iowa


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.



Acts as a clinical/educational resource to patient care activities/teaching programs within the area of defined specialization. Supports patient/family/unit needs of diverse ages.


It is the obligation of each employee of Mercy Medical Center to abide by and promote the mission and core values of the Spirit of Mercy.


It is the obligation of each employee of Mercy Medical Center to comply with Mercy’s mission, values, standards of conduct, policies, procedures and related practices (e.g., Dress Code, Time and Attendance, and other policies).


Security Access: High “Incumbent has access to restricted or confidential patient information and must comply with the terms of the Mercy Medical Center Security Policies as it applies to their job role.”


  • Identifies educational needs, develops program(s) to meet those needs, and coordinates implementation of the program(s).

  • Evaluates programs and modifies as indicated.

  • Works independently with limited direct supervision using the Nurse Practice Act, Mercy Medical Center policies, nursing standards, and professional judgment.

  • Serves as a resource in area of specialty and collaborates with other disciplines.

  • Provides consultation in specialty area to all levels of health care providers throughout the hospital, affiliated schools of nursing, and the community.

  • Actively participates on committees, task forces, and in work groups, as requested

  • Participates in research by reviewing literature, communicates findings, identifies potential research questions/projects and coordinates research projects in area of clinical specialty.

  • Performs efficiently in emergency situations, following established standards.


  • Presents selected program topics.

  • Facilitates program presentation/equipment gathering.

  • Utilizes delegation skills effectively.

  • Coordinates the lactation champions and the “Mommy and Me” class.



  • Possession of a current or compact state license as a registered nurse issued/defined by the State of Iowa.

  • Bachelor degree required, or actively in pursuit of BSN degree (accepted into a BSN Program and/or currently enrolled). Expected to take at least six credits per year at Unit Director’s discretion for exception. Alternative educational preparation may be considered by the Unit Director to meet the individual needs of the unit.

  • Certification as a Lactation Consultant by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners required, or actively in pursuit of certification.

  • Proof of completion of Mandatory Reporter abuse training specific to population served within three (3) months of hire.

  • BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification within six (6) weeks of hire.

  • Demonstrates competency in breastfeeding techniques.

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Requisition ID 2021-174337

Employment Type Per Diem

Department Obstetrics Acute

Shift Varied

Standard Hours varied

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.