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This is a "multiple-fill" job opening:

A total of two (2) 0.6 FTE, Clinical Care Coordinators will be hired to fill this job opening.


Hours & shifts are identical for all hires.

(see below for work schedule detail)


Job Summary

The Lactation Consultant will provide expert nursing care to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and monitor the care of lactating couplets in multiple units within University of Michigan Health, primarily in  Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital (VVWH).VVWH is a dynamic 50 bed hospital, home to obstetric services in the Children's and Women's building. VVWH performs 4,600+ deliveries per year. While many of these deliveries are routine and uncomplicated, we are uniquely qualified to handle cases that are complicated by maternal or fetal high-risk conditions. VVWH is a Level III Perinatal Center — which means we have specialists available around the clock to care for both maternal and neonatal emergencies and high risk patients — as well as caring for those with low risk pregnancies wishing for a "low intervention" labor and delivery process. We are staffed by a diverse group of professionals, including Certified Nurse Midwives, Obstetricians, Family Practice Physicians, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists, Professional Registered Nurses, and ancillary staff. We are honored to assist families from Michigan — as well as from across the country — in their care during this important time in their lives.  As part of our philosophy of care, we are committed to providing family-centered care. This is the delivery of safe, satisfying, quality health care which meets the psychosocial needs of the family.  It is a cooperative effort of families and caregivers which recognizes the strength and integrity of the family.

The perinatal team exists to provide families with safe, satisfying, family-centered health care within the childbearing continuum. We are guided by values of caring, teamwork, integrity, innovation, and excellence.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.


  • Assess, plan, implement, evaluate and monitor the care of lactating couplets in Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital (VVWH), Brandon Newborn ICU, Mott Hospital acute care and ICU Pediatric Units, Children’s Emergency Services, Adult University Hospital/Cardiovascular Center Units, Adult Emergency Services, and the Lactation Consultant Outpatient Clinic(s). 
  • Provide expert lactation consultative services, and act as a primary resource to all members of the health care teams within the University of Michigan Health System.
  • Document patient care utilizing established templates.
  • Lead the development, implementation and maintenance of lactation standards and practices within VVWH (and elsewhere as designated), consistent with current evidence.
  • Provide leadership for lactation practice updates and changes. 
  • Provide education and skill enhancement for Breastfeeding Support Team members in VVWH. 
  • Investigate, design, develop, evaluate and modify patient education materials as necessary to maintain current, evidence-based information.
  • Design and evaluate the effectiveness of parent discharge education materials in various media formats.
  • Participate in planning, facilitating and conducting lactation education (e.g. orientation, inservices, conferences, workshops) for staff, students and other health care professionals.
  • Provide lactation continuing education workshops, inservices and classes for UMH nurses and providers in both formal and informal settings for Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital, Brandon Newborn ICU, Mott Hospital, and School of Nursing. 
  • Implement strategies to develop and improve the lactation knowledge and practices of VVWH/UMH staff; measure effectiveness.  
  • Execute consultation and act as a resource for questions related to medications, breast-milk, and lactation both on the medical campus and in the community.
  • Provide community support via phone consultation that patients can call with lactation questions after they are discharged from the hospital.
  • Provide patients appropriate referral to additional medical resources for complex problem solving.
  • Lead the development and maintenance of quality assurance and performance improvement programs and activities related to lactation.
  • Assist in the collection of data for research studies.
  • Represents the VVWH at committees/forums related to lactation care as requested.

Supervision:  General supervision is received from VVWH Nursing Supervisors and Clinical Nursing Director.  Functional supervision is typically exercised over framework RNs, Allied Health and other support staff.

The primary function of this role is Lactation Consultant in Michigan Medicine

Nursing Specific Info

Salary & Nursing Framework Level:

This UMPNC RN posting is posted under the Role-Specific Advancement Model (RSAM) as:


Actual RSAM LEVEL and salary will be determined at time of hire.


Required qualifications must be met by the candidate in order to be interviewed and considered for the position. Posting may be filled after the initial 5-day posting period. Applicants who have left the UMPNC bargaining unit must include on their resume dates of past employment including months and years of service along with effort. Positions less than 20 hours/week may be combined.

If you have questions regarding this posting or would like assistance with nursing opportunities please contact Nurse Recruitment at (734) 936-5183.

Nursing Specific Info

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 26,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world’s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

Nursing at Michigan offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits!  
Salary range for RSAM (Role-Specific Advancement Model) RNs- $70,009.07 - $110,998.57

  • Evening Shift Differential- $2.45 per hour
  • Night Shift Differential- $3.30 per hour
  • Weekend Differential- $1.75 per hour

The benefit package includes: 

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings and immediate vesting
  • Generous Paid Time Off Allowances
  • Robust Tuition and Certification support programs
  • Large offering of no cost CEs and professional development for advancement

Required Qualifications*

  • Current licensure as Registered Nurse in the State of Michigan;
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing;
  • Current Certification as a Lactation Consultant by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC);
  • Minimum two (2) years current RN experience in Perinatal or Neonatal Nursing, including working with lactating patients and babies. 
  • Demonstrated expert nursing knowledge in the care of the lactating family population.
  • Ability to work with the pregnancy loss population related to lactation issues.
  • Ability to work with complex lactation issues and populations.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to successfully resolve conflict respectfully and effectively with all members of the health care team;
  • Demonstrated excellent problem solving skills;
  • Self-directed and reliable, with demonstrated ability to work independently and productively (within established timelines);  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team atmosphere utilizing effective delegation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide direct, constructive feedback
  • Ability to promote the VVWH values to empower each other to interrupt or disrupt disrespect; practice communication that is beneficial, kind and true; inspire and be inspired by our colleagues’ worth, significance and integrity; cultivate respect for ourselves and others routinely, publicly and privately.

In order to be considered for this position the applicant must have met or will have met all the required qualifications prior to the start date of employment.

RESUME REQUIRED (for both internal & external applicants): 
You must attach a complete and accurate resume to be fully considered for this position.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Minimum one (1) year experience as an IBCLC in an acute care inpatient setting.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing the PDCA process. 
  • Ability to utilize word processing and data base programs such as Microsoft Word/Excel and PowerPoint to create new documents, enter data, generate graphs and produce presentations.

Work Schedule

Hours/Week: 24 Hours per week
Shift/Hours/Days: Nights, 12-hour PM shifts (7p - 7a) in a pattern of PP/PP; or 8-hour Night shifts (11p – 7a) in a pattern of NNN/NNN; Weekend and Holiday shifts required.
Location: Von Voigtlander Women's Birth Center- 9 East & 9 West, Mott Hospital, UH/CVC Hospitals, Michigan Medicine Outpatient Clinics

Additional Information

Note:  Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital is transitioning in a Unit Reconfiguration process from a full scope LDRP to four sub-specialty OB units in late 2021:  Labor and Delivery, High Risk, Postpartum, and Core Resource.  The Lactation Consultants will be members of the Postpartum unit. 


The staff of the Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital in both the current LDRP setting and the newly configured units are committed to the care of antepartum, intrapartum and post-partum women and their newborns, in an environment that supports and empowers families. Common diagnoses include normal labor and birth, cesarean birth, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, preterm labor, multiple birth, bleeding disorders, diabetes, pregnancy loss, pregnancy termination and congenital abnormalities of the fetus.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Michigan Nurses Association and the U-M Professional Nurse Council union, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.