Per diem birth assistant
Through outstanding clinical skills and respect for the physiologic birth process, the birth assistant (BA) is a collaborative team member who facilitates birth in a freestanding birth center, staffed by certified nurse-midwives.
To fill the role as per diem BA, the nurse must be able to work a minimum of 36 hours per month, both 1st and 2nd call shifts, night and weekend shifts, and one 12-hour holiday call shift per year.
- Work one-on-one with CNM during intrapartum care. BAs are called to birth center as determined by CNM.
- May care for clients in early labor at the birth center under the direction of the CNM.
- Provide labor support and intrapartum nursing care to low-risk birthing individuals, documenting on labor flowsheet.
- Directly assists CNM during labor, birth, and postpartum recovery as needed.
- Provide immediate postpartum nursing care and ongoing assessment of mother-baby dyad (including NRP if needed and PPH or other maternal emergency management under direction of CNM), documenting on postpartum and newborn flowsheets.
- Provide breastfeeding assessment, support, and assistance.
- Assess patients’ readiness for discharge and provide discharge education before discharging family to home.
- Complete terminal cleaning and restocking of birth room, to be done before birth assistant leaves the birth center.
- Provide and document postpartum nursing care and assessment of mom-baby dyad and breastfeeding at 24-48 hour home visits (weekend call shifts and PRN weekdays), consulting with CNM as needed.
- Help families prepare for early discharge by teaching Early Home Care class during third trimester.
- Attend scheduled meetings as specified in policy and/or requested by manager.
- Complete required charting and clinical documentation within 24 hours of patient encounter.
- Current RN license to practice nursing in Minnesota
- Current NRP certification
- Current BLS certification
- Must be located within 30 minutes of both birth centers and be accessible to on-call CNMs by phone.
- Proficient use of EMR; ability to learn Athena charting system.
- Ability to lift 50 pounds and walk up and down stairs repeatedly.
- Commitment to the philosophy of out-of-hospital birth.
- Experience in L&D nursing highly preferred. Must be competent and confident to practice independently in birth center setting alongside a midwife.
- Demonstrates competence in interpersonal communication, clinical nursing skills, and cooperative teamwork.
- Flexibility in adapting to the ever-changing healthcare environment.
BIPOC GLBTQ2S candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates please send CV and cover letter to Emily Campbell, Human Resources, at email@example.com and Anna Hepsø, Director of Nursing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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