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LACTATION CONSULTANT: Get As Much Experience As You Can

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Michelle shares her story of working as a Family Nurse Practitioner and as a Certified Lactation Consultant at a large public hospital. She describes what a typical day looks like and shares her long career path dedicated to improving people's health as well as helping bring lactation consulting to primary care so that more women get the information they need to breastfeed successfully.

School: UCSF ; Western University ; Western University - UCSF
Degree: Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
Job Title: Family Nurse Practitioner/Lactation Consultant
Employer: Highland Hospital

Job Summary: Health Educators

Job Description

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop programs and materials to encourage people to make healthy decisions.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Required by the Certified Health Education Specialists

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$25,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, People skills, Problem solving skills, Written communication skills, Empathy, Verbal communication skills, Organizational skills, Public speaking ability, Teamwork

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m='12480'>a</span> <span m='12530'>nurse</span> <span m='12700'>practitioner,</span> <span m='13310'>I</span> <span m='13410'>have</span> <span m='13440'>a</span> <span m='13460'>couple</span> <span m='13700'>of</span> <span m='13790'>clinics,</span> <span m='14580'>both</span> <span m='14960'>in</span> <span m='15080'>pediatrics</span> <span m='15680'>and</span> <span m='15790'>women's</span> <span m='16090'>health.</span> <span m='16450'>And so</span> <span m='16740'>those</span> <span m='17240'>days,</span> <span m='18400'>I'm</span> <span m='18620'>just</span> <span m='18890'>seeing</span> <span m='19100'>patients.</span> </p><p><span m='20440'>And</span> <span m='21270'>I</span> <span m='21390'>typically</span> <span m='21780'>have</span> <span m='21950'>a</span> <span m='21990'>patient</span> <span m='22360'>schedule,</span> <span m='22990'>and</span> <span m='23470'>I'm</span> <span m='23680'>on</span> <span m='23840'>call</span> <span m='24540'>to</span> <span m='24680'>answer</span> <span m='25070'>a</span> <span m='25130'>lot</span> <span m='25270'>of</span> <span m='25330'>questions,</span> <span m='25850'>because</span> <span m='26130'>I</span> <span m='26180'>have</span> <span m='26320'>staff</span> <span m='26790'>that</span> <span m='26940'>are</span> <span m='27160'>also</span> <span m='27960'>lactation</span> <span m='28420'>consultants</span> <span m='28675'>that</span> <span m='28930'>are</span> <span m='29080'>throughout</span> <span m='29410'>the</span> <span m='29490'>medical</span> <span m='29800'>center.</span> <span m='30460'>On</span> <span m='30610'>the</span> <span m='30700'>days</span> <span m='31100'>that</span> <span m='31250'>I'm</span> <span m='31470'>working</span> <span m='32340'>just</span> <span m='32670'>as</span> <span m='32770'>a</span> <span m='33075'>lactation</span> <span m='33380'>consultant</span> <span m='34080'>and</span> <span m='34260'>don't</span> <span m='34520'>have</span> <span m='34870'>clinics,</span> <span m='35700'>we</span> <span m='35900'>are</span> <span m='36020'>on</span> <span m='36160'>call</span> <span m='36650'>all over</span> <span m='36830'>the</span> <span m='36920'>medical</span> <span m='37260'>center.</span> </p><p><span m='37600'>So</span> <span m='38150'>a</span> <span m='38220'>typical</span> <span m='38610'>day</span> <span m='38870'>could</span> <span m='39170'>be</span> <span m='40040'>starting</span> <span m='40540'>out</span> <span m='40720'>up</span> <span m='40880'>on</span> <span m='40960'>the</span> <span m='41040'>floor</span> <span m='41400'>with</span> <span m='41590'>new</span> <span m='41760'>moms,</span> <span m='43140'>or</span> <span m='43550'>babies</span> <span m='43890'>in</span> <span m='43980'>the</span> <span m='44070'>nursery,</span> <span m='44840'>helping</span> <span m='45380'>babies</span> <span m='46020'>latch,</span> <span m='46610'>and</span> <span m='47150'>get</span> <span m='47510'>breast</span> <span m='47780'>milk</span> <span m='48130'>preserved.</span> <span m='49320'>All</span> <span m='49470'>of</span> <span m='49560'>those</span> <span m='49970'>good things.</span> <span m='50450'>Typically</span> <span m='51170'>when</span> <span m='51780'>we're</span> <span m='52090'>on</span> <span m='52250'>call,</span> <span m='52990'>we'll</span> <span m='53620'>have</span> <span m='53950'>patients</span> <span m='54470'>that</span> <span m='54600'>have</span> <span m='54940'>a</span> <span m='55000'>whole</span> <span m='55200'>set</span> <span m='55490'>of</span> <span m='55640'>other</span> <span m='55950'>problems,</span> <span m='56580'>but</span> <span m='56720'>happen</span> <span m='57050'>to</span> <span m='57150'>also</span> <span m='57420'>be</span> <span m='57600'>lactating</span> <span m='58150'>sometimes.</span> </p><p><span m='59020'>I</span> <span m='59110'>went to</span> <span m='59260'>nursing</span> <span m='59530'>school</span> <span m='59860'>while</span> <span m='60070'>I</span> <span m='60120'>was</span> <span m='60270'>working</span> <span m='60580'>in</span> <span m='60640'>community</span> <span m='61110'>clinics,</span> <span m='61960'>and</span> <span m='62240'>then</span> <span m='63480'>decided</span> <span m='64000'>what</span> <span m='64230'>I</span> <span m='64280'>really</span> <span m='64519'>wanted</span> <span m='64780'>to</span> <span m='64840'>do</span> <span m='65060'>was</span> <span m='65180'>go</span> <span m='65269'>to</span> <span m='65340'>graduate</span> <span m='65760'>school,</span> <span m='66000'>but</span> <span m='66170'>I</span> <span m='66250'>wanted</span> <span m='66580'>to</span> <span m='66730'>work</span> <span m='67060'>as</span> <span m='67180'>a</span> <span m='67230'>community</span> <span m='67590'>health</span> <span m='67820'>nurse</span> <span m='68050'>for</span> <span m='68140'>a</span> <span m='68180'>while.</span> <span m='68480'>So</span> <span m='68580'>I</span> <span m='68640'>worked</span> <span m='68930'>in</span> <span m='69010'>a</span> <span m='69050'>group</span> <span m='69320'>home</span> <span m='69590'>for</span> <span m='69700'>pregnant and</span> <span m='70080'>parenting</span> <span m='70490'>teenagers,</span> <span m='72060'>worked</span> <span m='72370'>in</span> <span m='72490'>the</span> <span m='72600'>schools</span> <span m='73350'>doing</span> <span m='74880'>health</span> <span m='75150'>education,</span> <span m='76310'>teaching</span> <span m='76790'>in</span> <span m='76940'>health</span> <span m='77210'>classes,</span> <span m='77670'>and</span> <span m='77770'>that</span> <span m='77930'>kind</span> <span m='78110'>of</span> <span m='78190'>thing,</span> <span m='78460'>and</span> <span m='78580'>then</span> <span m='78920'>eventually</span> <span m='79430'>went</span> <span m='79600'>to</span> <span m='79700'>nurse</span> <span m='79880'>practitioner</span> <span m='80370'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='80910'>I</span> <span m='81040'>had</span> <span m='81190'>become</span> <span m='81520'>a</span> <span m='81800'>lactation</span> <span m='82080'>consultant</span> <span m='84280'>just</span> <span m='84540'>after</span> <span m='84840'>nursing</span> <span m='85190'>school,</span> <span m='85520'>and</span> <span m='85670'>so</span> <span m='85800'>my</span> <span m='86760'>goal</span> <span m='87140'>was</span> <span m='87350'>really</span> <span m='87590'>to</span> <span m='87690'>bring</span> <span m='88340'>lactation</span> <span m='88870'>consulting</span> <span m='89450'>into</span> <span m='89810'>primary</span> <span m='90260'>care.</span> <span m='90870'>So</span> <span m='91360'>I kind</span> <span m='91530'>of</span> <span m='91660'>did</span> <span m='91870'>that</span> <span m='92180'>through</span> <span m='92250'>nursing,</span> <span m='92900'>and</span> <span m='93010'>then</span> <span m='93190'>through</span> <span m='93360'>nurse</span> <span m='93590'>practitioner</span> <span m='94470'>programs,</span> <span m='95140'>and</span> <span m='95250'>then</span> <span m='95400'>really</span> <span m='95650'>came</span> <span m='95900'>to</span> <span m='96040'>my</span> <span m='96200'>current</span> <span m='96590'>job</span> <span m='96870'>to</span> <span m='97020'>be</span> <span m='97220'>able</span> <span m='97420'>to</span> <span m='98040'>build</span> <span m='99140'>a</span> <span m='99240'>lactation</span> <span m='99790'>program</span> <span m='100300'>there,</span> <span m='100930'>and</span> <span m='101080'>really</span> <span m='101350'>integrate</span> <span m='101665'>it</span> <span m='101980'>throughout</span> <span m='102480'>the</span> <span m='102640'>health</span> <span m='102890'>care</span> <span m='103080'>system.</span> <span m='103530'>That's</span> <span m='103900'>kind</span> <span m='104070'>of</span> <span m='104190'>always</span> <span m='104550'>been</span> <span m='105130'>what</span> <span m='105310'>I've</span> <span m='105620'>been</span> <span m='105810'>wanting</span> <span m='106090'>to</span> <span m='106230'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='106440'>The</span> <span m='106630'>advice</span> <span m='107040'>I</span> <span m='107130'>would</span> <span m='107340'>give</span> <span m='107920'>is</span> <span m='108450'>to</span> <span m='108600'>really</span> <span m='108920'>start</span> <span m='109450'>out</span> <span m='109770'>in</span> <span m='110920'>a</span> <span m='110970'>setting</span> <span m='111380'>that</span> <span m='111520'>you</span> <span m='111640'>think</span> <span m='111960'>you</span> <span m='112070'>want</span> <span m='112270'>to</span> <span m='112360'>be in.</span> <span m='114180'>And</span> <span m='114820'>get</span> <span m='115070'>as</span> <span m='115240'>much</span> <span m='115640'>experience</span> <span m='116350'>in</span> <span m='116480'>different</span> <span m='116820'>settings</span> <span m='117320'>as</span> <span m='117420'>you</span> <span m='117550'>can.</span> <span m='118690'>I</span> <span m='118750'>think</span> <span m='119130'>I</span> <span m='119480'>was</span> <span m='119710'>somebody</span> <span m='120290'>who</span> <span m='121400'>started</span> <span m='121880'>out</span> <span m='122120'>as</span> <span m='123170'>an</span> <span m='123300'>intern,</span> <span m='123950'>because</span> <span m='124270'>I</span> <span m='124350'>thought</span> <span m='124720'>I</span> <span m='124810'>wanted</span> <span m='125230'>to</span> <span m='125390'>do</span> <span m='127290'>public</span> <span m='127630'>health.</span> </p><p><span m='128160'>And</span> <span m='129750'>I</span> <span m='129870'>realized</span> <span m='130460'>that</span> <span m='130590'>I</span> <span m='130650'>wanted</span> <span m='130970'>to</span> <span m='131070'>do</span> <span m='131260'>more</span> <span m='131500'>clinic</span> <span m='132010'>and</span> <span m='132160'>direct</span> <span m='132510'>service,</span> <span m='133440'>but</span> <span m='135390'>it</span> <span m='135520'>was</span> <span m='135700'>only</span> <span m='135990'>through</span> <span m='136550'>sort</span> <span m='136790'>of</span> <span m='136920'>learning</span> <span m='137760'>how</span> <span m='138000'>that</span> <span m='138250'>happened,</span> <span m='138850'>to</span> <span m='139000'>be</span> <span m='139190'>able</span> <span m='139400'>to</span> <span m='140910'>decide</span> <span m='141390'>that.</span> <span m='141740'>So</span> <span m='142340'>I've</span> <span m='142610'>worked</span> <span m='142850'>in</span> <span m='142920'>a</span> <span m='142970'>whole</span> <span m='143295'>variety of</span> <span m='143620'>settings,</span> <span m='144050'>and</span> <span m='144150'>I</span> <span m='144210'>think</span> <span m='144750'>you</span> <span m='145090'>just</span> <span m='145300'>kind</span> <span m='145460'>of</span> <span m='145530'>get</span> <span m='145660'>your</span> <span m='145770'>foot</span> <span m='145940'>in</span> <span m='146020'>the</span> <span m='146120'>door,</span> <span m='146440'>and</span> <span m='146600'>you</span> <span m='146995'>volunteer, and</span> <span m='147390'>you work</span> <span m='147600'>as</span> <span m='147700'>an</span> <span m='147800'>intern,</span> <span m='148360'>and</span> <span m='148490'>you</span> <span m='148970'>kind of,</span> <span m='149930'>you</span> <span m='150330'>know,</span> <span m='151130'>talk</span> <span m='151530'>your</span> <span m='151670'>way</span> <span m='152000'>into</span> <span m='152390'>what</span> <span m='152580'>you</span> <span m='152670'>think</span> <span m='152870'>you</span> <span m='152960'>want</span> <span m='153140'>to</span> <span m='153210'>do,</span> <span m='153460'>because</span> <span m='153770'>eventually</span> <span m='155000'>you'll</span> <span m='155150'>get</span> <span m='155350'>there.</span> 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