WIC Nutrition Assistant/Lactation Educator - WIC Program - Part Time/Days in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 8/4/2020

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Job Description

Job Objective: The WIC Nutrition Assistant/Lactation Educator provides nutrition counseling and breastfeeding education and support for WIC participants following California WIC Program guidelines. The WNA/LE is responsible for enrolling, recertifying, nutrition evaluation, nutrition education, evaluating/resolving breastfeeding problems, prescribing, and issuing food instruments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

A. Conducts nutrition assessment for WIC participants

  1. Evaluates height, weight, and lab values from medical form
  2. Evaluates nutrition questionnaire
  3. Evaluates and prioritizes nutrition risks

B. Nutrition education

  1. Provides nutrition counseling on ISIS generated risks or participant choice
  2. Includes breastfeeding encouragement and support education for all pregnant participants
  3. Uses motivational interviewing techniques and involves participant in counseling
  4. Counseling is focused and time spent is appropriate
  5. Appropriate pamphlets and referral are given
  6. Facilitate/conduct group education classes
  7. Attend Agency meetings to keep current on participant education topics which includes driving to alternate clinics

C. Breastfeeding education and support

  1. Evaluate breastfeeding problems
  2. Develop an appropriate plan of care for mom and baby
  3. Assist all WIC staff with supporting moms to breastfeed
  4. Assist with breastfeeding rounds in the hospital
  5. Lead and facilitate participant breastfeeding class/support group
  6. Be a resource person for WIC staff, doctors, nurses, and the medical community

D. Documentation

  1. Enters all data, labs, height/weight, and demographic information into ISIS correctly
  2. Enters note in the INEP screen for all enrollments, recertification's, single trimester, and mid-certification checks
  3. The note entered in the INEP screen is related to the ISIS generated nutrition risk and the appropriate follow up plan is indicated when necessary
  4. All pregnant participants have a breastfeeding support/encouragement note in on the individual screen
  5. Education contacts are documented on the Nutrition Education screen for each participant
  6. Appropriate HOLDS are placed for request for blood test, immunization record, medical forms, address, and income verification
  7. Ensure all appropriate documents are signed by the participant

E. ISIS competency

  1. Complete enrollments, recertification's, mid-certifications, trimester checks, and Disqualifications according to WIC Program guidelines
  2. Prescribe the correct food package for the participant
  3. Make the correct appointment in the correct clinic for the participant
  4. Enter all data into ISIS correctly

Non-Essential Duties

  • Safety Officer
  • Manage Food Instrument order
  • Update nutrition education boards in classrooms
  • Over-see outreach activates
  • Maintain breastfeeding call book
  • Maintain electric pump book
  • Manage breastfeeding incentive program

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  Knowledge

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent command of the English Language


  • Ability to speak in public
  • Perform duties in a timely manner


  • Ability to maintain composure under stressful situations
  • Ability to empathize with participants of the WIC Program
  • Ability to function in a hospital setting
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle

Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


Action Oriented

Customer Focused


Effective Communication


Ethics & Values

Integrity & Trust

Education and Experience:  Education

  • High School Diploma
  • Successful completion of Nutrition 101 or equivalent


  • 2 years of experience as a WIC Clerk

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • State of California WIC Program WIC Nutrition Assistant Completion of Certification
  • Lactation Educator Certificate
  • Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

    Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fastest growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 

    An Equal Opportunity Employer.


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