The Division of Pediatric Psychology, in conjunction with the Department of Pediatrics, is seeking a full time patient care technical associate for the U of M inpatient Infant Driven Feeding program. This position will provide direct patient care to hospitalized infants under the direction of the infant driven feeding grant personnel and will primarily be responsible for maintaining the integrity of infant driven feeding protocols, which include conducting standardized feeding assessments, feeding infants at high risk for developing feeding disorders, and assisting in case preparation and organization.
Assists in maintaining a safe, orderly & therapeutic environment. Provides direct patient care following the prescribed infant driven feeding protocols under the supervision of the infant driven feeding grant speech language pathologist and psychologist and unit nursing staff. Monitors infants regarding readiness for oral feeds and communicates with nursing and parents regarding infants’ feeding readiness. Assists nursing staff with scoring readiness for oral feeds. Assists with preparation of feedings, including ensuring correct feeding supplies are available and prepared for each infant (e.g., formula, breastmilk, bottle warmers, bottles, nipples, equipment for tube feeding, and other specified items specified for each infant). Feeds infants using evidence based techniques as indicated by feeding therapists and nursing. Assists with tube feedings of patients, at the direction of the RN. Communicates feeding quality score and adverse events that occurred during feeding for documentation. Assists parents with recognizing and responding to infant feeding readiness and stress cues and adverse events. Measures and records oral intake. Completes documentation in the electronic medical records system after each feeding. Maintains the unit environment as it relates to infant feeding, including ensuring correct feeding supplies are in the patients’ room for all feedings, and returning instruments and unused supplies when feeding plan changes and when an infant is discharged. Collaborates as part of a multidisciplinary team including psychology, nutrition, speech, and medical providers. Provides quality patient care by maintaining knowledge and skill level related to infant driven feeding in children <12 months and the symptoms and treatment of infant feeding problems relevant to position responsibilities and in accordance with UMHS regulations. Accurately collects and records data based on observable patient behavior. Assists with case-related duties such as protocol reviews and caregiver training. Precepts new hires as assigned under the direction of the infant driven feeding grant psychologist and speech-language pathologist. Assists with collection of clinical data for research and quality improvement activities. Demonstrates appropriate infection control and universal precautions. Follows unit safety procedures using safe handling techniques and approved physical management procedures.
Bachelor’s degree in a medical or health-related field, allied health field, education, psychology, child development, or related field. Minimum 1-year recent experience, or a minimum two years’ total experience, in an unlicensed assistive role in a patient care setting. Outstanding interpersonal skills and comfort in working with infants, their caregivers, and multi-disciplinary teams. Excellent attendance. Strong written and spoken communication skills. Must be able to successfully pass all post-training tests regarding infant driven feeding principles and demonstrate use of evidence based infant feeding techniques.
Previous experience with infant feeding, and with implementation of behavioral assessment/treatment programs with young children with medical, behavioral, and/or developmental concerns is highly preferred. Previous training in evidence based infant feeding technique, applied behavior analysis and theoretical understanding of behavioral intervention in a clinical setting is preferred. Proficiency in patient care or health education typically achieved with one or more years of work in a health care setting
36 hour appointment
3-12 hour night shifts 7PM to 7AM
3 shifts per week.
**This is a Term Limited Role for 18 months**
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