Advice for Maternity Nurses
How to become a maternity nurse
If you have decided to become a maternity nurse you will need to know what to expect from the job. You should be willing to work hard and accept that sleepless nights can be frequent when on a booking. You need to be confident in your knowledge of new-borns, their care, breastfeeding, minor ailments and spotting the signs of any major ones.
For any inexperienced nanny or maternity nurse, or for anyone who is completely new to the field, a good place to start and gain confidence is by taking an OCN (Open College Network) course, particularly the OCN Maternity Practitioner’s Award, or the Post Natal Care/Maternity Nursing course which is run by MNT Training or N.E.S.T (Newborn Education Services & Training).
These are just a few of the many great courses that will arm you with the knowledge and theory to get you started in your role as a maternity nurse or baby nurse. They are also a great way to understand the guidelines surrounding Cot Death, and make a really good start to any career as a maternity nurse.
Being a maternity nurse is a fun and rewarding job; helping parents to become confident, loving and positive towards their babies. This benefits the baby as those who have a positive environment can become confident, loving and caring adults.
For your own peace of mind you may want to consider being insured in case of any accidents. Try a company called Morton Michel who can cover you for a small amount per year. You can contact them on 0845 2570 900.
Below you will find a variety of links to further, useful information that we hope you will find helpful.
- Advice for former Nannies & Nursery Nurses
- Advice for former Midwifes & Maternity Nurses
- Expected Baby Duties
- Expected Conduct & Advice for being in a booking
- Recording your work
- Family time
- Main causes of tension
- Resolving Issues
- Your Appearance & Presentation
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0844 409 7321 or 0207 471 6000. Alternatively you can e-mail us at [email protected]