Maternity nurses can provide much needed support and assistance to families with young babies. There are many Maternity Nurse positions available but due to the specialist nature of this kind of domestic care, parents are naturally very particular about the type of people they will consider for the role. Experience and qualifications rank highly, as do impeccable references. For experienced Maternity Nurses, this poses no problem, but how do you get onto the career ladder if you are moving into Maternity Nursing for the first time?
Our Placement and Work Experience programmes focus on providing you with valuable placements as a maternity nurse, enabling you to gain practical experience and obtain those all important references, whilst also helping you to work towards gaining our industry-accepted qualifications. Both our Placement and Work Experience programmes are provided at no cost to you or to the families.
HATA Placement Scheme
We organise placements with a family that has at least one baby under 6 months old and is happy to accommodate a trainee Maternity Nurse. Typically these placements are unpaid, but they do offer flexible hours, allowing to fit your placement around other commitments and gain the valuable experience you need to progress in your career as a Maternity Nurse.
As part of your placement, we will provide you with a list of all the core skills you should be demonstrating in your position as a Maternity Nurse. Placements are designed to help you to showcase your confidence, maturity and natural ability to handle both the needs of young babies and those of the wider family, including how you tailor your support to cater for a range of individual parenting styles.
Details of our current placement opportunities are communicated via our mailing list, advertised on our Facebook page and listed on our Placements & Work Experience page.
HATA Work Experience Programme
Occasionally, we are able to offer paid work experience opportunities which can provide a valuable foot in the door whilst also providing a basic income. HATA is not an employment agency so you will be required to negotiate your pay and conditions directly with the employer. However we can provide advice and support throughout the process to ensure that you reach an agreement that works for both you and the family.
Getting started on one of our programmes is easy! To register with us you will need the following:
Following successful registration, you can sign up to our newsletter to start receiving notifications for placement opportunities, or visit our Facebook Page. Let us know which opportunities you are interested in and we will forward the families the brief profile you have completed which will include your experience and availability.
We understand that it can take time to find the right position and to refine your applications to best meet the varying needs of families, so we will be on hand to guide you through the various aspects of securing a position.
Continuing your learning and development
We want you to be the best Maternity Nurse you can be and this involves continuing your professional development. You can apply for as many placements or work experience jobs as you like and we encourage you to continue looking for placements as your experience grows. This will allow you to gain experience in specific circumstances such as breastfeeding mothers or families with multiples.
We actively encourage HATA-trained Maternity Nurses to ask their clients if a trainee can shadow them at work and we will advertise these opportunities via our regular newsletters. You can also contact local Antenatal Teachers, Midwives and Charities. We will happily provide verification of your HATA qualification.
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