FAQs

What are the best maternity nurse interview questions?
Open What are the best maternity nurse interview questions?
  • Please outline your maternity care qualifications.
  • Why do you enjoy working in maternity care?
  • What makes you a good maternity nurse?
  • Are you happy to educate me about my baby?
  • What is your chosen approach to routines?
  • When do you normally manage to get a baby sleeping through the night?
  • Will you support me if I change my mind about routine?
  • Are you happy to share a room with the baby?
  • Do you have experience helping breastfeeding mothers?
  • Can you give advice on diet and breastfeeding?
  • Are you willing to support with night feeds?
  • Can you give advice on expressing breast milk and how to store it?
  • Do you expect meals or are you happy to cook for yourself?
  • Are you happy to give the family some alone time?
  • Do you have any dietary requirements?
  • Will you be happy to make cups of tea or food for the family occasionally and help with some household chores such as the washing up?
  • Do you intend to stay in the house on your days off or go home?
  • Do you expect your own tv?
What qualifications does a maternity nurse need?
Open What qualifications does a maternity nurse need?

There are a number of qualifications a maternity nurse may have including:

  • Maternity Practitioner Award - Level 4 (ONC accredited)
  • Maternity Practitioner Award - Level 3 (OCN accredited)
  • Breastfeeding Course - Level 3 (OCN accredited)
  • Sleep Training Course - Level 3 (OCN accredited)
What qualities make a good maternity nurse?
Open What qualities make a good maternity nurse?
  • Ability to establish a routine
  • Helpful with advice and suggestions
  • Easy to live alongside
  • Ability to cope in an emergency
  • Reliability, honesty, and trustworthiness
How long should I book a maternity nurse for?
Open How long should I book a maternity nurse for?

The average is a 6-12 week booking for maternity assistance, though could be as short as for a 2 week period and as long as an 18 week period.

What is the appropriate start date for a maternity nurse?
Open What is the appropriate start date for a maternity nurse?

Most maternity nurses commence the role at or around the due date of the baby.

How long does it take to hire a maternity nurse?
Open How long does it take to hire a maternity nurse?

The average time from start to finish is 2-4 weeks.

The Signature Staff team spend a considerable amount of time and effort drawing up a shortlist of candidates who represent the best-fit for your household based upon both your maternity care requirements and their skill-set and personality.

Further time needs to be allowed for the schedules of both the client and candidates for interviews.

When should I start looking to hire a maternity nurse?
Open When should I start looking to hire a maternity nurse?

Most Signature Staff clients wait until 12 weeks into the gestation, when the pregnancy has progressed and they know whether they are expecting a single, twins or triplets.

We would encourage clients to register early to ensure an excellent selection of maternity nurses.

What is the difference between a maternity nurse and a nanny?
Open What is the difference between a maternity nurse and a nanny?

Maternity nurses are trained to look after newborn babies and infants so their tenure with a family tends to be of short duration. They work longer shifts than nannies with many being on call for 24 hours, 6 days a week. They are self-employed unlike nannies who are employed by the family.

Nannies, on the other hand, look after infants aged 3 months and older and their contracts are long-term. Nannies work 10-12 hours per day for 5 or 6 days per week. Typically a nanny doesn’t do night duties, although they are often prepared to babysit if given sufficient notice.

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