Introduction by Kate Cranston-Stephens BA (Hons), DPNC, MdipEd & Founder, NEST
|For over twenty years I have worked within the regime of the young and the very young as a Postnatal Carer / non-medical Maternity Nurse, teacher, researcher and educator. By combining these key ingredients I adapted my research into a training programme for those who wish to enter the specialist field of newborn care as a Postnatal Carer / Maternity Nurse. All NEST courses carry accreditation, the PNC / Maternity Nursing course carrying the highest at 12 credits at Level III (equivalent to NVQ level III or ‘A’ level)
Why we use the term Postnatal Carer
The term maternity "nurse" suggests a medically qualified practitioner, which our research found to be misleading for 'new' mothers and those wishing to train in newborn care hence the term Postnatal Carer was born.
What is a Postnatal Carer / Maternity Nurse and what do they do?
The Postnatal Carer / non-medical Maternity Nurse plays a tremendously important role in the lives of new mothers and their newborn babies; they provide support, advice and guidance. A Postnatal Carer / non medical Maternity Nurse will remain in the home until the mother feels confident to care for her own baby.
NEST Courses focus on the importance of using communication skills
The NEST Postnatal Carer course offers a complete training programme with on going tutorial support, advice and guidance. It has been designed as a learning tool to build confidence and promote education in newborn care for both carer and mother. Also stepping outside the home environment, the PNC / Maternity Nursing course explores the areas of law that affects all of us who work within the baby /childcare industry.
What makes NEST Accredited Courses & Students Special?
NEST Accredited Courses have been introduced to bring postnatal care / maternity nursing recognition as a serious, responsible profession and to regulate training practices. NEST students work in small groups of no more than 8 to ensure the best possible teaching and learning practices. 2 days are spent in the training rooms, which emulate the home environment, with a further 6 weeks spent in research and home study. NEST tutors remain on hand even when students have passed through the course and are in work.
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