Mothercraft nurse

What they do

Mothercraft nurses are enrolled nurses who practise only in the area of mothercraft nursing. They provide nursing care and assist parents in providing care to newborn infants. They may work in hospitals and health care facilities across Western Australia. They often work as part of a multidisciplinary health care team to attend to core basic needs of children and newborn infants such as bathing, feeding, changing, sleeping and rest. Mothercraft nurses also assist in providing emotional support, advice and training on infant care to parents of newborn infants.

Working conditions

Mothercraft nurses often work in hospitals, clinics and facilities intended specifically for birthing. They are usually supervised by a registered nurse, doctor or midwife. They adhere to strict rules and regulations to ensure the safety and wellbeing of infants and young children at all times.

Mothercraft nurses may be exposed to bodily fluids and other unsanitary materials, so may need to wear necessary safety clothing. Depending on the organisation for which they work, they may be required to work long shifts, odd hours and weekends.

Tools and technologies

Mothercraft nurses usually work in a medical or health facility environment and so need to be familiar with using medical equipment such as thermometers and stethoscopes. They typically demonstrate formula and food preparation using home cooking equipment. They may clean toys, make cots/beds, change linen and empty rubbish as necessary.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a mothercraft nurse, you usually need to gain a qualification in nursing and become an enrolled nurse.

The Diploma of Nursing is offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia. Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and My Skills to find a registered provider near you.

The University of Notre Dame offers the 2-year Diploma of Nursing. This is the only university in Western Australia to offer a nursing diploma. Contact the university for more information.

On completion of your nursing diploma, you will be required to work with children ranging from newborns to five years of age to gain the necessary paediatrics experience.

Required registration and licensing

To work as a mothercraft nurse in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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