Type : Part-time
Hours : Discussed at interview
Team : Three RVNs and four PCAs
Consultations : 15 Minutes
The Practice :
This large modern referral practice in Wakefield offers a diverse range of advanced treatments and provides outstanding clinical care across many disciplines.
The large team work closely together to ensure the clients and patients' needs are always met. They have a large range of equipment which allows them to perform cardiology, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, and soft tissue surgery.
The Person :
Previous experience of nursing in a referral practice is advantageous but not essential
You will have good all-round general nursing experience
You will be motivated with a genuine passion for animal welfare
You will consistently deliver a high standard of clinical care
You will have excellent communication and customer interfacing skills
You will be happy working shift patterns between operating or kennels.
Key Responsibilities :
To ensure the highest standard of nursing care is provided 100% of the time to 100% of our patients
Follow instructions from the Heads of Departments and Ward Team Leader to allow the smooth and efficient running of wards
Maintain excellent verbal communication with all staff. Promptly identify concerns and worries regarding patients with the duty intern / case veterinary surgeon.
To achieve the above while bearing in mind that the practice is a business and therefore costs need to be carefully monitored and sensibly managed
To maintain accurate patient records, including hospital sheets notes
To understand and implement practice policies and standard operating procedures as supplied and updated and as advised by nurse manager, referral centre manager and directors
Take responsibility for your development of good knowledge of all aspects of Veterinary Nursing including but not limited to caring for surgical and medical conditions, inpatient care and emergency conditions to allow appropriate nursing care
Undertake nursing duties and provide a holistic approach to care including, feeding, walking, providing TLC, grooming and providing water to patients, monitoring urine and faecal output.
Assist with procedures within wards, to include restraint of canine and feline patients.
Stock control / rotation. Stock levels for wards to be constantly replenished from stock room to ensure efficient ordering.
Assist and ensure infection control measures, hygiene standards and cleanliness of the hospital are adhered to. Complete daily, weekly and monthly cleaning tasks in specified areas.
Maintain knowledge of the ward manual and the SOP's associated
Develop a common-sense approach to task prioritisation, as well as necessary cover during low staffing periods
Assisting veterinary surgeons, as required.
Assist with the discharge process, returning patients to clients when asked.
To carry out and be accountable for any specific tasks or responsibilities allocated by the line manager or ward team leader.
Be fully aware of all Health & Safety issues and read all information supplied; correct use of anaesthetic machines and scavenger units;
regular cleaning, maintenance & servicing of equipment etc. Familiarise yourself with all available H & S information and speak to the nurse manager if you have any queries or concerns.
Take steps to avoid health and safety risks
The Package :
22,000 - 27,000 pro rata
Generous CPD allowance - days off to attend
5 weeks Holidays Pro Rata plus Birthday off
Flexible rota allowing for a great work / life balance
Paid professional memberships
VDS and RCVS Paid
Staff discount scheme
Workplace pension scheme
Must have :
RCVS registered and qualified
Possess the right to work in the United Kingdom
Excellent customer service and communication skills
12 months' post graduate experience