RVN – BEDFORD
We are looking for a hardworking, reliable and conscientious RVN to join our well established, modern, progressive team, across 3 sites in Bedfordshire.
You must be able to demonstrate a keen enthusiasm for all aspects of Veterinary Nursing. Experience with exotics is not essential as training is provided. You must be friendly and caring, able to work in a team and on your own, use your initiative and be proactive.
Excellent communication and customer service skills are essential in this role. This is a full time position including evenings and weekends.
CPD is encouraged and supported. Salary is commensurate with experience. There is an attractive benefits package which includes; company pension scheme, private medical insurance, gym membership.
Please send your CV, covering letter and 2 references, for the attention of Maxine Ketley, Business Development Manager, email@example.com
5.6 JOB DESCRIPTION JOB TITLE: Veterinary Nurse RESPONSIBLE TO: Head Nurse
Handover of in-patient care after on-call. Assisting Kennel Nurse. Admitting/discharging animals. Preop examinations and premedication of patients with Vets. Maintaining a clean and safe working environment. Washing kits and instruments to assist prep-room Assistant. Cleaning surfaces/floors/equipment. Re-stocking drugs, syringes etc. Assisting Vets with patient examinations.
Preparing/setting up theatre. Monitoring/maintenance and recording of anaesthetised/chemically restrained patients. Assisting with theatre procedures/x-rays/ultrasound/endoscopy. Monitoring and recording recovery of animals. Handover of recoveries to Kennel Nurse. Administering medicines under the direction of a Veterinary Surgeon. Entering theatre procedure details onto computer records. Maintaining accurate hospital records using the AT hospital system.
General husbandry, care and maintenance of in-patients and day patients. Maintaining accurate patient records, regular monitoring and recording of in-patient care. Medicating in-patients (by direction of veterinary surgeon). Maintaining a clean and safe environment for patients and staff. Efficiently communicating with Theatre and prep-room staff. Washing bowls/trays etc. Liaising with clients and informing relevant staff of clients visiting patients. Updating case Vets of patient care. Informing clients of patient status and account information.
Maintaining an efficient and informative nurse consultation service. Liaising with Receptionists. Effective and empathetic communication with clients. Providing estimates when required. Providing accurate and most current information and advice for; weight management, diet, neutering, exercise, blood pressure monitoring, preventative health care, neutraceuticals, microchipping, travelling abroad, current special offers/promotions. Maintaining accurate client records including; history, current weight, insurance status, invoicing.
Accurate dispensing of large and small animal prescriptions. Recording dispensed items accurately including Batch numbers where appropriate. Regular maintenance of consulting room equipment including; tonopen, ear pieces, stethescopes etc. Topping up/re-stocking tablet pots/lids. Assisting vets in consults when required. Cleaning and maintaining consult rooms between surgeries. Answering phone calls. Advising clients over phone and at front desk. Unpacking and initialling drug order when it arrives. Admitting ops, assisting in prep-room when required.
Running appropriate blood samples listed in the lab book. Fully responsible for invoicing lab work, entering results onto client record and to indicate this has all be done in lab book. Daily maintenance and cleaning of all equipment. Running daily calibration/cleaning and quality control when required. Assisting other members of staff when requested if possible. Disposal of old lab samples.
Assisting the duty vet with emergency cases. Taking over of in-patients from kennel nurse. Continuing treatment and patient care as detailed in section 3. Lab work if necessary. Discharging patients. Accurate communication with both clinical staff, receptionists and clients. Responsible for end of day procedures including; general hygiene, tidying, stocking up, security. Answering phone calls out of hours; providing advice, estimate where required, phone triage/instruction, making arrangements for the case to be seen when required. Hand-over of in-patients to kennel nurse the following morning.
Answering phone calls. General hygiene, disinfection and maintenance of clinical areas. Administration of individual cremations. Any reasonable task directed by their superiors. Observation of all practice rules as defined in practice manual, HSE, COSHH etc., as from time to time updated.
- Practice branch staffing
Responsible for providing advice and support. Running nurse clinics according to demand. Reception duties, as detailed in the Veterinary Receptionist Manual. Assisting the Vet when required. Opening up the premises. Till reconciliation, cashing up, stock take. Routine cleaning and maintenance. Securing the premises at the end of your shift.
Responsible for recording details of each pathological item posted, in the posting book. Packaging pathological samples according to the UN3373 posting regulations and labelling the items accordingly. Applying the correct postage to each item (including special recorded, signed for). Completion of pathological sample lab submission paperwork, in liaison with the case vet. Applying the correct postage to 1st and 2nd class mail according to its size and weight. Completing all associated relevant paper records for special items. Ensure the ‘ready’ post is in reception for 5pm (Mon-Fri) for collection by The Royal Mail.
Pathological samples for PTDS are secured with completed paperwork and put into the collection box outside the premises, for collection, before 7pm.
- Student Nurses
Will work all sections of the Nurse Job Description under the direct guidance and supervision of a Registered Veterinary Nurse or Veterinary Surgeon.
- Clinical Coaches
Responsible for providing ongoing support and guidance to all student veterinary nurses. (Where possible this will be on a 1:1 ratio). Responsible for completing regular student tutorials (at least every 2 weeks). These must include relevant discussion points, target dates and reflective comments. Students must be supported in all aspects of nursing and nurse training. Responsible for assisting student nurses in the completion of their Nursing Progress Log. Responsible for liaising with Head Nurse, Senior Admin Nurse, and Veterinary Nursing course provider for the provision of nurse training.