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We are seeking Night Nurses to join our team, working part time, 27.5hrs/wk.

The hours are 5 x 11 hour night shifts, followed by 9 nights off, which allows for great work/life balance!

The roles involve working alongside a dedicated night team of nurses, ACA’s and veterinary surgeons, to provide nursing care to our patients in our ICU, Surgery, Neurology, Canine medicine and Feline wards.

As this is an OOH role, the ideal candidate must be able to work well under their own initiative as well as in a team. You will be working with a group but also with a high degree of solo work and autonomy over your own ward. Excellent time keeping skills and the ability to work well under pressure are also a must as the caseload is extremely variable. No two nights are the same! For the right candidate, this is an exciting opportunity to fully utilise and develop your nursing skills and gain extensive knowledge of specialist nursing in-patient care. The variety of cases and the number of people we have make it possible for people to develop specialties e.g. ECC or feline nursing.

Good communication skills are essential to ensure the smooth running of the hospital.

ECC/Critical care experience would be desirable but not essential.

Our benefits package includes five weeks holiday & bank holiday allowance, a generous pension scheme, staff discounts, free flu vaccinations & eye test vouchers.

The salary range for this role is £21,507.83 - £28,105.48, dependent on experience.

Job Description

Responsibilities

Job purpose

Reports To:                    Head Night Nurse

Job Purpose:

The main purpose of the post is to provide out of hours nursing support within the small animal hospital. You will be responsible for the nursing care and treatment of hospitalised patients as well as assisting with emergency procedures as required. You will also be responsible for providing nursing assistance for the Out of Hours service.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Assisting veterinary surgeons, students and other staff with in-patient care throughout the referral hospital to include restraint and support for clinical procedures and emergency cases.
  • Independently carry out nursing duties within the intensive care unit and medical and surgical wards to a high standard such as monitoring critical care patients.
  • Ensure and effective and smooth handover of inpatient during morning and evening rounds
  • Ensure adequate nursing plans and inpatient records are set up and reassessed as required in relation to the patient’s requirements
  • Ability to demonstrate and perform laboratory skills within the unit
  • Teaching of Veterinary and Veterinary Nursing undergraduates, to include clinical coach training if appropriate.
  • Ensuring cleanliness and hygiene are maintained within the unit
  • Dispensing and administering (under the direct supervision of a veterinary surgeon) medication to animals, maintaining accurate stock control and following all protocols relating to drug holding, dispensing and handling and giving clear and accurate instructions to clients when dispensing medication
  • Maintaining accurate patient records with regards to all clinical notes, treatment, diagnoses, client communication and client /patient information
  • Ensuring that all procedures and consumables are accurately entered onto the patients’ records in order to keep the invoice up to date at all times during their stay
  • Participating in a nurse rota which provides sickness and holiday cover as required
  • Proactively identify and act upon opportunities for business improvement. Openly identify and discuss problems in order to implement and sustain improvements that increase the value we deliver to our, clients, employees, and students.
  • Maintaining a good working relationship with all team members
  • Communicating in an effective and pleasant manner with clients and colleagues
  • Carry out all other reasonable duties as requested by the line manager.
  • Responsible for keeping themselves and others safe, reporting accidents, near misses and hazards and adhering to health and safety requirements and policies as required by the business/their line manager.

Person Specification

Person Specification

The skills, abilities, experience and knowledge outlined below provide a summary of what is required to carry out this job effectively.

Essential

Desirable

Two years in veterinary practice or ability to prove similar levels of knowledge and experience

Advanced Emergency and Critical Care (or similar)

Able to carry out veterinary nursing duties as listed above

Clinical Coach

Confidence and experience in effective handling and restraint of animals

Interest in advancing own qualifications

RCVS Listed Veterinary Nurse

Communicating effectively with clients

Ability to work within a team

Ability to act independently

Flexible approach to work

Eligibility to work in the UK

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