Part time or flexible working – make it work for you!

Making work fit in with all the different situations life throws at you can be tough. I’m hoping this blog can help as it highlights that asking for part time or flexible working hours is not just for those with children or those returning to work after maternity leave.

Read the blog here…

#planetrvn – ranked in the best vlogs in the world!

When your inbox is filled with GDPR requests in can make checking emails rather dull, so I was even more pleased than usual to get an email from blogspot to say my YouTube channel is in the Top 75 Veterinary YouTube channels in the world!

In fact its at No 34! How amazing is that!

Thanks to the amazing subscribers and viewers who have made the channel such a success. We’re very close to breaking into the top 30 channels so if anyone else would like an emails roughly every 2 weeks to show you my latest video then please SUBSCRIBE and boost our chart position!

Its hard to believe how low I was feeling when I started recording some videos hoping to help a few students… that was 2 years ago and look where we are now! The student vet nurse community really saved me with their positive feedback – THANK YOU!

 

 

Salary, hours, environment – what matters to you?

There is no such thing as ‘standard terms and conditions’ for employment in the veterinary world. The needs of each practice are unique and therefore the employment contract is usually unique too!

For you this provides room to negotiate or select where you work that suits you most. It also means you should consider what means the most to you – hours? salary? discounted care for your pets?

You choose – read more here

 

 

 

#planetrvn says ‘Money Talks’

Recruit4vets get a lot of feedback on what people look for in a job advert, and in the job itself. They supply both permanent and locum positions for vet practices and as we were discussing blog ideas last year we hit upon the idea of getting a poll together to ask what people really had as their top priorities.

Yes, there are salary surveys by many organisations but that’s for the role you are in now… R4V wanted to know what was the biggest, and smallest motivator when looking for a new position and I wanted to prove that talking about money doesn’t hurt, it only helps with the recruitment process.

As we all know mentioning salary or working hours in a job advert seems taboo for many veterinary employers… well let’s see how important that is to you … read more

How do you create Standard Operating Procedures for vet practice?

Good morning,

Hey #planetrvn – You may be having a snow day and seeing fewer patients – maybe you’re going through your huge Vet Nurse To Do List… there’s always things to tweet and improve even in the best of practices. If you’re a vet nurse considering how to write some Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) you might find my latest Recruit4Vets blog helpful.

Stay safe and write an SOP!

Jane

#planetrvn – can you fold a drape and place a TST strip safely?

It’s sometimes the little things that can cause us stress in exams – the things we do every day. I’ve made this video as placing the TST strip correctly for use can trip you up in a stressful OSCE exam. Have the sound up loud as I’m unusually a little quiet,

Jane

VetFest – al fresco CPD

 

I admit I thought I was a bit old to be attending a festival. I like my home comforts and spending a couple of days in a field didn’t seem to offer many home comforts. Maybe there has been too much mud on TV from Glastonbury but the appeal of CPD in a field was a little lost on me.

 

When its summer I need to have my toes out at all times. How would I cope with mud? What if it rains, will I cope with a chemical toilet, how would I cope with the crazy festival vibe?

 

Still, I planned for my time in the field. I bought a poncho for the rain, a selfie stick for many photo opportunities and a floral headband so I would fit in, how could I not enjoy myself?

 

Well Dear Reader, enjoy myself I did. Everything about VetFest was fabulous. Although there could have been more face glitter….

 

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Let’s start with the important part – the CPD. The lectures were held marquees creating a fab atmosphere.  To counter the noise from neighbouring marquees there were headphones for attendees and it looked like we were in a silent disco.

The subjects were varied and the presentations of a really high standard. I was sorry to not to have been able to go the rehab lectures on the Saturday as they looked amazing. I really enjoyed  Kieran Borgeats cardiology and Jon Bowens behaviour and noise phobia lectures.

The facilities needn’t  have had me worried. The toilets were actually pretty plush. The food was fantastic – the best I’ve had at any CPD. There was also plenty of places to top up your water bottle and the food was served in cardboard containers. It was easy to avoid single use plastics so I was really happy.

The atmosphere was laid back and friendly. The small size of the festival really helped. I had envisioned a huge queue for food and toilets but that wasn’t the case.

A few days before we had received an email about an embargo on broadcasting any of the key note with Russell Brand. It all made it seem pretty serious but I needn’t have worried. The discussion between Russell and Noel was great. Relaxed, fun, but discussing the pressures on the vet industry and what we can do about it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who felt that being in our industry makes us part of a special club that’s an honour to be in it and we need to look after each other.

 

 

This was possibly the friendliest CPD meeting I’ve been to. I had an absolute blast, met so many great people and learnt loads, all while being outside! I’m thinking next year I get a VW Camper van and stay for the weekend! See you there in 2018, when everyone will have their toes out!

 

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Code Breakers

 

While highly sought after by intelligence agencies Code Breakers in the vet nursing world aren’t as sought after. The Code of Conduct is not there to be broken, it’s the one written piece of guidance that protects the title ‘Veterinary Nurse’.

Check the Code of Conduct for VS or VN  – under the section “and the profession”point 3.5

 

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This means that when referring to ourselves or colleagues we need to use the correct terms. The code of conduct states we should not be referring to those not on the register (RVN) as a veterinary nurse. This period as referring to anyone caring for animals as a “nurse” is over. There is a difference.

There are still people with misleading and incorrect information on their profiles on social media and are posting under that guise for advice. This is potentially very complicated, serious and dangerous.

The advice given to a fellow RVN with differ from that given to a lay person as there will be assumptions about the legality of certain actions.

Using the incorrect title when job hunting – either permanent or locum – has huge implications. There have already been successful cases of fraud against individuals working as RVNs when they are not on the register. These involve possible prison sentences, financial fines and a criminal record.

Title options

As many vets will employ lay staff with titles such as Care Assistant consider using these titles instead of nursing titles. Working in a vets is a sought after position, take pride in having that position. If you are a student then use SVN, it’s a highly coveted course to say you are on and the title carries legal responsibilities too. Take pride in being an SVN. If you are an RVN then shout about it! But only once you are on, and stay on the register.

Can I be a VN?

The post nominal VN is no longer in use. If you have previously been an RVN then you can put that on your CV but make it clear if you are no longer on the register. Using VN post nominals creates confusion as people assume you mean RVN and thus may use this title and describe you as a veterinary nurse. This may lead people to put you in situations you shouldn’t be in.

What can I do?

 You can make sure you use the correct title for yourself, check your employer has the correct details on their website or any data they have for you. Be the industries eyes and ears on social media, websites and job adverts.

The RCVS professional conduct department are always happy to advise you if you aren’t sure of anything. If you wish to discuss an issue then screen shot the issue or find out the evidence. Email Prof Con profcon@rcvs.org.uk

Or directly contact the people on this list:

While the RCVS cannot regulate non-vets or RVNs they can advise you on the best course of action. Be polite, always bear in mind it might be a genuine error and present yourself as a professional to be listened to, and don’t be the one to Break the Code.

Jane RVN heads to BSAVA

My years of blogging, creating social media content and creating youtube videos are paying off!

I’m headed to BSAVA in April to talk on a panel about social media! There are a few of us on the panel, but I’m the only vet nurse! I’m a little scared but really looking forward to it.

We’re in Hall 6 On Saturday afternoon and its open to all, so come and join us to discuss the trials, tribulations, trolls and tom foolery of social media for the veterinary world.