Uk Blog Awards 2019 – Please vote (for me)!

Uk Blog Awards 2019 – Please vote (for me)!

It is with pride and amazement that I can announce I am in the second round of the UK Big Awards for 2019!

This stage is the public vote and if I get enough votes I’ll get to be a finalist where some fabulous past winners explore my content, my website and the community I’ve helped create – which is all of you.

You get one vote in each category so can vote for me in each category I’m in:

  • Nature and wildlife
  • Vlogger (check my youtube channel!)
  • Well being

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Where it all began

Unlike many people I started my blog by being published in a popular publication online. Many people begin to blog for themselves via sites like WordPress or social media micro blogging sites like Instagram

I had been active on Twitter as @JaneRVN for a while, around 8 years ago and was using #PlanetRVN to create an online community for vet nurses, vets and pet owners and had been spotted by the digital content editor at Vet Times – the largest veterinary newspaper (yes that is A Thing).

A little direct message popped up and said they were running a 3 month trial on blogs and were looking for a vet, vet nurse and student vet, would I be the vet nurse contributor? Well, blogging was very different back then and even though I had enjoyed writing at school I thought I’d do it for 3 months and then it would fizzle out.

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I got that a bit wrong didn’t I?

I just had my 6 year Blogaversary with Vet Times and write every fortnight for them and have also co-blogged with the vet blogger Nick Marsh and written some articles on coping with exams and recruitment. Fitting into a blog awards category was quite difficult!

I now blog every month for 4 companies – check my blog page here and manage a few blogs for myself, and some guest articles elsewhere. These are often based around the subjects I have been asked to present on at veterinary conferences in the UK and abroad. Focussing on safe social media use in vet practices, professional identity, well being and more.

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Then there’s the videos

Oh yes, so the blogs and the response in particular to the educational support for student vet nurses motivated me to start a YouTube channel. Its initial focus was on providing support for the student vet nurse OSCE tasks, these are clinical skills practical exams every student vet nurse (and student vet) in the UK and many other countries sit before qualifying. Like your driving test but 12 driving tests in a row…

They are very scary and there are many myths around them so after writing some blogs on this I ventured into videos. The reponse to these has been phenomemal and it makes me so proud to be able to support student vet nurses and those that train them, their clinical coaches. Last year my channel was placed in the Top 75 vet YouTube channels in the world and is around number 30, is the top vet nurse channel and I think has just beaten the BVA to the top UK veterinary entrant.

I’m now doing a regular Vet Nurse Dictionary Corner as a relaxed way to learn new terminology and we’re currently on anaesthesia and capnography monitoring and in the new year will look at ways to improve your learning because…

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Then there’s the book

I appeared that my writing had attracted more attention and a publisher approached me about what topics I thought vet nursing needed for new books. I wrote a list of about twenty titles and then we had a chat, and it was there I realised they would like me to write one of these books!

I checked my list again and realised some of these titles were quite ambitious for a first book so hastily moved on and focussed on an area knew needed help. My blogs and videos and the response they got both publicly and privately had shown me that research and study skills support was lacking for this community and maybe I was the person to help?

I’m proud to say my first book with 5M publishing is available to pre-order now (click here) and is out in March!

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Blogging is an honour and a privilege and I feel lucky to have so many avenues to share with my community and beyond and to have been able to use this to explore other ways to create and share. Thank you everyone, love you.

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And now on Radio 4 … The Archers

And now on Radio 4 … The Archers

I apologise in this blog if you aren’t an Archers fan, I know this daily 13 minutes of radio can be divisive. However the on going issue of the visibility of the vet nursing role seems to crop up everywhere and at the time the vet focussed story lines really showed the absence of, well, anyone else in a vet practice that keeps it running besides the vet!

Although since this blog a ‘vet nurse’ has been mentioned… when a fractious cat needed handling! Love it!

Read the original blog here…

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

#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!

 

 

#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

Alternative aromatherapy – Veterinary smells

Alternative aromatherapy – Veterinary smells

For Vet Times this month I pondered the good, bad and ugly of the smells we get exposed to in The Veterinary World. That might sound weird but there’s something very powerful about smell and memory and in the vet world we get to sniff the weird wonderful and down right nasty.

Check my blog out here, but sorry, it’s not scratch and sniff!

Jane RVN blogs for pet owners with Any-UK-Vet.co.uk

Jane RVN blogs for pet owners with Any-UK-Vet.co.uk

I’m really pleased to announce that I’m now working with any-uk-Vet.co.uk to provide blogs for pet owners. This adds to my current blogging for Vet Times and Recruit4vets which are mainly focussed on the vet industry.

My first blog was concerning that thorny issue of being a vet nurse who owns a Peke – a flat faced dog of the type that has seen a lot of negative press recently. How do I feel about this and what do I do to keep Hollie healthy? Read more!

I’m really honoured to be chosen to speak directly to pet owners and share my knowledge and experience of being that curious hybrid of vet nurse/vet client as I progress throug the care needed for a high maintenance Peke and a cat who seems to let none of her chronic health issues hold her back.

 

Social media for vet practices – Fracture or # ?

Social media for vet practices – Fracture or # ?

 

I first became familiar with the # when training as a veterinary nurse. The symbol appeared frequently as the practice saw a high number of emergency patients and there were the inevitable broken legs from dogs being hit by cars and the broken jaws and pelvis of the high-rise syndrome cats.

Happily I now associate # as a hashtag and enjoy using it on social media, a little different from seeing it and knowing I was heading into theatre for a 3-4 stint. I find on social media people usually see a # and either love it, avoid it or misuse it, so what is it, what does it do and how can you use it?

 

What is a # ?

Simply put a # is a form of metadata. i.e. it provides data on other data. While that sounds quite dry and dull it’s a very specific way of saying that a # used on social media links all posts that use that #. # terms are also picked up by search engines so can help with your SEO.

It’s an easy way to link people with similar interests or to raise awareness of events or issues without it being focused on an individual account or page.

 

What is trending?

 It is usually the content of a # that you will see “trending”. Trending describes the list of the most popular topics on social media sites. It can be a single word, a phrase or a name. It lets social media users see what is popular on their platform at that time. It can help spread messages quickly which, like my previous blog on viral posts can be really beneficial.

Is a # beneficial to me?

Using a # is quick and easy and can create different communities within your followers and attract new followers. It saves you setting up new accounts for sharing new products or information yet you will still be able to be found on social media and using SEO – yes you can Google #s.

It can be great for short term sharing of information – like having a stall at an upcoming summer fayre or a promotion on preventative health care. I use #planetrvn on social media to link my posts and others use it too to promote what they are doing in the ventures world. It also makes the posts less about me and my account as a person, its a community.

How do I start one?

Choose your message and put a # in front of it – it’s that simple. But make sure your message is easy to understand and not easily confused with others. Avoid the basic pitfalls of:

 

  • Bad spelling – Facebook you can edit posts on – Twitter you can’t so that will live with you forever (deleted posts don’t disappear entirely either) and people then can’t find all the posts

 

  • Typos – as above a typo will make the # look poor and hard to find

 

  • Punctuation – #’s don’t like punctuation and it will stop linking letters and numbers, meaning #no.1petcare will become just #no – not a great #

 

  • # already in use – check especially with commonly used words or initials. Your message will be lost Google your intended # as well as searching on social media

 

  • creating words you didn’t intend to – Susan Boyles album launch # was #susanalbumparty which doesn’t read well when put together

 

  • piggy backing on popular # – some companies have done this and it doesn’t end well. We know that #strictly will trend most weekends over autumn in the UK as the BBC have Strictly Come Dancing on and it’s a show where viewers vote for contestants. Yes, it’s popular but it’s not really vet related – unless Noel Fitzpatrick is in this years contestants. Posting something about flea treatments with #strictly usually won’t win you any favours!

 

Managing your #

Do remember to head into your # (just click on it) and check whats going on. This means you can make sure it hasn’t been hi-jacked, but also you can respond to comments and re-post. This has the effect of connecting you to more followers and boosting the frequency that your # is seen, as well as creating a community.

#plan, #create, #enjoy

Using a # well can really expand your horizons on social media and it is a great way to increase your SEO. Avoid the pitfalls above, plan what you want to do and enjoy! Join me on #planetrvn to see how it can work.