Student vet nurses – supportive blogs for SVNs

Student vet nurses – supportive blogs for SVNs

 

Over the years I have written a number of blogs for student vet nurses covering many different aspects of training to be a vet nurse in the UK. Student vet nurses are quite different to many other students as the title ‘student vet nurse’ is a legal one which carries quite a high level of responsibility.

 

If you scroll through the blogs on here you’ll see a collection of words below each picture and these are WordPress ‘tags’ and the link blogs by group. I use quite a few and there is always some overlap but you’ll find a great list of student vet nurse blogs if you click here

 

How do you get to be a student vet nurse?

 

There are several ways to become a student vet nurse and different courses to attend. The most popular is the Level 3 Diploma in the UK and this has two awarding bodies – CQ and City and Guilds. Completing either course will allow you onto the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) register of vet nurse in the UK. These courses are often run as day release courses at local colleges and most students then work in or attend placements in vet practices.

 

There are also degree course in vet nursing that could lead you to a FdSc or BSc in vet nursing and again you can enter the RCVS register. These students aren’t employed by a vet practice but are placed on placements by their university.

 

Check the blogshere

 

So I can train at any vets?

 

Well, that’s the hard bit. To train vet nurse clinics need to be registered with the RCVS as Training Practice (TP) so not all practices can train you but they can all offer work experience to see if you like vet nursing and this is often an important part of getting on a course.

 

TP – tick, College place – tick – am I an SVN?

 

You’re nearly there! There’s only one more thing you need… and that’s to be registered as a student vet nurse with the RCVS. Once this is done you can commence training and also be responsible under the RCVS Code of Conduct for caring for patients and clients. You’ll have  a named person responsible for training you and that’s a clinical coach, and they’ll get other people in the clinic to also train you.

 

Check the blogshere

 

Anything else?

 

During your time as student you’ll learn lots – how to study, cope with exams and more. You’ll assist clients with sad and stressful situations and also help them greatly too. This is all a lot to take on so my blogs cover subject areas across:

 

  • Student contracts
  • Working with your clinical coach
  • Studying for exams
  • Surviving your OSCEs
  • How to approach MCQ exams
  • Degree vs diploma nurses The Myths
  • Finance for vet nurses

 

 

And more – Check the blogshere

 

Being a student vet nurse is a great privilege and very hard work so it’s worth reading around what’s already been written and you can sign up for future blog alerts via email on the Contact Me pagethere are people to support your journey!

 

Jane qualified via the NVQ route around 15 years ago and still remembers what its like to be a student. She teaches and supports students in a number of ways including OSCE sessions, writing support sessions and more.  Find out more in Work with Jane

Delegation for SIII for vet nurses

Delegation for SIII for vet nurses

I’ve somehow managed to have a few pieces on a similar theme out at once, excellent or awful planning depending on your view point but for me it does allow me to put together a themed blog for the first updated of my new website so I’m quite happy with that!

SIII delegation is the legal right for vets to delegate certain protected skills to vet nurses who are on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons register. They must also be competent and trained and willing to accept the delegation. This is a two-way process that needs to be fully understood but all parties – vet, vet nurse, team and client.

Recently I have written for Vet Record, The Webinar Vets new Gazette and also for Vet Times on this subject and I’m really pleased with the picture its building of what we need to to do with SIII delegation and why.

The RCVS survey of 2017 showed vets and vet nurses didn’t fully understand the process of delegation, but both parties wanted to delegate and accept delegation more, so I’m hoping that in these articles I cover how we can do this, why we should and where we can get some help.

After all #PlanetRVN is only one letter away from #PlanVetRVN

The Webinar Vet Gazette article with links to RCVS case guides is here 

The Vet Record article is free to download as a PDF until the middle of November and is here

Finally the link between EMS, the TP scheme and the AVS all rolled into one and is available here

Working with chronic pain in the vet industry – my experience

Working with chronic pain in the vet industry – my experience

Working in the veterinary industry usually means you need to be pretty fit and physically able. Yet there are many of us out there that live with health conditions that mean we need to practice a lot of good self care.

I shared what I do and have done during my journey living with chronic pain. Read the full blog here

 

Nursing yourself – the menopause

Nursing yourself – the menopause

Vet nursing is a ‘young profession’ as the average age of a vet nurse is around the early to mid 30’s. This doesn’t mean that members of the profession are all young and career longevity is improving so staying in the profession is easier and more fulfilling.

All this means that inevitable the menopause will hit our industry as we are still a female dominated work force.

I have found some ideas and support for those of us in clinical work and non-clinical work so read the original blog here

#planetrvn for #whatvnsdo – Code Breakers, are you guilty?

#planetrvn for #whatvnsdo – Code Breakers, are you guilty?

The protection offered to the veterinary nurse title by the RCVS Code of Conduct is very important and the veterinary community need to work together to uphold the code.

As its Vet Nurse Awareness month in May this is a timely reminder to value your vet nurses.

In this blog I suggest how to avoid breaking the code when it comes to job adverts and practice websites…

Read the 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!