VDS Training has launched the Confident Vet Nurse training programme, designed to help nurses build self-confidence, overcome self-doubt and feel more comfortable speaking up.

Course delegates will learn a range of practical skills, including understanding oneself and others, practising positive thinking, nutrition and fitness, day-to-day demands and confident teamwork.

The six-part course consists of 17 modules which count for over 20 hours CPD. It can be accessed through an online learning platform with an accompanying workbook and reflective exercises. 

Carolyne Crowe, Head of Training at the VDS, said: "We all know that veterinary nurses are a vital part of the practice team, and that they work tirelessly to improve the health and wellbeing of animals in their care. However, I’m sure even the most confident amongst us would often like to have more faith in our own abilities and judgements, to be able to speak up more assertively in situations we find challenging and take back control.

“We’re passionate about helping nurses to feel more relaxed and in control, and our Confident Vet Nurse programme can give them the tools to do that, with highly experienced coaches and nurses coming together to deliver this practical course. We have been there, we know what it’s like, we understand, and we can help you to build your confidence to get what you need from your life and from your work.”

Emma Stansfield, Head Veterinary Nurse at the RVC Beaumont Animal Hospital and and Stress Management and Wellbeing Trainer and Coach at VDS Training (pictured right) said: “Veterinary nursing can be tough. It can easily chip away at your confidence, leading nurses to undervalue their role and capabilities. I’ve had to work hard on my building my confidence over the years and I see many nurses struggling with self-doubt and a lack of confidence in their abilities.

"What so many of us don’t realise is that developing confidence is a process and with specific intention and activity it grows over time. Rarely do we receive guidance on how to build our confidence; people assume they have it or they don’t. This course aims to challenge that view by guiding nurses through the key aspects of confidence building, to help you become the best version of yourself, where you trust your own judgement and value your own contribution.”

The Confident Vet Nurse course costs £97 + VAT and can be booked atwww.vds-training.co.uk/courses/event/the-confident-vet-nurse.

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