Brookmans Park - Hatfield

Registered Veterinary Nurse The Royal Veterinary College Brookmans Park, Hatfield AL9 7TA, UK

Practice Type: Referral Centre
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Posted on: 12 Jan 2018

Job Description

Medicine RVN  

Nr. Potters Bar, Hertfordshire

c.£24.7k to £30.9k per annum inclusive of London Allowance and Nursing Supplement

We currently have an exciting opportunity for an RVN to work in The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals. This position is ideal for an RVN keen to develop their nursing career and specialise in all disciplines of medicine nursing.

Working as part of the Internal Medicine Team alongside specialist RVNs and clinicians you will be involved in a range of interesting and challenging cases assisting with various diagnostics modalities and administering ground breaking treatments.

Referral nursing experience is not essential. Full medicine nurse training and support will be given.

For informal enquiries regarding this position or requests to visit before applying please contact

We offer a generous reward package including a pension scheme. Free membership to the newly built Fitness and Wellbeing Centre located on site.

For further information contact and to apply online please visit our website: Ref: CSS-0313-17.

Closing Date for applications: 6 February 2018

Interviews are likely to be held on: 21 February 2018

If you are interested in a nursing career at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, we would be happy to arrange for you to come along for an informal visit to the hospital to allow you to experience first-hand the fantastic learning and working environment and facilities that we have to offer and learn more about our nursing specialisms.

To arrange your visit, please click here and enter your details so that our Nursing Manager, Sarah Hellens can contact you.

We promote equality of opportunity and diversity within the workplace and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


This form summarises the purpose of the job and lists its key tasks.

It may be varied from time to time at the discretion of the College in consultation with the post holder.


Job Title:     Medicine RVN


Job ref no: CSS-0313-17


Grade:   3


Department:     Clinical Science and Services


Accountable to: Head Medicine RVN


Responsible for: n/a


Job summary:

  •   To work as a member of the hospital clinical team   and contribute to the Clinical Services Division’s plans to fulfil the College   remits of clinical service, teaching, and advancement of veterinary medicine
  •   Participate in the on clinic rota as requested by   the Head Nurse, providing the highest standards of clinical care for   patients, and ensuring timely and effective communication with all colleagues   working in the hospital such as nurses, patient care assistants, vets, students   and clients as appropriate
  •   Assist experts within all fields of Internal   Medicine including endocrinology, gastroenterology, immune mediated disease   and oncology
  •   Provide excellent nursing care for patients   working in the Medicine, Cat, Iodine 131, Oncology and Isolation Ward
  •   To train and work within the Endoscopy unit
  •   Model a respectful, effective, collaborative,   collegial and supportive working relationship with all colleagues in the   hospital to strengthen transdisciplinary teamwork to ensure delivery of   optimum patient care, and customer service and adhere to the RVC's behaviour   framework
  •   Contribute to the training and development of   students on rotations, demonstrating a reasoned approach to nursing care,   instruct and supervise students performing nursing tasks, providing   constructive assessment and feedback to students, modelling the highest   standards of professional behaviour, coupled with a compassionate and caring   approach at all times
  •   Comply with all professional regulations and   legislation, and standards associated with independent accreditation such as   the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme
  •   Comply with the College's Health and Safety   Policy, and attending relevant training as required
  •   To undertake any other reasonable duties as   required by the higher line management


Competency:     Knowledge and experience

Key tasks:

  •   Maintain professional standards at all times
  •   Act quickly and decisively in a crisis
  •   To maintain correct levels of continued   professional development 15 hours per year or 45 hours over 3 years as   required by the RCVS
  •   To keep up to date with professional knowledge and   skills by reading attending seminars and workshops

Competency:     Communication skills

Key tasks:

  •   Effectively communicate with other RVC small   animal referral team members and provide clear and accurate information on   patient records/case notes (electronic and hard copy) and other documents to   ensure compliance and continuity of outstanding patient care
  •   Provide clear and concise verbal and written   instructions to key staff on a day to day basis
  •   Communicate a positive image of the hospital and   its services at all times
  •   Give and seek constructive feedback
  •   Understand clearly the needs and wants of   clinicians, clients, students and co-workers through active listening and   reflect your understanding back to them
  •   React in a helpful manner to requests for advice   or information

Competency:     Teamwork and motivation

Key tasks:

  •   Demonstrate full engagement and commitment to   deliver effectively and quality nursing care in the specialty
  •   Lead by positive example of respect for all and   demonstrate the RVC’s and the group’s values; selflessness, integrity,   objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, trust, respect and leadership
  •   Adhere to the RVC behaviour framework
  •   Engage in regular team meetings in line with the   terms of reference for the specialty service team meetings, being receptive   to diverse viewpoints and promoting inclusivity
  •   To be reflective of own quality of work and   behaviour and be approachable and provide encouraging support for team   members and students

Competency:     Service delivery

Key tasks:

  •   Enable the smooth and efficient progression of   patients through the specialty areas
  •   Keep clinical records up to the highest quality   and in a timely fashion including electronic data recording and report   writing
  •   Ensure all procedures are carried out in a safe   and efficient manner according to health and safety regulations
  •   Deliver nursing care that constantly aims to   improve patient safety and outcomes by engaging with clinical governance   initiatives and through compliance with the RVC small animal referral   Clinical Governance Policy
  •   Ensure standards for quality of service delivery   are consistently met and be receptive for continuous change and improvements
  •   Work within the university hospital providing   excellent nursing care for all inpatients working different shifts including   days, evenings, weekends and nights
  •   Ensure the highest   standard of infection control are met, complying with protocols and reporting   incidents promptly
  •   Carry out regular checks on equipment in use and   report any faults/repairs immediately to line manager
  •   Ensure all stock levels of consumables are   maintained to the correct requirements
  •   To be responsible and accountable for all   controlled drugs administration and allocation in the ward areas

Competency:     Planning and organising   resources

Key tasks:

  •   Attend patient rounds to ensure a full understanding   of patient care

Competency:     Teaching and learning   support

Key tasks:

  •   Ensure to set appropriate examples to students in   all aspects of your role
  •   Ensure that undergraduate and postgraduate   students have an appropriate and effective learning experience in line with their   level of understanding and teaching objectives and the needs of clinical   service. Give practical support to veterinary students as requested to ensure   students gain relevant experience from their rotation
  •   Take part in continued professional development   programme as required and ensure that clinical knowledge is kept current so   to provide the most up-to-date level of teaching and training

Competency:     Sensory and physical   demands

Key tasks:

  •   Physical effort required in animal handling and   restraint

Competency:   Pastoral Care

Key tasks:

       •      Regularly   required to handle and support levels of emotion from colleagues, students   and clients and direct to the appropriate service


Flexibility: To deliver   services effectively, a degree of flexibility is needed, and the post holder   may be required to perform work not specifically referred to above.

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