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 Feb 2018

Job Description

Theatre RVN - QMHA

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

Nr. Potters Bar, Hertfordshire


We have an exciting opportunity for an RVN to work in a friendly multidisciplinary referral hospital providing the highest standard of nursing care for patients in the Theatre area of the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals.


This position is ideal for a nurse keen to develop their nursing career and specialise in all disciplines of Theatre nursing, full training will be given therefore previous referral experience is not necessary.


For informal enquiries regarding this positions 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 and to apply online, please visit our website

Ref: CSS-0013-18.


Closing date: 1 March 2018

Interviews are likely to be held on: 13 March 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.


                  JOB DESCRIPTION


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:     Theatre RVN


Job ref no: CSS-0013-18


Grade:    3


Department:     Clinical Science and Services


Accountable to: Head Theatre 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
  •   To work as part of the theatre nursing team   assisting clinicians with clinical procedures within the operating suite of   the QMHA
  •   Provide excellent nursing care for patients within   the specialty area
  •   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 patients requiring surgical procedures,   working different shifts including being part of the on call weekend and   night rota alongside other theatre nursing team members
  •   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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