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Surgical nursing in a friendly environment
Job Description – Surgical Nurse
This position is for a Registered Veterinary Nurse to work at our Surgical Referral Centre.
We currently have a lovely team of RVN's who get on very well together and personality is more important to us than previous surgical nursing experience. We are happy to train new nurses to manage the type of cases we undertake.
The referral centre has an interesting case load including Total Hip Replacements, fracture repairs and spinal surgery. We are fortunate enough to have both MRI & CT Scanners on-site.
Our RVN's are responsible for in-patient care (something we take very seriously), preparing theatres, taking & running blood samples, placing IV Catheters, preparing the patients for theatre, monitoring anaesthesia, assisting the surgeons during consultations and surgery. This is a true nursing position.
We also have a team of excellent Ward Assistants who assist the RVN's with in-patient care during normal hours and also after hours and at weekends.
The position can appear a little daunting to RVN's who haven’t undertaken this type of work before but please don’t be put off by this. Full training and support is provided.
Full time position:
4 days per week working 8am – 6.30pm with a lunch break, 1 Weekend in 4 on-call which involves working 8am – 12noon and then caring for the in patients with other RVNs and Ward Assistants over the weekend. Some overnight care is also required and paid in addition to the basic salary.
We are also in a position to offer part-time hours or 5 shorter days per week if required.
Bank Holiday on-call and overnight care is arranged fairly between all the nurses.
Our basic starting salary for RVN's is £22,000 per annum. In addition to this salary, overnight stays and weekend in-patient care that takes place after 12noon Saturday are paid separately.
This increases the starting salary up to around £24-25,000 per annum.
Also in addition to the salary CPD is funded and RCVS registration fees are paid.
Holiday entitlement: 5.6weeks per year including Bank Holidays.
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