Veterinary Job

Swindon - England

Registered Veterinary Nurse The Drove veterinary hospital Croft Rd, Swindon SN1 4RW, UK

Practice Type: Small Animal Practice
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time
Posted on: 8 Feb 2019

Maternity cover Opportunity to develop skills. Supportive environment.

Job Description

Job Vacancy

 Maternity cover Swindon

Lead Ward Nurse


An experienced and caring RVN, with a medical bias, is required to lead our wards alongside our current lead ward nurse at our well-equipped and successful small animal hospital in Wiltshire with a large and interesting varied case load. Working 40 hours a week split into varying shifts.

 We encourage our nurses to be fully involved in all aspects of animal care. This role will involve a large amount of supervising and supporting the team, so good people skills and patience is a must. Communication is also key, as well as your team the successful candidate should have a strong working relationship with the other lead ward nurse, theatre lead nurses as well as the head nurse.

 This is a wonderful opportunity for someone wanting to develop their skills further and experience an exciting and challenging position, ensuring the highest level of patient care is maintained. Ideally the successful candidate should also be prepared to train for a clinical coach role as well as participate in minimal OOH's cover.


 Please send a CV and covering letter to:

     Lyndsay Hughes

Full Job Description:       

Job Description – Lead Ward Nurse.         

This role will be split between two nurses, who will be responsible for running the ward area of the hospital on a daily basis. This will be achieved through having responsibility on alternating days. In the ‘non-duty day’ the nurse will undertake a late shift within wards.

The primary role is the care of the inpatients, both immediate and long term. This will be achieved through the coordination of opinions, accompanied by the continuation of appropriate studies in their chosen field. The outcome should be the production of effective protocols leading to higher standards of care.

The duty Lead Ward nurse and lead surgical ward nurse will need to liaise between vets, nurses and each other to ensure an effective and logical working day. It will also be paramount that there will be a continuous and fluid communication line between yourself and your direct line manager, your head nurse.

As part of your Lead ward nurse (senior nurse) position you will be required to attend regular meetings with your direct line manager, and may also need to attend meetings alongside your other senior nurses. It is also expected that you will work with your head nurse and partners to drive forward any new practice protocols, and will be seen to fully support any changes going forward.

The role involves the development of systems to ensure accurate recording and administration of medication, fluids and clinical parameters. These systems will need to be implemented and monitored to ensure all nurses produce accurate ward sheets to allow vets to bill appropriately and other members of the nursing team to perform their duties.

As a business we feel the following skills are required to perform the role effectively:

  • High clinical standards, with a bias towards medicine and critical care.
  • Good organisational abilities.
  • Openness to others opinions and the ability to amalgamate them into protocols.
  • Good communication skills.
  • The ability to assess and audit the clinical work of others in an impartial way.
  • The ability to manage clinical situations as well as your direct nursing team, using the management structure if required.
  • A pro-active approach to nursing with animal welfare at the forefront.
  • A flexible approach to working hours to enable to enable consistent nursing standards.

To ensure good continuity of care and management, both ward nurses cannot be absent from work at the same time, unless there are unforeseen circumstances (e.g. illness, compassionate leave etc.).

The practice recognises that this role requires a broad skill base and is happy to offer support, both practical and financial, to help nurses achieve their aims, actively encouraging further CPD and qualifications.

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