August of this yr marked my 12-year anniversary of working within the occupation.
I all the time needed to be a veterinary nurse and began off as a nursing assistant in 2005, whereas finishing my diploma in animal administration. In 2009, I used to be thrilled to realize an SVN place at a small animal hospital in Suffolk.
I labored full time and attended faculty on day launch – there was all the time loads of work, however after a jam-packed two years, I used to be lastly a “greenie”.
At all times wanting
I went on to run a one-vet, two-nurse apply in Essex. After a yr, I used to be prepared for a brand new problem and moved to referral nursing, spending 18 months working in an oncology referral centre. This was a improbable expertise and I totally loved the various elements of my job, from normal nursing to aiding with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
After one other 18 months (1.5-year itch, anybody?) I missed my consulting days, transferring again to Suffolk to work in combined apply, the place, after six months, I turned the deputy head nurse. Plus, in December 2015, outdoors of day-to-day work, I turned the BVNA regional coordinator (RCO) for Essex and Suffolk.
Sensing the necessity for an additional problem, in July 2016 I left the surgical procedure and arrange as a locum RVN, working all through Essex and Suffolk. This was a improbable expertise and I totally loved seeing how in a different way practices labored. In the mean time, I’m head nurse of a busy small animal surgical procedure in Essex, and benefit from the problem.
Ardour from the get-go
Veterinary nursing has a lot to supply and I’ve all the time been keen about our occupation. I’ve all the time pushed myself to be the most effective I may be and set myself targets of the place I needed to develop in my profession.
So, my message is if you’re keen about pursuing sure areas of nursing, don’t be afraid to analysis how one can get there and push your self to make it occur.
This summer season, I used to be very honoured and excited to be nominated – and efficiently elected – for BVNA council. I’m a CPD addict, and my key pursuits are promotion and training of veterinary nursing, so I used to be eager to affix so I might pursue my ardour for all issues academic.
On the wheel
I imagine our occupation must be protected and promoted, and never sufficient consciousness of the RVN position exists.
I’m dedicated to supporting constructive change throughout the occupation and really feel the following yr holds huge alternatives – I’m excited to have the ability to be a part of the driving power for this.
Over the previous 12 years, I’ve seen the trade change, and the RVN position grow to be evermore mandatory and essential within the evolution of our area.
I could also be a BVNA RCO, a BVNA council member and a head nurse, however my most essential title is RVN. I’m proud to be a greenie and can cease at nothing to advertise and progress the work we do.
You’re by no means “only a nurse” – don’t be afraid to face up, push your self and present your ardour for nursing.