Full time RVN (part time considered) – Staffordshire/Cheshire border
Our lovely nurse Abi is swapping four legs for two, and is off to study human nursing in September! Whilst we obviously think she is crazy, we are also very excited for her and wish her every success. However, it does mean that we need another wonderful RVN to join our award winning team!
We have had a busy 18 months, firstly winning Petplan Practice of the Year 2019 and secondly moving into our amazing new building right before lockdown. You would be joining us at a very exciting time for the practice, as we begin to come out of lockdown (hopefully) and start to be able to enjoy and show off the fabulous facilities that we now have.
We truly value our staff and have been doing all we can to protect them during the COVID-19 situation. We are currently working in split teams with no clients in the building to protect as many as possible, with some staff working from home in all manner of working patterns to adapt to health and childcare situations.
We could tell you all sorts about our practice – and if you look on our website you will get a much better idea of what we are about - but we think it can be best described by one of our nurses:
"Blue House is a fantastic place to work - the environment is friendly, caring and patient driven. This ethos starts at the top with Kay and Neil (the bosses) and is carried on by all team members. I personally love the fact that I have bosses who actively encourage, support and genuinely care for me as an individual.
The nursing team work almost entirely in the surgical / medical wing, allowing us to exclusively nurse and utilise our training and skill set.
Taking bloods, placing IV cannulas, assisting with surgery and performing schedule 3 procedures are all encouraged, as is CPD.
We are trusted to do the job we trained for, and the RVN / surgeon relationships are relaxed, fun and friendly, with open clinical discussions. Our opinion is valued and any good and actionable suggestions are implemented.
Blue House really is a great practice, and I certainly never have any intention of leaving!” - Joel, Head Nurse
- Independent (and planning on staying that way!)
- Well respected single site practice
- High levels of customer service expected and delivered (award-winning reception team of 7)
- Qualified, extremely competent Nursing Team (we value the RVN qualification)
- Training practice (but maximum of 1 student to ensure highest quality of training and supervision)
- Approachable, down to earth team of 5 vets who enjoy their job and practice a high standard of medicine
- Visiting specialists in orthopaedics, soft tissue, cardiology, ultrasound
- On site acupuncture service in our unique woodland room
- Outstanding premises - take a look at our photos to see what we mean!
- Cat Friendly silver certified (including cat only waiting room and cat only consult room)
- Separate cat ward, dog ward (with 6 large walk in kennels as well as smaller kennels) and isolation ward
- Large prep room, two surgical theatres with ante room and changing area
- Separate dental theatre
- Dedicated euthanasia room
- Great equipment including digital imaging (plus dental x-ray), multiparameter GA monitoring, tonopen, Blood pressure monitors etc.
- Clinical office so you can work at a desk if you need to!
- Private practice garden with greenhouse and picnic table so you can eat lunch outside if you want (currently needs some green fingers but will be lovely soon ????)
- Staff room includes massage chair!
Full time permanent RVN role (part time considered) with a team of 4 other nurses (with plans for additional nursing team members to correspond with our upcoming premises move), 5 vets and 7 receptionists.
What is important to us?
We are looking for a qualified RVN who has empathy with clients and their pets and a desire to use their nursing skills. The ability to communicate effectively with both clients and staff is vital. We value teamwork and appreciate staff taking part in case discussion and contributing ideas to improve our practice.
What we think you want – if it’s different then let us know!
4 day week – with your day off protected and the same each week so you can plan in advance. This suits most of our nurses perfectly, but we know that one size doesn’t fit all! We are happy to talk about part time or alternative shift patterns.
OOH covered by Vets Now, no bank holiday or Sunday work, no overnight / evening checks.
Up to 1 in 3 Saturdays alongside vet and 2 receptionists – rota given 1 year in advance!
Full hour for lunch, plus morning break. Green spaces / National Trust properties close at hand if you like to get out of the practice over lunch!
Appreciation and respect for what you do!
Support when needed.
Utilisation of your skills - our nurses are expected to nurse, not spend their time on reception or doing insurance claims.
Opportunity to use the knowledge that you have, and funding to gain knowledge in areas you find interesting with generous CPD budget and time – if you want to pursue an interest, talk to us about it! We have the space and capacity to cater for most interests, whether medicine, anaesthesia, schedule 3 procedures, imaging, behaviour, rehabilitation, or anything else you want to discuss. Our RVN CPD budget is £500 and 3 days a year, but if something will be of benefit to you and us then let us know!
Monthly clinical meetings (in normal working hours) to discuss procedures, developments, problems, CPD, clinical audit, new equipment, ideas and planning. Anything from reviewing premeds and intraoperative analgesia options, (such adding in IV paracetamol as routine in our bitch spays and increasing our opioid analgesia doses) to refreshing our CPR skills and discussing new equipment we might like to purchase.
Continuous improvement system available to all staff to highlight any issues and suggest solutions.
Independent practice owned by two of the vets working in it but who regularly undertake management CPD.
Fantastic, supportive and knowledgeable colleagues who enjoy coming to work and know how to work together.
Salary commensurate with experience and skill set. Salary range £19,500-£24,000
Additionally RVN / VDS fees and one professional membership paid
Generous team discount scheme
Lots of team spirit! (here are some of us winning at last year's Pet Plan awards, and then after a rather muddy "Troll Run" raising money for VetLife.
WANT TO APPLY? Please send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kay or Neil for a chat on 01782 522100
We do not currently have any vet, nurse student or reception / admin vacancies, but if you would be interested in working with us in the future, please get in touch.
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