Part Seven: Student Nurse at Bedworth surgery
My name is Vicki and I am the Student Nurse at our Bedworth Surgery. Working at a smaller site allows me to get a lot of quality practical experience as there are people on hand to help me out and I can see what is coming up that week and plan my time and experiences accordingly.
This week I have monitored a number of different anaesthetics, all of which are different depending on the patient and the procedure. These range from a routine cat spay to a more complex intestinal biopsy, and also X-rays on a dog’s spine and stifles and to check its prostate.
I also carry out consultations and this week I have carried out admit appointments and post-operative checks where we check that our patients who had surgery few days previously are recovering well from their anaesthesia and their wound sites are healing nicely. I have also carried out a number of Pet Health Plan checks where we check the weight, teeth, eyes, ears and lots more areas of our pets who subscribe to our monthly plan.
Anything can happen in practice though and you have to be ready to cope with any situation that arises. Often nurses are required to triage patients if the vet is busy with another patient, this means that the patient gets immediate attention and we can summarise the condition quickly for the vet to take any action required. The other day I carried out triage on a rabbit that was bleeding from a fractured nail.
We have weekly worksheets for cleaning; these include cleaning the entire theatre, prep, dental/x-ray room, kennels, cattery and isolation. This is so we can minimise the chances of any dirt and bacteria from being spread around and will reduce the risk of hospital-acquired diseases. Infection control is really important as it will hinder wound healing and can severely affect an immunosuppressed patient.
The thing that I find most interesting about my role is that I never stop learning. Staff share ideas and information from recent CPD visits (which I shall be completing as soon as I am qualified). I’m constantly asking questions of other vets and nurses about why they are doing things a certain way and I like to discuss cases with them. As a student/nearly qualified, I’ve still got so much to learn, and will continue to learn for the rest of my career and this really excites me – the veterinary field is constantly changing to improve the way we do things and this is something that I look forward to.
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