Part Six: On Maternity Leave.
I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse at our Leamington Spa Hospital and have been working for Feldon for over ten years. I started off in our Bedworth surgery and a few years ago I moved to Leamington and started on the general nursing rota there. That rota includes different shifts each week and I really enjoy the variety these bring.
The shifts comprise the following:
- kennel shift where you look after all the pets that are in for day surgery or longer term in-patients
- theatre shift where you assist the vet in theatre
- prep shift where you assist the vet with non-sterile operations like dentals and X-rays
- late shift when you take over from the kennel nurse and hand over to the night nurse and often get involved in discharging patients
- night shift
At the end of last year I went on maternity leave and despite loving being a new mum and spending time with my beautiful son, I have missed my work. Thankfully, Feldon are brilliant at providing me with the opportunity for KIT (Keep In Touch) days. These are selected days when we are short staffed and there is a gap in the rota that needs to be filled, and of course I can make sure I have childcare in place.
The KIT days are aimed to keep me up to date and to continue with practising my clinical skills. When I went on maternity leave I was worried that I wouldn’t be very good at placing cannulas, taking bloods, placing ET tubes when I came back to work in 9-12 months’ time, but these days have meant that I have kept my clinical skills up to date.
There were certain restrictions placed on me when I was pregnant and working as there are a number of tasks that I couldn’t do in order to protect the health of myself and my baby. These included X-rays as exposure to radiation can be a risk to the baby, lifting heavy items was also a no-no but at Feldon, we are all there to support each other so everyone helped me out in that department.
While I was pregnant everyone was willing to help me out when required they all looked after me like my family would. The KIT days have also meant that I have continued to feel part of a team that I love and also maintain a taste of a job that I love and missed so much whilst being on maternity leave.
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