Part One: A Student Nurse
My name is Shelley and I’m a Student Veterinary Nurse at our Leamington Hospital.
What I find most interesting about my role is the variety and amount of responsibility that I have. As a Student I am allowed to do anything that a qualified nurse can do but I always have to have veterinary supervision. There are so many aspects of my job; you care for the animal and nurse them, you are an anaesthetist, you deal with medication and nutrition, you’re a cleaner, an educator.
Every day is different in this job and you never know what might happen. Different shifts also mean you get different experiences each day; for example your theatre shift will be different to your kennel shift, and night shifts allow you to work more intensely with patients one-to-one.
Personally I am most interested in the critical care of rabbits; this is a very intense nursing experience as it is often life/death nursing and it enables you to put your all into the care of that patient and nothing is more rewarding then when you have a gut stasis rabbit and you get them to eat on their own.
The balance of home, work and study can be difficult. I tend to list all the areas that I am covering at college and then pick one thing at a time when revising; once I’ve done that I tick it off and that is the best feeling! I try not to do too much at once though as it can end in brain overload.
Every SVN has something called a NPL – Nursing Progress Log – where you record each time you have done something practical that you have studied in college. This tracks your progress and in order to qualify you have to have ticked everything off, as well as passing written and practical exams.
Each student has a Clinical Coach in practice who helps you with this – mine is Stacey and she is great at helping me out and providing guidance when I need it.
At home I put the care of my own rabbits as priority, and then I make sure to make good use of my cinema pass with my partner.
Friendly, Dedicated and Compassionate