Embrace your role and take action to achieve the future you deserve

Louise O'Dwyer
Friday, June 1, 2012

In last month's editorial, Jennifer discussed the importance of specialism within veterinary nursing, and there has never been a more important time for change. Last year I gained the VTS (ECC) and I can honestly say this more focused way of learning has changed the way I look after my patients. The role of the veterinary nurses and the close relationship with patients is never more important than when nursing a critical patient. Nurses play a vital role in the outcome of these patients as their recovery is dependent on close monitoring, and monitoring their response to treatment. As nurses improve their skills set through education and experience, this knowledge base and close attention to detail allows them to become increasingly respected and trusted members of the clinical team. Our nurses’ views on patients’ treatment plans are viewed as being vitally important, as they are the ones who spend the majority of the time with the patients and notice the subtle changes in their clinical signs. With the introduction of specialisms nurses are able to play to their strengths and make a vital difference in patient outcome.

Embrace your role and take action to achieve the future you deserve
Embrace your role and take action to achieve the future you deserve

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