Job Title: Lead Wards Nurse
Job Type: Permanent
Hours: 40 hours per week including 1:5 weekends and an equal share of the bank holiday rota Your role
This is the perfect position for a Nurse looking to progress in all aspects of in-patient and hospital-based nursing within a leadership role. This includes providing patient care for all in-patients across all wards, ensure effective ward rounds and handovers are carried out, ensuring effective communication with clients throughout the day and liaising with other departments to ensure smooth flow of patients between disciplines.
The candidate will require experience in in-patient nursing or have a keen interest to develop within this area. You will help to facilitate the efficient and effective management of a varied caseload within the wards, including medical and surgical patients, whilst ensuring the delivery of exceptional care to patients. This role would be suitable for qualified Veterinary Nurses- either already working within a senior role or ready to take the next step into management. You will be supported by the Clinical Nursing Manager and other Lead Nurses.Expected responsibilities
- Working alongside lead surgical nurse, lead vets, nurses and PCA’s to provide nursing plans and care for all inpatients
- Ensure precise, efficient and accurate ward rounds are carried out
- Work with the medical team to ensure all procedures are carried out as required for in patients
- Engage with discipline specific team meetings to review processes and protocols with a view to progressing and improving where possible
- Practice good hospital hygiene and maintain infection control check lists in all wards
- Accurate record keeping, especially with regards to kennel sheets
- Work closely with team leaders to plan the daily case load
- Ensure effective handovers between patients
- Lead and participate in daily huddles and team briefings
- Engage with training in advanced monitoring techniques
- Have regular 1:1’s, performance development reviews, mid and end of year reviews with your line reports
- Attend and contribute to weekly lead nurse meetings
- Monitor intensive care patients
- Take responsibility for your patients from admit to discharge.
- 5 weeks holiday + bank holidays + Birthday Leave
- RCVS & VDS fees paid
- External CPD funded
- Extensive free online Linnaeus CPD program
- Career progression opportunities
- Staff discount schemes
- Life Assurance
- Enhanced sickness pay
- Enhanced equal family leave
- E-car salary sacrifice scheme
- Employer contribution pension scheme
- Wellness program including:
- Employee assistance program
- Eyecare voucher scheme
- Free annual Flu jab
- Cycle to work scheme
- Recruitment referral reward scheme
Our hospital consists of dedicated hospital nurses, rotating nurses, student veterinary nurses and patient care assistants who provide 24 hour care to our hospitalized patients and work alongside all other departments within the hospital.
The successful candidate must have a love of working in a fast paced environment with a team of like minded people. Experience working in a hospital is beneficial. Candidates must be qualified RVN’s and will be proactive, enthusiastic and approachable with at least 12 months post qualification experience. Excellent communication skills and the ability to multitask with a flexible approach to working are essential. We are looking for someone who will not only go above and beyond for their patients but colleagues too.
We have superb, spacious surroundings with multiple operating theatres, separate cat/dog/exotic/isolation wards, CT scanner, digital x ray and new in house laboratory equipment. There is also rehab/hydro premises on site.
This will be a rewarding and varied role working alongside multiple departments for an enthusiastic veterinary nurse who is passionate about the provision of a high-quality service to patients and clients.
At Linnaeus, we are committed to supporting the physical and mental health of all our Associates. We have an amazing team of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) across our practices and central support office in addition to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme which is available for everyone.