The Role

We have an exciting opportunity for an Inpatient Care Nurse to join our team to cover maternity leave on a 12-month fixed-term contract from July 2022. This is a challenging role at the heart of the hospital, where we deliver high standards of nursing care to our patients. Caring for each patient individually in your allocated ward, you will administer medication, liaise with clinicians about their patients, take bloods and place IV catheters, and manage feeding tubes, chest drains and urinary catheters as part of the day-to-day jobs.

Working in our intensive care unit, you will be involved in providing blood transfusions, airway management and other lifesaving procedures. Extra training is encouraged for this area and ECC CPD helps to build knowledge and skills. We support each other throughout the day to nurse the patients to the highest standards.

The working hours for this role are varied and could be between 7am and 7pm (with one late shift working until 7pm or twilight shift working from 3pm to 11pm). You will be required to take part in the weekend rota, working a 1 in 6 full weekends from 7.45am to 6pm. We have a bank holiday rota in place which means our nursing team are required to work 1 or 2 bank holidays a year. There would also be a requirement to take part in the night cover and on-call rota- further information on this would be discussed at interview. We are happy to consider full-time and part-time hours.

About Us

Pride Veterinary Centre offers a range of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Our diagnostics and treatments are second to none, and we have many highly trained and experienced colleagues to ensure that our patients receive the very best treatment.

We strive to deliver world-class patient care and our fantastic facilities provide a superb care environment, including 13 consultation rooms, 7 hospital wards, 5 theatres, full advanced imaging suite, 3 ultrasound rooms, an endoscopy suite, hydrotherapy pool and treadmills and dedicated chemo & radio-iodine treatment rooms define the setting.

About the Team and Culture

Inpatient care nurses care for both primary and referral patients from simple to complex cases. It is an extremely rewarding job as the nurses are able to use a wide range of skills including feeding tubes, chest drains and airway management.

The team is friendly, supportive and passionate about providing the highest standard of care to our in-patients. Each day is different, and we are always expanding our knowledge and learning new skills. In addition to your nursing colleagues, you will be working alongside our referral and first opinion vets, interns, residents and kennel assistants.

Applicant Requirements

Required:

1. Qualified RVN
2. Experience of inpatient care
3. Good team working skills
4. Be able to organise and prioritise
5. Hardworking

Desirable:

1. Experience in a busy hospital and ICU
2. Experience with urinary catheters, feeding tubes etc
3. Eager to learn new skill

Benefits – Subject to Pro Rata:

  • Increasing holiday based on length of service
  • CPD paid days and allowance
  • L&D opportunities through the IVC Evidensia Academy
  • Enhanced family-friendly policies, including maternity/paternity/adoption/shared parental and surrogacy pay
  • Birthday leave
  • RCVS Membership paid
  • VDS cover
  • Discounted veterinary fees
  • Various discounts including retail & gym memberships
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Service-related company sick pay
  • Initiatives focussed on employee wellbeing
  • Relocation packages
  • Career progression opportunities
  • As a BAME and LGBTQ+ inclusive employer, we are keen to hear from candidates from all minority and diverse groups. As a Disability Confident Employer, we are keen to hear from candidates with disabilities and long-term health conditions and would be happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments needed during the recruitment process.