Veterinary Nurse / Technologist - Surgery (G007-18MA)

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Wed, 02/21/2018
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To provide surgical nursing expertise including sterile supply support within the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. To assist in the maintenance of the surgical suites, clinic and hospital. To contribute to the practical and theoretical teaching of veterinary technology and veterinary science students.

The appointee will be accountable to the Director of the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital through the Surgical Nursing Team Supervisor.

  1. Surgery

a) Surgical Nursing
• Be responsible for the preparation of animals (predominantly small animal but may include production animal and equine patients) for surgery, as requested by the surgeon and anaesthetist.

• Ensure that surgical instruments and other equipment are available and prepared as required for individual surgical procedures e.g. sterile instrument trays, endoscopes, arthroscopes, video monitor.

• Assist with pre-surgical preparation e.g. clip wound site area, perform skin preparation, assist animal into surgery.

• Document surgical consumables to assist with the pricing of each case and enter surgical charges as required.

• Provide assistance to veterinary surgeons during operations as required. Circulate between concurrent surgeries as necessary.

• Scrub-in and assist veterinary surgeons when clinicians and students are not available.

b) Maintenance of Surgical Suites and Environment
• Assist with the maintenance of standards in surgical suites and teaching theatres.

• Ensure all instrumentation and equipment is correctly cleaned, prepared, packed, sterilised, and stored and handled.

• Set up sterile surgical trays and theatres.

• Implement, review and manage appropriate sterile supply and service protocols at all times.

  1. Student Classes
    • Assist with the setting up of equipment for teaching classes (e.g. surgery, medicine and anaesthetic practical classes).

• Train students in surgical nursing procedures, operating theatre techniques and procedures as required (e.g. scrubbing, correct clothing, footwear, administration of medication, obtaining diagnostic samples, assisting with radiography).

• Participate in the facilitation, design, implementation and assessment of BVT rosters in surgery and sterile supply.

• Provide advice and assistance to students as required and answer their queries.

• Provide lectures and practical teaching to Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students as requested and agreed by the Surgery team Supervisor.

• Assist in practical examination set up and assessment.

  1. General Nursing
    • Must perform general nursing activities adeptly to standards expected of a trained veterinary nurse. These include but are not limited to: patient handling; performance of routine procedures; administration of medications; collection and submission of diagnostic samples; patient monitoring and patient preparation for surgery.

• Must ensure that patient’s basic needs (food, water and exercise, comfort and hygiene) are met to standards expected within a veterinary hospital.

• Ensure hygiene standards are at a high level in the designated area of responsibility within the hospital. Ensure that sharps containers and rubbish bins are not overfull and that shelves are appropriately stocked and tidy.

• Attend to spills (blood, urine, faeces) in accordance with biosecurity policies and that there is appropriate signage for wet floors to meet OSH requirements.

  1. Communication and IT
    • To be able to use, with appropriate in-house training, all the communications methods of the hospital (phone, fax, pager system, email) and to ensure hospital communications protocols are followed.

• To be able to use, with appropriate in-house training the hospitals practice management computer software system.

• To be civil and courteous to all stakeholders at all times such that there is no justifiable cause for complaint from stakeholders.

• Must possess a high level of mastery of the English language so that both written and verbal instructions and communications are clear and easily understandable by clients and students.

  1. Equipment maintenance
    • To clean and maintain equipment promptly and efficiently according to protocols.

  2. On-call
    • To provide on-call support to duty companion animal clinicians as part of an out of hours, on-call, roster.

• When on-call, to be accessible to duty clinicians and to be within 20 minutes of the VTH at all times.

• To have a full, clean, driver’s licence.

  1. Evening, night and weekend shifts
    • Be willing to participate in the 24 hour, seven day a week patient care and emergency services roster as required.

  2. Continuing education
    • To actively participate in continuing education, personal and professional development activities as mutually agreed with line manager. To share new-found knowledge with colleagues.

  3. Research
    • Be willing to assist with clinical research projects as and when required by academic staff and agreed by Supervisor

  4. Other reasonable duties
    • To adeptly perform other reasonable duties as directed by the Hospital Director.

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