Casenotes Vol. 5 - Avoiding burnout
This week- a fab video with some of our nurses, avoiding burnout and another nurse spotlight
I videoed a sit down with some of our nurses this week- if you or someone you know is wants to know more about vet nursing they need to watch this. Emotional burnout is on everyone’s minds- what can we do about it? Also another featurette on mega-nurse Sophia.John

Video: A chat with our vet nurses

We had a great chat this week about what it means to be a vet nurse- some great tips on what you need to think about when choosing a course, if its right for you, the highs and the lows of the job and how to avoid caring fatigue. Basically, if you want to be a vet nurse- you need to watch this!

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Burnout: it’s a problem

The pressure on all of us is growing, and emotional exhaustion is crippling the caring professions. What can we do about it? I don’t have the answer, but I do have some insight…

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Team Focus: Sophia Marshall

I think we’ve got a wonderful team, and for the next few weeks I’m going to tell you a bit more about them. It’s Vet Nurse appreciation month, and this week we talked to Sophia:”I have been a Qualified Veterinary Nurse since 2015, but have been working in the veterinary world since 2009. I have worked in various veterinary practices and gained lots of experience with many animals.My love of animals led me to pursue an NVQ (level 1 and 2) in animal care at Tiggywinkles, where I experienced working with England’s wildlife and became acquainted with many different animals, from ducks and birds to hedgehogs and badgers.On completion of this NVQ I decided to take up a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Namibia in South Africa to experience some of the worlds more dangerous animals, such as Lions and tigers as well as cheetahs, leopards and baboons. I came face to face with a lion and even took it for a walk…I then returned home and pursued a career as a Veterinary Nurse, gaining my qualifications on the job. There is so much I love about this job it is hard to pinpoint one thing. You never know what the day will bring and what diagnosis you may help to find. My day is filled with so many different roles, from taking bloods, holding patients still for vital ultra scans, monitoring and administering medication to inpatients.I do love the inpatients, we get lots of cuddles and can get to know them that little bit more and it’s always a satisfying and a proud moment when the pet is healthy or on the road to recovery and ready to go home to their families.Recently, I have completed training based around, treating and looking after wounds. This is more complicated than it sounds as there are many different dressings and procedures out there, and it is important we feel we are using the best one for the wound at the time. I enjoy helping to guide the owners in looking after the wounds at home.I think my favorite part of nursing is being in theatre, seeing the many different operations and having to monitor the patient throughout. It is both exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. I love to learn, and in the theatre, I get to watch and help the vets with so many different procedures, every day is a learning experience.I love my career and have never looked back on the path I chose, I think it is the most rewarding, satisfying and exciting job, and I love it!!”