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Unit information: Professional Veterinary Nursing Practice in 2021/22

Unit name Professional Veterinary Nursing Practice
Unit code VETS20023
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Irwin-Porter
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

All first and second year units

Co-requisites

Other third year units

School/department Bristol Veterinary School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

This Unit will cover the key aspects of practising as a veterinary nursing professional, including consideration of what a professional is and the rights and responsibilities associated with the role. The students will develop a clear understanding of clinical governance and evidence-based practice and the importance of both when practicing professionally. The unit aims to foster the development of reflective and proactive practitioners, capable of taking responsibility for their own professional growth and development and who understand and embrace the concept of lifelong learning.

Unit Aims:

Build on the knowledge and understanding gained in the first and second year of the programme regarding the legal and ethical frameworks that govern the clinical work of veterinary nursing professionals

Provide a critical reflection framework enabling students to examine and evaluate their own performance in the work place and having a work- life balance using a reflective approach to practice

Foster the mindset of a proactive professional able to take responsibility for personal and professional growth and development through devising and implementing relevant strategies

Develop an understanding of the role of interprofessional relationships, to enhance client communication and build the practice-client relationship.

Critically analyse the importance of professional and personal development and accountability and the roles which evidence-based practice and clinical governance play as part of this.

Develop the skills required to provide support and mentorship to colleagues within the work place

Select and implement a range of quality assurance and risk management strategies to create and maintain a safe clinical environment

Develop the skills required to deal with difficult conversations with clients and colleagues

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this Unit, veterinary nursing students should be able to:

  1. Apply legal and ethical frameworks to professional practice
  2. Demonstrate the use of a reflective approach to practice
  3. Demonstrate the mindset of a proactive professional who takes responsibility for their own growth and development through devising and implementing relevant strategies
  4. Analyse and evaluate the role of interprofessional relationships in building and maintaining the practice-client relationship
  5. Critically analyse the importance of professional and personal development and accountability, including the role of continued professional development, evidence-based practice and clinical governance.
  6. Model the skills required to provide support and mentorship to colleagues within the work place.
  7. Describe strategies to recognise and manage external and internal factors influencing work-life balance
  8. Select and implement a range of quality assurance and risk management strategies to create and maintain a safe clinical environment

Teaching details

Online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning

Small group working

Use of Virtual learning environment (Blackboard)

Assessment Details

Students must pass each of the following assessments:

A reflective presentation on a critical incident (100% weighting).

A set of 3 reflective logs to be completed and submitted at given deadlines through the year (Must pass each submission)

Students must achieve a passmark of 40% in each Unit in order to progress to the next year of study. There will be an opportunity to resit the written assessments.

Please note that practical and technical skills will also be assessed via the RCVS Nursing Progress Log.

Resources

If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. VETS20023).

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