Advanced leadership for veterinary nurses

7 weeksVeterinary NursingPersonal Development8 CPD hours

This practically orientated, solutions-based course is designed to continue to support nurses wishing to become successful leaders in practice. By exploring areas where errors are known to occur (such as medication administration and in the surgical setting) and offering practical solutions and a guide as to how to implement them delegates of this course will feel empowered to lead teams to perform to an exceptional standard whilst supporting individual wellness and ensuring patient safety.

The course is underpinned by a real-time discussion forum where you can ask any questions as you work your way through the lessons. There are also live Q&A sessions where you can chat with our speakers and other course delegates about the content or those challenging situation that you might be facing right now that you might need a little support with.

This course will run over a 7 week period and is the equivalent of (8 hours CPD/CE) for your record.

Access to this course is for 12 months from the start of the course going live on our website. If you sign up to the course after the live sessions have run, you will still be able to access the recordings from the live sessions. The discussion forum will be monitored for the course duration only.

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Course Content

Lesson 1: Turning evidence into practice: Embracing continuous improvement 20/02/2023
learning outcomes
  • Evidence gathering methods
  • Learning from everything
  • Change theories
  • Implementation science (including getting leadership buy in, onboarding your team and championing change)
  • Process mapping, ooda loops
Live Q&A Session (Wed 22/02/2023 Recording)
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss anything that you are thinking about
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases/examples too!
Lesson 2: Advanced communication 27/02/2023
learning outcomes
  • Opportunity/inclusion of DISC profiling
  • The power of empathy
  • NVC
Lesson 3: Team wellbeing 06/03/2023
learning outcomes
  • Recognising stress in ourselves and each other
  • HALT
  • Debriefing
  • Team stress solutions
  • Schwartz rounds
Lesson 5: Leading medication safety: Implementation 20/03/2023
learning outcomes

Understand, design and implement medication safety strategies

Live Q&A Session (Thurs 06/04/2023 @ 8pm BST)
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss anything that you are thinking about
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases/examples too!

Meet the speakers

Helen Silver-MacMahon

MSc PSCHF, Cert VNECC, DipAVN (surg), Cert SAN, RVN

Helen qualified as an RVN in 2000 and has worked in both first opinion and referral hospitals. Since qualifying, she has gained certificates in ECC and Small Animal Nutrition and the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (surgical).  In 2021, Helen completed a MSc in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors at the University of Edinburgh and is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Lincoln exploring the non-technical skills that veterinary nurses require when monitoring and maintaining anaesthesia. She is also working towards chartered ergonomist status. Helen is an RCVS Knowledge Champion for her role in the sustained training and use of a surgical safety checklist within the small animal theatre at the former Animal Health Trust. Helen is passionate about developing the veterinary profession's understanding of Human Factors as a powerful aid in improving patient safety, enhancing performance, and supporting the wellbeing of the veterinary team. She enjoys lecturing internationally and has written articles and co-authored several book chapters on both clinical and non-clinical aspects practice. Helen is also collaborating with the University of Aberdeen to research Incivility in veterinary practice.

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