Leadership for veterinary nurses

9 weeksRVN

This solutions-focused course has been developed to support veterinary nurses who are currently in leadership positions or those who aspire to become leaders but have not started their journey into a leadership role yet.  This course has been specifically designed to help nursing individuals lead, manage and motivate their teams effectively; to help them to communicate more successfully and feel confident when handling difficult situations. We all know how hard that first difficult conversation can be… This course will allow you to truly gain a holistic approach to what leadership means in veterinary practice and how to really get the most out of yourself and your team.

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 9 week period and is the equivalent of (10 hours CPD/CE) for your record.  You will also receive access to this course material for 6 months.

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Course Content

Lesson 1: Exploring leadership Available on 07/03/2022 8:00 am 07/03/2022
learning outcomes
  • To understand what leadership is and how it is defined
  • To explore the skills essential for leadership
  • To consider the pitfalls and challenges of leadership
Lesson 2: Being an effective leader Available on 14/03/2022 8:00 am 14/03/2022
learning outcomes
  • To explore the attributes of effective leaders
  • Understand leadership styles
  • Recognise personal values and strengths
Lesson 3: Communication for effective leadership 21/03/2021
learning outcomes
  • To understand how to communicate effectively
  • To explore appropriate assertiveness
  • To consider how transactional analysis can aid communication
Lesson 4: The role of compassion and empathy in leadership and how to build relationships Available on 28/03/2022 8:00 am 28/03/2022
learning outcomes
  • To consider how compassion and empathy can be used in leadership
  • To understand the importance of establishing trust and building relationships within the role.
  • To describe the concept of an emotional bank account
Lesson 5: Time management, leadership logistics and decision-making Available on 04/04/2022 8:00 am 04/04/2022
learning outcomes
  • To understand the concepts of self and task management
  • To consider how task management can be employed by leaders
  • To identify the practicalities of being an effective leader
Lesson 6: Team dynamics, motivation and organisational culture Available on 11/04/2022 8:00 am 11/04/2022
learning outcomes
  • Understand how to engage and motivate teams for optimal performance
  • Describe the components of consistently high performing organisations, teams, and individuals
  • Consider the importance of organizational culture
Lesson 7: Civility, conflict management and giving high impact feedback Available on 18/04/2022 8:00 am 18/04/2022
learning outcomes
  • To understand the importance of promoting civility as a leader
  • To consider how to manage conflict, difficult conversations and constructively deal with inappropriate behaviour
  • To developing effective debriefing skills.
Lesson 8: Stress solutions and resilience Available on 25/04/2022 8:00 am 25/04/2022
learning outcomes
  • To understand that wellbeing and self-care are the foundation of high performing teams
  • To proactively consider and recognise stress in ourselves and others
  • To develop a self-care toolkit including strategies to build resilience

Meet the speakers

Helen Silver-MacMahon

RVN & Senior Trainer and Content Development Lead at VetLed

Helen is a veterinary nurse and Senior Trainer and Content Development Lead at VetLed. Having worked in general practice, referral hospitals and nursing education over the past 21 years, she has extensive professional experience and understanding from a wide range of settings. Helen is passionate about developing the veterinary professions understanding of Human Factors as a powerful aid in improving patient safety, enhancing performance and supporting the wellbeing of the veterinary team. She is a 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. In 2021, Helen completed an MSc in Patient Safety and Clinical Human Factors at the University of Edinburgh. For her dissertation project Helen researched situational awareness in the veterinary operating theatre and has a special interest in non-technical skills. In her role at VetLed she enjoys applying this knowledge to develop and deliver professionally relevant training for all members of the veterinary team.

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