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Advanced nursing practice

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Abstract

The advent of the NVQ system brought the need for qualified staff within veterinary practice to train as assessors. This has helped to improve the employability of veterinary nurses who, if they gain the qualification, are sought after by training practices. This chapter discusses Professional development; Developing roles of the veterinary nurse; Influence of the RCVS Veterinary Nursing syllabus and National Occupational Standard on nursing practice; The nursing process; and Continuing professional development.

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1.1 Possible educational progression within veterinary nursing.
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1.3 Veterinary nurse working in a specialized critical care unit. A puppy with a vascular ring anomaly is receiving postural feeding postoperatively.
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1.4 Veterinary nurse monitoring anaesthesia during abdominal surgery of a dog.
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1.5 Veterinary nurse employed as radiographer in a veterinary referral hospital. An intraoral radiograph is being taken to investigate oral neoplasia.
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1.6 Experienced surgical nurse working with student veterinary nurses during resuscitation of puppies following a Caesarean section.

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