THE PRACTICING VETERINARY NURSE

VET2PVN

2019

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, students will undertake an extensive work integrated learning placement, in the form of internships in a number of workplaces. This subject is designed to ensure that students will be ready for practice at the Associate Degree level for a Veterinary Nurse. Topics covered include: reflective practice, employment seeking, preparing for an interview, and registration. Students will continue to apply their theoretical nursing knowledge throughout their placement to refine their clinical skills in veterinary nursing practice.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN) and have passed VET2VNB.

Co-requisites VET2IAN

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAspinall's complete textbook of veterinary nursing, 3rd ednPrescribedAckerman, N (Ed) 2016Elsevier
ReadingsMosby's veterinary PDQ: veterinary facts at hand, 2nd ednPrescribedSirois, M 2014Elsevier Mosby
ReadingsBSAVA textbook of veterinary nursing, 5th ednPrescribedTurner, L, Cooper, B & Mullineaux, E (Eds) 2011,British Small Animal Veterinary Association

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate successful development of key clinical and professional competencies appropriate for a Veterinary Nurse at Associate Degree level

Activities:
Students work through a list supplied by the tutor of key clinical and professional competencies, and give examples of how they have achieved each of these competencies during their study, and explain how these examples show this. Students can check their draft with the lecturer, and receive guidance on what types of further evidence are required.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Demonstrate critical self-reflection and ongoing self-directed learning

Activities:
Students informally reflect on their clinical placements each week during their one-on-one meeting with their tutor. They then go on to formally critically reflect on aspects of their clinical placement each fortnight in their reflective placement journal.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Communicate competently and effectively with colleagues, clients and the public, including key industry stakeholders, in a variety of professional and social contexts.

Activities:
Students have a workshop in which they receive guidance on how to source job advertisements, write targeted cover letters and CVs, and communicate in an interview. Students then have the opportunity to select a real world job advertisement for a job that they would be interested in applying for, and submit a cover letter and CV application, and sit a simulated interview for this job. Students then receive constructive feedback to assist them in preparing for real life job hunting.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

04. Explain the value of registration for a para-professional

Activities:
Students search for information on registration of veterinary nurses in a number of different countries, and consider why registration as a para-professional could be considered valuable.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Perform at a level of work ready competency, the day one skills listed within the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing Skills List

Activities:
Students can book into the clinical skills laboratory on campus to revise and practice under supervision, the skills on this list, which they have been gradually learning throughout the course. Students also get the opportunity to practice and perform skills under the supervision of an experienced veterinary nurse, whilst out on clinical placement.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDilhani Premaratna

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Student meets one-on-one with tutor each week, as well as a full class debrief session"

Placement - Off Site Week: 31 - 43
One 12.0 hours placement - off site per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"WIL Placement: Internship (NB: this is a 30 CP subject, and the total contact time required for the subject is 13 hours/week.)"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Reflective Placement Online Journal (3000 words equivalent)Students to critically reflect on a variety of relevant aspects of their workplace experience. Students are also to provide a list of all the veterinary nursing skills, areas and case types that the student has been involved with whilst on practical placement. Individual exercise. 1000 words per placement block (total 3000 words) across three journal entries. Research and referencing required 35 02, 04
Employment Application (1600 words equivalent) Students to: 1). Prepare application materials for a job advertisement of personal interest, including a: curriculum vitae and cover letter. 2). Undertake a role play mock interview for the job. 3). Critically reflect upon their performance within the interview. Individual exercise Written Application Materials = 15%, 800 words Simulated Interview = 5%, 10 minutes , 400 words equivalent Written Reflection25 03, 04
Graduate Outcomes e-Portfolio (4000 words equivalent)Students to prepare an electronic portfolio with a range of evidence demonstrating their professional and clinical development to date in the Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing, and consider the value of veterinary nurse registration for their future career. Students will be required to provide a draft of their portfolio for peer & tutor feedback Individual exercise 40 01, 03, 04, 05
Veterinary Nursing Skills Competency ChecklistHurdle Assessment Task Students are required complete sign off by academic staff members as competent of performing every skill listed on the BVN Skills List. The BVN Skills List, is an internally created list, which is regularly benchmarked and reviewed against the Australian Certificate IV National Competencies List, and the UK Royal College Day One competencies list and Day One skills List for registered 05