A leading Wirral vets has marked Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month (VNAM) by launching an innovative new structure with the key aim of creating career development opportunities across its team. Linnaeus-owned Broadway Veterinary Surgery, which has three practices in Bebington, Wallasey and Heswall, on the Wirral, has made a string of senior appointments to its overall nursing team as it implements a new way of working to coincide with VNAM.
Eve Griffiths has been appointed as clinical nursing manager and will work with lead veterinary nurse at Bebington, Karen McArdle, to help steer the nursing team and help provide opportunities to develop clinical and leadership skills for both individuals and practice as a whole.
The restructure has also seen the new position of educational lead created, with Aimee Foden taking on that role to provide support to Broadway’s team of two patient care assistants, five student nurses and five registered veterinary nurses.
Eve said the new structure would place the spotlight firmly on helping develop the nursing talent at Broadway, while continuing to further boost the high level of service offered at each of the practice’s three surgeries: “We feel it’s essential our nursing team feel valued and are developed to their full potential.
“This is the driving force behind introducing this innovative Linnaeus nursing structure across our three practices. The aim is to fully support the progression of our team members at all levels, aiding their career progression and providing a clear pathway from PCA to SVN to RVN and beyond, along with creating a number of opportunities across our group of practices.”
Broadway is one of a number of Linnaeus primary care practices to introduce the group’s structure for its nursing team and follows a clear emphasis being placed on the nursing community by Linnaeus, which, in chief nursing officer, Andrea Jeffery, has had a nursing presence on its Executive Board since 2019.
Andrea, who has completed a PhD investigating the factors that influence retention within the vet nursing profession, has spearheaded the creation of a unique central support veterinary nursing team (CSVNT) at Linnaeus to help its nursing population develop a clear career framework to facilitate skill set development of RVNs throughout their careers.
She said: “We’re really excited to see the implementation of this nursing structure at Broadway Veterinary Surgery.
“We place a real emphasis on the importance our nurses play in helping us provide a better world for pets and this move really highlights the opportunities and support on offer at Broadway.”
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