EDUCATION = MOTIVATION
The RCVS - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons announced that the CPD hours required were changing (sort of!)
Previously RVNs in the UK have to do 45 hours of CPD over a 3 year rolling period to remain on the register. So one year we can do lots and the next year not so much as long as within a 3 year rolling period you achieve the 45.
However the new rule is that we MUST undertake a MINIMUM of 15 hours PER YEAR.
In the forums this caused quite the uproar.... sooooo WAIT, calm down.......chill your toe beans.......... let's break this down!
15 hours per year is ONLY 1.25 hours per month.
CPD should be viewed as an amazing perk - this is YOUR opportunity to further your education and skills in your specific area of interest.... a-mazing. Now is the time to #FindYourNiche!
Alternatively why not choose to go on CPD courses which target areas you feel less confident with to reduce your anxiety and stress in practice?
You can EASILY cover the hours by watching a webinar, listening to a podcast (anywhere, anytime!), attending a lunch and learn at work or receiving some in house training / protocol updates, attending external seminars or by having clinical discussions with your Vet & Nurse team?
There is HEAPS of 🌟FREE CPD🌟 available nowadays at it isn't hard to achieve the hours.
Remember that the purpose of CPD is so we update and improve our clinical knowledge and skills for the benefit of our patients!
It is not a competition on who has done the most and you don't have to undertake advanced courses if you do not wish to - it's just about progressing your skills at what ever speed you choose - we just need to be moving forwards as a profession, together.
Scroll down to click the link to the RCVS website!
We all do CPD and we all have our areas of interest....
I strongly believe we should all be proactively sharing our knowledge with our team.
Why not start a CPD club in your practice for your team members?
Each month a member of your team could give a talk in their area of interest? I think if you are really interested and in 'love' with a specific area or subject then you will do a really good job!
You might find it scary standing up and speaking in front of your colleagues but actually it creates a really positive proactive learning environment where everyone can contribute and add their own bit of input. You can talk through specific cases where X,Y or Z may of happened and what you could have done differently. Equally it doesn't have to be formal, how about tagging on 15 minutes of 'clinical discussion' onto the end of morning rounds each day?
A few months ago my colleague Alayne discussed the nursing of exotic patients which was great for a refresher on medicating and feeding. Then it was my turn and I discussed common anaesthetic related complications & trouble shooting.
We covered hypercapnia, hypocapnia,abnormal capnograph waveforms, hypothermia, hypotension and hypertension.
We should all value or own personal knowledge, use it and share it! - because if you don't use it, you loose it!
Apart we are individual pieces of a puzzle, together we make a textbook! 😊
So, what counts as CPD? Here's a bit of guidance from the RCVS - Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
"Although this is not an exhaustive list, any of the following activities may count towards your CPD: