Joining Ben today is Lou Northway, Clinical Nurse Lead at Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre and social media influencer - otherwise known as Lou the Vet Nurse Ben and Lou chat about how she made the decision to become a vet nurse and the highs and lows of her career ever since. They also chat about Lou's experience being more in the public eye.
This was probably one of my most proudest (and surreal!) moments of my career so far.
I dedicate my award to the two brightest stars in the sky - My late Grandma & my number 1 RVN Idol Louise O'Dwyer.
They both inspired me more than they could ever know.
Thank you to my colleagues who nominated me, it means so much.
This month, as part of Veterinary Nursing Awareness Month, we're celebrating the hard-working individuals on the frontline of animal welfare. People like Lou, a registered veterinary nurse (RVN) from the UK, who was kind enough to share more about her crucial role in veterinary practice at home as well as in the field abroad, alongside the Mission Rabies team.
In this episode we catch up with Lou Northway, aka Lou the Vet Nurse.
Topics discussed in the podcast:
Keeping patients warm during procedures and anaesthetics
Getting your team engaged in auditing and patient safety
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In this episode I caught up with social media super nurse and all round lovely human, Lou the Vet Nurse. If you don’t already follow Lou on Facebook or Insta, you should. Her social media content is full of vet nursing tips and positive inspo. You can find links to Lou’s social media and everything else we discuss in the show notes on my website www.radiovetnurse.com.
Lou is an RVN in the UK with a special interest in intensive nursing and anaesthesia. In addition to active nursing, Lou is the clinical nurse lead at her practice. She’s responsible for monitoring and reviewing clinical standards and mentoring the nursing team in line with her additional qualifications. Lou has some great ideas about how to work at improving firstly our own skills and knowledge as individuals, and secondly the standards of care of the veterinary health care teams as a whole. She is also a huge advocate for vets and nurses working together and sharing ideas.
Whether you’re listening to Lou in this interview, or enjoying her social media content, it’s obvious that she is all about encouraging vet nurses to appreciate their self-worth and to go out and create the careers they’ve always wanted. It’s inspiring to hear another vet nurse speak this way and to promote what is becoming a reoccurring theme on this podcast; that we are qualified, knowledgeable professionals, and our voices are worth listening to!
Documents of reference from tonight’s discussion;
✅ IV catheter care phlebitis scoring chart (Ward & Hancill 2019)
✅RCVS Knowledge clinical audit walk through
✅November 2018 edition of the BVNA (The British Veterinary Nursing Association) Veterinary Nursing Journal (VNJ) you can read the amazing article on IV catheter care by Anne Ward RVN - it’s a brilliant article and makes you reflect on how we manage patients start to finish (free access for bvna members)
Super proud and excited to announce that I have been named as a Knowledge Champion for the second year running! ALL nurses should feel inspired and empowered to become QI ambassadors in practice!
A 90 minute discussion all about patient safety and checklists with Amelia from RCVS Knowledge and Helen Silver-MacMahon from the Animal Health Trust.
I was thrilled to find out that I was named a knowledge champion. I had worked really hard on this audit and was very proud of the improvements my team had made as a result.
Thank you to each and every member of our wonderful profession.
Video produced by InnoVet CPD
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