A final-year RVC student is calling on VNs and veterinary professionals to share their views on the importance of leadership in nursing.
Last year, RVN Annere Creighton undertook the college’s new three-day Veterinary Team Leadership and Professionalism course, aimed at developing VN and vet leadership skills and promoting effective team working.
She enjoyed the course so much she decided to base her final-year project on leadership and veterinary nursing and has created an online survey to gauge opinion.
She told Vetsonline: “I’m looking for help from SVNs, R/LVNs, head nurses and those in managerial positions.
“I’m asking questions about the best leadership attributes and empathy. What are the best types of leadership both from nurses and for nurses? I’ll also be asking SVNs if they think they’d benefit from more leadership training.”
Asked about teaching SVNs leadership and management skills, she added: “I think it would be a good idea if more SVNs were taught leadership skills. The RVC course really whet my appetite for this issue, but people can be put off by the topic; however, I think anyone in a management role or who is an informal leader can benefit from these skills and learn to bring people forward quietly.”
Ms Creighton is hoping to get 700 responses to her survey, and garnered 41 responses after just one day.
All survey respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 of Love2Shop vouchers and the survey is set to close on March 31.
To fill in the survey, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/leadershipinveterinarynursing