In this episode, we are going to be focusing on something a little different than inventory. Instead, we’re going to be talking about another important aspect of veterinary medicine; mental health. I know many of us, myself included, struggle with different aspects of mental health on a regular basis. Not only that, but the rates of burnout and compassion fatigue are incredibly high in our industry. We go above and beyond on a regular basis to care for others; whether it’s our patients, our clients, or our team. I think it’s important to care for ourselves just as much as we care for others. I know it’s easier said than done! With that being said, I am so excited and honored to be joined in this episode by Elle Payne.
Elle Payne graduated as an RVN in 2018 from the Nottingham Trent University. She is now currently working in a referral practice in the UK. Her favorite aspects of nursing are neurology and in-patient care. She has several social media platforms on Instagram and Facebook called the positive vet nurse where she promotes positivity and mental health awareness in the veterinary profession.
During our conversation, Elle shares her advice with other veterinary professionals and aspiring veterinary nurses: “when you qualify and you get your shiny new badge (or certificate), your learning shouldn’t stop there. I’m saying this because I’m a bit of a geek/nerd as well. If you don’t know something, get your head in a textbook; look something up, ask questions, and don’t be afraid to ask the questions either. If you have a nice enough clinician, they’ll go through things and make you feel comfortable. For me, I think CPD is really important and everyone should make an effort with it; learn something new and maybe find your own niche out there. For aspiring nurses, there is a couple of accounts that I wanted to give a shoutout for because they really helped me. If I would have seen these at university, they would have been so helpful: Lou the Vet Nurse, Veterinary Internal Medicine Nursing, Veterinary Anursethesia, the traveling vet nurse. I wanted to give them a bit of a shoutout because they’re helped me a lot and I genuinely think they would help a lot of people aspiring to be vet nurses. Ask them questions and get to see what we actually do as nurses and get a feel for it.”