The Veterinary Nurse’s Role in Dermatology Clinics
Dermatology is a key area of clinical work in primary practice, and the role that nurses can play in assisting with management of dermatological conditions has historically been overlooked.
Nurses can and should play an integral role in history taking, diagnostics, client support, improving adherence to treatment – and much more.
This course aims to offer guidance on setting up a Dermatology Nursing Clinic, including tackling any pitfalls which may arise. Through tutor guidance, peer support and shared experiences you will become more equipped to develop the clinic within your own practice environment and around your own clinic style.
This type of clinic requires knowledge of a number of simple diagnostic skills and microscopy, and this course aims to assist you with becoming more confident on how to perform these, the equipment to use and when to select which tests. This course will also look at clarifying the role nurses can play in selection and administration of therapies to help achieve case resolution.
This course will help you feel more confident in performing dermatology nursing generally, have an understanding of the nurse’s role in a vet-led team, and the delivery of a dermatology clinic service; and aims to be valuable whether you are just starting in dermatology nursing or developing an already existing service.
This course is endorsed by the Veterinary Nursing Dermatology group. To find out more about the group visit their website.
Setting up and running a dermatology clinic
How to get started and obstacles to overcome
How it can fit into YOUR practice
How it fits into skin cases and workups
Working through a questionnaire with the owner
What it all means, key questions, and how to get the best quality information from the pet owner
Taking tests for a skin workup
What tests to concentrate on
How to take those tests
The equipment you will need
Staining and analysing samples
Methods for staining
Using the microscope
What you are looking for, and cell identification
Assisting with therapy selection and management
Where topical therapy fits into treatment and the benefits
What types of products the nurse can encourage use of, and treatment adherence with
Understanding the role and responsibilities of the veterinary nurse
Ensuring that both nurses and vets are comfortable with responsibilities and boundaries
Understanding the RCVS Code of Conduct, and appreciating what you CAN do so nurses are utilised effectively
By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:
Appreciate the considerations for successfully establishing and maintaining a dermatology clinic which works within your practice setting
Understand the history taking process, the tests and techniques needed to undertake a complete skin workup, and the treatment options available
Understand the requirements of the nurse/vet relationship in managing skin cases successfully
Course resources include:
Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
Informative narrated lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
Multiple supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your clinics
Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
Access to the course materials for a period after the course
Course duration: 3 weeks (8 hours flexible/self-directed study time)
Course type: Fully supported and interactive online learning with assessed coursework