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Veterinary Nurse - Anesthesiology (Veterinary Health Center)

Apply now Department: 3670080070 Veterinary Health Center
Job no: 510658
Employment type: Staff Full Time (USS)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Veterinary Medicine, Medical
Pay Grade: 06A

About this Role:

This Veterinary Nurse position is responsible for providing technical services to the Anesthesiology Section in the Veterinary Health Center. A primary mission of the Hospital is to provide quality medical services for teaching, research and clients within the surrounding area. Quality, professional technical representation in the Anesthesia Section is critical to providing services to support this mission. Lastly, this position is responsible for coordination of animal treatments, instruct, train and supervise students and employees in approved treatment technique.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community. 

Duties / Responsibilities:

Management of the technical aspects of the clinical anesthesia services provided for clinical patients, teaching and research at the KSU-VHC. Responsibilities include operation of complex, precision anesthetic and electronic monitoring equipment, administering and supervising anesthetic procedures, and monitoring of patient’s vital signs during surgical and other procedures performed during general anesthesia. Objectives of this task are to:

  • Provide quality patient care including induction, maintenance, and recovery from anesthesia by recognizing physiologic wellbeing of patients and responding accordingly; and by learning and continually updating knowledge of pharmaceuticals used to provide anesthesia and physiological support to the patient. Independent judgment must be used in performing routine functions related to monitoring anesthetic depth and physiological wellbeing of patients.
  • Familiarize and orient professional veterinary students in the use of equipment and protocols necessary for providing anesthesia care to clinical patients. Demonstrate the proper use and care of anesthesia related equipment and provide assistance to students in the setup and use of anesthesia and monitoring equipment. Help students interpret monitored data.

Interface with clinicians, technicians and veterinary students. Must be tactful, able to provide and use sound medical judgment, and be tolerant of stressful situations while coordinating and scheduling patients for anesthesia. Needs and concerns of the Anesthesia Service must be communicated to others in order to provide quality professional patient care. Primary objective of this task is to ensure that anesthesia is safely induced and patients are at their destination in a timely fashion. Review is provided by the faculty anesthesiologist(s).

Maintain Anesthesia Service equipment in a good state of repair. Provide intermittent repair of ICU equipment not repairable by existing ICU staff or to determine need for factory service or repair. Responsibilities include:

  • Providing routine preventative maintenance for equipment and establishing protocols to ensure that maintenance and repair is done in a timely fashion.
  • Maintaining an inventory of and requesting that supplies, equipment and anesthetic drugs needed for routine operation of the clinical Anesthesia Service be ordered as necessary. Objective of this task is to assure that patient care will not be compromised due to an unforeseen lack of supplies, anesthetic drugs, or faulty equipment when needed to preserve the life of a patient. Faculty anesthesiologist(s) review the adequacy of supplies, drugs and equipment on a daily basis.

Perform other duties as requested by the faculty anesthesiologist(s), supervisor, or Hospital Director by following procedures developed for the KSU-VHC. Assist clinicians and co-workers as needed. Share after hours stand by responsibilities, as scheduled, with other Anesthesia Service personnel. Interact with other KSU-VHC employees as a professional health care team member to provide quality medical services to all client, teaching and research animals presented for medical care. Provide support for anesthetized patients in the transition from anesthesia care to the intensive care unit personnel.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Must be registered as a paraprofessional under the authority of the Kansas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners within six months of employment

For Veterinary Nurse I: Completion of a two year college program in veterinary and animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association

For Veterinary Nurse II:  Completion of a two year college program in veterinary and animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and two years of relevant experience

For Veterinary Nurse III: Completion of a two year college program in veterinary and animal technology accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and five years of relevant experience as a state credentialed veterinary technician (RVT, LVT, CVT)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years post-graduate experience in the veterinary hospital setting
  • Clinical teaching and/or supervisory experience will be considered a beneficial asset to this position
  • Excellent communication skills and strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain and use ordinary veterinary hospital equipment
  • Be physically able to handle, restrain and provide medical services to domestic animals
  • Working knowledge of operating room sterile techniques procedures
  • Ability to perform work processing and data entry procedures on a personal computer
  • Be willing and able to master new techniques

Other Requirements:

All K-State employee must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless granted an exemption by the university) by their first day of employment.  To learn more about this requirement and potential exemptions, please visit K-State’s COVID-19 website.

Physical Requirements:

Position frequently involves light work. It is occasionally necessary to perform medium or heavy work associated with lifting, carrying, pushing, or pulling distressed animals in close quarters, and/or equipment weighing from 2 – 100 pounds. Must be able to monitor heart sounds (hearing) through stethoscope; monitor patient vital signs on a TV screen and/or medical monitor (sight); transport animals from cages and gurneys with heights to 48 1/2” high examination tables (lifting, carrying, pulling); insert catheters, syringe needles, etc. (fingering); and express instructions quickly (talking) in emergency situations.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references 

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$ 15.42 - $ 29.64 per hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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