About this Role:
The Veterinary Health Center (VHC) within the College of
Veterinary Medicine is seeking applicants for a Small Animal
Surgery Veterinary Nursing Supervisor. This position will serve as
a supervisor of staff, student workers, and management of physical
equipment in the Small Animal Surgery Service spaces of the
Veterinary Health Center. This includes supervision and scheduling
of the On-Call Surgery Team. Must be able to work alternate
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. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a
collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers,
students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the
Principles of Community.
Duties / Responsibilities:
Manage Small Animal Surgery OR and Ward 3 Nurses and
- Supervision of Small Animal Surgery Staff - Manage and assign
daily tasks and responsibilities to ensure optimal patient care.
Establish performance standards and goals. Provide training and
feedback. Manage performance review process. Coordinate and manage
daily staffing, as well as the on-call surgery schedules. Assist in
recruitment and hiring of staff. Conduct regular staff meetings.
Collaborate with clinicians to ensure effective operation on the
unit. Organize and participate in continuing education
opportunities for the staff.
- Assist to set standards for proper soft tissue, and orthopedic,
veterinary nursing, and assistant circulation in the OR (based on
- Manage, and direct the supply of general surgery stock, and
specialty items. Assure that needed items are in date and available
at all times. Work with procurement and Central Preparation to
reorder and address clinician requests as needed.
- As needed, communicate needed adjustments of the Small Animal
Surgery tic sheets to appropriate personnel. Work with Central
Preparation, hospital information system and procurement personnel
to add items and update pricing.
- Work with Central Preparation to ensure all Small Animal
Surgery equipment (laser, water blankets, positioning bags,
cautery, OR tables, orthopedic power equipment, instruments,
endoscopy) are serviced, maintained, and functioning to
manufacturer recommendations. Assist in establishing and
maintaining equipment service records.
- Develop SOPs for equipment use.
Provide Nursing/Technical and support services for the Surgical
- Patient Care/Teaching-Participate in a regular work schedule.
Provide care for patients in Small Animal Soft Tissue and
Orthopedic Surgery. Provide primary nursing care and perform
treatments for patients as directed by clinician's verbal and/or
written orders for each case. Assist clinicians in treating and
performing diagnostic procedures on patients. Monitor medical
records of Small Animal Surgery patients for completeness,
accuracy, and financial accountability. Assist in instruction of
veterinary students, and nurse interns. Plan and implement
orientation for new students, staff, house officers and clinicians.
Assess student, nurse intern, and house officer performance.
Participate in clinical research programs as needed.
- Assist for Large Animal Surgery procedures as needed
- Be an effective and dependable employee, beginning each day
with a clean, neat uniform following standard dress protocol;
establishing and maintaining good work habits; maintaining
positive, professional relationships with faculty, staff, students
and clients; demonstrating behavior that is conducive to harmonious
working relationships. Request and expect the same of the staff and
students working in the Small Animal Surgery areas. Perform other
duties as requested by DSSS, VHC Administrative Director or
Department Head by following procedures developed for the VHC.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
- Requires graduation from a two-year college program in
veterinary or animal technology accredited by the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- Five years or more of veterinary nursing experience, one of
those years in a nursing supervisory role
- Must possess a drivers license once employed
- Must be registered as a paraprofessional under the authority of
Kansas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners upon employment at the
Veterinary Health Center
- Designation through the AVST (Academy of Veterinary Surgical
Technicians) as specialized in the area of surgery (VTS)
- Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets and data
- Working knowledge of human resources management and conflict
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Creative problem solving
- Knowledge of standard emergency veterinary medical
- Ability to work under pressure in emergency situations
Position frequently requires light work, including walking and
standing while retrieving, and passing supplies, and surgical
equipment. Periods of medium work are required when maneuvering
patients, and transporting stock. Work frequently requires periods
of moderate physical exertion to transport patients and supplies 50
lbs or greater. Walking, sitting, standing, lifting, carrying,
fingering, pushing and pulling are necessary to perform various
tasks associated with this work area. Hearing is necessary to send
and receive direction and sight is necessary to read orders,
records, and requests.
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:
$ 19.13 - $ 29.64 per hour
Equal Employment Opportunity:
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of
individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively
seeks diversity among its employees.
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.
Advertised: Jun 01, 2021 Central Daylight Time