Critical Thinking in Critical Care: The Nursing Process
Nursing – whether for humans of animal patients – is an applied discipline involving both art and science: both doing and thinking. The best nurses are those who are able to think critically and apply their knowledge to a variety of different patients and illnesses, bringing experience and skill to bear to improve outcomes. This talk will outline the Nursing Process and how veterinary professionals can apply it in the animal care setting.
Family Presence In Emergency and Critical Care:
Most animal hospitals around the country have a strict separation between the “front of the house” and the “back of the house”. At an Open Practice, there is little to no separation between the areas traditionally reserved for clients (reception, exam rooms) and those reserved for veterinary staff (treatment area, surgery, ICU, etc.). The Open Practice Theory recognizes the importance of the human-animal bond by allowing patients and clients to remain together through every step of their veterinary visit. Additionally, Open Practice Theory improves communication with the client, as information is shared in real time. This improved communication helps the client feel valued as a member of the patient care team, leading to clients who are more engaged both with the practice and their pet. A more engaged client is a happier client, leading to better online reviews, and more revenue for the practice.