First results from #VNVoice portal

Poll results and winners announced for month 1 of BVNA members’ portal competition

The results of BVNA’s first polls, put on its members’ website to elicit the views of the Association’s members and encourage sign up to its new “VNVoice” portal, have been announced today (November 1).

Members were asked to respond to a number of topics, for which they gained points to be entered into a monthly prize draw, giving them more chance of winning each time. The online platform is run through Moodle and is open to all BVNA members, who can sign up to take part via the BVNA members’ section on the website https://www.bvna.org.uk/about-us/bvna-members-communication-portal

The poll results included the following highlights:

“Are you aware of VN Futures?”
61.5% Yes
30.7% No
7.7% Not sure

“Of the six VN Futures ambitions which are the most important to you?” (tick all that apply)
75.4%  Structured and rewarding career path

64.9%  Maximising nurses’ potential

63.1%  A confident, resilient, healthy and well supported workforce
50.8%  A clarified and bolstered VN role via a reformed schedule 3 
36.8%  Creating a sustainable workforce

24.5%  Proactive role in one health


“Please tell us why?” (selection of comments):
“My nursing career is very important to me, but I feel that sometimes my career development options are limited by lack of knowledge and understanding of the VN role and just what we are capable of.”

“The veterinary industry is lagging behind the rest of the UK with regard to employee rights, health and welfare and this review is very welcome!”

“It is essential for veterinary nurses to take responsibility for moving the profession forward and creating a strong and supportive network for themselves and others. A pathway to provide clarification to duties and responsibilities and creating a profession that individuals want to stay in.”

“I am keen to support all of the VN Futures ambitions. If any of these can be achieved I believe more nurses can be supported and utilised, thus, helping to maintain a healthy and stable profession.”

Winners of October #VNVoice prize draw

BVNA is delighted to announce the winners of its VNVoice competition this month are Steph Worsley, who wins £400 of shopping vouchers, and Kerry Stonehouse, who wins £150 of vouchers. Five runners-up – Judy Blythe, Sarah Milne, Laura Frith, Rachel Sims and Vicky Cloherty win a £50 voucher each.

BVNA President Sam Morgan said: 

"BVNA are delighted at the numbers of members who have already signed up for the ‘VN Voice’ portal. We feel this shows the commitment of veterinary nurses towards their profession and their continued development. 

“We hope that more veterinary nurses join us, as we increase the number of topics under discussion, so we can build on the engagement with our members and develop a bigger voice in the profession.

“Congratulations to our first VNVoice winners, Steph and Kerry, and our runners up. Thanks to everyone who signed up and took part throughout October and a big vote of thanks to our fantastic sponsors who have made these amazing prizes a reality.”

For further information, visit https://www.bvna.org.uk/about-us/bvna-members-communication-portal

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