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Table 7 Focus group and interview attributes of a competent veterinary nurse

From: Competence perceptions of veterinary nursing students and registered veterinary nurses in Ireland: a mixed methods explanatory study

Themes Subthemes Students RVNs
Attributes Knowledge Theoretical knowledge. Theoretical knowledge.
Performance Practical patient care clinical skills.
Work independently.
Practical patient care clinical skills.
Work independently.
Provide holistic patient care (primary responsibility).
Plan ahead, work efficiently.
Use initiative.
Professional behaviour Adaptable.
People skills.
Responsible.
Manage emotions.
Trustworthy.
Recognise limits and ask for help.
Adaptable.
People skills.
Responsible.
Manage emotions.
Trustworthy.
Recognise limits and ask for help.
Support colleagues.
Leadership.
Admit mistakes.
Love of the job.
Reflective practice Keep learning. Keep learning.
Constant re-evaluation of patients/situations.
Self-appraisal.
Confidence   Confidence Confidence
Context   Competence varies with species. Competence varies with species.
Caseload affects competence development.