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March, 2016
March 2016 News
News and announcements from March 2016.
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November, 2015
November 2015 News
News and announcements from November 2015.
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July, 2015
July 2015 News
News and announcements from July 2015.
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May, 2015
May 2015 News
News and announcements from May 2015.
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August, 2014
August 2014 News
News and announcements from August 2014.
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December, 2013
December 2013 News
News and announcements from December 2013.
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November, 2013
November 2013 News
News and announcements from November 2013.
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May 30, 2013
May 2013 News
News and announcements from May 2013.
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July 17, 2012
4th Annual Seminar
Highlights from the Fourth Annual IVAN Seminar.
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February 28, 2012
IVAN Members Appreciation Dinner
Highlights from the Members Appreciation Dinner.
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October 18, 2011
25th AVA Annual Scientific Meeting
Highlights from the recent AVA Scientific Meeting.
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August 31, 2011
3rd Annual Seminar
Highlights from the Third Annual IVAN Seminar.
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March 9, 2011
February Dinner Highlights
See Highlights from your February IVAN dinner.
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November 4, 2010
Vascular Access Certification Exam
Sign up for the Vascular Access Certification Exam.
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June 1, 2010
2nd Annual Seminar
Highlights from the Second Annual IVAN Seminar.
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Board of Directors

IVAN is governed by a board of directors who volunteer their time and expertise. Term, termination and elections are subject to AVA bylaws.

Joanne Cameron, BSN, RN, VA-BC

I started my nursing career 37 years ago at the Univ. of IL Hospital. Unbeknownst to all of us working there at the time, the unit became the first oncology unit at the University. When I left there and went to work at an outpatient hemodialysis center, I was exposed to shunts, grafts, fistulas, and tunneled dialysis catheters.

I returned to the Univ of IL Hospital after my first child was born to work part-time on a critical care float pool. Then I was approached to work on the Vascular Access Team at Glenbrook Hospital and Evanston Hospital in 2002.I also worked in other departments at NorthShore University HealthSystems. I returned to the Univ of IL Hospital (now known as UIC) 5 years ago in Interventional Radiology where I have been able to “see” the challenges encountered when someone is centrally occluded, have been exposed to many more types of venous access, placed PICCs and ultrasound guided PIVs.

I have been told by coworkers that I have an inquisitive mind. I think this is why I love IVAN and AVA—the education, evidence based practice, and access to experts in the field from around the world. I feel fortunate to have participated in the OMG (One Million Global) PIV study out of Australia in March, 2015.

Guadalupe Ordaz-Nielsen, BSN, RN, VA-BC

I have been a nurse for 19 years my area of expertise has been adult critical care nursing. As a float pool RN for a large university based hospital, I care for patients in the medical, surgical, cardiac and neuroscience intensive care units.

In 2007, I expanded my nursing practice to include vascular access and been a member of IVAN since 2009, earned my VA-BC in 2011. I am also ACLS certified. I am active in the Professional Nurses Staff (PNS) organization and has held several membership positions within PNS. I was nominated for the 2015 PNS Professional Practice Model Award for Relationships and Caring.

Carrie Moyer, BSN, RN, VA-BC

I have been a nurse for 32 years starting my career at LUMC on a multiple trauma floor. I became good at starting IVS on some of the most challenging patients. We didn’t have an IV team back then. So it was a great place to learn. After working there for 5 years, I followed my love for traveling and became a traveling nurse. I saw so many places and hospitals! But the best part was meeting and working with all the different nurses, in different settings, with all different equipment. For the last 22 years I have been a member of the Vascular Access team at Evanston Hospital. We are responsible for placing all the peripheral lines as well as PICCs, midlines, central line blood draws. The most rewarding part is being a mentor to new nurses and providing education on the latest evidence based research. I love the networking with fellow vascular access nurses and vendors that IVAN and AVA provides. In my spare time I love to spend time with my husband and chocolate Labrador, Finnegan. And of course, travel!

Diane Patino,RN, VA-BC
Membership Chair

I have been a nurse for 20 years and has been placing PICC's for 7 years.

Nursing is a second career for me.I have a BS degree in Horticulture from the University of Illinois and received my AD in Nursing from the University of Kentucky Jefferson Community College. I am currently completing classes for my BSN.

I enjoy procedure nursing and has worked in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab,GI Lab and Pain Clinic. I have work experience also in ICU, PACU, Pre-Admission Testing and currently in the Ambulatory Surgical Care Center as Edward Hospital. I attended the 2014 AVA Scientific Meeting as an IVAN Scholarship recipient and I was a General Assembly speaker at the 2015 AVA Scientific Meeting. As a clinical nurse, I helped develop a Vascular Access Team and an electronic admission early assessment tool for patients' vascular access at Edward Hospital.