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IVAN Fourth Annual Seminar

July 14, 2012         

The Fourth Annual IVAN Seminar was held Saturday, June 9, 2012, at Highland Park Hospital, in Highland Park, IL. The program consisted of six CEU presentations:

  • Breakthrough Technologies in Vascular Access, Marcia Ryder, PhD, MS, RN, sponsored by Teleflex Medical.

  • Understanding “Gray”…Using Ultrasound to Your Advantage, Mark Rowe, RNP, MNSc, VA-BC and Marrey L. Carter, BSRT, RDMS, RVT.

  • Preventing Catheter Related Bacteremia: an Example of Implementing Joint Commission’s National Safety Goals, Brenda Caillouet, BSN, MPH, CRNI, VA-BC, sponsored by 3M.

  • Good bye X-Ray, Paul Blackburn, RN, MNA, VA-BC, sponsored by Rymed Technologies.

  • In the Middle, Chris Cavanaugh, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC.

  • Catheters and Kids, Darcy Doellman RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC, LNC.

The IVAN Member of the Year Award was awarded to two members this year: Deb Nalian, Rush University Medical Center (award accepted by Guadalupe Ordaz-Nielsen, as Deb could not attend) and Diane Bures, Holy Cross Hospital. Both of these hard-working vascular access nurses have been very willing to host IVAN meetings at their institutions; have presented or had a poster presentations at AVA; have presented information at IVAN meetings; and continue to strive to promote the prevention of vascular access complications through educating and mentoring of fellow vascular access professionals. IVAN is very proud of these contributions and felt both were equally deserving of this award. Keep up the great work!

Five raffle baskets were awarded during the Seminar, put together and donated by Mary Santiago, outgoing Secretary, and owner/operator of Priority PICC Solutions LLC. Thank you, Mary, for the beautiful baskets! The winners of the 5 raffle baskets were: Wendy Cairns, Joanne Cameron, Loreli DeFina, Carolyn Ertel, and Dorothy Tenenbaum.

During the welcoming remarks by outgoing President April Swenson, it was announced that IVAN would offer reimbursement scholarships to the October 2012 AVA conference in San Antonio, Texas. Applications are available through Nora Polk. April thanked the outgoing Board (Beth Rogers, Vice President; Rose Koshy, Treasurer; Connie Girgenti, Membership Chair; and Mary Santiago, Secretary) for their service and dedication, awarding them certificates applauding their time as Board members. She also honored Rose Koshy and Connie Girgenti for their roles as founding members. April Swenson was presented an award by Rose Koshy from the Board for her service these past four years (founding member, two years Vice President, two years President). The incoming Board was introduced (Penny Williams, President; Gina Carley, Vice President; Nora Polk,Secretary/Membership; and Judith Damatan, Treasurer). April gave a short summary of the lessons learned over the years from her involvement with IVAN, which included the following points: Listen more, talk less; be flexible; be more open minded, to new technology and to old technology; keep up on your education (get your CRNI or VA-BC, take advantage of the reimbursement scholarships, get your online BSN, MSN); remember that KNOWLEDGE is POWER; be proactive about change (change is painful at times, but more so if your are broad sided by it, so be the INITIATOR and help to usher it in).

The Vendors (members and nonmembers) did a wonderful job of providing support for this event and it would not have been possible without them. A delicious and nutritious continental breakfast was provided by Mary and Julio Santiago, Priority PICC Solutions LLC; Corner Bakery box lunches were provided by Turner Smith Jr. and Biopatch/Ethicon; Corner Bakery cookies and coffee break were provided by Joe Petttee and Kris Gundrum of AccessRN. We are most grateful to our vendors who participated in the vendor fair, helping to support and continue the mission of IVAN, promoting prevention of vascular access complications. Those vendors were: Michelle Campbell of 3M; Joe Pettee of AccessRN; John Foran of AngioDynamics/Navilyst; Kelly Fash, Robert Nicoletti, Debbie Boyce, Cortney Jackson, and Beth Rogers of Bard Access; Turner Smith, Jr. of Biopatch/Ethicon; Michael Martell and Rick Morgan, Ecolab; Cindy Corrigan and Kate Renner of Excelsior Medical; Jodi Johnson, Matt Potthast, and Molly Heflin of Genentech; Khasim Baig of MedComp Interventional; Stephen Leahy of PDI; Mary and Julio Santiago of Priority PICC Solutions LLC; Ryan Lee of Rymed Technologies; Charles Baldinelli of SecuraCath/Interrad Medical; Paul Sahagian, Dan Gibbons, Teon Smith, and Stephanie DiLella of Teleflex Medical.

IVAN also thanks Gina Carley and Highland Park Hospital for making it possible to have the Annual Seminar at this facility. Gina spent a lot of time making arrangements with the different departments involved in setting up and event such as this, and her help was invaluable.