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Constance Girgenti, BSN, RN, VA-BC™

Clinical Nurse Educator, Vygon US, Plainfield, Illinois

presenter photoConnie Girgenti is a highly skilled professional nurse with more than 20 years of clinical experience as a Vascular Access Specialist and Neonatal Intensive Care nurse in both teaching hospitals and community hospitals.

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Sophie Harnage, RN, BSN, VA-BC

Clinical Educator, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, California

Sophie Harnage is the Clinical Manager of Infusion Services at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. She is responsible for managing both the inpatient PICC team and the Outpatient Infusion Center and developed an advanced vascular access team responsible for 90-95% of all central line insertions and maintenance of all central lines housewide. She manages a team of over 30 staff members and has developed annual competency programs and an orientation program for the PICC team and Infusion Center.

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Amy Bardin-Spencer, EdD(c), MS, RRT, VA-BC™

Senior Clinical Marketing Specialist, Teleflex, Scottsdale, Arizona

presenter photoAmy Bardin-Spencer is a vascular access specialist with more that 20 years of experience. Her current focus is on the advancement of vascular access including procedural practice and outcome measures. Amy's passion and dedication is that the use of ultrasound is no longer an option and that all clinicians and patients deserve a NO Blind Stick opportunity.

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Alternative Access Track

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General Session - Advancing Your Team

calendar9/10/2014

clock1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

clockRoom: Potomac AB

CE Hours: 1.2


Constance Girgenti, BSN, RN, VA-BC™

Clinical Nurse Educator, Vygon US, Plainfield, Illinois

Sophie Harnage, RN, BSN, VA-BC

Clinical Educator, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville, California

Amy Bardin-Spencer, EdD(c), MS, RRT, VA-BC™

Senior Clinical Marketing Specialist, Teleflex, Scottsdale, Arizona

Are you currently building a vascular access team? Is your current team looking to add another procedure to their practice? This presentation will review how two vascular access teams incorporated advanced practices, navigated change, incorporated ultrasound and what their practices look like today. This presentation will help guide new teams and support established teams looking to add additional options to their patients requiring vascular access devices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe what obstacles and successes vascular access specialists will face.
  • Demonstrate models of success.
  • Conduct an open dialogue with vascular access specialists wanting to advance their team.
  • Review two advanced vascular access teams, success and challenges with advancement of scope.

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