Empowering Nurses is the concept that increasing the authority or power nurses have through innovation, education, and training, will create more efficient and effective healthcare in all healthcare settings. Nurses that receive additional clinical and non-clinical training are able to provide better problem solving, job performance, and patient outcomes while reducing costs and healthcare-associated or acquired infections. Advanced education allows for more autonomy and power as nurses are better able to solve medical issues with less supervision. Vascular Wellness empowers its nurses by providing comprehensive training and education on all areas of Vascular Access including advanced lines that are usually not taught in a school or hospital setting, such as small-bore central lines and large bore central lines, along with line care and maintenance and infection control. This not only empowers nurses but advances healthcare, Vascular Wellness’ company vision. Nurses that are empowered are more satisfied and less stressed performing their roles as nurses and likely feel comfortable working as active participants on any treatment team or for their employer generally, providing suggestions that can lead to healthcare changes that support patients and staff.
Empowering Nurses to Make a Difference
| Nurse Empowerment Strategies
Empowering Nurses to make a difference is critical as nurses work towards improving quality and safety in healthcare. Nurses are front-line, patient-centered, workers and can greatly impact and improve the lives of the people and patients they care for, along with their families and community. As nurses are essential and valuable contributors to healthcare, Empowering Nurses to make a difference can impact all areas of healthcare such as medical procedures, patient care, best practices, safety, education, and innovation. As Vascular Wellness believes in empowering its nurse clinicians, it has greatly improved and innovated in the Vascular Access specialty as evidenced by being one of the first professional nursing companies to develop and receive approval from the North Carolina Nursing Board to provide Large Bore lines, including Vas Caths for Dialysis and Quad Lumen lines, and successfully places such lines daily.
Nurse Empowerment Strategies start with having a management team that provides an environment that is inclusive, non-dictatorial, transparent, visionary, respectful, and safe. Nurse Empowerment Strategies provide nurses with all the tools, supplies, safety equipment, and training needed to perform their jobs, enabling them to make the right decision for the safety and wellness of their patients. Giving nurses the skills, tools, and environment to apply their knowledge and experience, can lead to innovative changes in healthcare overall. Vascular Wellness supports Nurse Empowerment Strategies and provides a positive environment so its clinicians feel empowered performing their job in any healthcare setting from the hospital to the home.
Central Line Nursing
| Nurse Specialist
Central Line Nursing is the Ultrasound-guided insertion, care, maintenance, and removal of Central Line Catheters, lines that end in a large vein above or below the heart, by trained nurses. These highly skilled Nurse Specialists typically will place the Central Lines and other nurses will be responsible for the care, maintenance, and removal of the lines. These Central Lines consist of either standard Central Lines such as the PICC line and advanced Central Lines such as Axillary lines, Internal Jugular lines, or Femoral lines, the latter providing additional treatment options.
A Nurse Specialist is a registered nurse who has additional training, certifications, credentials, or advanced degrees, and high proficiency in a specific health care practice or setting such as diabetes or critical care. Generally, a Nurse Specialist in the field of Vascular Access has a high level of expertise and practices exclusively in all aspects of Vascular Access services including program management, line placement, infection control and prevention, and training, and is usually employed in-house such as by a hospital or by a company whose main focus is Vascular Access. These Nurse Specialists in the Vascular Access field have better outcomes as they practice stringent infection control and prevention and are able to mitigate other potential side effects and complications such as blot clots and DVTs while enabling physicians to focus on other procedures. Vascular Wellness provides Nurse Specialists in the Vascular Access field to its clients.
Importance of Infection Control in Nursing
| How Nurses Can Help Reduce Hospital Readmissions
The importance of infection control in nursing cannot be overstated as it protects patients, families, and healthcare personnel from disease, and prevents or halts the spread of disease in healthcare environments such as easily transmissible infections and antimicrobial-resistant organisms. Nosocomial infections or Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs) are easily spread in a hospital or medical facility as many patients are immunocompromised and both staff and patients are in close quarters. Nurses can help control the spread of infections by consistently following best practice protocols such as proper handwashing and hygiene, the use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and eyewear, workplace sanitation, and the proper disposing of trash and hazardous waste. Hand washing and hygiene are paramount to good infection control and nurses should always wash hands with soap and water before and after changing patient bandages such as with IVs and touching beds and doors, and after using the restroom.
How nurses can help reduce hospital readmissions is simple – promote and maintain infection control. Hospital readmissions are a serious problem in healthcare such that there is a Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (part of the Affordable Care Act) to reduce payments to hospitals with excessive readmissions rates within 30 days of discharge. Nurses can help reduce hospital readmissions by creating and implementing a standard discharge process. As part of such a process, nurses should properly prepare patients and caregivers for discharge, instruct patients about medications and, if necessary, IV line cleaning and maintenance, and communicate effectively with providers responsible for post-discharge care. These are just some of the ways to contribute to preventing readmissions. Vascular Wellness practices stringent infection control helping with this issue, and at this time, has no reported insertion-related infections from vascular access procedures.
Nurse Staff Augmentation Services
| Staff Augmentation
Nurse Staff Augmentation Services provide both general bedside nurses and nurse specialists and are an effective way to meet the specific nurse service needs of the healthcare facility, such as hospitals and skilled nursing facilities, for patient care and organizational requirements. Nurse Staff Augmentation Services, depending on the skill level of the nurse, can add to a hospital’s or other health facility’s internal staff or, if necessary, completely provide staff for an entire department. Staff Augmentation is a more general term to mean any additional staff in any business setting across any department and can be beneficial by providing coverage due to staff shortages, staff instability, and patient surges and this maintains the efficiency of the organization. In any case, Nurse Staff Augmentation and general Staff Augmentation services can provide exceptional services and help manage costs by bringing in well-trained employees on an as-needed basis improving patient outcomes and resulting in higher patient satisfaction due to the Augmentation services.
Nurse Staff Augmentation Services that specialize in vascular access provide nurses that can deliver a range of basic and advanced IV Access Services, an Intravenous method of delivering medication and therapies into a vein for immediate access to the bloodstream. Services may include bedside nurses that provide Ultrasound (US) guided IV access consisting of Peripheral IVs and extended dwell PIVs; PICC nurses that provide these services along with Midline and PICC placements; and Vascular Access Nurse Specialists who provide advanced lines such as Small Bore Internal Jugular Lines, Axillary Lines, and Femoral Lines and possibly even Large Bore lines such as Quad Lumens and Vas Caths for Dialysis. These Nurse Staff Augmentation Services that specialize in vascular access can add to a hospital’s internal vascular access department or can be a complete outsourced solution for any healthcare facility’s vascular access service needs. Vascular Wellness is an on-demand model that integrates seamlessly with the healthcare provider, provides all equipment and supplies, and requires no upfront cost or commitment.
Vascular Access Specialists
| Vascular Wellness
Vascular Wellness is a team consisting of Vascular Access Specialists that can provide full or partial Nurse Staff Augmentation Services to any healthcare facility. Vascular Wellness specializes in all aspects of Vascular Access Device (VAD) placement including assessment, insertion, maintenance, difficult placements, and removal. Vascular Wellness Specialists are W2 employees who complete comprehensive training that can involve placing 50 to 100 lines per procedure type, follow best practices for line placement for vein preservation and to prevent side effects, and utilize the best equipment and supplies from Bard/BD, a leading supplier to hospitals. Vascular Wellness clinicians can place Ultrasound-Guided Extended Dwell PIVs, Midlines, and PICCs, and many clinicians can place advanced devices including Small Bore Central Catheter Lines (such as Internal Jugular Lines and Femoral Lines) and Large Bore Central Catheter Lines (such as Vas Caths for Dialysis and Quad Lumens). Vascular Wellness also provides Vascular Access training, infection control, and comprehensive administrative support including quality reports and detailed patient records for The Joint Commission surveyors. Vascular Wellness clinicians are Vascular Access Specialists and serve as reliable, scalable, and trusted Nurse Staff Augmentation partners to any healthcare provider or facility.
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