The Vascular Access Nurse Specialist provides direct patient care as the expert resource for establishing and maintaining optimum venous access. The Vascular Access Nurse Specialist evaluates patients for, and places peripheral intravenous catheters, ultrasound-guided PIVs, midlines, and peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC lines) in current patient populations. Provides coaching to all RNs in developing their venipuncture skill. This position serves as a subject matter expert for insertion, care, and maintenance of all central venous access devices. This position functions within the scope of RN licensure to assess patient IV access needs, plan, implement, evaluate effectiveness, make recommendations to nursing staff and physicians and document. Patient & family education is provided appropriate to the type of therapy the patient is receiving. Provides care related to vascular access based on the age-related needs of the adolescent, adult, and geriatric patient with consideration of their development/psychosocial needs, environmental safety, education needs, communication style, and level of understanding.
CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline overlooking Corpus Christi Bay is the largest and foremost acute care medical facility in the region, with a full range of diagnostic and surgical specialty services in cardiac, cancer and stroke care. It is the leading emergency facility in the area and the only Level II Trauma Center in the Coastal Bend, staffed with physicians and nurses specially trained in emergency services.
The Pavilion and the Critical Care Center house a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, ICU, Cardiac Cath Lab and surgical suites.
A teaching facility, in affiliation with the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
Accredited Chest Pain Center
Accredited Joint Commission Stroke Team
The Shoreline campus is a premiere facility housing many of the region's most vital and renowned programs such as a Primary Stroke Center, nationally accredited Cancer Center and a nationally recognized Chest Pain Center. The Pavilion at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline houses the CHRISTUS Spohn Heart Network, which was recently recognized as one of the top 100 cardiovascular hospitals in the United States. The Heart Institute offers the most advanced diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitative cardiac services in one convenient location.
Bachelors of Nursing, preferred
Experience in a specialty is preferred.
5 years of acute care experience.
Valid State RN license.
Certification: Venous Access -Board Certified (or VA-BC) within one year.
Competency in the placement of Midlines, PICC lines and Ultrasound Guided IV's.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.
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