Saline Health System Nurse Earns Vascular Access Certification


Saline Health System is pleased to announce that Sheri Burnett, RN, has recently earned the credential of Vascular Access Board Certified (VA-BC) after successfully completing the Vascular Access exam developed and administered by the Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC).

Sheri has worked at Saline Health System for 24 years and is the Vascular Access Nurse for the hospital.

Certification is a voluntary process by which a nongovernmental agency formally recognizes specialized knowledge, skills and experience in a designated area. Certification establishes minimum competency standards in the specialty and offers recognition for those who have met the standards. The primary purpose of certification is the protection of the public through a means of measurement of current skills and knowledge through a standardized comprehensive examination.

The Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to the validation, through certification, of a specialized body of knowledge for all professionals working in the field of vascular access.

“This achievement reiterates Sheri’s dedication to safe, quality patient care,” said Amy Sullins, Outpatient Services Director. “We are proud of her commitment to further her education and skills to ensure patient safety and positive outcomes.”

Vascular access is the placement of a catheter line (a thin tube) into a patient’s vein to provide treatment or therapy (also called infusion or IV therapy). The catheter — also called an intravenous (IV) line may be placed for different reasons, depending on the type of treatment needed. Some examples of IV lines are:

Peripheral intravenous line — peripheral veins are located in the arms. A short peripheral catheter is placed in a peripheral vein when therapy is expected to be short-term.

Peripheral inserted central catheter (PICC) — this type of IV line is placed in a larger vein and is used for treatments that may be hard on smaller veins, such as a course of chemotherapy, and for long-term treatments that may take many weeks or even months. The PICC is inserted through a vein in the arm. Using ultrasound imaging for guidance, the tip of the catheter is moved to a large, central vein in the body.

A PICC may be used for:
- Long-term antibiotic treatment
- Hydration therapy to restore fluids to a patient who is dehydrated
- Total parental nutrition (TPN) to provide nutrition when the gastrointestinal tract is not functioning and unable to absorb nutrients the body needs; a nutrition solution is provided through a catheter in a vein (intravenous feeding)
- Certain types of chemotherapy
- Pain management

"Venous Access is essential for almost every patient’s course of treatment,” said Sheri Burnett, RN. “Establishing and maintaining reliable access with as little discomfort and as few "sticks" is a priority. Early planning, continuing assessments and early intervention prevents complications and negative outcomes. Safety is our number one goal. I love my job and our patients here at Saline Memorial Hospital. If I can make their stay easier, less complicated, and more comfortable, then that is a great day."

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