The Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) aims to highlight our members who are making a positive impact in their careers as vascular nurses. SVN members work hard every day advancing the care of individuals living with vascular disease and supporting the mission of the Society. Interested in being part of the member spotlight or nominating a peer? Email Moe at email@example.com or complete our survey for inclusion!
Bianca Cutler, MSN, FNP-C
Medstar Washington Hospital Center
SVN Member since January 2021
- What is your personal background in vascular nursing (how long have you worked in the vascular field, did you practice something before, etc.)? I am excited to share that I have been a Vascular Surgery Nurse Practitioner for two and a half years. I currently work in the outpatient vascular surgery setting, where I have the opportunity to work alongside vascular surgeons, while also running my own independent vascular clinic several days per week. Prior to my career in vascular nursing, I worked as an RN on an inpatient solid organ transplant unit and subsequently a neonatal ICU while completing graduate school.
- What is your favorite aspect of vascular nursing? Working in vascular surgery has provided me with expertise in an important specialty field with the training and confidence to become an independent practitioner in a surgical practice. I have been able to participate in surgical cases and have received training to perform some in-office venous procedures independently, which has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I also have been able to participate in several research studies and papers with my colleagues and mentors within my field, affording me the opportunity to become published. Additionally, I am board-certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, so much of my formal educational training lies in the management and education of chronic diseases. The vascular specialty is not only one that focuses on the peripheral vascular system; it also relies heavily on patient education and disease prevention of risk factors for peripheral vascular disease, including chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and tobacco use. In this way, I am able to integrate my family medicine training into a specialty that I am passionate about.
- What is the most challenging part of your job as a vascular nurse? The most challenging part of my job as a vascular nurse practitioner has been ensuring the continuity of care with patients, especially those with limited access to resources. As vascular education requires a comprehensive understanding of risk factor management, medication compliance, and frequent surveillance imaging/follow ups, it can be challenging to optimize vascular health among populations with varying levels of medical literacy, transportation access, or those with lack of resources to appropriate medical management.
- Have there been changes in your work force? How so? In the last couple years, the outpatient vascular surgery department where I work has hired more advanced practice providers (NPs and PAs) to run the outpatient clinics independently. This has significantly expanded necessary vascular health access and attention to a larger volume of patients within our practice, and it has been satisfying to see the NP role optimized in this way.
- What are your personal goals within the vascular field (implement protocols, increase patient volume, research, societal involvement, etc.)? I have been fortunate to be included in several research projects and publications within the vascular field, and I intend to continue my involvement in this arena to advance the vascular field. I am also excited to share that my abstract was selected for presentation at the upcoming SVN conference, so I am looking forward to (hopefully) seeing many of my colleagues and SVN community in-person! Lastly, I take great pride in my independently run outpatient vascular clinics (associated with the hospital) in the Washington, DC area and hope to continue expanding my volumes at these clinics.
- What is a “fun fact” about yourself that you would like others to know? I am extremely passionate about nursing education, and I enjoy working as an adjunct clinical lecturer and clinical instructor for BSN and accelerated students at a local nursing program. When I’m not working, you’ll find me trying new recipes or training for my next triathlon!