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 mmalek@vascularsociety.org or complete our survey for inclusion!

Laura Sjoberg, ACNP-BC

Los Angeles, CA

SVN Member since September, 2015

What is your personal background in vascular nursing (how long have you worked in the vascular field, did you practice something before, etc.)? 

I was a Registered Nurse for 20 years, working in Cardiothoracic ICU. I became a Nurse Practitioner in 2008 and started as an Inpatient Cardiothoracic NP. I came to Keck Medical Center of USC in December 2009 and started to work in the Anesthesia Preoperative Department when a position in Vascular Surgery opened up in 2011. I heard wonderful things about Dr. Fred Weaver and Dr. Vincent Rowe so I applied. I am very happy that they took a chance on me! I have worked in Vascular since February 2011.

What is your favorite aspect of vascular nursing? 

I love all the diverse diagnoses and the multitude of surgical approaches. I am always learning!

What is the most challenging part of your job as a vascular nurse? 

The most challenging aspect would be the many different vascular problems, approaches, and all the co-morbidities that our patients have.

Have there been changes in your work force? How so? 

Yes, we have brought on more surgeons over the years. I started here in 2011 with 2 primary surgeons and now there are 5 surgeons here at Keck Medical Center of USC that see patients in clinic and operate at Keck. We have only brought on one additional Nurse Practitioner and one Physician Assistant.

What are your personal goals within the vascular field (implement protocols, increase patient volume, research, societal involvement, etc.)? 

I am looking forward to becoming more involved in the Society for Nursing. I am very excited to be coming this year. I work with a wonderful surgeon, Dr. Gregory Magee, that encouraged me to become an active member again.

What is a “fun fact” about yourself that you would like others to know?  

I love doing things outdoors and also new things. I am a scuba diver and have dove in many different locations; Maldives, Palau, Fiji, and the Caribbean. I travel with my husband and friends to many exciting places!