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Jennifer Gibson, RN
Winchester Medical Group
SVN Member since March 2021
I have been an RN for 24 years, with my start in Telemetry, then ICU. I began my career in vascular nursing 17 years ago. I have worked in Interventional Radiology, Cath Lab, Cath Holding and now Hybrid OR/Cath Lab. I continue to float to Cath Lab and IR, and take call in both areas.
My favorite aspect of vascular nursing is the fact that I get to continually learn new information and skill sets as procedures evolve and improve. This is probably the most challenging part of my job as well; as I scrub, circulate and monitor cases in all three areas which definitely keeps me on my toes!
Our work force has evolved many times over the years as needs have warranted. Over the last 10 years our institution has built a hybrid Cath Lab/OR which accommodates structural heart and vascular surgery cases. The staffing and day to day operation of the hybrid is maintained by myself and and an RT-R (VI), and we can be floated to Cath Lab or IR as needed. They have also added two additional float staff, one Rn and one RT that can float between Cath Lab and IR. Our Cath Holding area has also expanded twice in the last 10 years, more than doubling in size.
My personal goal would be to create a perfect balance of staff in the Hybrid room, as this has been an ongoing challenge.
One fun fact about me is that I also have a Bachelors’ degree in Psychology.