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!

Mihae Shin Diep

Horizon Vascular Specialists

SVN Member since 2016

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

Private practice Vascular surgery in 2014 after 14 years in cardiac surgery ICU.

What is your favorite aspect of vascular nursing?

The relationships w patients- recurring disease processes makes for long term relationships for better or for worse!

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

Patient compliance with medications and control of risk factors.

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

Yes, our APP team has seen a lot of turnover due to work load and long hours.

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

Increase societal involvement after unsuccessful run for Board position. Working w my practice to implement a wound care set of office hours

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

I am learning to ride Harley Sportster motorcycle.

Diane Gawron

SVN Member since 2004

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

I practiced on a general medical unit first. I left to go to a surgical oncology unit and discovered I liked surgery, but not necessarily the oncology component.  When a new vascular surgeon came to our hospital, a vascular surgery unit was developed and I decided to give it a try.  I definitely found my place!  I loved vascular nursing because it let me use my knowledge of surgical and medical nursing in one practice.  I spent the majority of my career as a vascular nurse and have been a member of SVN for the majority of that time.  I retired in 2014 after 37 years practicing as a RN.

What is your favorite aspect of vascular nursing?

I love  the variety of issues you deal with when involved with vascular patients.  The specialty gives you the opportunity to learn about a disease that effects all body systems.  If you like cardiac – there is a big cardiac component of care.  If its renal disease that interests you – there is a big renal component of care.  If respiratory issues interest you the same thing goes.  It is a specialty that has multiple tracks you can follow which keeps you always interested and always learning.

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

The most challenging aspect was trying to find the time to do patient education.  It was a challenge to try and start the teaching prior to the patient arriving at the hospital due to the fact many of our patients came from all around Ohio.  It was difficult to arrange transportation if needed because some of the southern Ohio counties did not have senior transportation available to bring patients to Columbus.  Cellphone reception was not the best in some locations in southern Ohio so it made it difficult to talk to elderly patients on the phone.  Also there is wide variety in the literacy levels throughout the state.  What works with one patient, may not work with others due to the inability to read.  There is a large immigrant population in Columbus and some patients did not speak English or were unable to read in English.  But to me the hardest thing was trying to convince other nurses that the challenges of vascular nursing, are also the things that make it so satisfying!

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

The biggest change for me has been my retirement!  But prior to that, I saw my role as becoming the more of a case manager than ever before.  With the push to move people out of the hospital sooner and sooner, much of the work that might have been done prior to discharge was moved to the outpatient arena.  It became my job to coordinate the care the patient received both preop and postop.  This was challenging due to budgetary needs that didn’t recognize the value of a good pre op and post op program in the overall care of the patient. As in most hospital situations, the budget is king and nursing is lower on the totem pole.

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

I would like to find a way to inspire nurses new to the vascular field to give the specialty a chance.  I would like to find a way to show them the satisfaction I have found within the specialty.  It is a great combination of both medical and surgical nursing.  If you can take care of a vascular patient, you can take care of anyone!

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

I love animals and if I could afford to adopt all the homeless dogs in my community, I would.  I could be the vascular nurse dog lady!

Katherine Hays

OhioHealth

SVN Member Since 2019

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

I have worked as a CNP  in vascular medicine for 2 years and prior to that I worked at a level 1 trauma center as a NP for 14 years taking care of numerous vascular injuries.

 What is your favorite aspect of vascular nursing?

I love the physiology of vascular and how complex these patients are. So many diagnoses play a role in vascular health and allow us the opportunity to truly impact our patients’ lives.

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

The most challenging part of my job as a VM NP is dealing with my state limitations on my practice. I can refer my patients to Lymphedema therapy but I can’t order their supplies. I can prescribe anticoagulation but I can’t refer my patients to our anticoagulation clinic.

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

In our service line we have not seen significant changes.

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

Continue research in this field and continue to develop professional relationships with colleagues outside of our institution through greater societal involvement

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

I am obsessed with musical theater, especially Les Miserable which I have seen more than 30 times.