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 firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our survey for inclusion!
Deanne Barbery-Frey, APRN, MSN
SVN Member since June 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 have been a registered nurse for 13-years. I spent the bulk of my bedside career in the trauma-surgical ICU at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. It was there that I had my first consistent dose of vascular surgery patients. I now practice as the only acute care nurse practitioner for the vascular surgery service line at Parkland. It’s never boring!
What is your favorite aspect of vascular nursing?
While the natural history of PAD is relatively the same in all our patients, each case is unique in its presentation and treatment. Our surgeons do a specific set of surgeries (bypasses, CEAs, angios, etc..), but there are so many nuances within that. It requires you to uniquely evaluate the clinical picture of each patient. Each surgical case is different, and I absolutely love that variability. It’s conducive to ongoing learning and innovation.
What is the most challenging part of your job as a vascular nurse?
Two things come to mind immediately:
-anecdotally speaking, complications and “bounce-backs” are not uncommon in our patients. The progression of underlying vascular disease often leads to progressively bigger surgeries and interventions
-the palliative nature of vascular surgery at times is tough to accept—sometimes we cannot fix the problems we see
Have there been changes in your work force? How so?
The COVID-pandemic has not been easy for anyone, and that has been a global challenge the last 20-months. The institution I work for is not unique in that, and the adaptations made are on-going. Sometimes flexibility is challenging, and while it’s required it can be emotionally taxing. I think bedside nursing has been impacted the most by this and I will forever be in awe of the continued flexibility they’ve shown.
What are your personal goals within the vascular field (implement protocols, increase patient volume, research, societal involvement, etc.)?
One of my biggest goals as an APRN specializing in vascular surgery is follow-up post-interventions. It is particularly important at my facility, which is a public (county) level one trauma center with high patient volumes. Many of our patients are from underserved, underprivileged, and vulnerable populations who often have minimal or no funding, and limited access to necessary medical care. I help coordinate funding evaluations prior to discharge and follow-up. Vascular surgery in particular, our interventions necessitate on-going, and often life-long follow-up. Too often patient’s fall through the cracks and then return with devastating complications—that’s what I hope to minimize.
What is a “fun fact” about yourself that you would like others to know?
I dabble in building furniture. I’m an avid writer and reader. And I love to run.