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!
Mechele Neal, APRN, FNP-BC
The Surgical Clinic, PLLC Nashville, TN
SVN Member since March 2016
- 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 in vascular surgery for the past 4 years as a nurse practitioner. Prior to that, I was a manager in a hemodialysis center for 6 years as well as working. Prior to dedicating all my time to vascular, I was a float nurse at the largest teaching facility in Nashville, TN for 13 years. Being a float nurse, I seemed to always be assigned to the dialysis unit. Even though I work solely in vascular surgery, I still get to engage with prior patients that I knew in hemodialysis, which obviously is my first LOVE!
- What is your favorite aspect of vascular nursing? Education and teaching are my favorite aspects. Reach one, teach one. For a lot of patients, they have never heard of or know any family with a history of carotid disease, aneurysms, or even dialysis. If you are able to educate the community, hopefully, they can educate their family. We all know education is the key to prevention.
- What is the most challenging part of your job as a vascular nurse? Lack of time. For some patients, a standard office visit isn’t enough time to teach everything you would like for them to know and to answer all their questions. Fortunately, most patients remember me and look forward to the next time we meet.
- Have there been changes in your work force? How so? We did have some work reduction but thankfully, no one was furloughed. Televisit are hard when our population of patients may not have a smart device and how can we diagnose and treat their disease without a test?
- What are your personal goals within the vascular field (implement protocols, increase patient volume, research, societal involvement, etc.)? Education of the under served community on the risks of limb loss related to peripheral vascular disease. A pack of cigarettes isn’t worth losing a limb, nevertheless your life.
- What is a “fun fact” about yourself that you would like others to know? Adventure. I love getting together with family and friends for skydiving, white water rafting, kayaking, zip lining, or whatever gets the group together.