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!
Nydia Gonzalez, APRN, FNP
San Antonio Vascular and Endovascular Clinic
SVN Member since January 2021
- What is your personal background in vascular nursing (how long have you worked in the vascular field, did you practice something before, etc.)? My first position as a Nurse Practitioner was with Melanoma Medical Oncology at MD Anderson in 2007. I worked both in-pt and out-pt treating Melanoma pts with stage III-IV Melanoma in Houston. I loved my job and workied there for 7 years. I then moved to El Paso, Texas in 2014 and worked in a Family Pactice setting for 2.5 years treating chronic diseases in mostly elderly patients. Then I moved to San Antonio, Texas where I began working with a Vascular Surgeon, Dr. Lyssa Ochoa, at The SAVE Clinic (San Antonio Vascular and Endovascular) since May 2018. She has taught me so much and am still learning!
- What is your favorite aspect of vascular nursing? My favorite aspect of nursing is the educational portion for our patient’s. I love to able to teach them on preventative measures such as diet and exercise.
- What is the most challenging part of your job as a vascular nurse? I feel a road block that I encounter frequently here in San Anotnio, espcially on the South Side of town, is access to care for my patients.
- Have there been changes in your work force? How so? I have noticed an increase in number of NPs as hospitalists which is exciting.
- What are your personal goals within the vascular field (implement protocols, increase patient volume, research, societal involvement, etc.)? As a “new” Nurse Practitioner to the Vascualr world my personal goals are to learn more about vascular diseases. I feel I am still learning things weekly. Also, I would enjoy performing more educational presentations to pts. I have spoken to elderly groups at Senior Centers and even discussed PAD on a Spanish radio talk show. But I feel that in the population of the South Side of San Antonio where lower extremity amputation rates are higher than the national average, that more education needs to be done.
- What is a “fun fact” about yourself that you would like others to know? I was born in Guam.