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I joined INS because as the nurse educator for Long Term Children’s Hospital, I needed reliable evidence-based research for my staff. To my amazement, everything I needed was at my fingertips in minutes, including competencies, procedures, and opportunities to dialogue with other nurses facing similar challenges. I am now a loyal customer of INS. -- Maria Milillo, MSN, RN



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"Since being awarded the 3M Scholarship last year to attend the Global IV Leadership Forum in Minnesota and INS Convention in Phoenix, I have followed my dream to become Waitemata District Health Board’s first OPIVA CNS. I recently started an exciting  new role as outpatient IV antibiotics clinical nurse specialist. I discharge patients with PICCs and IV antibiotics into the community and counsel and teach patients to administer their own IV antibiotics. Once discharged, the patients are visited by district nurses, depending on their needs.
Through an interpreter, I have taught several non-English-speaking patients to administer their antibiotics. It has been a challenging first few months developing the role and  resources and getting the word out throughout the hospital. Our hospital does not have an IV team or any PICC nurses, so I also serve as “the PICC nurse” for troubleshooting patients’ PICC issues as well.
Attending the Global IV Leadership Forum and the INS Convention certainly fired up a storm in my heart , and I am very pleased that I had support from INS and also our own IVNNZ (INS affiliate in New Zealand)."

Bev Hopper, MHP, BHSc, RN, OPIVA CNS
Outpatient IV Antibiotics I Waitemata DHB

"The Vascular Access Team of Tripler Army Medical Center would like to recognize Iris Aurio, CRNI®, who will be retiring end of this year. She has been certified since the 1990's! Iris is an excellent mentor, leader, educator, friend, supporter to all she interacts with. Many patients remember her and ask for her when they get readmitted. She has a positive attitude and drives us to keep updated with the newest information and technologies. We don't want her to leave but she will surely be enjoying her activities after she retires!"

"As a nurse educator of the IV Team at our institution, I want to be updated with the latest best evidence-based practice when it comes to infusion therapy. I believe that becoming a member of INS as a recognized body will be very beneficial to me and as I share my learning. It will as well benefit my staff nurses and most especially the recipient of nursing care,  the patient herself. I am not the only one who is growing and enriching professionally. It includes as well the unit and team I am supervising."
Sheila B Martires, MSN, RN
King Saud University & King Khalid University Hospital

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