A Message from the President
Britt Meyer, MSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC
Line Up to Infuse Excellence
It will be my privilege to serve as your president for the upcoming year. I hope that my theme, “Lining Up to Infuse Excellence,” will inspire all of us to continue our pursuit of improved skills and increased knowledge to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.
In thinking about the changes coming our way in health care, the aging of nurses, and the likelihood of dramatically reduced financial resources for all of health care over the next few years, I feel strongly that we, as a premier nursing organization, must align ourselves correctly and promptly with the changing health care environment in order not only to survive but also to thrive as a specialty.
Infusion nurses provide care to more than 95% of hospitalized patients and an ever- increasing number of patients in ambulatory care; they collaborate with more of the health care team than just about any other specialty. With such a broad scope, we influence outcomes for a huge sector of health care consumers.
Evidence-based practice, changing reimbursement schedules, more and more conditions deemed “never events,” and a renewed focus on the prevention of health care-acquired infections have positioned infusion nurses to lead efforts to improve quality and reduce costs at many levels. With the prestige and privilege of leadership comes the responsibility to understand not only clinical care but also the impact of health care finance and supply-chain management on our organizations. The rapid call for infusion nurses to step into these discussions in organizations has left us all a little breathless and grasping for new skills, knowledge, and energy.
Over the next year, I would like to offer our membership strategies that will help us to align with and adjust to the changing health care environment. Though many of the upcoming changes in policy are somewhat nebulous at this point, there are general strategies that we can adopt in order to adapt.
Information on change management in the workplace, principles of performance improvement and how to apply them to infusion-specific situations, tips for maintaining relevancy in rapidly changing financial environments, information on personal resiliency, and tools for tracking outcomes will be the foundations for my leadership this year. Each of these processes is important in building a sustainable infusion practice whether that practice is a personal one or part of a collaborative team.
I believe that infusion nursing as a specialty holds the key to improved vascular access and infusion practice. It has been my experience, and I know many of your experiences as well, that patients suffer when clinicians who lack specialty infusion skills insert, care for, and infuse through vascular access devices. Continued research to support our specialty clinical practice, improved business acumen, and the ability to propagate awareness of our value all lie at the heart of long-term sustainability.
My dream is for standard infusion nursing curriculum in nursing schools. I have been an infusion nurse since the day I graduated from nursing school and started my first IV, and I really believe that through education and research we can make infusion nurses of every nurse who delivers care to patients. My earnest endeavor for this year is to help each of you to realize your own long-term dreams along this journey as we grow as a specialty and as individuals.