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As part of Nurses’ Week, INS member Patty Kampf, BSN, RN, CRNI®, was interviewed on a local New Jersey radio station about her passion for nursing and improving patient care. Patty has been a nurse for 37 years, and a critical care nurse for 20 years. She has been employed at JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey for 17 years and is currently the assistant nurse manager of the PICC team. She is also presidential advisor to the New Jersey chapter of INS. Listen to Patty express her enthusiasm for her role as a nurse.
(Posted May, 2017)
I just passed the CIC exam, adding a Certification in Infection Prevention and Control to my other certifications, CRNI® and VA-BC.
(Posted April, 2017)
INS recently received this special note from Marjorie Ashley, RN, CRNI®, a 20-year INS member from Massachusetts. We send her our thanks and very best wishes for a wonderful retirement.
To Whom It May Concern:
This is to inform you that I will not be renewing my membership of CRNI® this year. I retired 3 years ago from the hospital where I worked for 40 years, 30 of those years in IV Therapy (Vascular Access)!!
INS was a great influence on my career in nursing and I have strongly recommended that my peers continue with INS. Thank you INS for all you contributed to my career!
Marjorie Ashley, RN, CRNI®
(Posted April, 2017)
In Memory of Jack Schrenker.
Jack Schrenker served as the Central Florida INS Accountant for more than 15 years. Along with his wife, Virgina Schrenker who served as the chapter's treasurer for almost as long, they managed the funds of the chapter and provided organization and consistency. Jack passed on April 4, 2017. He will be missed, and the membership sends love, thoughts and prayers to Virginia and her family during this difficult time. Although Jack was not a nurse, he shared his wife's passion for the organization and contributed many funny stories in the newsletter and at meetings. Their support was a rare and valuable thing.
(Posted April, 2017)
Reflection From Alabama INS Chapter President Gwenda Geurin, RN, CRNI®, on Her Friend and Colleague Donna “Gayle” Fulton, Who Passed Away January 11, 2017
Gayle was known for her generous heart and serving others in all aspects of life. Her love for Christ was something she tried to share with everyone she encountered. She was a hard worker and had many professional achievements as a result. She was a nurse for 44 years, and her greatest accomplishment was establishing the PICC nursing program at UAB Hospital.
In 1997, Donna Gayle was one of the founding members of the Alabama-Birmingham INS chapter. She believed education was the key to patient safety. She was passionate about patient advocacy.
She touched many lives throughout her career and left a lasting impression on everyone who knew her. She traveled to Thailand to work with the nurses and doctors to establish a PICC insertion team. She was well-known throughout the UAB (University of Birmingham) system and was greatly missed on her retirement in 2015.
Donna Gayle was my mentor and friend, who I’ll greatly miss. INS lost a great nurse advocate.
(Posted February 2017)
Home Healthcare Now Publishes Overview of 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice
Must-read written by INS Standards of Practice Committee Chairperson Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN
The article, “The 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice,” written by the Committee Chairperson for both the 2011 and 2016 Standards, Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, HHCNS-BC, CRNI®, FAAN, is now available in Home Healthcare Now’s January 2017 issue. Written in response to a high level of interest in the Standards and questions about infusion therapy in the home care setting, Gorski provides an overview of the process used in the Standards’ development, describes the format of the Standards, and provides a summary of selected Standards as applied to home care. The selection of the Standards was based on the changes in the 2016 Standards and the relevance to home care based on questions and concerns posed by home care nurses during presentations in the United States.
Read the article now.
(Posted January 2017)
Clark Memorial Hospital Vascular Access Team wants to recognize and congratulate Hannah Ball RN, BSN, VA-BC, CRNI® on passing the CRNI® exam. Hannah is an excellent role model for staff members and providers. Hannah's success in obtaining her CRNI® raises our department to a 100% dual certified members. (CRNI® and VA-BC).
(Posted October 2016)
There is no “I” in “cancer.” However, when I was first diagnosed with this expansive, unbiased disease, I felt so alone. Like it was me against the world, the big bad world of cancer. Soon, I realized I was a part of a large team. A team like all others that have many crucial positions. A team that works toward the same common goals. To give me life, to give me the best quality of life and to care for me the best they can. I learned to trust, depend on and work with my team for the best outcome. Read more here.
(Posted September 2016)
Patricia Petroulias successfully defended her dissertation on July 19, 2016 at the Wayne State University College of Nursing, the final step in obtaining a PhD in Nursing. She is now Dr. Petroulias! The dissertation as titled, “The Relation Between Patient Education and PICC Line Occlusion and Infection”. The research was supported in part by the Gardner Research Grant from INS and Smiths Medical. Congratulations to Dr. Petroulias and thank-you for moving the science of Infusion Nursing forward.
-Infusion Nurses Society
(Posted August 2016)