What Does a Vascular Access Nurse Do?
A Vascular Access Nurse is a specialized nurse who focuses on the insertion, maintenance, and removal of intravenous (IV) catheters and other types of vascular access devices. They are experts in assessing a patient’s vein structure to determine the most appropriate type of access device for IV therapy, which may include peripheral IVs, central lines, or implanted ports.
Their responsibilities include ensuring the sterility and functionality of the access site, monitoring for signs of infection or complications, educating patients and healthcare staff on proper care and maintenance, and troubleshooting any issues related to vascular access devices.
Vascular Access Nurses work in various healthcare settings, including hospitals, outpatient infusion centers, and long-term care facilities. They play a crucial role in patient care by providing reliable access for medications, blood products, nutrition, and other IV treatments, which are essential for many patients’ treatment and recovery.