Our team has been referred to as the PICC Team since its inception, and members as PICC nurses. We are VA-BC certified and in our facility are looked at as experts in our field. We are looking to build our team into a more collaborative service with a medical director and place centrally inserted central lines and art lines, among the many things we do now. Our facility is undergoing huge changes and our management has relayed that the timing is off for this request.
In the meantime we have asked our management to let us change our team name to Vascular Access Team, and members to Vascular Access Specialists. We requested a formal name change to help with this process and facilitate the culture change to really look at us as encompassing everything vascular access. They were hesitant and we were asked to provide a list of teams across the nation that refer to them as this vs. a "PICC team" and strong evidence to show why this is important despite our argument and efforts. We are currently placing adult and pediatric PICCs, midlines, UG PIVs, heavily involved with care and maintenance, policy development, education, and surveillance.
I am looking for as many teams that refer to themselves as Vascular Access Specialists, where they are, and any good references or information to provide our management............... Thank you in advance for your help!!