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Do you offer PICC education classes?

If you are a nurse offering PICC insertion education classes and preceptor services, I would like to know about your company. I am frequently asked for referrals from various parts of the country. I know there are many qualified nurses who provide these services. I am looking for those that strictly follow INS and CDC, preferably CRNI or certification in a related nrusing specialty such as oncology or parenteral nutrition. And I am looking for those who can provide a certificate of attendance or completion of the course, but do not call their process a "certification". I firmly believe that this word must be reserved for a national professional certification and not be used when we are actually discussing competency with a task or procedure. Please send your information to me privately at [email protected]. Or mail to me at PO Box 10, Milner, GA 30257. Thanks, Lynn

Vermont Vascular Access and Fletcher Allen Health Care NVAD

I teach both from my consulting business, Vermont Vascular Access, LLC, as well as at the Level One academic Trauma facility where I work, Fletcher Allen Health Care, as Nurse Educator of the Nursing Vascular Access Department.  We train RNs from all over Vermont, the Northeast region, and as far away as Puerto Rico and Singapore.  The Puerto Rico and Singapore nurses went on to establish the first nurse led PICC insertion team in their areas (Singapore = Southeast Asia).

We provide competency training and assessment, not certification, in PICC insertion using modified seldinger, real-time ultrasound cannulation, observed PICC insertions with maximum barrier precautions.  We follow all best practice recommendations of INS, AVA, SHEA, and have excellent references from our students.  We provide didactic teaching, simulation lab experience and hands on experience with patients.  Our facility places 1200 PICCs/year and our senior PICC team has been placing PICCs since the late 1990's.  It is not necessary for the student to obtain Vermont RN licensure, only licensure in the state in which they practice. 

I also teach vascular access to medical students and residents, and am a member of the simlation lab team, with attending trauma, surgical and anesthesia physicians, that developed central line insertion curriculum for medical students using state of the art high fidelity mannequins.


Mari Cordes, BS RNIII VA-BC
Vascular Access Department
University of Vermont Medical Center

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