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New Vascular Nursing Chapter Benefits Community and Selects Rawn as President
Susan Rawn, BSN, CCRP, RN, Research Coordinator in the Department of Surgery, was elected as President of the newly-formed East Tennessee Chapter of the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN). The society's focus is advancing the care of persons living with vascular disease through excellence in clinical practice, education and research.
The East Tennessee Chapter, the first local chapter of SVN, will focus on volunteer efforts in community education events. To date, members have volunteered at Heartwise, a health fair at the Heart, Lung, Vascular Institute; Life Line Screenings; and Diabetes NOW!, filling in as needed with presentations, calcium scoring and more.
SVN will hold its annual conference in May, when the East Tennessee Chapter will be announced to the national organization. Also at the 2012 conference, Rawn, together with UT Medical Center vascular nurses Renee Black, MSN, Lauren Scarbro, RN, and Tammy Seay, RN, will present the findings of their study, "Retrospective Study of Rates of Infection among Dressings Used in Surgeries with Femoral Puncture," which led to the formation of the East Tennessee Chapter.
On forming the chapter, Rawn noted it would not have happened without the support of vascular surgeons Mitchell Goldman, MD, Assistant Dean of Research and Chair of Surgery; Scott Stevens, MD, Professor of Surgery and Director of Endovascular Surgery; Michael Freeman, MD, Professor, Chief of Vascular Surgery and Fellowship Program Director; and Alex Cantafio, MD, Assistant Professor. The chapter's inaugural executive committee also includes Seay as President-Elect; Ashley Dennis, RN, operating room nurse at UT Medical Center, as Secretary; and Meschel Wallace, RN, endovascular nurse at UT Medical Center, as Treasurer. The local chapter includes 26 members from the Knoxville area, all RNs with a range of specialties. For information on joining, contact Rawn at 865-305-9227.
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