Learn from highly experienced vascular access instructors.
Expertise matters. So does experience. That’s why the accomplished instructors who teach Vascular Clinical Education subject matter make such a difference. Our programs are created from the collaboration of international practitioners who are involved in the research, writing, reviewing, and process development of course work. These healthcare professionals have significant experience with clinical research and training. They possess practical, insightful, and evidence-based understanding of the intricacies of vascular access, and are motivated to share their knowledge with others.
Clinically relevant education empowers clinicians to increase their competency, no matter where they work. We partner with medical organizations and academic institutes across the country to create new training programs. Not only is this instruction invaluable, it can be shared with other hospitals, healthcare systems, and patient care facilities. In this way, the programs become self-sustaining and customized to local and regional needs. Whether you desire a single course or a customized approach to professional development, our instructors can help you navigate the best path to better vascular access outcomes.
Meet some of our Faculty and Contributors
Amy Bardin, MS, RRT, VA-BC™
Amy is a vascular access specialist with over 20 years of critical care and device insertion experience and the recipient of the 2016 Suzanne Levere Herbst award for excellence in Vascular Access. Through this career Amy has been on a vascular access team inserting and educating on vascular devices including Arterial, Peripheral and Central Venous catheters, Acute Hemodialysis and IABP catheters. Amy believes that all patients deserve a no blind stick approach when vascular access is required. Today Amy shares her knowledge and passion with clinicians around the world as an international speaker and by developing vascular access curriculum and overseeing simulation training courses for physicians and non-physician clinicians in her role as Manager of Clinical Marketing & Strategic Programs for Teleflex Inc.
Leigh Ann Bowe-Geddes, BSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC™
Leigh Ann Bowe-Geddes, BSN, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC™ has over 30 years experience in vascular access practice in the ICU, home infusion, and vascular access specialty areas. She is currently a Vascular Access Clinical Consultant, and is a member of the Vascular Access Specialty Team at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ms. Bowe-Geddes is the Past President of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), an international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to education and advancement of the specialty practice of vascular access. Ms. Bowe-Geddes is Vascular Access Board Certified (VA-BC) by the Vascular Access Certification Corporation. She is also a member of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), has been certified as a CRNI since 1991, and has previously served as President of the Bluegrass INS.
Gail Egan, ANP
Gail is a nurse practitioner in Interventional Radiology in Sacramento, California USA. She is responsible for vascular access consultation, device selection and placement, complication management and quality management. She has numerous publications in IR and vascular access, and has held leadership positions in the Society of Interventional Radiology and the Association for Vascular Access (AVA). She is the 2008 recipient of the Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access Practice.
Sheila Hale, BSN, RN, MSNc, CRNI, VA-BC™
Sheila Hale is a certified vascular access specialist, with additional certification in infusion therapy. Since 2004, Sheila has served as a vascular access specialist at Seton Healthcare Family, a leading provider of healthcare services in Central Texas. Sheila works closely with physicians, residents, nurse practitioners, and patient care nurses to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients requiring vascular access. She also co-authored the current vascular access curriculum for nursing orientation.
Jim Lacy, BSN, RN, VA-BC™
Jim Lacy has over 35 years of experience in nursing with a focus on adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care, home infusion therapy, infusion nursing, and vascular access management and creation of education and training programs, development of clinical educators and trainers, new product design and research, marketing and clinical customer support. He currently works as Global Clinical Marketing Manager for Teleflex Vascular.
Jim has presented at both sponsored and invited educational offerings throughout the United States and internationally. He has published original articles related to HIV disease, infusion therapy, vascular access, and vascular access program development. He was the recipient of the 2011 Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access, awarded by AVA for lifetime contributions to the art and science of vascular access.
He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) and served as the 2013-2014 President of the Association. He is on the editorial review Board of the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access, Journal of Infusion Therapy. He is most proud of his continued role as educator, mentor, and facilitator in the field of vascular access.
Rita Larson RN, BSN, MBA, CRNI, VA-BC™
Rita Larson has been a part of vascular access, experiencing this in a variety of settings and patient populations. She has watched the growth in this specialty over the years and is especially passionate in ensuring each patient receives the right line and care. Her past experience includes Branch Manager for a large home infusion corporation, Director of a Cancer Center, and now Sr. Clinical Manager, Vascular Marketing for Teleflex, Inc. where she works closely with their Research & Development team to deliver quality products. She also works to develop clinical education programs used to train other health care professionals.
Jack LeDonne, MD, FACS, VA-BC™
Jack LeDonne graduated from Fordham University and St. George’s University, School of Medicine, in Grenada.
Dr. LeDonne completed his surgical residency at the Wyckoff Heights Hospital, in Brooklyn, and fellowships at the Shock-Trauma Center in Baltimore and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Mass. He is presently the medical director at Chesapeake Vascular Access and a partner at Vascular Access Consultants.
Dr. LeDonne has ten publications, including two videos, to his credit. Jack is a strong believer in the power of video as an educational tool. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Vascular Access Board Certified and a past president of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA). In addition, he is also a founding contributor to the Teleflex Ultrasound Guided CVC curriculum and currently serves as a faculty member for our Clinical Education and Strategic Programs group.
Keegan Mahoney, BS, RRT, VA-BC™
Keegan Mahoney is a Vascular Access Specialist from Phoenix, AZ. He works as the Vascular Access Team Supervisor at Banner Gateway MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has been placing vascular access devices(PIV, Arterial, PICC, CVC, ADC) under ultrasound guidance since 2006. He and his team are currently placing ADCs in stem cell patients for collection, allowing them to leave the facility with the device until the collection is successful. He enjoys the opportunity the Teleflex Academy has given him to share his knowledge and learn from other vascular access specialists across the US.
Thomas W. Petry, PA-C
Thomas W. Petry, PA-C was born in Baltimore, MD and raised in Towson, MD. He is currently employed by the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson as the Director of Vascular Access and Director of Advanced Practitioners. A physician assistant for 18 years, Tom has a broad spectrum skill set encompassing internal medicine, interventional and clinical cardiology and surgical first assist experience in general, vascular, cardiac, orthopedic, neuro and plastics. He has been a consultant and educator with Teleflex since 2011.
Sheri Pieroni, BSN, RN VA-BC™
Sheri Pieroni went to school at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL and graduated in 2008 with her RN, BSN, VA-BC™.
Her passion is vascular access. She feels it is a remarkable specialty, not only because it provides the safe delivery of medications that patients need, but also it is the only specialty that impacts every single patient in the hospital. In the clinical setting her focus is to provide patients access for both long and short term use, in many forms of vascular access devices. Those devices range from ultrasound guided IV, midlines, PICC’s and CVC’s, which allows Sheri to ensure the patients vascular access needs are met and they are receiving the best access for the intended therapy.
As a teacher, she finds working with other clinicians to use evidence based practice and guidelines to get the patient the right line at the right time a very rewarding experience.
Marcia Ryder, PhD, MS, RN
Marcia Ryder’s extensive experience in nursing includes positions as Clinical Director of a Special Care Unit and a Cardiovascular/Thoracic Unit, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Nutrition Support, and Director of Nursing in Home Infusion. Dr. Ryder received her nursing diploma from the Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pa. and her Bachelor’s, Master’s (critical care nurse specialist), and Doctoral degrees from the University of California, San Francisco.
Dr. Ryder is currently an independent collaborative researcher and consultant in medical biofilm/healthcare related infections. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the use and management of vascular access devices. She has served as past-president of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), past chair of APIC’s Scientific Research Council and a former member of the FDA’s Central Venous Catheter Working Group. Dr. Ryder was honored as the recipient of the “2007 Educator of the Year” awarded by Infection Control Today and represented AVA on the Technical Advisory Panel of the international Joint Commission CLABSI project.
Timothy R. Spencer, RN, APN, DipAppSci, Bach.Health, ICCert, VA-BC™
Tim Spencer is a Consultant in Vascular Access. Tim’s nursing background and qualifications are in Intensive Care Nursing. Previously, Tim was the Clinical Nurse Consultant of the Central Venous Access and Parenteral Nutrition Service at the Liverpool Hospital, Sydney Australia, which he was instrumental in its establishment and its contributions to clinical research and supportive literature in promoting patient safety and improved practices and outcomes in Vascular Access. The service has placed well over 9000 central venous catheters, of which Tim led for over 21 years’. Tim's current role as a consultant in Vascular access for Teleflex has helped many Vascular Access Specialist advance their practices both in the US and abroad.
Darla Tarvin, RN, VA-BC™
With over thirty five years of nursing experience, Darla Tarvin, RN, VA-BC™, began specializing in infusion nursing twelve years ago, dedicating herself to the professional and institutional growth through her participation in chapters of both the Infusion Nursing Society (INS), where she is secretary of the Buckeye Chapter, and the Association for Vascular Access (AVA). For many years she worked as a vascular access RN at Mercy Clermont Hospital where Darla was a pioneer in the evolution of CVC insertions by an RN in the state of Ohio. She recently took a position with Teleflex as a Clinical Marketing Manager in which she regularly gives lectures and educates staff on vascular access topics.
Judy Thompson, RN, MSN
Judy’s professional experience includes work as a registered nurse in oncology, telemetry, emergency, outpatient surgery, and vascular access. In 2012, she earned her MSN with an emphasis on nursing education. Judy is employed at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego. She works as a consultant that specializes in Vascular Access, Education and legal nurse consultations. She was the first nurse in California to advance her practice to include the insertion of central venous access devices in addition to the practice of PICC and arterial line insertions. She is one of the founding members and president of the San Diego Vascular Access Network (SANVAN) as well as the incoming President for the Association for Vascular Access.
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