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In our New Member Spotlight feature, we introduce you to some of the newest members to join CVAA.  Meet Leanna!

What is your current role/institution: I am in the Visit Nurse Program at Carefor Health and Community Services

Where are you located in Canada: Ottawa, ON

Why did you join CVAA: I joined CVAA to become more knowledgeable and aware of current research in regards to vascular access and to build upon what I learned in university as well as while attending the CVAA conference. I am also very interested the Vascular Access journal and with a membership I am able to obtain access to this resource.

What features of membership are you looking forward to utilizing: I would say that at this time I am most interested in the journals and webinars provided with this membership.

Are you considering writing the CVAA(c) certification exam: 

I am interested in writing the exam, I have a few courses on the go right now, but will be looking to take this exam in the near future.

Why are you passionate about vascular access/infusion therapy: I am passionate about vascular access for a few different reasons. Firstly, as a new grad, I feel as though vascular access is an area of nursing in which I do not have a lot of hands-on experience (more now being in the community) and that by joining CVAA, attending chapter meetings and keeping as up to date with current research as possible I can ensure that the care I provide is supported by current evidence and therefore as safe and effective as possible. Secondly, my passion was heightened at the pre-conference workshop when Mark Rowe spoke to how little attention peripheral IVs often receive and how invasive they really are.  I have found that following graduation, working on Carefor's plenary presentation and attending the conference that I have become increasingly passionate and interested in vascular access and hope to continue to learn and grow as a member of CVAA.

What are you most looking forward to this summer in your personal life: This summer I am looking forward to working with Carefor in the community on my own (to date I have been working alongside a mentor), I have had such wonderful preceptors and am so thankful to have taken part in the New Grad Initiative Program, but I am anxious to begin this new chapter and challenge in my nursing career. I am also excited to spend sometime at home with my family and my adorable niece (she is 9 months old and just the sweetest!!! I miss her all the time).  I hope to take lots of hike and hopefully enjoy some of the wonderful concerts at this year's blues and jazz festivals! 

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