Infusion therapy and vascular access are recognized as specialized nursing arenas with infusion nursing standards of practice, CRNI certification, and Vascular Access Board Certification (VA-BC). Invasive procedures such as peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), midline catheter, and short peripheral catheter (PIV) insertions and administration of certain IV medications require specialized knowledge and skills. We believe cost-effective quality care has a direct impact on the knowledge and skills of those who provide the care.
Our goal is to minimize preventable complications and to enhance patient care outcomes, as well as the satisfaction of both patients and clinicians.
We provide IV educational seminars, small group sessions, and on-site programs. Seminars and group classes are scheduled at various locations as needs arise. Educational programs consist of lectures, PowerPoint presentations, visual aids, demonstration and hands-on practice sessions. Please refer to upcoming events for dates and locations.
Small group classes are provided in groups of 20-25 attendees to encourage interactive learning experience and best learning experience. Registrations are taken on a first-come first-served basis. Organizations or groups of nurses may request our programs at their locations or any other location as a host. By hosting group programs, the hosting facility saves money and time. A group fee or minimum number of attendees is required.
Rose Koshy, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC
President and Program Director
Rose has been a registered nurse since 1976 and entered the infusion therapy arena in 1982 as a hospital IV team member. She obtained CRNI certification in 1991 and vascular access board certification (VA-BC) in 2010. As a vascular access nurse between 1982 and 2011, Rose had inserted thousands of short IV catheters, midline catheters basic and ultrasound guided PICCs in hospitals, long term care facilities and the patients’ homes. She has alternate site infusion therapy experience as a home infusion nurse, clinical manager, director of nursing, administrator and CEO of a home infusion nursing agency.
Currently, at Infusion Therapy Institute, Rose is responsible for developing, scheduling, and coordinating group and on-site educational programs. She personally provides consulting services to develop PICC teams and deploy hi-tech home infusion nursing services. Rose also provides legal consultation for law firms, vascular access consulting and training programs for device manufacturers.
Rose organized the Illinois Vascular Access network (IVAN), served as the first president of IVAN 2008 – 2010, and was the presidential advisor and treasurer of the 2010-2012. Rose was a member of the AVA education committee and Illinois Nurses Association (INA) CE peer review panel. Rose is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society, Association for Vascular Access and Illinois Vascular Access Network.
April Swenson, RN, BSN, CRNI, VA-BC
Vascular Access Educator
April has been a nurse for 32 years. She has 30 years infusion therapy experience include IV nurse, PICC Nurse and home health nurse. April is a member of the PICC team at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Illinois and she is current on her hands-on experience. In addition to PICC insertion, she provides education for staff nurses at the hospital.
April was the president of Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN) 2010 – 2012. Currently she is the presidential advisor of IVN, member of INS and AVA
Judith P. Damatan, BSN, RN, VA-BC
Judith’s nursing career started in the Philippines more than 20 years ago, continued on to the United Arab Emirates then to the USA in 1987. During her career, Judith worked in acute care hospitals, home health and public health arenas as a staff nurse, charge nurse, IV nurse, infusion nurse in the areas of medical-surgical, oncology, orthopedic, dialysis and plasmapheresis units.
Since 2007, Judith is a PICC nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago. She inserts ultrasound guided PICC, midline and plasmapheresis catheters, and difficult peripheral IVs at the patient’s bedside.
Judith is a board certified vascular access nurse, a member of Association for Vascular Access (AVA) and Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN), and treasurer of the IVAN.