The educational process includes the components of understanding and demonstrating the established concepts of indications for catheter usage, best practice insertion and maintenance techniques, infection prevention standards, and observed demonstration of these practices by a preceptor designated as having competency to instruct, assist, and maintain adherence to the above standards.
Healthcare entities determine the credentialing of competency to insert PICC devices within their institutional Policy and Procedure structure.
The PICCS by VIC Insertion Program provides exposure to the didactic educational components
along with the opportunity to participate in deliberate practice of the above concepts in
simulation laboratory as well as completing a period of supervised clinical practice. The clinical
practice guidelines are determined by your employer.
Kaye Belport Success Story after completing the program.
During my first year as a new graduate nurse, I’ve been terrified of inserting IV’s due to lack of experience during nursing school. I remembered being very disappointed at myself because I failed to insert an IV to a patient who was crying in so much pain. I felt helpless and incompetent. During one of my shifts, I saw a nurse inserting an IV with the use of an ultrasound. I was amazed and ecstatic that I volunteered to attend an ultrasound IV class. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Learning how to use the probe and training your eyes how to distinguish arteries veins and nerves were quite challenging. However, I didn’t give up. I came in on my days off to train for 4-6 hours per week till I felt confident and comfortable in my skill. Through my dedication and eagerness to learn, I was the first one in my unit to be certified. A year has passed and one of my co-workers encouraged me to look into PICC lines and she recommended PICCS’s by Vic. The program consisted of online learning modules (with CEUS), lab and live insertions. I trained one on one with Victor Valdez and Kim Pulis. I trained at my own pace which I do prefer because of other job commitments. The staff that takes care of billing (Belinda), education (Anna) and scheduling (Mark) were very accommodating and were always available if I needed anything. I finished the program in 5 months (self-paced) and have been working with them since January 2019. With the training that I received from PICC’s by Vic, I’m now part of my hospital’s Vascular Access Team which I have been wanting to be part of ever since I started learning how to place PIV’s with ultrasound. The PICC’s by Vic PICC program is a smart investment for my future nursing career.
Kevin McGill Success Story after completing the program.
I first met Mr. Valdez 7 years ago when I was a CNA (certified nurses aid). He came in a like “Rockstar” with his surgical cap and larger than life personality. I was new coming into the medical field and truly did not know much about it. So then I asked him, “Are you a phlebotomist?” He smiled and said “no not exactly…I am a PICC line nurse.” Without even asking I followed Mr. Valdez into a patient’s room and I was blown away in amazement on how how he did the PICC line procedure. I asked him “What do I have to do, to do what you do?” Mr. Valdez said “You need to get your nurse’s license and then I’ll train you.” So that is exactly what I did. After a year I obtained my LVN (license of vocational nursing license). I called Mr. Valdez and told him that I had received my LVN license and he promised me that he would train me to become a PICC Nurse. He then told me “Unfortunately, you have to be an RN (registered nurse) to be PICC Nurse.” I was bummed out. I went back to school at UTSA to obtain my bachelor’s degree but I still wanted to be a PICC Nurse. So I went back to school once again to become a registered nurse. I was officially recognized by the Texas Board of Nursing as a RN. I sent Mr. Valdez an email and picture of my RN license and told him “I am a RN now, and you said you would train me to become a PICC nurse.” Within 24 hours I began my training. I was given a month to complete the online competencies but I knocked them out in 3 days. Then I was able to start my lab/clinical training. I finished my training in what was suppose to be a 6 month program in less than 3 months. After 6 months on being on my own, I was able to land a position at a major hospital system to become their PICC line nurse. It still feels unreal to me that I have my dream career after meeting Mr. Valdez. The whole team at PICC’s by VIC helped me achieve my dream of becoming a PICC line nurse.
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