MEET YOUR EDUCATORS
Rose Koshy, BSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC
Rose has been a registered nurse since 1976 and started infusion nursig in 1982 as a member of a hospital based IV & PICC insertion team. During her vascular access and infusion therapy career, Rose worked as an IV nurse, home infusion nurse, clinical manager, Director of Nursing, Administrator of a home infusion nursing agency, and vascular access consultant for a leading manufacturer. She was trained to insert Midlines and PICCs with and without an ultrasound technology. Rose has inserted thousands of midline catheters and PICCs in acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and alternate care settings. She is an expert in all aspects of home healthcare and home infusion therapy practice.
Rose obtained infusion nursing certification – CRNI certification in 1991 and vascular access board certification (VA-BC) in 2010. She is an expert in the vascular access field, provides legal consultation, chart review, deposition and has testified in a court of law as an expert witness for infusion therapy related issues. Currently, at Infusion Therapy Institute, Rose is responsible for developing, scheduling, and coordinating group, and on-site educational programs. She provides consulting services to develop PICC teams and deploy hi-tech home infusion nursing services.
Rose organized the Illinois Vascular Access network (IVAN), served as the first president of IVAN from 2008 – 2010, and was the presidential advisor and treasurer from 2010-2012. Rose served as a member of the AVA education committee and Illinois Nurses Association (INA) CE peer review panel. She is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), Association for Vascular Access (AVA), Greater Chicago Chapter of INS (GCINS) and Illinois Vascular Access Network.
April Swenson, BSN, RN, CRNI, VA-BC
Clinical Educator April has been a nurse for 35 years. She has 33 years infusion therapy experience including being an IV nurse, PICC Nurse in an acute care hospital, and home health nurse. April has been trained to insert Midline and PICCs (with and without an ultrasound). She has inserted thousands of midline catheters and PICCs with and without an ultrasound and continue her clinical experience by working as a vascular access nurse in an acute care hospital. Currently, in addition to working as a vascular access nurse, April provides education for staff nurses at Alexian Brothers Medical Center. At ITI, April conducts group and on-site training programs and precepting. April was the president of the Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN) from 2010 – 2012 and presidential advisor from 2012-2013. She is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), Association for Vascular Access (AVA), Greater Chicago Chapter of INS (GCINS), and Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN).
Carrie Moyer, BSN, RN, VA-BC
Clinical Educator Carrie has been a Vascular Access specialist for the past 23 years at a large teaching hospital in Chicago. She is highly skilled at placing peripheral IV’s, midlines and PICC’s as well as the care and maintenance of them. Carrie loves to share her knowledge and passion for IV therapy with all, ands involved with the teaching of IV skills to new nurses and residents Carrie is a member of the Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN), where she currently serves as Treasurer, and a member of the Association of Vascular Access (AVA).
Judith Damatan, BSN, RN, VA-BC
Clinical Educator Judith always wanted to be a teacher like her mother, who suggested she go into nursing instead. She placed her first peripheral IV after receiving her certificate in IV insertion in New Jersey in 1988 while working as a staff nurse in an oncology unit. Judith is an expert in placing PIVs, PICCs, midline and aquapheresis catheters now with the use of an ultrasound. She has inserted thousands of IVs and PICCs in her career. Judith is a member of the Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN), where she served on the board as a treasurer for years. She’s also a member ofAssociation for Vascular Access (AVA), Greater Chicago Chapter of INS (GCINS), and Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN).
Susan Silverstein, MSN, RN CRNI
Clinical Educator Susan commenced infusion nursing in 1983 as a hospital IV nurse. In addition to the acute care settings, Sue has worked in the alternate settings as a senior resource clinical educator, nurse educator field manager, IV Nurse consultant, nurse manager, and home infusion branch director. Sue’s passion and commitment to IV therapy led her to the Mercy Ships in Madagascar where she has trained nurses from several countries. Sue initiated the Greater Chicago Infusion Nurses Society (GCINS) in 2013, served as the president of GCINS, and received honors as the 2014 INS Chapter President of the Year. Currently, Sue is the Presidential Advisor of GCINS. In 2004, Sue also received the INS award for IV therapy. Sue is a member of the Infusion Nurses Society, Rheumatology Nurses Society, Sigma Theta Tau, and National Nurse Academic Honor society.