Episode 67: August 5, 2020 - Vascular Access Team: Managing Challenges Associated with COVID-19

Vascular access team members discuss challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Elizabeth Morrell, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Scripps Mercy Hospital

Elizabeth Morrell, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, is senior director of patient care at Scripps Mercy Hospitals where she has dual campus leadership responsibility for venous access nurses, advanced practice nurses and interventional radiology, along with cardiac and endoscopy services. Elizabeth also currently serves as the COVID-19 operations chief for the San Diego campus in Hillcrest. 

Patti Ryan, MSN, RN

Scripps Mercy Hospital

Patti Ryan, MSN, RN, has been an RN for over 43 years. She received her Diploma is Nursing from Butterworth Hospital School of Nursing in 1977 and her BSN from University of San Diego in 1989. She earned her MSN, Family Health CNS, in 1993. Patti has eclectic work experience including US Navy, pediatrics, neonatal, oncology, CNS, and home health. She has been employed at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, CA since 2001 and a member of the Vascular Access Team since 2004. Patti is a wife, mother of 3 and grandmother of 1. Her outside interests include RV adventures, crocheting and other handicrafts, disability advocacy.

Marivic Guzman, BSN RN, VA-BC

Precision Vascular Access

Marivic has over 15 years of nursing experience, with the bulk of her career being spent in CVICU. While working in critical care, Marivic dabbled in other areas of nursing, such as a Recovery Room Nursing, teaching Clinicals at a Vocational Nursing School, facilitating megacodes for ACLS classes and getting involved in the Code Blue Committee, as well as a managerial role at an outpatient infusion center. Her experience helped her to easily transition to her new role of IV Nurse in 2014. Her plans to convert to a Vascular Access Team took place shortly thereafter, where bedside PICC placement would be a newly implemented approach to care. She helped to see through the conversion from an IV Team to a Vascular Access Team and went on to obtain her Vascular Access Board Certification. 

In 2018, Precision Vascular Access was founded in order to address a gap in care in the local medical community. Since its inception, Precision Vascular Access has helped to close a gap in care in the outpatient world, providing all-inclusive outpatient infusion care to patients and doctors alike. 

Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager


·      Elizabeth Morrell, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

·      Patti Ryan, MSN, RN

·       Marivic Guzman, BSN RN, VA-BC

In this podcast, vascular access team members discuss the challenges of practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members address changes in time management, personal protective equipment protocols, and vascular access device selection. Learn how these exceptional clinicians have worked to modify practice to accommodate changes needed during the pandemic. Explore how teamwork and collaboration across the organization has boosted morale for health care personnel.