Vascular surgery and nursing societies form alliance

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The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) and the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN) have signed an affiliation agreement in which the nursing association will be managed from the Chicago, USA-based SVS office.

“This is a great leap forward for two professions that already work side by side,” says R Clement Darling III, SVS president-elect. “We want to support coordination of care with a team approach, so that all specialty-trained physicians and nurses are skilled in providing the best care for patients. Both organisations see the value in collaborating on our mutual goals.”

According to a press release, the two societies recognise a shared interest in professional and patient education, research, advocacy and public outreach. In their first collaborative act, the SVS has officially endorsed a set of practice guidelines developed by the SVN.

“The Society for Vascular Nursing is excited to form this collaboration that will pave the way for the future of vascular nursing and vascular medicine,” states Marie Rossi, SVN president.  “Through our collaboration we will strengthen the education we provide and ultimately improve patient care.”

Initially, joint efforts for the two societies will focus on the upcoming annual meetings of each organisation. The SVS will assist the SVN with hosting its annual event in Nashville, USA, April 4-7, 2017. The nursing association will participate in its first joint session at the SVS’s 2017 Vascular Annual Meeting in San Diego, USA, May 31 -June 3.

The timing of this agreement was optimal for both groups, says Ronald Fairman, president of SVS. “This alliance makes perfect sense and will get everybody excited,” he said. “The SVN was looking for a new operational home and we are delighted they chose us.”