Instructor of the Week
/ Published February 04, 2008
LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Name: Nancy Riley
Unit: 59th Radiology Squadron
Duty title: Vascular Access Specialist/Registered Nurse
Time in government service: 7 years
Hometown: Kettering, Ohio
Family: Husband, three sons and one daughter
What do you enjoy most about your job? The patients and their appreciation of our service. The Air Force folks are some of the kindest and most appreciative patients that I have had the privilege to serve.
How does your job contribute to the overall success of the 59th Medical Wing's mission? By providing adequate vascular access to patients in a timely, safe and cost effective manner and improving patient satisfaction with their IV access. This also allows for early discharge home and or to another skilled facility.
What accomplishment during your career are you most proud of? I have authored articles on vascular access that have been published and I have spoken both at the Critical Care Nurses and the Association of Vascular Access National Meetings.
Supervisor's Comments: "Ms. Riley is in charge of the vascular access department. She is not only a huge asset to Interventional Radiology but also to all of Wilford Hall Medical Center," said Karen Sinatra, Interventional Radiology registered nurse. "Ms. Riley not only places Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter lines but she also maintains and educates patients and staff on the care of the PICC lines. With her knowledge and skills she is able to troubleshoot PICC lines and repair them or re-access them as needed. Doctors, nurses and patients will call upon Nancy when they are having trouble with a PICC line. She also does in services for the Nurse Transition Program and talks at the wing's newcomers' briefings on all aspects of PICC care and maintenance. Ms Riley goes the extra mile to take care of her patients by drawing their labs for them and taking care of the PICC dressings and their skin care issues. She is loved by all of her patients and the staff appreciates her knowledge and willingness to help. Nancy Riley's love of teaching shows especially when she is with a group of new nurses or with a patient with a new PICC line. We are very fortunate to have her on our team here at Wilford Hall Medical Center."