A UK nurse has for the first time been elected to the board of directors of a leading global body that promotes the safe use of intravenous medical devices.
A nurse consultant from The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust has become the first person from outside of the US to be elected to the board of the Association for Vascular Access, a multi-disciplinary organisation set up in 1985.
“It’s the cherry on the cake in terms of my career”
Lisa Dougherty, lead nurse for chemotherapy, intravenous therapy and vascular access at the specialist cancer hospital in London, has nearly 30 years of experience working in IV therapy.
She has been made a director-at-large at the association, which seeks to increase professional and public awareness about the safe use of IV medical devices to improve their use and enhance patient experience.
It also works with manufacturing companies to try and bring evidence-based innovations in vascular access.
In her new role, Ms Dougherty will support the AVA’s global strategies committee, looking at how the association can share and inform best practice globally.
She described her election as the “cherry on the cake in terms of my career”.
Global leadership role on IV therapy for UK nurse expert
“My passion and enthusiasm for vascular access is as strong today as it was when I first inserted a cannula in 1986,” she said.
She added: “[The] AVA is an internationally recognised association, and I can think of no greater honour for my long career in vascular access and IV therapy than to represent the voices of nurses worldwide and in particular from the UK and Europe.”
Ms Dougherty also sits on the scientific committee of the World Conference of Vascular Access and is a former chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s intravenous nurses’ forum.
In addition, she wrote the first UK textbook on intravenous therapy “Intravenous Therapy Nursing Practice Second Edition” and she co-edits The Royal Marsden Nursing Manual.
Ms Dougherty was elected to one of the three available positions by members of AVA, the board of which is largely dominated by nurses from the US.