VNA_Specialties_iStock_000020866078MediumVNA of Albany employs specialty care registered nurses who provide clinical expertise and oversight in: Cardiopulmonary, Diabetes, Community Mental Health, Maternal Child Health, Infusion Therapy, and Wound Care and Ostomy.

Our nurse specialists provide direct care to the cases within their expertise, keep connected to the trends and technology specific to their practice, and provide continuous training to the VNA’s clinical teams.

Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCN)
Our WOCN nurse specialist provides oversight and cares for patients who have active wounds or the potential for active wounds as the result of surgery, skin breakdown, disease or injury. In addition our WOCN nurse specialist cares for patients with ostomies.

Cardio-Pulmonary RN Specialist
Patients with a diagnosis of CHF, COPD, Asthma, CAD, and chronic pneumonia benefit from the expertise of our Cardio-Pulmonary Nurse Specialist. This specialist will provide clinical care as well as educate patients and their caretakers regarding how to recognize signs, symptoms, and red flags of their cardio-pulmonary disease.

Certified Diabetic Nurse Educator (CDE)
The CDE is a medical/health professional who has a comprehensive knowledge of and experience in pre-diabetes as well as diabetes management and prevention. Our CDE educates and supports patients affected by diabetes by teaching them how to understand and manage their condition in order to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals.

Community Mental Health RN (CMH)
The CMH nurse’s interaction with the patient includes individualized therapy and interventions appropriate for the patient in collaboration with their VNA Case Manager. In the event that the patient needs an additional level of behavioral health care, the CMH nurse works directly with the appropriate behavioral health provider to transition and transfer the patient to their care.

Maternal Child Health RN (MCH)
The MCH nurse specialist focuses on antepartum, postpartum with mother-baby teaching, high risk infant, high risk mother, and pediatric care. Our MCH nurse specialists also provide prenatal assessment and teaching of high risk mothers.

Infusion Therapy
VNA nurses are trained to be proficient in the delivery of infusion therapy for treatments such as antibiotics, intravenous fluids, chemotherapy, ionotropic agents, corticosteroids, opioides, and Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN).

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