Nurses and Staff at Vascular Access Plus

Vascular Access Plus is a group of highly skilled vascular access nurses dedicated to top quality patient care.

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Benjamin Weichman RN

Vascular Access Specialist, Infusion Specialist, Inventory and Supplies Custodian

Ben obtained his Associate of Science in Nursing degree while working as a EMT-IV in a Nashville, TN ER Department. He has been a Registered Nurse since 2012, with multiple years of experience in triage nursing at ER Departments in the Omaha area and on vascular access teams. Ben also worked in a primary care clinic at Offutt AFB, where he performed telephone triage, obtained vascular access and managed referrals for tricare. Ben joined Vascular Access Plus in 2017 and is a key member of our nursing team.

Christina Gerlach-Burchess BSN, RN

Vascular Access Specialist

Christina is a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse and has been active in patient care since 1998. She has experience in medical surgical, school nursing, orthopedics, rehabilitation nursing, IV therapy, and employee health. Christina has been with Vascular Access Plus since 2016.

Julie Emken BSN, RN, VA-BC

Vascular Access Specialist, Infusion Specialist

Julie is a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse and has been active in patient care since 1993. She has experience in medical surgical nursing, Intensive care, trauma, rehabilitation, radiology and interventional radiology nursing, along with pediatrics. Julie has been with Vascular Access Plus since 2014.

Mahiola-Elua Kaimikaua BSN, RN

Vascular Access Specialist, Infusion Specialist

Mahi is a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse and has been active in patient care since 2012. He has experience in medical surgical, hematology and oncology, along with pediatric nursing. Mahi has been a Vascular Access Specialist with Vascular Access Plus since 2014. In 2018, Mahi also cross trained into our insertion department.

Michelle Shields BSN, RN

Vascular Access Specialist

Michelle is a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse and has been active in patient care since 1990. She has experience in intensive care, cardiac nursing, PACU, and has been a Vascular Access Specialist since 2010. Michelle has been an insertion nurse placing PICC lines with Vascular Access Plus since 2016.

Jennifer Drummond RN

Infusion Specialist, Vascular Access Specialist

Tristan Pyzel RN

Infusion Specialist

Chelsy Binkley MSN, FNP-C, APRN-NP

Infusion Specialist, Educator

Chelsy graduated from Clarkson College in 2017 with her Masters in Nursing, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in Family Practice and earned her accreditation from American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  Chelsy earned her BSN and has been a Registered Nurse since 2012 with experience in critical care, progressive care, burn, wound and trauma nursing.

Chelsy is a native of Nebraska, born and raised in western Nebraska and currently living in Lincoln with her husband of 15 years, and a daughter who is 14.  Chelsy enjoys spending time with her family, at the lake or outdoors, and loves spending time with the family dog, Chief, a chocolate lab. Chelsy has been with Vascular Access Plus since June of 2018 and shares her nursing experience and wisdom by teaching courses in our VA+ Education and Training Center.

Charlotte Hart RN

Infusion Specialist, Vascular Access Specialist

Angela Lawler RN

Infusion Specialist

Monica Johnson RN

Infusion Specialist

Ann Draper RN

Infusion Specialist

Ann earned her associates degree and has 15 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Ann started her nursing career in the hospital setting working in the Burn Trauma Unit and Critical Care. She then moved on to the home health setting which is where she currently works, as she loves the 1:1 time she gets with her patients and families.

Ann took a brief hiatus from nursing when her twins were born prematurely and she worked for a few years as a Clinical Informatics Nurse, building software and acting as a liaison between IT professionals and clinicians. Ann has been with Vascular Access Plus since March of 2019 and enjoys serving infusion clients of all ages. Ann loves advancing her knowledge about the infusion world and she plans to become certified as an infusion nurse and go back to nursing school for an advanced degree once her girls are grown.

Kimberly Bernard RN

Infusion Specialist

Erin Thoendell RN

Vascular Access Specialist

Shanna Shafer BSN

Chief Operating Officer

Shanna is a Nebraska native who worked in home health and hospice for years as a CNA. She earned her associate degree in nursing in 2005 and started her nursing career in the Burn and Wound Intensive Care Unit. She then took a role at One World Community Health Center, where she was lead clinic nurse and was responsible for the development and evaluation of RN training materials. Shanna earned her BSN in 2010, shortly after she started working with Jamie Hamm, CEO and Founder of Vascular Access Plus during the inception phases of the company.

In late 2010, Shanna left Nebraska and started working remotely with Vascular Access Plus, managing duties in human resources, policy and procedure development, accounting and quality monitoring and improvement processes. During this time, she was also an independant qualitative research analyst for Bard Access Systems. Shanna was one of ten applicants to enter the Health Care Quality MSN program at George Washington University in 2011, where she attended until 2013.

In 2013, Shanna left the world of nursing to be able to care for her three young children on her own, and worked for six years in various roles within a health care education marketing firm in Kansas City. During that time she expanded her organizational, business and management skills, which allow her to bring a unique skill set and mind set to Vascular Access Plus. Shanna is devoted to improving health care for patients and communities and started working with VA+ again in September 2018 as an independent consultant, returning full time to the company in April of 2019 as Chief Operating Officer.

We Value Our Nurses, And Our Nursing Values Drive High Quality Care

We value our nurses as front line providers of patient care, educators and the backbone of safe and effective health care. The quality of our services depends directly upon the talents and abilities of our nursing staff. If you are self motivated, dedicated to quality nursing care, and are interested in becoming a nurse with Vascular Access Plus, we encourage you to learn more about our Employment Opportunities and complete an application for employment online.