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.
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.
Tanya Rizek RN
Infusion Specialist, Infusion Lead RN
Tanya completed her CNA training at age 16 and worked as CNA in home health settings and in hospitals until graduating from Bryan School of Nursing in 2003. Over her nursing career, she has worked in Burn ICU, Interventional Radiology, and Plastics. Tanya joined Vascular Access Plus in April of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys camping, catching bigger and more fish than her husband, and spending time with family and friends.
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.
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
Angela Lawler RN
Angela earned her Bachelor’s in Nursing at Creighton University in 1992. She has worked in many different places around the country while following her husband’s job and in many different areas of nursing, including cardiac, intensive care, endoscopy and outpatient surgery and loves exploring new nursing areas. She has been with Vascular Access Plus since January 2019.
Ann Draper RN
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.
Candi Curry RN
Molly Campbell RN
Aubrey Malone RN
Infusion Specialist, Vascular Access Specialist in Training
Carrie Boettger 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.