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.

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

Jen has been a valued team member of VA+ since May of 2018.

Tristan Pyzel RN

Infusion Specialist

We are pleased to have Tristan as a member of our VA+ team since December of 2018.

Angela Lawler RN

Infusion Specialist

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.

Candi Curry RN

Infusion Specialist

Candi received her BS Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Iowa (go Hawkeyes) and her RN Diploma from St. Luke’s School of Nursing. Candi has over 25 years of nursing experience, including in home health, case management and quality and process improvement. She has been married for 24 years and is the mom of 3 awesome boys. Candi joined our VA+ team in June of 2019.

Molly Campbell RN

Infusion Specialist

Molly graduated in 2002 with her BSN from the University of Mary in Bismarck ND.  She started working in Pediatrics and then specialized in Pediatric Oncology which lead her to 9 years of travel nursing that she loved every minute of! That love of traveling lead Molly to her husband, with whom she has two amazing little girls!  Molly has also worked as a Home Health Case Manager and Telephonic Nurse in her career.  Molly notes that getting to know her patients and having the privilege to come to their home and spend that one on one time with them is why she sincerely loves being a home infusion nurse.

When Molly is not working she loves spending time with her family, traveling, camping, hiking, cooking, cleaning (just kidding!!) and hanging out with her friends. Molly has been with Vascular Access Plus since August 2019.

Aubrey Malone RN

Infusion Specialist

Aubrey is currently working on her Master’s in Nursing Education with a future goal of working in staff development and patient education.  She has worked in labor & delivery, mother/baby, acute rehabilitation and pediatric cardiac intensive care units during her nursing career.  She enjoys being able to use her IV skills to help patients with infusions in the comfort of their homes in her role with VA+.

Aubrey joined the VA+ team in September 2019.

Angela Smith RN

Infusion Specialist

Angela joined the VA+ team in January 2020.

Sally Bliven RN

Vascular Access Specialist

Sally joined the VA+ team in November 2019.

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.