When considering the current events and the changes in cardiology over the last month, the word resiliency comes to mind. Resiliency is defined as “recovering easily and quickly from shock, illness, and hardship”. The COVID-19 virus has changed the world of cardiology both professionally and personally. Many of our team members are on the front lines caring for these patients daily. I have witnessed many acts of heroism as our team members care for the severely critically ill. Many of us have transitioned from office visits to virtual visits. We have been impacted by loss of work and fear of the current financial state. All have had to adapt to changes at home and enduring new level of stress. Our VCACC CVT members are resilient and are demonstrating acts of heroism as they rise to the challenge. I would encourage you to take care of yourselves, make time to do things you love to do, take time to relax and lean on those around you. You may find you draw strength from your colleagues. My thoughts and prayers are with you and we look forward to planning upcoming VCACC Chapter events. Please be sure to utilize the COVID-19 ACC resources. The hub ACC has put together contains valuable information.
We are excited to announce Dave Dixon, PharmD for the Virginia CVTeam State Liaison, term of 2021 to 2024. Dave is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Clinical Services in the Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science at VCU School of Pharmacy. He practices in a general cardiology clinic at VCU Health and is an affiliate faculty of the VCU Pauley Heart Center. Dave has been involved in ACC on the National level and served a Chair of the CVTeam Membership Committee since 2015. We are so fortunate to have him as our next VCACC State representative! Please join me in welcoming him to his new position!
Please be safe and take care of yourselves.
Jan Griffin, ACNP, BC, CCRN
VCACC State CVT Liaison
Social Media: Our Chapter has a Twitter handle: @VirginaACC; please follow us. The ACC CVT Twitter hashtag is #ACCCVT.
Membership: Members are encouraged to apply for professional designations through the college. The AACC designation recognizes CVT professionals who provide a high level of cardiovascular care. The FACC designation, Fellow of ACC, is a recognition of professional achievement. If you are interested or would like more information about either, please reach out to VCACC CVTeam Liaison-elect Dave Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating a Community of Care . . . the Cardiovascular Team The Virginia Chapter ACC is dedicated to creating a vibrant and growing community comprised of Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Clinical Pharmacists from practice and hospital settings. Currently, cardiovascular team members (CVT) serve not only on their own committee but also on the chapter leadership council. CVTeam members are involved in all levels of the chapter. Notable features include:
Travel stipends to attend the annual ACC Legislative Conference and meet lawmakers on Capital Hill
Opportunities to serve on program planning committee for annual meeting as nurse planner
Gatherings at ACC Annual Scientific Session (CVTeam members met up to attend sessions together and discuss results of late-breaking clinicals)
Voice at VCACC Council to get involved on projects such as the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition and VCSQI Quality Project
NEW: CV TEAM STATE LIAISONS COMMITTEE NEWSLETTER
This new monthly newsletter was developed by Marci Farquhar-Snow, to keep you all informed about ACC and CV Team Section activities and opportunities to get involved. Click here to read the first issue.
CVTEAM WEBINARS AVAILABLE
A new website featuring webinars has been created for the CVTeam. Find it here along with information regarding relevant upcoming webinars. Archived webinar recordings are also available.
Case Competition opportunity
2019 was the second year, we requested the submission of case studies for presentation. Four of the cases submitted were presented. The cases were on a variety of topics including: A team- based approach to managing AMI, a complicated heart failure case, an Electrophysiology case, and a case involving extremely complex social issues. We plan to continue the CVT case study presentations in 2020. Think about cases you've had throughout the year and plan to submit them for the 2020 MACCS meeting! Submission site will open in September and will be at maccscardiology.org.
VCACC CVTEAM MENTOR PROGRAM
Looking for someone to help guide you in career choices and volunteer activities? Or are you at a point you want to give back to your cardiovascular home? The VCACC network of mentors is here to link up CVTeam members with other members who can be a trusted voice. Listen in to ACC leaders (two of our own Virginians) explain the impact of their mentors. Complete this form to be matched.