Tami Jemson has dedicated the last 30 years as a registered nurse, beginning her career in the areas of coronary and critical care. After becoming an active member of the vascular access community, Tami obtained peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertion and instruction certifications, became a patient care coordinator for the vascular access program at a tertiary care centre and a vascular access nurse consultant on a national and international level.
As president of the local chapter of one of the largest vascular access professional organizations in Canada, Tami's passion for excellence in patient care is resolute. She attributes some of her inspiration to Sharon Armes, pioneer in vascular access nursing, who shared an unparalleled passion for promoting best practices and improving patient care.
One of highlights of Tami's career was being given the opportunity to teach PICC insertion skills to physicians in Middle Eastern and Eastern European countries. Her work enabled these clinicians to insert central catheters with ultrasound for the first time. She also provided care and maintenance education for staff nurses in these countries. Tami's commitment to excellence and hard work has and will continue to advance the practice of vascular access nursing for years to come.
Spink J, Jemson T. Capturing the CAJ: The Heart of the Matter. Implementing New Technology for PICC Tip Confirmation. Received first prize at the Canadian Vascular Access Association Conference. 2014.