Julia Williams, RN - Carle Heart and Vascular Institute

Julia Williams, RN

Heart and Vascular Institute

HVI nurse, team swoop in to provide less-ouchy needle 'sticks'

Nurses take on many roles during a patient’s time of need: advocate, caregiver, educator and friend. They work hard to deliver high-quality care, offer emotional support and help patients on their roads to recovery.

Julia Williams, RN, has worked in the Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) at Carle for the past two years. Her day-to-day roles include prepping and recovering patients. She also assists in bedside cardioversions, paracentesis, thoracentesis and loop recorder insertions. 


But, Williams has also been vital in introducing new technology into HVI.


Williams is currently in a group that has trained to start IVs using ultrasound guidance. “We see many patients with vascular disease, so it can be difficult to start an IV,” Williams said. “Using an ultrasound allow us to see larger veins and plan for the best access point before we ever insert the IV.”


This technique reduces discomfort for patients and saves time for nurses, because it limits the number of ‘sticks’ needed for a lasting IV. A ‘stick’ is the insertion of an IV into a patient’s blood vessel.


“The ultrasound helps guide the needle into the vessel the entire time, so we have a clear picture throughout the whole procedure,” Williams said. “It’s a big patient satisfier. They really like seeing the vein for themselves, so it puts them at ease.”

Ultrasound guidance for IV’s is one of the ways Carle is using new technology to meet patient needs. Williams’ group is moving forward with the training of the rest of the prep/recovery unit nurses.


“Carle is a great place to work because the staff is always working to improve patient care and collecting real data to better serve our patients,” Williams said.

Williams also created a tool that collects data on IV usage. Data includes the number of nurses used to start an IV, whether the IV start caused a delay in a procedure and the amount of supplies used.


With a bachelor’s degree in nursing, nurses develop more skills, have the chance to advance at work and receive higher pay.


Before pursuing her degree in nursing, Williams worked as a healthcare technician for eight years.


“I knew Julia before she became a nurse,” said Peggy Ross, RN, who currently works with Williams in HVI. “She has always been patient-focused, a team player and a quick learner. She’s a great resource for HVI.”


Williams is one of the many Carle employees who go above and beyond to better serve their patients.


“One of my favorite parts about being a nurse in HVI is that the patients are already reaping the benefits of their procedure as they’re leaving the hospital,” said Williams. “There’s a lot of satisfaction in helping people and seeing them improve.”

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