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2019 - Tim Spencer
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Congratulations to Tim Spencer, DipAppSci, BHSc, ICCert, RN, APN, VA-BC

Winner of the 2019 Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access

The Association for Vascular Access (AVA) congratulates Tim Spencer, DipAppSci, BHSc, ICCert, RN, APN, VA-BC™, on his selection as the 2019 recipient of the Suzanne LaVere Herbst Award for Excellence in Vascular Access. The Herbst Award is the highest honor bestowed by AVA, awarded annually to a member who exemplifies the AVA mission, is a recognized expert in vascular access and who has made significant contributions to the art and science of vascular access and/or affected outcomes for persons requiring vascular access.

With more than 20 years of clinical experience, Tim epitomizes the AVA mission, exuding a passion and enthusiasm for vascular access products, technology and their applications to improve patient care. He impacts and inspires clinicians across the globe as an educator and ambassador for best vascular access care.

Tim has traveled to many countries as an invited speaker, lecturer and educator. He identifies directly with the need to support the rise of the vascular access specialty through collaboration and sharing of best practices. Tim dedicates himself to the education of all clinician types and demonstrates this multidisciplinary collaboration through his involvement in various organizations in addition to AVA, like the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Infusion Nurses Society (INS).

The author of numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals for vascular access practice, advancement or technology, Tim also volunteers his time to work with first-time authors as they maneuver the process of publication. His commitment to assisting colleagues directly contributes to the enhancement of public and professional awareness of vascular access. Tim also serves on editorial review boards for multiple peer-reviewed and evidence-based journals.

A dynamic public speaker, Tim’s knowledge and passion for vascular access inspire others to record data, gather evidence and share it. He serves on the Global Strategic Committee of the World Congress in Vascular Access (WoCoVA) and was instrumental in establishing the Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS), acting as its founding President from 2009-15. Tim also served on the Vascular Access Certification Corporation (VACC) Board of Directors from 2012-17.

In addition to his published work, public speaking and assisting fellow clinicians with their writing, Tim also engages the vascular access community of clinicians in hands-on training sessions. A true visionary, he developed a website in 2017 that allows open access articles and the sharing of research and aided in the launch of an innovative app that allows clinicians at the bedside to select the correct size of central venous catheter based on patient vessel assessment. In the last four years, Tim has affected more than 4,000 clinicians providing or seeking to provide evidence-based vascular access device insertion and care.

Tim embodies what the Herbst Award represents; his work inspires current and future mentors and his impact has positively affected countless clinicians in vascular access.