Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Advanced Practice

  SUNA is seeking a Leader for the Advanced Practie SIG. If you are interested in volunteering for this role, please complete a Volunteer Leadership Opportunities Application and return it to the SUNA National Office (fax 856-589-7463, email suna@ajj.com).  

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) and OR/Cystoscopy

Mary Louise Lee, RN, CURN
Montgomery, AL
marylouisethrower@yahoo.com
Experience Leading to Position: After achieving a bachelor's in Accounting and working in that field for a couple of years, I made the decision to switch careers to nursing and haven't looked back since. I have worked in urology for over 6 years and obtained my CBUNA certification in 2014. I work in direct nursing under the Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Jackson Hospital in Alabama. In addition to cystoscopy procedures and other in office procedures, I am responsible for high volume patient care in clinic, preoperatively and postoperatively for patients recovering from everything from ureteroscopy to radical cystectomy. I most recently played a role in MRI fusion prostate biopsy, a new technique to our regional hospital that is allowing for more accurate and faster detection of prostate cancer. Goals for SIG: My goal for this group is to maintain an open dialogue between clinic and hospital urology to enable us to improve practices, procedures, and most importantly patient care. I am looking forward to sharing and obtaining knowledge with peers from across the nation.

Geriatrics/Inpatient-Outpatient/Continence

Donna Thompson, MSN, CRNP, CCCN
Media, PA
Home: 610-891-0325
dltcare@comcast.net
Experience Leading to Position: I am a nurse practitioner who has been working as a continence specialist for near 20 years. Currently, my practice includes both outpatient office setting and long term care. I work for two physician practices, one urogynecology and the other urology in which I provice urodynamic evaluations, pelvic floor rehab, behavioral therapy, biofeedback, PTNS, management of POP and am involved in some  research. In addition, I have started my own business, Continence Solutions, LLC, offering my services as a continence consultant for extended care facilities. I have been an active SUNA member for many years, serving as a symposium chairperson, have been on various committees/task forces, and am the treasurer of my local SUNA chapter. I have spoken at SUNA conferences as well as other national and local conferences and have published on geriatric issues and incontinence in Urologic Nursing, JWOCN, and other journals and was the recipient  2014 NAFC Rodney Appell Continence Champion Award. Goals for SIG:  (1) Provide a platform where colleagues can share new ideas and discuss issues that impact urologic nursing practice in the areas of geriatrics, acute care and continence. (2) Open a forum for problem-solving and creative care solutions. (3) Create a resource for SUNA members who provide urology / continence services to the elderly.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation (SNS) / Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)

Jennifer Compton, PA-C
Jenks, OK
jjcompton55@gmail.com
 
Experience Leading to Position: I have been a physician’s assistant for 11 years, with the last 3 years in urology. I work mostly in the clinic seeing new and follow-up patients, performing urodynamics and cystoscopies. I also assist in surgery, do history and physicals/consults, and round on hospital patients. I also am the provider responsible for performing percutaneous trials and InterStim™ interrogation and programming. I have completed the Medtronic Fundamentals of Sacral Neuromodulation and the Advanced Therapy Integration for APPs. I also do PTNS. Goals for SIG: My goal for this group is to continue the open communication that already has been established. This networking will allow us to continue to learn and grow as professionals. The SUNA Forum is a great opportunity to network and share knowledge among our peers.

Urodynamics

Christina Hegan, MS, APRN, WHNP-BC
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75390
214-918-2401
christy.hicks@utsouthwestern.edu
Experience Leading to Position: I completed my undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in 2003, completed my RN coursework at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011, and earned my Master of Science in Nursing-Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. I have been a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for the past 3.5 years with the last 1.5 years in Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. I evaluate and treat pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, voiding and defecatory dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction. My expertise includes pessary use and maintenance, urodynamics, electrical stimulation, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, and bladder instillations. I serve as a volunteer writer for the Interstitial Cystitis Association, having published online literature reviews and magazine articles for the ICA Update. I participate in NIH funded research with the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network and currently serve as co-investigator in a multicenter research trial investigating a new device for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence Goals for SIG: (1) Share and encourage others to share new ideas and advancements in evidence-based practice for performing urodynamic procedures. (2) Provide a space for procedure practitioners to communicate and inquire with peers regarding urodynamic procedure performance and interpretation. (3) Help educate new procedure practitioners in techniques for achieving desired urodynamic test results.