Advanced Practice

Defining the Role of the Urogynecology Nurse Practitioner: A Call to Contemporary Distinction through Subspecialty Certification

Published in the May/June 2021 issue of Urologic Nursing, this article includes the results of a survey conducted to examine the role of the urogynecology nurse practitioner (NP) and highlights the need for the development of a current, distinct description of the subspecialty role. The article reports on the urogynecology subspecialty NP role, creates a basis that can be used when negotiating a new position or promotion, and provides insight into whether NPs who practice in this subspecialty are interested in a national certification examination to distinguish their expertise. Proposing a new designation that aligns with current female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) physicians to replace urogynecology NP is discussed as a possible natural progression to define the specific knowledge, clinical competence, and aptitude needed to practice in this field.

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Urinary Catheter Care

Joint Statement on Intravesical Administration of Therapeutic Medication for the Treatment of Bladder Cancer

SUNA and the American Urological Association (AUA) developed a joint Statement of Practice on Intravesical Administration of Therapeutic Medication for the Treatment of Bladder Cancer. The purpose of the statement is to define the performance guidelines surrounding the instillation of intravesical cytotoxic, immunotherapeutic, and/or therapeutic drugs via sterile technique catheterization for patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC, urothelial carcinoma).

Updated ~ 2020

Originally developed in July 2015, the paper was reviewed and revised in June 2020. 2020 Workgroup Members included Roxy Baumgartner, RN, APN-BC; Sam Chang, MD; Susan Flick, CNP; Howard Goldman, MD, FACS; Jim Kovarik, MS, PA-C; Yair Lotan, MD; Elspeth McDougall, MD, FRCSC, MHPE; Arthur Sagalowsky, MD; Edouard Trabulsi, MD; Debbie Hensley, RN; Christy Krieg, MSN, CUNP; and Leanne Schimke, MSN, CUNP

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