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EAUN20 spotlights the best of urology nursing

Sessions to tailor treatments, foster rapport, raise efficiency

How do you deal with uncommon, complex patient cases? Do you think that nurses and doctors view patient care the same way? Is it possible that treatment can be both quality and cost-effective? Top experts with the latest research in urology nursing will offer you crucial insights to these questions.

Read on to know more about activities at the upcoming 21st International Meeting of the European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN20) which will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 21 to 23 March 2020.

Are your patients misinformed?
One of the many notable activities at EAUN20 is the workshop “Patient education: Organised structured or invisible – How to promote compliance” which will take place on Friday, 20 March from 14:30 to 17:15. Urology nurse Ms. Eva Wallace of the EAUN Special Interest Group Continence will chair the must-attend workshop.

“Ask yourself, are your patients misinformed? Do they understand the consequences of non-compliance? The workshop aims to foster a culture of learning, focusing on identifying key enablers and barriers to patient education. It is fundamental to empower your patients. Help them by giving them the necessary tools to self-manage their own urological issues and be experts in their own care,” stated Ms. Wallace.

Centred on incontinence, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), and erectile dysfunction, the workshop will help nurses adopt effective teaching strategies for their patients’ learning needs.

Interested participants can register online or by sending an email to

Between two perspectives
“The interaction between nurses and physicians is of paramount importance in offering efficient and safe treatment to patients. By optimising the division of tasks, the patient is better informed and treated. However, it’s time for a paradigm-shift!” said Dr. Stefan Haensel (NL) who will present the doctors’ perspective in the two-part lecture during the Plenary Session 1 “Collaboration between nurses and doctors”. The session will take place on Saturday, 21 March 2020 from 09:00 to 10:00.

He added, “As an example, optimal patient care doesn’t always mean a speedy diagnosis. The first priority is to help a patient cope with fear and uncertainty. This can be achieved by providing reliable information and treatment strategy tailored to fit the patient.”

Dr. Haensel stated that according to a survey, the two most important factors in patient satisfaction is how well the staff works together and a pleasant environment in the clinic.

Nursing solutions in difficult cases
On Saturday, 21 March 2020 from 11:30 to 12:30, the Specialty Session 1 “Nursing solutions in difficult cases” will commence and overseen by EAUN Chair Elect Mrs. Paula Allchorne (GB).

Generally, the EAUN Guidelines focuses on patient cases that are often encountered. The Specialty Session at the upcoming EAUN Congress will address and discuss atypical and/or difficult cases faced in daily nursing practice. The session will also offer delegates the opportunity to exchange knowledge; from discovered solutions to pressing, unanswered questions.

An expert jury has evaluated the submitted cases for the session. The jury is comprised of the following renowned and respected healthcare professionals (HCPs): urology nurse Ms. Helen Forristal (IE), Head Nurse of the Urology Department Mrs. Françoise Picard (FR), urology nurse Mr. Ronny Pieters (BE), urology nurse Ms. Eva Wallace, and professor in Surgery and Urology Prof. Steen Walter (DK).

Getting it right the first time
Lead Nurse for Uro-Oncology and Andrology departments of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and EAUN Board Member Dr. Jason Alcorn (GB) will chair the State-of-the-art lecture 2 “Improving quality of care: Getting it right the first time (GIRFT)” which will kick-start on Sunday, 22 March 2020 from 11:00 to 11:30.

“The session is a must for those interested in boosting efficiency and cost-effectiveness in their daily practice. Esteemed consultant urologist for over 20 years, Mr. Simon Harrison (GB) will share valuable insights during this session. Mr. Harrison has led an England-wide review, which sought to tackle variations in the way services were delivered. The report called for the development of specialist urology nursing to help in delivering the messages of the session,” stated Dr. Alcorn.

He added, “The session is designed to help HCPs improve patient care and outcomes; streamline processes in the workplace; develop the skills of specialist nurses. In addition, the session will also explore the exceptional current and future activities that the EAUN has and will establish urology nursing.”

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