For more than a year, we have faced up to the challenges posed by the COVID19 pandemic in both our professional and personal lives. The images of people directly impacted by the virus, as well as the burden and overwhelm on global healthcare systems when dealing with surges will be forever etched in our hearts and minds. Many nurses have been to the forefront in reconfiguring services to deliver safe, quality healthcare, often in new and innovative ways, in a changed environment.
While the EAUN meeting for 2020 in Amsterdam had to be cancelled, this year’s event, which was scheduled to take place in Milan in March, is now scheduled as a virtual event on 3 and 4 September. EAUN21 will proceed in an era of hope, with vaccination rollouts underway globally, and with a sense of a return to a brighter future in the air.
The Scientific Congress Office of the EAUN, with support from the board, have been working hard to develop an educational meeting for delegates. The programme acknowledges the challenges that both patients and healthcare professionals have faced and brings together experts from the global urology family to deliver what we hope you will find to be an outstanding programme.
The theme of multidisciplinary collaboration flows through this year’s meeting and will be of interest to nurses and allied healthcare professionals working with patients with urological conditions. The 2-day programme provides an exciting and balanced series of educational presentations across the spectrum of both benign and uro-oncological disease. The impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of urological care will also be addressed.
The uro-oncology sessions will include educational updates and presentations on prostate cancer, including PMSA scanning and Lu-PMSA treatment in castrate-resistant prostate cancer. The perspective of both the urologist and the nurse will be explored. A multi-professional approach to addressing skeletal issues in metastatic prostate cancer will also be discussed. Plus, managing erectile dysfunction post-prostate cancer treatment in a nurse-led clinic will be presented.
The bladder cancer session will include the ideal cystectomy pathway. It will consider the challenges in setting up a prehabilitation clinic, too, as well as how to involve the ward and inpatient services in the patient journey to recovery. The non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer session will look at emerging treatments, managing BCG side effects, BCG shortages, and the role of a dedicated bladder cancer patient support group.
The benign programme explores diverse topics such as an examination of nurse-led clinics in assessing and managing male lower urinary tract dysfunction including the role of virtual clinics. There will be presentations and learning opportunities in continence care, prevention of urinary tract infections, and a 3D animation of how to change a suprapubic catheter. The nursing solutions to difficult cases session will share the experience and problem solving skills in managing complex issues that arise in practice. In addition, there will be updates on the Educational Framework for Urology Nursing, the EAUN catheterisation guidelines, and a presentation on (almost) everything you need to know about kidney function, plus many more interesting sessions and discussions.
Poster/video session and research competition
In addition, the very popular and interactive poster sessions give delegates the opportunity to learn from the experiences of their colleagues through the dissemination of research findings, audits, and service developments, with prizes awarded across different categories. And the interactive nursing research project plan competition awards a prize to the best research plan to help fund the costs of carrying out the study.
Although this year’s programme takes place in a virtual environment, advances in technology will facilitate an engaging and interactive programme. Delegates will have an opportunity in each session to pose questions to the panel or chairs of the session and engage in dialogue to enhance learning.
For an up-to-date overview of the EAUN21 scientific programme, please visit www.eaun21.org/scientificprogramme/.
The 21st International EAUN Meeting has been accredited within the EU-ACME/CNE programme for a maximum of 12.0 hour(s) of CNE credit(s) by the EUAB-CNE (European Urology Accreditation Board – Continuing Nursing Education). Within the EU-ACME/CNE programme, the activities are accredited following the rule – 1 credit per hour, with a maximum of 8 credits per day.
How to register
Go to the registration webpage of the meeting www.eaun21.org/registration and sign up!
We look forward to welcoming you at EAUN21!