After being elected as one of the new board members during our general assembly in Vienna this year, I am taking this opportunity to introduce not only my work but also share my views on urological nursing in my region.
I graduated from nursing school in 1989 and started working as a registered nurse in the urology ward. Eventually, I transferred to the outpatient clinic of the urology department in 1992. After a stint into cardiacsurgery and having spent some years on parental leave, I was delighted to return to urology in 2001.
Since then I work at the Nordwest Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, assigned to the urological OR and the outpatient clinic of the Department of Urology. In addition I’m a part of the team for quality management in urology and also responsible for the in-house education of urology nursing.
After joining the EAUN as a member in 2003 I realized that the pan-European exchange of knowledge among us has an impact on our daily tasks, influencing the way we forward our core aims in order to boost and create a strong community of urology nursing specialists in Europe.
This may sound simple in paper, but fully achieving this long-term goal requires commitment and unified action from every one of us. For instance, in Germany and also in many other European countries, we still struggle with the issue of language, a matter that can easily be underestimated but one that certainly discouraged many of our colleagues from participating in international congresses.
With my active involvement in both German and European congresses, I do my best to share the information and insights I learned from these international congresses with my colleagues in Germany, hopefully stimulating their interest and encouraging them to present their work.
Finally, being a new board member, I hope you will not hesitate to contact me for information and guidance, especially if you work in German-speaking countries. Let’s put urologic nursing in the frontlines!
EAUN board member
Article from European Urology Today, volume 23, No. 4