The Urological Journal
For Urological Professionals
latest Professional Advice
This quarterly publication is sent free to all BAUN Members and it is full of the latest news in urological nursing and what’s happening in the association.
for Urology Professionals
The annual conference is the highlight of the BAUN calendar. It is being held in Glasgow on 24th-25th November and will attract over 200 specialist nurses working in urology.
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The Value of Nursing Oxford English Dictionary definition of value: noun The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something: ‘your support is of great value’
According to a survey carried out in 2014 by the Nursing Times1 , the majority of nurses feel underpaid, overworked and undervalued. The main reasons given for this were pay, insufficient time with patients to ensure adequate care, not feeling valued by management and too much bureaucracy in the NHS. The annual Gallup poll2 of honest and ethical professions however, reported that nurses have topped the list each year since they were first included in 1999 (with the exception of 2001 when firefighters were included in response to their work during and after the 9/11 attacks). Since 2005, at least 80% of respondents have said nurses have high ethics and honesty. So why do we feel undervalued when the public, in general, do value us?
"…most nurses remain hugely proud of the job they do and continue to strive to provide the best care possible “
➜ I don’t know the answer, but these feelings may be exacerbated by;
➜ the effects of the economic crisis, for example, the declining value of jobs, homes and retirement plans; feelings of increased pressure and workload in a climate of dwindling resources;
➜ a preoccupation by the press in publishing only the negative stories about the NHS, when so much excellent work is going on out there,
➜ or a focus on attaining quantitative ‘targets’ in preference to qualitative improvements
Despite this, most nurses remain hugely proud of the job they do and continue to strive to provide the best care possible. Nursing has immense value and this doesn’t fluctuate, regardless of economic or societal influences. It really doesn’t take much to make us feel valued. When a patient or their loved ones express their thanks to us, as they frequently do, the recognition of a ‘job well done’ and sense of making a difference to someone else’s life is immeasurable in terms of job satisfaction.
I am proud to be a member of the greatest profession I know, and as President of BAUN, I, with support of the council, want to recognise the great work that is being done around the UK by our members.
Urology nursing is diverse: we are care givers, advocates, researchers, auditors, educators, leaders, advanced practitioners, diagnosticians, project managers and much more. Urology nurses care for their patients and their families using their skills and abilities in inventive and resourceful ways. We have successfully used these skills to see opportunities to evolve and expand our services and improve the patient’s experience.
We all know (or are) people who go above and beyond what is expected of them in their roles. In recognition of this, for the 20th anniversary of BAUN, I am pleased to launch the inaugural BAUN Urology Nurse of the Year Award in partnership with The Urology Foundation http://www.theurologyfoundation.org/about-us
This award will recognise the contributions of an outstanding nurse in the field of urology. The winner of the award will be a nurse who has gone above and beyond their role and someone who has demonstrated care innovation, transformation and collaboration that supports an exceptional patient experience.
What have we achieved and what’s coming up?
1. We are making great progress with our financial plans to ensure the sustainability and growth of the organisation. Massive thanks go to Louisa Fleure, our Treasurer, for all her hard work towards achieving this.
2. Plans for developing Advanced Practice Statements are well underway and for developing and delivering a minimum standard of education for urology specialists. I hope to be able to report some exciting progress on this in the coming months.
3. Our new ED guidelines are now in draft and will be launched at conference this year. Our Flexible Cystoscopy guideline is also currently under review.
4. Our education days continue throughout the year. See the website for details: http://www.baun.co.uk/education/baun-events/
5. Our 20th anniversary celebrations will be centered around this year’s conference and will include some new awards and other recognition of our members (including the Urology Nurse of the Year, as above) and our Gala Dinner at conference will be a special celebration.
6. You (our members) are getting more involved and I am delighted that some of our members are now representing BAUN on national projects and panels. Thank you all.
7. All of council also remain busy, beavering away on their various projects. Thank you all for your time and commitment. Check the website to see what we are all up to.
Please do not forget to talk to us and get involved. We have opportunities every month for our members to get involved in national projects as a BAUN representative. We really do want to know your views and I am delighted to hear from any of you.
I hope you like the new monthly members e-mail. We will update you on any new urology guidelines, relevant press, study days, clinical news, member news, and representation opportunities via this. If there is something you would like us to include, please get in touch. I hope you all have a wonderful summer and get to see at least a few days of sunshine!
Contact me: BAUNPresident@fitwise.com