Recognizing Nurses this Week – Ella Kot

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Ella Kot, RN, BSN Ella Kot works at the University of Minnesota in the Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers as a Senior Project and Program Manager. She has been with the organization for over nine years. She has been a nurse for ten years and loves everything about it. She has an amazing husband Boris of 12 years and two blessed children, Brianna 8 and Brandon 4. Her passion is to help people…

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Vashti Livingston

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Vashti Livingston MS, CNS, CWOCN Vashti Livingston is a Board Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Sidney Kimmel Urology Division and is a graduate of Emory University Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Program. She consults primarily ambulatory outpatient clients for wounds, ostomies, continent urinary diversions and incontinence management. Vashti has also worked at wound clinics and in home care for the Visiting Nurse Service of NY using digital photography…

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Marianne Borch

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Marianne Borch, RN, BSN, CURN Marianne Borch is a nurse leader in the Urology Outpatient Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She received the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates MacFarlane Award for highest score on the certification exam. She has worked as a registered nurse for over 25 years and runs a bladder cancer support group at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She is part of BCAN’s Women’s Outreach…

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Joanna Burgess

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Joanna Burgess, RN, BSN, CWOCN, CMLDT How did you decide to become a nurse in this field? I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse since I was a very young girl. I had an elaborate hospital set up in the basement and all my stuffed animals and dolls took turns being patients.   This most likely stemmed from my own experience with bladder cancer at the age of three.   My treatment included…

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Mary Dunn

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, (November 1-7) at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Mary Dunn, NP, OCN Mary Dunn is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a multidisciplinary role working with the Urologists and Medical Oncologists, providing comprehensive care to patients with genitourinary malignancies. Her unique role allows her to provide autonomous patient-centered care while having access to some of the top providers and researchers in the field of Urologic Oncology.  She also coordinates the Testicular Cancer Survivorship…

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Recognizing Nurses This Week – Jocelyn Goffney

For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, we’re highlighting Jocelyn Goffney today. She said that the most rewarding part of her work is, “I get to see the patient live again. Not just quantity but quality of years. It’s rewarding to know that small changes or adjustments I suggest for my patients can completely change their life for the better.”

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Thank a Nurse – It’s Urologic Nurses Week

Thank a Nurse – It’s Urologic Nurses Week! This week – November 1 – 7 – is Urologic Nurses and Associates Week. As those with bladder cancer know, nurses play a very important role in their treatment and care. Nurses are the first line of communication to educate patients, listen to their concerns, and help when there is a medical emergency.

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Recognizing Nurses this Week – Deborah Hensley

Since this week is Urology Nurses and Associates Week, at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer. Deborah Hensley, BSN, RN, CURN, Immediate Past President of the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA). She is a registered nurse at UT Southwestern Medical Center in the Department of Urology. She is also a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Committee for the randomized trial titled “Open vs. Robotic-Assisted Radical Cystectomy”.

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Surviving and Thriving

After initial bladder cancer treatment, people often talk about adjusting to a “new normal”. This could mean getting used to visiting your urologist every few months and checking if the cancer has returned. It could also mean coming home after a life-changing surgery where your bladder has been removed and you have a newly constructed urinary system. Regardless of your specific diagnosis, being a person or being close to a person living with bladder cancer changes your life. When my late husband, John Quale was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2000, we found patient information and treatment options to be…

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Survivors, Mountains and Happy Dances!

Where can you find bladder cancer survivors, the Great Smoky Mountains, and the Happy Dance Song in one place? At the North Carolina Bladder Cancer Awareness Picnic, of course. The annual picnic, now in its fifth year, takes place at The Swag, a country in on a 5,000 foot high mountaintop in Waynesville, NC. The meeting was organized by Nancy Parrish who chose the beautiful location for bladder cancer survivors and caregivers to meet others who have been on the same journey.

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