For Urology Nurses and Associates Week, at BCAN we are highlighting a few nurses making a difference in the lives of people with bladder cancer.
Jocelyn Goffney, RN, MSN, CWOCN
Jocelyn Goffney is a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She is the Program Leader for this department and is responsible for assessment of needs, strategic planning and coordination care for patients with wounds, ostomies and continence issues. Additionally, she is responsible for providing staff education and serves on committees for the development of policies and procedures in the areas of wounds, ostomies, and continence.
How did you decide to become a nurse in this field?
As a student nurse and after graduation I worked on a 60 bed surgical specialty unit at a county hospital. Urology was one of the specialties that intrigued me. The majority of the patients had urological problems due to trauma. There were many challenges and we had to be very creative in providing care and education for our patients. This inspired me to become a WOCN to better serve this patient population.
What are the biggest challenges of the job?
Providing adequate resources for the patients is a big challenge. There can be limited availability of certain supplies for a specific patient need. It’s difficult to follow up with patients once they leave the hospital. There are often inadequate outpatient resources for patients with ostomy problems.
What is most rewarding about this work?
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.
In your opinion, what are the biggest needs in bladder cancer? What would you like to see change? (in addition to finding a cure!)
Increased awareness, a greater focus on prevention, and more education about bladder cancer in general.
What can be done to raise awareness about bladder cancer?
A few ideas are engaging a celebrity spokesperson, putting together a public forum, providing public service announcements, and working with companies that provide products to bladder cancer patients to educate the general public.