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 Initiative Task Force. She recently presented at one of BCAN’s Patient Insight Webinars.
How did you decide to become a urology nurse?
My first job as an RN happened to be in Urology. I loved the field of urology and have stayed in urology for almost 30 years.
What are the biggest challenges of the job?
The biggest challenge of the job is to keep up on all the new changes in the field and to have enough time to spend with patients.
What is most rewarding about this work?
In urology we have so many repeat patients that keep coming in on a regular basis. I have so many patients that I have known for years. They live happy healthy lives but need urology care and I receive so much positive feedback from these patients.
In your opinion, what are the biggest needs in bladder cancer? What would you like to see change? (in addition to finding a cure!)
The biggest need in bladder cancer is funding for research. There is also a need for more awareness amongst the population. Better and early diagnosis is critical, especially for women.
What can be done to raise awareness about bladder cancer?
I wish we had more famous folks coming out to share their stories on talk shows. The US population watches a lot of TV and the bladder cancer facts could reach a large audience. I encourage bladder cancer survivors to share their stories to get the word out about this disease.