How to Become a Urology Nurse
How to Become a Urology Nurse
Urology is a medical specialty that focuses on the treatment of conditions related to the urinary tract in males and females and the male reproductive system. Urology nurses are registered nurses that provide care to patients with a variety of urological conditions.
What does a urology nurse do?
Urology nurses provide nursing care to patients with urinary tract conditions, kidney disorders, and problems related to the male reproduction organs, such as cancer, kidney and bladder stones, and infections. They perform patient assessments, conduct urological examinations, obtain medical histories, check vital signs, administer medication, and document observations and procedures in the patient’s medical chart. They also consistently monitor treatment procedures and notify doctors of any abnormal reactions. Urology nurses often order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They also provide education to patients and caregivers regarding proper care. Urology nurses often focus on preventative care and they perform checkups and routine screenings.
What kind of training does a urology nurse need?
Urology nurses must become registered nurses by completing a diploma, associate degree, or bachelor degree program in nursing. All nursing programs provide classroom and laboratory instruction and supervised clinical experiences. All registered nurses must become licensed by passing the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Most urology nurses also gain professional Certified Urologic Registered Nurse (CURN) certification from the Certification Board for Urologic Nurses and Associates (CBUNA). Certification requirements include a current RN license, at least 1 year of urology experience, and passing a written examination. Urology nurses must complete regular continuing education to maintain their licenses and certifications, keep their skills current, and stay abreast on the advancements in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as a urology nurse?
Employment of all registered nurses is expected to grow much faster than average for all professions, increasing 22% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The growing and aging population and increased need for urology care will drive job growth of urology nurses.
Job prospects should be excellent especially for urology nurses that have extensive experience and professional certification. Many job openings will arise from the need to replace urology nurses that retire, transfer, or leave the field for other reasons.
How much do urology nurses make?
As of December 2009, the average annual salary for urology nurses is $48,000; average annul urology nurse salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as a urology nurse is an excellent choice for individuals with a strong interest in urology and providing care to a variety of patients. Urology nurses must have a solid understanding of the urinary tract and male reproductive system and the variety of treatment procedures. Patience, critical thinking, compassion, and good problem solving skills are necessary characteristics. Urology nurses must have excellent bedside manner and the ability to help patients feel at ease. They must also have good communication and be able to work as part of a team.