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Urologic Nurse

Urologic nurses treat male and female patients with urinary tract conditions and kidney disorders, as well as specializing in the male reproductive system. They focus on many patient topics, such as fertility, oncology, surgery and other male health related subjects. Urology nurses also provide guidance and support to male patients who are undergoing medical treatments or have received news on their health condition. Nurses provide general nursing care by performing patient assessments, obtaining medical information and medical histories, checking vital signs, documenting data and performing regular checkups and routine screenings.

According to the Certification Board for Urology Nurses and Associates (CBUNA), there are four educational routes that can be taken to become a certified urologic nurse. Certification is available for students who have an associate LPN/LVN degree and at least one year of experience as an LPN/LVN in urology nursing practice. Also, non LPN/LVN technicians with three years of in-service training under the watch of a practicing urologist are eligible for certification. Currently licensed registered nurses (RNs) with one year of experience in urology nursing practice, as well as advanced practice nurses who have current recognition by their state board of nursing, can receive certification. Physician’s assistants with one year of urology experience are also eligible for certification.

Urologic nurses should continue to have a positive salary and job outlook in the future as more male patients visit their urologists and seek medical services. Urologic nurses made an average salary of $48,000 in 2009, according to Simply Hired. Like other nursing specialties, urologic nurses’ salaries can vary depending on their location, employer, level of education and experience.