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Executive Committee

Maryellen Kelly, DNP, CPNP
Durham, North Carolina

Immediate Past Chair
Allyson J. Fried, MSN, RN, CPNP
Buffalo, New York

Past Chair
Melissa Young, MSN, RN, CPNP
Indianapolis, Indiana

Council Members
Leigh T. Hamm, CPNP
Richmond, Virginia

Lucille Huang, RN, PNP, NP
San Francisco, California

Mandy R. Rickard, MN-NP, RN(EC), MN-NP Ped
Toronto, Ontario

Azadeh P. Wickham, MSN
Kansas City, Missouri

Vivian W. Williams, MSN, RN, CPNP
Boston, Massachusetts

Advisors to the Board
Karla Giramonti, MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Albany, NY

Valre Welch, MSN, RN, CPNP
Richmond, Virginia

Our Mission
The Pediatric Urology Nurses & Specialists and Associates is a professional organization dedicated to improving the care of pediatric urology patients across the lifespan through educational programs, research collaboration, and evidence based clinical practice.

Past & Future Meetings

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PUNS 2024 Annual Meeting

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Deadline: June 16, 2024




Vivian Williams, MSN, RN, CPNP named 2024 AUA Advanced Practice Provider of the Year

2024 APP OF THE YEAR - Vivian Williams, MSN, RN, CPNP Vivian Williams, MSN, RN, CPNP, is an Advanced Practice Nurse III and a Director of Advanced Practice Nursing with the Department of Urology at Boston Children’s Hospital and has over 18 years of urology experience. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science as well as Nursing, a Master’s of Science in Nursing, and is a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership candidate for 2026 at Simmons University. In addition to her participation and leadership in the Department of Urology’s clinical care practice, Vivian leads and co-created the Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) led newborn circumcision clinic which utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach to advancing care models. Read more




PUNS Member, Kaitlin Scarpaci, recently published an article in The Journal of Nursing Education and Practice. The article "Creating an Evidence-Based Pediatric Urology Advanced Practice Provider Orientation Program" used data collected from a survey of PUNS members with that hope that their experience can serve as a guideline for institutions across the country to train pediatric urology APPs.

The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) has selected eleven innovative models of care to be named Academy Edge Runners. And PUNS' Vivian Williams, is one of the innovative nurses who will be recognized with this award for her work.

Transforming Post-Hospitalization, Newborn Circumcision Care Through a Nurse Practitioner Led Care Delivery Model – Vivian W. Williams, MSN, RN, CPN

Edge Runners are evidence-based, nurse-designed, innovative models of care or interventions with significant, demonstrated outcomes to improve health, impact cost, and influence policy. Each of these programs highlights nurses' ingenuity and collaboration in developing new methods to provide care and promote health equity.

"The Academy is proud to designate these unique and timely programs as Edge Runners. The diverse focus of these models highlights the wide range of services, vital support, and team-based approaches that the nursing profession provides," said Academy President Kenneth White, PhD, AGACNP, ACHPN, FACHE, FAAN. "In particular, these models highlight nurses as innovative change agents who improve care and equity in our health systems."

Ms. Williams will be honored at the 2022 Health Policy Conference, taking place October 27-29, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Catheter App for Kids

Previously available only for the iPad, PUNS is excited to provide a new and updated version of the KIDS' GUIDE TO USING A CATHETER App for the iPhone and Android devices.

Download from the Apple App store or Google Play store today. Search for "kids guide" or "catheter".

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Special Interest Groups

Biofeedback SIG Education SIG
Research SIG Urodynamics SIG

PUNS is pleased to have several Special Interest Groups available to members. The SIGS focus on various aspects of our specialty and can be viewed by logging in to the Members Only Area.



ESPUN Webinars

The ESPU Nurses are pleased to share several recent webinars with PUNS members.

Effectiveness of Urotherapy and specific interventions. Where are we standing right now?
Hanny Cobussen-Boekhorst, PhD, MANP Continence Care/ Urotherapist, Radboudumc, Amalia Children's Hospital, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Urotherapy: A critical evaluation. The Complex Role of the Nurse/Therapist
Anka Nieuwhof- Leppink, PhD, Coordinator Urotherapy of University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The World between Men and Women: About Gender Spectrum and Gender Fluidum
Prof. Dr. Piet Hoebeke, Dean Faculty of Medicine & HealthSciences, Paediatric Urologist Ghent University Belgium

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SUNA Core Curriculum for Urologic Nursing (1st Edition)

SUNA Core Curriculum for Urologic Nursing (1st Edition)

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Comprehensive, one-of-a-kind resource that sets the new standard for urologic nursing clinical practice and the development of the urology APRN.

Impacts the everyday practice of APRNs, RNs, PAs, technicians, and urologic associates.

Contains over 700 pages of content written by and for urologic professionals.

Encompasses the individual's lifespan, from pediatric to geriatric patient populations.

Offers a dundamental core curriculum for the novice and in-depth knowledge for the experiences practitioner in a hybrid text.

Additional resource for preparing for CBUNA's urologic certification.