Upper Midwest Chapter

Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates
Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates

About our History

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Five people attended the first organizational meeting on January 13, 1973.  Russell Church RN (deceased) guided, advised and encouraged this small group to go forth and develop a group for the Urology minded.

The first attempt at a meeting was for 2 hours on a Friday evening when we had a business meeting and a speaker.  The group decided to try a ½ day Saturday seminar and interest soared.  Soon an all day Saturday seminar became the standard.  Industry representatives were very supportive and carried the message of the upcoming seminars to urology health care professionals.


In 1974 and early 1975, we were known as the Upper Midwest Paraurological Society.  Elected officers were President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Officers also served as committee members.


By November 1976, our name was changed to the Upper Midwest Chapter of the American Urological Association Allied (UMCAUAA).  The membership numbered 70 and we had 3 exhibitors.


By the January 21, 1978 seminar, we had 7 exhibitors, contrasted to the 25 exhibitors at our 2008 Fall Seminar in Bloomington, MN. 

Notable Achievements:

Chapter of the Year in 1980,1986,1987,1990,1996,1997,1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2010,

Honorable mention 1985, 1989, 1991, 1993

Exceptional Community Activity 2005, 2007, 2011

Exceptional Education Programs 2006. 

Chapter Leadership:

Many in the chapter are involved on a variety of committees.  Several of our officers have also served in positions of leadership at the National level (listed on the Member Participation Menu).

                        EDUCATIONAL POINT SYSTEM AWARD

The Upper Midwest Chapter Educational Point System Award was developed by Ruth Quade in 1987.  Ruth was a Urology OR nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN and an UMCSUNA member for many years before her death.  It was her vision that the Board of Directors would develop an incentive system where all chapter members could receive credit for their urologic nursing and chapter activities.  After a year of discussion and with industry’s financial support, the first educational point system awards were presented to three members in 1989. UMCSUNA members completed the point system form, returned it for validation and the three members with the highest number of points were presented with their awards.