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Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates
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Spring UMCSUNA Conference
March 10, 2018
Hilton Minneapolis/ Bloomington 
3900 American Blvd W
Bloomington, MN 55437

(952) 893-9500



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About our chapter

Formed in 1973, the Upper Midwest Chapter of the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates was one of the nation's first SUNA chapters and have won National Chapter of the Year an unprecedented 13 times.  This is more than any other chapter in SUNA.  It started with a meeting of four individuals at the Minneapolis Veterans Association, and has grown to a strong organization of over 150 nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, and urology technicians.  Our members come from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and western Wisconsin, and serve the urologic patient in various capacities including: inpatient, surgical, outpatient, laboratory, research, and industry.  We invite you to learn more about becoming an Upper Midwest Chapter SUNA member, or visiting us at one of our many educational opportunities!


Recent News and Announcements


Our Chapter was recognized as Chapter of the Year this year at the National SUNA Conference. 


Upper Midwest Chapter Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates is pleased to announce:


Where: Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

3900 American Blvd W, Bloomington, Mn 55437


When: Saturday, March 10, 2018

Program:             Kidney stone prevention and metabolic workup

Ann Chinnakotla, APRN, CNP, CURN

New advances in imaging for prostate cancer

Christopher Warlick, MD, PhD

                                    Urostomy troubleshooting

Sarah Floren, RN WOC

The ABC’s of LGBTQ

Blaine Kelley

Cutaneous ureterostomy/surgery for bladder Cancer

lya Sobol, MD

The Artificial Urinary Sphincter: Perioperative considerations

Garjae Lavien, MD

Registration and program details will be shared soon. We look forward to seeing you at this exciting conference!


Friendly Reminder: We will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items to donate to our local food shelves! Please bring some if you can, otherwise we will also be accepting monetary donations that we'll send to our local shelf. Thank you & we look forward to seeing you later on today & tomorrow for a great conference!


ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Twin Cities Homepage

This event raised over $41,000 which will be invested to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, as well as education for men and families about prostate cancer. 

Friday Night Dinner & Symposium 
Sponsored by Bayer HealthCare

Please join us for the Friday Night Educational Dinner Symposium from 6pm-8pm at the Radisson Hotel at The Mall of America. 

1700 American Blvd E 
Bloomington, MN 55425

"Early Detection of Symptoms Related to Bone Metastases in Men with Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer (mCRPC)."

Featured Speaker: Leanne S. Schimke, CRNP
Lancaster, PA

Update: UMC SUNA is accepting monetary donations and collecting canned goods to help support our local food shelf! Bring your canned goods to the Seminar on Saturday to contribute to this year's food drive. THANK YOU!

 Please click the brochure image to obtain a copy of this years Spring UMC SUNA seminar! Registration is open, so please click the corresponding images to your right to register!

Faculty Speaking at our Conference:

Dr. Landon Trost
Male Fertility

Ellen Head, RD
Dietary Management in the Kidney Stone Patient

Dr. Sean Elliot
Neurogenic Bladder: Medical Management and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Candace Grandberg
Pediatric Urological Issues that continue in Adulthood

Dr. Michael Butcher
NUT Pain: Everything You Never Wanted to Know and More

Dr. Ann Lavers
Mesh Complications with Pelvic Organ Prolapse Repairs
We were presented with this wonderful award
at the 47th Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.



2015 Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk
 The 2015 Prostate ZERO 5k Run/Walk around Minneapolis's Lake Nokomis on Saturday September 19th, 2015, was another huge success! The Upper Midwest Chapter Team, "SUNA or Later," had 9 team members and helped to raise over $785. We also co-sponsored a "Survivor's Tent" at the ZERO race for survivors of Prostate Cancer. Reece Olson, one of our member's son, also took home 1st place for his age group! Hope to see you all at this year's race: 
Saturday, September 17th, 2016 hosted at Lake Nokomis!


Pints for Prostates 2014
Stevens Point, WI

Urology-specific continuing education

With health care businesses providing fewer and fewer funding for educational reimbursement, there is now a GREAT opportunity to get high quality Urology-specific continuing education through the SUNA website. Perfect for nurses who work exclusively in Urology, or those who work in a multispecialty inpatient or outpatient setting.

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