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Knowledge as the Power to Define Our Urology Role.

With my appointment as the new editor of Urologic Nursing, this seems a good opportunity for a re-introduction and discussion of my commitment to this editor role. My story begins as part of a hybrid program between John Carroll University and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. This structure allowed me to transfer into their combined BSN/MSN program as a John Carroll senior. I graduated with a bachelor of science in biology in 1993, followed by a BSN in 1994, moving on to achieve a master of science as an adult nurse practitioner (NP) in January 1996. Recently, in 2017, I earned my PhD from the University of Michigan.

My interest in blending the NP role with writing began when I received a random email in 1999 looking for authors to write about urology topics. I accepted, thinking there was no better way to really learn the information I needed to be successful in my NP job than to have to write about it.

But my interest in writing (obviously) didn't stop there. I was appointed the coordinator of the penile prothesis program at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center, working with my now long-time collaborator, Dr. Dana Ohl. Ours was a bit of a rocky start, as he expected me to have a working knowledge of issues with the pre-operative evaluation of men undergoing penile prosthesis surgery. I consulted the literature for guidance, only to find there was no literature base. So we created it (Quallich & Ohl, 2002). In 2002, I was awarded the Urologie Nursing Literary Excellence Award for "Penile Prosthesis: Patient Teaching and Perioperative Care," the first article of its kind in a nursing journal. From there, we moved to create a similar guide to the preoperative management of the artificial urinary sphincter (Quallich & Ohl, 2003a, b).

Because few NPs practiced with an exclusive men's health focus, I very quickly became the go-to NP expert in this area, especially for hypogonadism. I also realized that nursing and NP publications almost never contained articles about urology or men's health issues. I set out to fill this gap, publishing in nursing and NP journals and books about hypogonadism, male factor infertility, and erectile dysfunction.

I have also generated original research in my areas of expertise, and where publications of any kind were sparse. My project on practitioner perceptions of different penile prosthesis designs remains a frequently cited penile prosthesis study (Quallich, Ohl, & Dunn, 2008). I have published one of only two articles authored only by nurses that began to define the NP role in urology (Quallich, 2011). This led to an article describing competencies the can help define and evolve the adult urology NP role (Quallich, Bumpus, & Lajiness, 2015), followed by acting as co-editor for a urology book targeted specifically at NPs in urology (Lajiness, & Quallich, 2016), then an invited article that examined the role of the urology NP with the expanding geriatric population (Quallich, 2017).

Yet my involvement with the world of urology nursing has not been one-sided and confined to only publication. I was president of SUNA's Great Lakes Chapter and president of the Certification Board of Urologic Nursing and Associates (CBUNA). I was appointed to the American Urological Association (AUA) White Paper that evaluated the role of both NPs and PAs in urology environments (Gonzalez, et al., 2014). This served as my formal initiation into the world of healthcare policy and the NP role in urology. I was also part of the planning committee for SUNA's 2017 uroLogic Conference.

In 2003, I became the youngest Editorial Board member to serve with Urologie Nursing. It seems fitting that by keeping to this path, I have become editor, with the continuing goal of mentoring authors to high editorial standards needed in a peer-reviewed journal. I enter this role with a multidimensional background given my many past roles with SUNA over the years.

Why craft this editorial that promotes such self-citation? To remind us that this is a specialty journal whose goal is to promote, develop, and support the specialty knowledge we have as providers of urology care at all levels, working to further the care of urology patients. We need to generate and document this specialty knowledge that makes us the unique providers of urology care that we are.

This is my principal goal as editor: To make sure the specialty urology knowledge we harbor is not lost, marginalized, or forgotten. As many of you may have heard me say at the journal booth during conferences, if we do not document what we do in the literature, it is not happening. Period. It is not enough in this day and age of constantly evolving healthcare dynamics to be outstanding providers. Failure to document our body of specialty knowledge risks the loss of this knowledge. In failing to document (publish) it, we fail to communicate our uniqueness to all other stakeholders in this urology arena. We risk being lost or having our role in the care of urology patients decided by other stakeholders.

Please join me in this mission to document our unique and evolving knowledge and roles in urology.

Susanne A. Quallich, PhD, ANP-BC, NP-C, CUNP, FAANP

Editor, Urologic Nursing



Gonzalez, C.M., Brand, T., Koncz, L., Mitchell, K., Spitz, A., Quallich, S., ... Kristan, J. (2015). AUA consensus statement on advanced practice providers: Executive summary. Urology Practice, 2(5), 219-222.

Lajiness, M., & Quallich, S.A. (Eds.) (2016). The nurse practitioner in urology. New York, NY: Springer.

Quallich, S.A. (2017). Geriatric urology and the role of the Nurse Practitioner. Urologic Nursing, 37(3), 114-118.

Quallich, S.A., Bumpus, S.M., & Lajiness, S. (2015). Competencies for the nurse practitioner working with adult urology patients. Urologic Nursing, 35(5), 221-230. doi:10.7257/ 1053-816X.2015.35.5.221

Quallich, S.A. (2011). A survey evaluating the current role of the nurse practitioner in urology. Urologic Nursing, 31(6), 328336.

Quallich, S.A., Ohl, D.A., & Dunn, R. (2008) Evaluation of three penile prosthesis pump designs in a blinded survey of practitioners. Urologic Nursing, 28(2), 101-105.

Quallich, S.A., & Ohl, D.A. (2002). Penile prosthesis: Patient teaching and perioperative care. Urologic Nursing, 22(2), 8192.

Quallich, S.A., & Ohl, D.A. (2003a). Artificial urinary sphincter Part I: Overview. Urologic Nursing, 23(4), 259-268.

Quallich, S.A., & Ohl, D.A. (2003b). Artificial urinary sphincter Part II: Patient teaching and perioperative care. Urologic Nursing, 23(4), 269-273.
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Date:Jan 1, 2018
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