In 1992, Sarah Heatley, a urology research nurse started BURNS -the British Urology Research Nurse support group. Other nurses working in Urology heard of this, and were quite envious; a meeting was arranged in April 1995 to see if enough nurses were interested in forming a general association - the room was crowded! BAUN was born!
Development of the Association
The aims of the association were always to develop Urological Nursing and support Urology Nurses. Meetings were held at the BAUS annual conference and independent winter meetings also took place.These provided networking and learning opportunities for nurses and were always very well evaluated. In 2001 the first Annual Conference was inaugurated; this remains the highlight of the BAUN year, thoroughly enjoyed by all who attend.
The association has also produced various guidelines for practice; a function that continues today.
Working With Other Organisations
As it has grown BAUN has forged links with the Departments of Health throughout the United Kingdom, various publishing groups, other nursing organisations, universities and pharmaceutical companies. International links are also being established.
The association has always worked closely with with the urological surgeons; a member of BAUN Council sits on BAUS Council and our meetings are held in the BAUS offices.
BAUN continues to grow and develop; as part of your membership we ask you to indicate an interest in Benign or Oncology patient conditions. Whilst no formal sub-grouping exists, BAUN Council and the Education Committee are committed to developing and providing a broad range of study days to meet our members needs. We aim to provide a broad range of topics to reflect the diversity of urological nursing, if you feel there is a subject area which you would like the education committee to consider for future study please contact us using the 'Contact Us' tab above.
Please continue to check the Education section for our ongoing programme of study days.
A Vibrant Association
Over the years, thanks to the enthusiasm of its members and the hard work of those who have served on the council, BAUN has developed and grown into the vibrant organisation it is today.
In 2015 BAUN is proud to celebrates it's 20th Anniversary. Current Council would like to Thank all who have gone before to make the Association as strong as it is today. We will celebrate our past and look to the future positively in this special year.