My name is Marcin Popiński. I am a new board member of the European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN). I am 30 years old. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Studies in 2014. I work at the Dr. Jan Biziel’s University Hospital No. 2 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. I have almost eight years of experience as a nurse, and I am currently a nurse specialist in the field of surgical nursing. I earned my master’s degree for my thesis “Quality of live and mental health of patients with urinary incontinence” at Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz of the Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland in 2017.
The main procedures performed at the urology clinic are: laparoscopic prostatectomy, endoscopy surgeries, and surgical treatment of urinary incontinence.
Since 2018, I have worked in Clinical Research Centre In-Vivo, first as a Clinical Research Coordinator, currently as a Clinical Research Nurse. In the Centre, research in the field of urology, paediatrics, diabetology and others is performed.
I am a mentor for practical and internships of students from Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland since 2019.
Since 2018 I have graduated many specialist courses in the field: cardiopulmonary resuscitation of adults, prescribing drugs and nurses and midwives’ prescribing, performing and interpreting electrocardiographic records in adults for nurses and midwives, training course for internship mentors, vaccinations, endoscopy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation of children, and diabetes educator.
I hope that my participation in EAUN Board will help to represent nurses from Eastern Europe. In my opinion, the biggest challenges for representation of nurses from that region are communication and training. Nowadays, But fortunately, English is getting more common in these countries now. I hope it will help to promote EAUN. Another challenge is that there are different educational pathways in Poland and Eastern European countries: urology nursing specialisation does not exist. In my opinion, cooperation with nurses from other countries can help them gain new experiences, as well as the motivation to focus on new ways to improve urology nursing in Eastern and Western Europe.