Creating Impact on Advanced Practice Providers in Urologic Care - Diane Newman

July 17, 2023

Diane Newman details her broad-ranging contributions to the field of urologic nursing. She discusses her publications, including textbooks rich with visual aids, as well as numerous papers on topics such as catheterization and management of catheter-associated UTIs. Dr. Newman has focused on educating other advanced practice providers, notably nurse practitioners and physician assistants, highlighting the expanding role of these professionals due to a nationwide shortage of urologists. In her commitment to sharing her knowledge, Dr. Newman also emphasizes her collaborative efforts with bedside nurses in acute care environments. Highlighting a significant achievement, she mentions the creation of the first core curriculum for urologic nursing, a comprehensive resource available through the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates. Finally, Dr. Newman shares her international contributions, with ongoing work in Hong Kong and mainland China, aimed at developing the specialty of urologic nursing there.


Diane K. Newman, DNP, ANP-BC, BCB-PMD, FAAN, Adjunct Professor of Urology in Surgery, Research Investigator Senior, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Former Co-Director of the Penn Center for Continence and Pelvic Health, Philadelphia, PA

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Diane Newman: I've done a lot of education throughout my career and basically I've published quite a bit in this area. I've published textbooks, as you can see. My most recent textbook... I'm very proud of... is, I call it picture book because it has a chapter on different catheterizations that patients have to do, products they use, skincare, and I show a lot of pictures. So it's a really educational type of book. So if you need to, go head to and you can get it.

I've also published quite a bit in the area, as I said, catheterization. There's a real problem with the fact that we do use indwelling urinary catheters and especially in hospitals, in acute care patients who really are maybe recovering from surgery. And what we do is we put a catheter in the bladder to drain it. However, there's something called catheter associated UTIs, which can be very harmful.

So I've done a lot of publications around exactly how to manage those, because nurses manage these catheters. Also, individuals who have to intermittently catheterize their bladder, spinal cord injury, someone with say, multiple sclerosis, I've also done quite a bit of publications on that. So you can see that my expertise is wide. It just doesn't have to do with pelvic floor dysfunction. It also has to do with bladders that don't empty.

I have tried to do educating other advanced practice providers, specifically nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and I've published a lot of my work as far as what we are doing. What you see around the country is we lack enough urologists to treat the number of patients that need, number of men and women that need their help. So what you see is advanced practice providers, advanced practice registered nurses who have a urology specialists actually doing cystoscopies. And here I was presenting a survey I did about how many are doing those.

As far as educating nurses, that's been a focus of my career. I want other nurses to know what I know, especially in the area of urology and those who are specialized in urology. So I've done quite a bit of education around that. I've also done professional collaboration with other nurses in the acute care environment with my colleagues who are bedside nurses. I've done publications with them around the use of catheters, which again, is a real nursing care management type of device.

I'm very proud that several years ago with my colleagues, Jean Wyman and Valre Welch, we created the first core curriculum for urologic nursing. And this actually is a very, very good resource for nurses in general who are dealing with urologic patients. And it's the first edition of its kind, and it actually has 12 chapters on pediatric urology and then the rest is on adult. And lots of information there, lots of information about the procedures that we do, whether it's in acute care, home care, or that the patient does them in their home. So it's a really good resource, and this can be purchased through the Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates.
I've done international education. In the early '90s, I was asked by the Health Department of Hong Kong, who was part of still British rule at that time, to come over. A urologist asked me if I would create a curriculum to educate nurses in the field of urology. They didn't have any specialized urologic nurses there. So I went over and I've been doing that about every three years, going to Hong Kong, where they now have over 60 nurses doing urology specialty. I now have been going to mainland China to educate them. There's actually a big growth of urologic nursing in mainland China. So I've done international work really almost in every continent except for probably Africa, as far as educating other individuals in the work that I do.
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