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Nurses – apply for study grants

Are you a nurse dedicated to helping patients with problems related to the bladder or bowel?

Do you want to help patients all over the world, not only now, but also for future generations? As you know, today’s research leads to tomorrow’s clinical practice.

Wellspect encourages evidence-based practice related to bladder and bowel problems. The generation of clinical evidence through research expands nursing knowledge in the therapeutic areas of bladder and bowel management.

Bladder and bowel problems are subject to many different therapies and clinical management. Clinical studies or education-related projects carried out by the European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) as well as European Society for Pediatric Urology Nurses (ESPU-N) group members, with their perspectives on care, support and training, is important for the development of best practice.

How can this benefit you as a nurse?

Research doesn’t have to be cumbersome or take your spare time, as a nurse most of the work is already done by you in your daily work. Wellspect can support you with a financial study grant and we are also here to help get you started, if you like.  A grant will give you the possibility to share expertise in bladder or bowel management and improve patient care.

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Nurse Study Grants

The European Association of Urology Nurses (EAUN) represents approx. 3,000 nurses, all working in urological care. It is a lively, dynamic organization with the aim to foster the highest standards of urological nursing care throughout Europe and to facilitate the continued development of urological nursing in all its aspects.

Scope of the Study grant

The scope of this study grant is related to bladder and bowel management/dysfunction. The study may use qualitative (e.g. data collection through interviews) or quantitative (e.g. data collection through clinical examinations) methods. Any study design proposed will be considered. 

Proposed areas for a study:

  • General bladder catheterization/transanal irrigation management in
  • Intermittent catheterization – Timing/Introduction/Follow-Up
  • Bladder catheterization management education – for patients or health care professionals 
  • Adherence and compliance to intermittent catheterization/transanal irrigation 
  • Intermittent catheterization/transanal irrigation and compliance to daily life 
  • Hand function and intermittent catheterization – training and product requirements 
  • Self-catheterization vs. assisted catheterization – impact on training and product choice Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections – focus on training and clinical practice 

Former winners:  EAUN – Nurse Study Grant

  • 2021 – paused due to the pandemic
  • 2020 – paused due to the pandemic
  • 2019 - Malin Nordin, Sweden: Investigating bowel management pathways for SCI patients in the Nordic countries
  • 2018 - Randi Stensgaard and Line Trine Dalsgaard
  • 2017 – Ericaeli Nade, Tanzania
  • 2016 – Bridget Stroebel, South Africa
  • 2015 – Mandira Baniya, Nepal

How to apply for the grant 

Application deadline for next year's Research Grant prior to EAUN meetings - 1st of July 2022

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ESPUN Grants

The European Society for Paediatric Urology Nurses (ESPUN)

The philosophy and aims of ESPUN is to share knowledge and experience between nurses and other paramedical staff interested in paediatric urology and continence, increase the quality of the caring for children suffering from these problems, as well as to support nurses in their profession and research

Scope of the ESPUN Study grant

The Study Grant is open for studies related to bladder and/or bowel management in children and adolescents. Bladder and bowel management could be studied separately. However, additional research on synergies between bladder and bowel management is needed and of special interest. The study or research project may use qualitative or quantitative methods. Any study design or research project proposed by the applicant will be considered.

Former winners:  ESPUN Study Grant

  • 2021 – paused due to the pandemic
  • 2020 - paused due to the pandemic
  • 2019 - Tinne van Aggelpoel, Belgium: Investigating toilet training in healthy toddlers in Belgium
  • 2018 – Anneli Saarikoski: Voiding school as a treatment of children’s functional incontinence – Evaluation and implementation of the intervention

How to apply for the grant 

  1. Apply here to be an ESPUN member as a first step here
  2. Fill in the application form, including a synopsis of the project – available on the website here or can be requested by contacting us and selecting "Grants" on the subject field

The deadline is 1st of May 2022 and the winner of the research grant will be announced at the upcoming congress.

Any requests, please send an email by contacting us and selecting "Grants" on the subject field.