Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Advanced Practice

Jennifer L. Cera, DNP, APRN-NP, WHNP-BC
Omaha, NE

Experience Leading to Position: I have practiced in the field of urogynecology for 23 years, first as a RN and then as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner beginning in 2004. Most recently, I graduated with my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. My practice specializes in providing evaluation and management of women with urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain disorders. Along with an urogynecology focus, I also provide annual well-woman exams with an emphasis on health promotion and prevention of pelvic floor disorders. My expertise includes pelvic floor rehabilitation utilizing both biofeedback and electrical stimulation, pharmacological management, performance and interpretation of multi-channel urodynamic investigations, postoperative care, sacral neuromodulation follow up and programming, and pessary care. Along with my practice in urogynecology, I hold a faculty position as an Instructor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing. I teach in the Doctoral, Graduate Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Undergraduate, and RN to BSN Programs. I have authored two Interactive E-Learning Modules for the American Health Care Association/NCAL/Gerontological Nurse Prep Course on urinary incontinence in the elderly. I have been active in research studies, and my most recent research was my DNP Scholarly Project, "Implementing an Innovative Delivery Model for Continence Care Within Community Fitness Facilities." It is a passion of mine to draw from the exceptional research that has been proven regarding the prevention and health promotion of pelvic floor disorders and translate this into practice by developing new delivery care systems to reach women within community settings. Goals for SIG: My goal for this group is to continue the great networking that has already been established so that we can continue to grow in our professional roles and support each other. I encourage everyone to participate in the SUNA Online Forum (www.suna.org/forum). So many changes are occurring within our scope of practice and new possibilities of health care delivery are needed. I hope to hear from you soon to have rich discussions about the benefits (as well as hurdles) we all face in our profession. We all have unique qualities to share to support each other in our practices!

Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) and OR/Cystoscopy

Mary Louise Lee, RN, CURN
Montgomery, AL
Experience Leading to Position: After achieving a bachelor's in Accounting and working in that field for a couple of years, I made the decision to switch careers to nursing and haven't looked back since. I have worked in urology for over 6 years and obtained my CBUNA certification in 2014. I work in direct nursing under the Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Jackson Hospital in Alabama. In addition to cystoscopy procedures and other in office procedures, I am responsible for high volume patient care in clinic, preoperatively and postoperatively for patients recovering from everything from ureteroscopy to radical cystectomy. I most recently played a role in MRI fusion prostate biopsy, a new technique to our regional hospital that is allowing for more accurate and faster detection of prostate cancer. Goals for SIG: My goal for this group is to maintain an open dialogue between clinic and hospital urology to enable us to improve practices, procedures, and most importantly patient care. I am looking forward to sharing and obtaining knowledge with peers from across the nation.


Donna Thompson, MSN, CRNP, CCCN
Media, PA
Home: 610-891-0325
Experience Leading to Position: I am a nurse practitioner who has been working as a continence specialist for near 20 years. Currently, my practice includes both outpatient office setting and long term care. I work for two physician practices, one urogynecology and the other urology in which I provice urodynamic evaluations, pelvic floor rehab, behavioral therapy, biofeedback, PTNS, management of POP and am involved in some  research. In addition, I have started my own business, Continence Solutions, LLC, offering my services as a continence consultant for extended care facilities. I have been an active SUNA member for many years, serving as a symposium chairperson, have been on various committees/task forces, and am the treasurer of my local SUNA chapter. I have spoken at SUNA conferences as well as other national and local conferences and have published on geriatric issues and incontinence in Urologic Nursing, JWOCN, and other journals and was the recipient  2014 NAFC Rodney Appell Continence Champion Award. Goals for SIG:  (1) Provide a platform where colleagues can share new ideas and discuss issues that impact urologic nursing practice in the areas of geriatrics, acute care and continence. (2) Open a forum for problem-solving and creative care solutions. (3) Create a resource for SUNA members who provide urology / continence services to the elderly.

Sacral Nerve Stimulation (SNS) / Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)

Jennifer Compton, PA-C
Jenks, OK
Experience Leading to Position: I have been a physician’s assistant for 11 years, with the last 3 years in urology. I work mostly in the clinic seeing new and follow-up patients, performing urodynamics and cystoscopies. I also assist in surgery, do history and physicals/consults, and round on hospital patients. I also am the provider responsible for performing percutaneous trials and InterStim™ interrogation and programming. I have completed the Medtronic Fundamentals of Sacral Neuromodulation and the Advanced Therapy Integration for APPs. I also do PTNS. Goals for SIG: My goal for this group is to continue the open communication that already has been established. This networking will allow us to continue to learn and grow as professionals. The SUNA Forum is a great opportunity to network and share knowledge among our peers.


Christina Hegan, MS, APRN, WHNP-BC
Dallas, TX
Experience Leading to Position: I completed my undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas in 2003, completed my RN coursework at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011, and earned my Master of Science in Nursing-Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. I have been a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for the past 3.5 years with the last 1.5 years in Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. I evaluate and treat pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, voiding and defecatory dysfunction, and sexual dysfunction. My expertise includes pessary use and maintenance, urodynamics, electrical stimulation, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, and bladder instillations. I serve as a volunteer writer for the Interstitial Cystitis Association, having published online literature reviews and magazine articles for the ICA Update. I participate in NIH funded research with the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network and currently serve as co-investigator in a multicenter research trial investigating a new device for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence Goals for SIG: (1) Share and encourage others to share new ideas and advancements in evidence-based practice for performing urodynamic procedures. (2) Provide a space for procedure practitioners to communicate and inquire with peers regarding urodynamic procedure performance and interpretation. (3) Help educate new procedure practitioners in techniques for achieving desired urodynamic test results.