The Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates (SUNA) has been active with two projects addressing the issue of continence over the past year. The Continence Specialists and Services group of SUNA organized a group of talented experts to develop a project entitled "Access to Continence Promotion: Ensuring It Under Managed Care." The outcome was a packet containing information on positioning continence services under managed care, data on the annual cost of incontinence in elders, and suggestions for cost-effective evaluation and treatment. The packet also contains sample letters, two presentations (one formal and one informal), and numerous tools to facilitate data collection and communication.

SUNA, together with the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN), is forming a Continence Coalition. This innovative and progressive step will link the two associations collaboratively on the issues of reimbursement and legislation affecting continence. Representatives from the two associations will be working together to bring forward vital issues of concern regarding continence care for their patient populations.

SUNA cordially invites you to attend our 4th National Multi-Specialty Nursing Conference on Urinary Continence to be held January 14-18, 1998. The location will be at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. The theme of the conference is "Collaborating for Continence - Greeting the 21st Century." This exciting conference is co-sponsored by WOCN and other participating organizations include the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and Section on Women's Health, American Physical Therapy Association. The purpose of this conference is to encourage collaboration among nursing colleagues at national and international level, to help unify nursing knowledge, clinical experience, and expertise related to urinary continence.

For further information, contact SUNA, East Holly Avenue, Box 56, Pitman, New Jersey 08071-0056; tel: +1 609 256-2335; fax +1 609 589-7463; SUNA@mail.ajj-com.

Jan Giroux