President's Message
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Hello to all ASGNA Members. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for this amazing privilege and opportunity to represent you and our Region as the current ASGNA President.  I am pleased to be working with the other dedicated board members to carry on our purpose of providing educational programs and to unite people engaged in the field of Gastroenterology and/or Endoscopy.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Noreen Letts, RN, for her time as President and her dedication to the Board. Also, a big thank you to Katie Olson, MSN, RN and Chris DiMarzio who have both dedicated numerous hours to the board over the last several years and have decided to resign their positions.

I hope that you are using our ASGNA website. There are links that can take you to the SGNA website and information on how to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Please take a moment and survey all the information available. Also, we would like to invite you to send us photos that can be attached to the website. The photos can be of educational events that you have attended or of you and your colleagues from your work unit. We would like to have the website used more frequently by members. Please look for us on Facebook as well!

We are off to a great start for the year. The March educational event has been planned and registration is open. We will be meeting March 19, 2020 at Honor Health Shea Campus, Brady Educational Center.  Dr. Rahul Pannala will be speaking about the “Future of Endoscopy”. Please attend and bring a GI friend! This is a great way to celebrate GI Nurses and Associates week.  We are currently planning our Fall Educational offering, which will be held Saturday, October 17, 2020. Please save the date! If you are interested in presenting a topic or know of a charismatic speaker please reach out and let us know. My contact information will be listed with this message. We look forward to seeing you at all the educational events! More information will be available once speakers and topics have been confirmed for the Fall Conference.

Over the past few years membership has declined and educational attendance has been decreasing as well. We have heard from members that not all hospitals and facilities are supporting outside educational opportunities. ASGNA is not alone; this is a common theme occurring in other Regions throughout the United States. In an effort to keep costs from increasing to our membership, we will be using venues that offer lower out of pocket costs.  We also will continue to examine catering, and AV costs. Please keep this in mind and understand why some changes are needed to ensure the survival of our Region.

Encourage your fellow teammates to join SGNA or renew their membership. There are so many benefits of membership. You have the opportunity to network with other members from across the country, to continue your education and learning within the specialty of Gastroenterology and to contribute to the specialty. If you have not used the Communities Page on the SGNA website, I encourage you to take a look at it. It is a fantastic way to interact with other GI nurses and Associates from around the country. If you have a question regarding practice, infection control, staffing or any other issue you are facing in your unit, you can pose the question to the entire SGNA membership. The responses then come flowing in.

All members are encouraged and invited to attend ASGNA Board meetings. The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month in the Mayo Clinic Hospital Cafeteria from 6:00PM-7:00PM. We will be trying some phone meetings this year using Global crossing.

I look forward to a successful year! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Jean Stoa, RN