January 14, 2021
Dear ASGNA Members,
I hope that this message finds you, your family and your co-workers safe and healthy!
It is that time of year to transition to new leadership on the ASGNA Board. To say the least, this has been an interesting, chaotic, emotional, stressful, but still amazing year for the ASGNA Board and membership. Many of us have had our units closed multiple times and been deployed to other work units. Some of you have seen firsthand the effects of COVID-19 in caring for patients.
But despite this unprecedented year, our Region still made progress. We has a Board took this opportunity to update the ASGNA Bylaws and this was reviewed by membership and approved. You will see the new Bylaws located on our ASGNA website. We had our first virtual regional educational event sponsored by Boston Scientific. Some of you attended the first virtual SGNA National course. Even though we missed being together in person, we all agree that this is the wave of the future and the Board will continue to look for opportunities for virtual education in the future. We will still meet in person for some events as well.
We have worked as a Board to remain fiscally sound. We did not lose any funds this past year for conferences that had to be cancelled.
And we have a new ASGNA Board that I would like to introduce to you for 2021!
Tina Gaudet, RN –President
Elaine Jewett, RN, CGRN—President Elect
Eileen Couse, RN, CGRN—Treasurer
Angela Cordova, RN—Secretary
Kimberley Semenza, RN—Education
Erin Eads, MSN, RN—Hospitality
These leaders are very excited to be a part of the ASGNA Board and they are already meeting and discussing plans for educational events for this year. ASGNA needs you to maintain your support now more than ever. If you have not renewed your membership, please do so as soon as possible. We need each and every one of you to continue the growth of our Region and SGNA.
I would like to thank each ASGNA member and the 2020 ASGNA Board members for your support and guidance this past year!
Please stay healthy, safe and take care of yourselves and each other.
Jean Stoa, RN
2020 ASGNA President