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ASGNA Winter


President’s  Message


2008 is fast coming to an end. Wow! This past year has been an exciting year for ASGNA and our accomplishments are great. We have participated in numerous activities spreading the message about the importance of colon cancer screening. All of us have benefitted from some fabulous educational offerings throughout the state. The greatest accomplishment was receiving the Outstanding Regional Society award. Due to the dedication and hard work of the 2007 and 2008 ASGNA board, this award was a terrific achievement.

As my year as your President comes to an end, I want to personally thank all of the ASGNA Board members and volunteers that helped with this years activities. You HAVE made a difference!

Best wishes for a safe and wonderful Holiday Season and a prosperous and Happy New Year.


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We had a great turn out for our 29th Annual Fall conference in October, with many favorable evaluations. Overall, the speakers were considered of high caliber and excellent clinical experience. The Buttes was also highly rated (with the exception of a few wait staff) and many requested we return to this resort for future conferences. Attendance; 105 and 30 Venders.

For those who would like to download copies of PowerPoint presentations from the fall conference, two of our speakers graciously agreed to allow ASGNA to post them on our website. Please go to to download.

The following PowerPoint presentations are available:   (see Past Events - Fall Conf)
             C. Allan Pratt (Food Allergies)
             Lynn Carosella (C difficile: An Overview).

In 2008, we provided the 12.5 contact hours: 
April 5, 2008 Spring Quarterly Meeting @ TMC


June 7, 2008 CIGNA, Phoenix 2.0
August 23, 2008 Munds Park 2.0
October 25, 2008 Fall Conference 5.5
Karen Connick and Sue Plesinger: Education Co-chairs

Next meeting : GI Nurses’ Day, March 25, 2009. Location: TBA



1 - Majority voted "NO" to PowerPoint Handouts for annual meeting.

2 - Majority voted for the 2009 Meetings will be held 2 evenings in the Phoenix area and one on Sat , rotating between Northern AZ and Southern AZ. In addition, the Fall Conference is also held on a Saturday, in the Phoenix area.



Fall Conference Income:


Conference expenses: Facility fee:


Paper/Brochures supplies:


Speakers gifts:




Hotel rooms:



Ending Balance as of 11/19/08:


Submitted by Linda Waterson

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Cook Medical Scholarship Winner
Ashley Winfield, BSN of Banner Thunderbird Medical Center 

Congratulations Ashley !


2009 ASGNA Board:

President: Linda Dupree - Scottsdale HealthCare-Shea

President–Elect: Susanne Plesinger - North Valley Endoscopy Ctr

Past-President: Cheryl Phillips - Southeast Valley Endoscopy Ctr

Secretary: Nancy Luppes - Scottsdale HealthCare-Shea

Treasurer: Linda Waterson - Banner Arizona Medical Clinic-Peoria

Education Co-Chairs: Patty Clark - Mayo Clinic Hospital
                                Cathy Yows - Mayo Clinic

Hospitality Co-Chairs: Karen Connick - Scottsdale HealthCare Osborn
                                 Carol Kirkby - CIGNA-McDowell

Colon Cancer Liaison: Margaret Young - Scottsdale HealthCare-Shea
                                 Chandra H. Dillow - Tucson Medical Center

Membership: Mary Bondank - Scottsdale HealthCare-Shea

Newsletter: Dawn Young - Banner Boswell MC

Current membership as of 12/06/08 = 180 members

Undy 5000 Results:

1, 200 attendees and the winner with the fastest time: Team Mayo Clinic. ASGNA will buy lunch for the Mayo Team.   WAY TO GO!!!!