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ASGNA Winter


President’s  Message


Welcome to ASGNA 2009. I am honored to be your new president and excited about the coming year. ASGNA has made great strides in the past few years in our community outreach and colon cancer awareness. This is once again the theme for 2009. The new board has been meeting since January to develop programs and educational opportunities for the membership and the community.

ASGNA will be staffing informational booths for the attendees at both the Relay for Life in Gilbert April 17, 2009 and the Crohns and Colitis walk at the University of Phoenix April 18, 2009. Please contact Sue Kendrick or any board member if you would like to volunteer your time and knowledge.

Another project will be to once again the distribute colon cancer awareness information to our screening colonoscopy patients on GI Nurses and Associates Day, Wednesday March 25. This year Endoscopy Departments will be handing out blue stars instead of Buddy Bracelets to these patients. We will also be announcing the 2009 Arizona GI nurse of the year. Requirements for this award are on the web site Email your nominations into me by March 10th. The day culminates with our GI Nurses and Associates Day educational meeting @ 6:30 PM at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Conference Center. This is a free event to all GI nurses and associates so come and share in the networking and education.

The National Conference is just around the corner in St. Louis. Karen Connick has graciously agreed to be the Arizona Delegate in my absence, with Sue Kendrick in the alternate role. They will be hosting a social hour for the ASGNA membership so please check the message board in the registration area for more information.

And finally, please take a good look at our web site at The web master has done a beautiful job in keeping it current with contact information, upcoming activities, and membership opportunities. Please email me with any suggestions, pictures or information to add.

Happy GI Nurses and Associates Day! See you on the 25th!

Linda Dupree MSN, CGRN


Nonminations  for  "GI Nurse of the Year"


Yearly, ASGNA awards a colleague for her/his dedication to the field of Gastroenterology nursing. Think of someone who goes the extra mile for our patients or has advanced the community's knowledge of colon cancer and prevention or organized an outstanding project or seminar at work. See the web site for details and send nominations to Linda Dupree by March 10th.



When: Wednesday, March 25th, we will celebrate GI Nurse’s Day with a dinner and presentation. This is free for all participants. The winner of the "GI Nurse of the Year" will be announced.
Where:  Scottsdale Healthcare Shea is located at the southeast corner of 90th street and Shea Blvd.
Topic: Dr David Fleicher will present information on how esophageal cancer is treated in other countries, such as China. One contact hour will be awarded.
Time: Dinner-6:30pm, presentation 7pm.   RSVP:  Patty Clark or Cathy Yows.

Membership  Benefits

Starting in June 09, non-members will be required to pay $10.00 per contact hour for education offerings (cash only). Education will continue to be free to SGNA members. Members should bring their SGNA membership card to the meetings. Membership cards can be printed from the SGNA web site. Evening meetings are 1 contact hour. Half-day, Saturday meetings are 2-3 contact hours. Above statement does not apply to the Annual Fall Conference nor any meeting before June 09.

Treasurer's  Report

Balance as of January 31, 2009:



Future  Events

3/25/09 GI Nurse’s Day Celebration-Scottsdale Healthcare Shea
4/17/09 Relay for Life In Mesa - contact Sue Kendrick
4/18/09 Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis–UoP Stadium, Glendale
- contact Sue Kendrick
5/15-5/20 SGNA Annual Conference in St. Louis
6/10/09 Wednesday night-education offering at Mayo Clinic or hospital
8/09 Saturday, half-day education offering in Flagstaff or Munds Park
10/09 ASGNA Fall Conference