ASGNA Dec 2009 Newsletter


President’s  Message


As my year comes to an end, I would like to take this time to thank ASGNA for the opportunity to serve this great organization. It has been a busy and exciting year. We have been involved in multiple activities including Relay for Life, Crohns and Colitis Walks, Save our Parents activities at ASU and U of A, a booth at the Woman’s Expo, and completing the year with our involvement in planning and participating in the Undy 5000.

I would like to thank all of the members who have assisted in manning the booths and sharing their time and talent to spread the word about colon cancer prevention. In addition, the education committee has developed and offered multiple contact hour opportunities for education and networking for the ASGNA community across the state.

The organization was able to purchase and present each member with an ASGNA lapel pin. If you are a member and have not yet received your pin, please contact the membership chair, Mary Bondank. If you have lost or need your pin replaced one can be purchased for a small fee.

The board and membership are deeply saddened by the passing of Cathy Olsen. She spent much of her career as an active member and board member of ASGNA. Because of her dedication, the board has created a memorial scholarship in her name to be awarded annually. This scholarship will allow her memory to continue.

I am proud to say that the ASGNA membership has stepped up and become more involved in the organization. There was increased number of candidates for board positions and committee involvement for the coming year. I thank all who have offered their time and talent. ASGNA involvement is very rewarding. Please remember that the need is ongoing, so contact the board with your interest and we will get back to you.

Elections are in progress for national positions. I encourage all members to exercise your right to vote. Profiles for each candidate are posted on the SGNA web site. Voting must be completed by January 15, 2009.

And last, but certainly not least, I want to express my deep appreciation to the 2009 ASGNA board. This group of dedicated professionals has worked tirelessly to complete the multiple tasks necessary to keep this organization alive. They have also been a tremendous support to me and they will always hold a place in my heart.

Thank you again for the opportunity to serve this fine organization; it has truly been a pleasure. I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and safe holiday season and a rewarding new year.

Linda Dupree MSN, RN, CGRN
2009 ASGNA President


Election Results 2010


President: Sue Kendrick
President–Elect: Cathy Yows
Treasurer: Sandy Rowe

Newsletter via e-mail:  majority voted "Yes".
Starting Dec 2009, an announcement will be e-mailed to members when the newsletter can be viewed on our web site:

The Fall conference brochures will continue to be sent via hardcopy.

This will be a savings of approximately $3000-4000 per year.


Report of Leadership Conference 2009


On October 2 and 3rd, I represented ASGNA at the National Regional Leadership Conference in Chicago. This was a 2-1/2 day conference that was packed with a lot of information and networking. There are 63 SGNA regions, yet only 38 regions were represented by the 50 attendees. As with all other educational events, the number of attendees has decreased due to the monetary issues. Activities included reviewing SGNA’s organizational performance goals, communications skills, budgeting at the local and national level, board member succession tactics, vendor sponsorship changes, scholarship and educational opportunities, CEU applications, House of Delegates procedures and resolution writing for bylaw changes. Other topics included mentorship of new members and the continued need to engage membership in volunteering on the national and local levels.

Each member should have received a new SGNA password and user ID log-in with their renewal. This new log-in is used on the SGNA and ABCGN web sites. Check out both sites to keep updated on new opportunities and changes.


2009 Community Service


The Colon Cancer Alliance sponsored the Undy 5000 on November 21. The intent of the walk/run event was to increase public awareness for the need of colon cancer screening. 836 people registered for the event, held in downtown Phoenix. $100,000 was raised during the event. The 5K winner ran the race in17.22 min. Good Job!! Other activities this past year included the Crohn’s and Colitis Walk at the University of Phoenix Stadium in April 09, the Women Expo in April 09, Relay for Life in April 09 and Save Our Parents at the ASU and U of A campuses. Come join us in 2010 as we continue to demonstrate our concern and support of our communities to in prevention of cancer.

Sue Kendrick RN, CGRN
2009 ASGNA Pres-Elect



As of December 1, 2009: ASGNA has 175 members. Congratulations to the following. Each is an ASGNA member and won a 2010 ASGNA Fall Conference Registration: Deborah Howard, Liz Weaver, Gesina Keating and Jason Zimmer. Winner of the Wilson Cook Scholarship was Karen Connick.

Pictures of the 2009 Fall Conference
held at theGlendale Conference Center.


2009 ASGNA Board


President :
Linda Dupree
President – Elect:
Susanne Kendrick
Cheryl Phillips
Nancy Luppes
Linda Waterson
Mary Bondank
Education Co-Chairs:
Patty Clark

Cathy Yows
Hospitality Co-Chairs:
Karen Connick

Carol Kirkby
Dawn Young
Colon Cancer Alliance Liaisons:
Margaret Young

Chandra Dillow

Treasurer's  Report

Balance as of September 30, 2009:


Fall Conference Expenses:

    Glendale Civic Center:


    Catering $ AV service at GCC:


    Conference Brochures & Mailing:


    Speaker Gifts:


Working Balance as of October 31, 2009:


Conference attendees:


Vendors participating:

Linda Waterson RN, CGRN
2008-2009 ASGNA Treasurer



When your Vendors’ Representative visits your facility, give him/her a big "Thank You" on behalf of ASGNA. Without their generous support, throughout the year, the dinner meetings and the Fall conference could not happen. Special thanks to Byrne Medical, Boston Scientific, Olympus and Cook Medical for providing equipment, dinner and speakers for our education meetings. In 2009 over $12,000, was provided by our vendors for our education meetings. 



Report of Educational Hours for 2009

Total Hours offered in 2009:  _11_

Date of Event: 03/25/2009
Topic: Preventing Esophageal Cancer in China, Iran, Kenya and Mesa, Arizona
Speaker (s): David Fleischer, MD
Number of Contact Hours:  1
Number of Attendees:  40 

Date of Event: 06/09/2009
Topic: Pancreatic Cancer- Screening and Early Detection
Speaker(s): Anton Decker, MD
Number of Contact Hours:  1
Number of Attendees:  38 

Date of Event: 08/01/2009
Topic: Effects of Reflux on Sleep, Double Balloon Enteroscopy, Enteral Feeding Tubes in Pediatrics
Speaker(s): Ronnie Fass, MD, Karam Salama, DrPH, Kathleen Van Hoesen, RN
Number of Contact Hours:  3
Number of Attendees:  36

Date of Event: 10/17/2009
Topic: Fecal Bacteriotherapy, Safe Sedation, Endoscopic Ultrasound, Post Polypectomy Surveillance in 2009, Celiac Disease, Electosurgery and APC
Speaker (s): Karen Connick, RN, Sharon Fassett, CRNA, Sandeep Patel, MD, Lucinda Harris, MD,
                 Jonathan Mellen, MD, Susan Teague, RN
Number of Contact Hours:  6
Number of Attendees:  88


In 2009, Arizona SGNA offered 11 Contact Hours, through education opportunities in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale and Tucson. The Contact Hours were free to members. This was the first year we have required a fee for non-members to attend. Our Educations co-chairs, Patty and Cathy, did a wonderful job of providing above and beyond the requirement of 6 Contact Hours per year. With economic times as they are, free Contact Hours are a big advantage. This next year, ASGNA will continue to provide quality education to our members. Any suggestions for education topic are welcome. Please contact any Board member and we will be glad to pass the information to our Education Chairs. 


Come and join for few hours of Education and networking!

2010 ASGNA Education Offering
When: Jan 27, Wed
Time: 630 pm, with buffet dinner
Mayo Clinic Hospital
5777 E Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Room 1-212
Crossroads: 56th St and Mayo Clinic Blvd.

Topic: Esophageal Mucosa Resection presented by
Dr Ananya Das and Donna Conroy RN

Cost: $10.00 for non-members
Free to members

Contact Hour/s: 1

Patty Clark @
Cathy Yows @


ABCGN Board of Directors:  Georgette Knoebel


1. How can I get a scholarship to take the exam or recertify?
The deadline for ABCGN Scholarships is December 15, 2009 so act quickly.
Go to the website, across the top is the Resource tab.
Click there and go to Award/Scholarship. Complete the application and submit.
Don’t forget you can also apply for an SGNA scholarship for the annual course on their website under Education.

2. When will we have all Computer Based Testing (CBT)?
Starting next year, 2010, the only written test will be at the annual course, which is in Orlando next year. CBT will be offered 30 days prior to the Annual Course and in the fall, October 1-31st. There are sites all across the country for CBT which saves you money for travel. Exam cities are available through the ABCGN website.

3. Can I recertify on line?
Yes and it is not hard to do. On the website go under the Recertification tab and everything you need is there. Sue Kendrick did hers recently and it took about two hours to input the information. She had her new certificate good for five years in about a week. We audit 10% of the recertification packets so save all your agendas and objectives. If you get audited, the agendas and objectives need to be submitted with your certificates. An agenda is not needed, if your certificate states ABCGN has approved X number of GI specific contact hours.

4. How do I get GI specific contact hours for my hospital programs or vendor programs?
This is a free service (at least for now) which ABCGN offers to all program directors. On the website under Recertification/applications/forms you can get a GI specific application. All program directors can complete this form even if they submitted to their State Board of Nursing for contact hours. The program is reviewed by the GI specific audit committee and GI specific contact hours are given. This saves everyone time with the recertification process.

This is a new column and we would appreciate your feedback and questions.
Please email me at

Georgette Knoebel, BSN, RN, CGRN ABCGN Board of Directors.
Deb Copeland and I are available for all questions re ABCGN. Don’t forget to vote at now.


          In Memory of Cathy Olson          



Cathy was a long time member of ASGNA & SGNA. She was also member of the ASGNA board for several years was a GI nurse for many years attending both local and national SGNA meetings. Cathy started her career in Endoscopy department of Maryvale Samaritan Medical Center and finished her career with the Arizona Medical Clinic, Gastroenterology Department. Her expertise and knowledge in GI was invaluable to everyone. She will be greatly missed was born November 19, 1948 and passed away November 11, 2009 after a courageous three year battle with leukemia.

In 2010, ASGNA will offer a education scholarship of $100.00 to an ASGNA member in memory of Cathy. The Cathy Olson scholarship will be awarded annual at the ASGNA Fall conference.

Dawn Young
2009 Newsletter Editor