GI Nurse of the Year 2008


karen gThe Arizona Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates, a regional chapter of the Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates has presented this award to Cheryl Phillips.


The Arizona Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates, a regional chapter of the Society of Gastrointestinal Nurses and Associates has presented this award to Karen Georgi.

Karen received the first annual award recognizing the contributions of gastroenterology nursing throughout the state. Cheryl Phillips (BSN, CGRN), state president of ASGNA, presented the award on March 26, 2008 – National GI Nurses and Associates Day at the SHC Endo-Osborn luncheon.

Karen obtained her certification (CGRN) in October of 2004 and has been a member of SGNA/ASGNA since 2002.

Her involvement includes attending numerous venues such as ASGNA Fall courses, national SGNA conferences, Cedars-Sinai International Symposium on Pancreatic/Biliary Endoscopy and Olympus’ Managing Today’s GI Lab, just to name a few.

Karen has a wealth of knowledge and skills and is a valuable resource within the SHC-Osborn Endo department, other departments and across campuses. She shares this knowledge and ideas gained from conferences with staff and physicians alike. She is highly regarded by the physicians as both competent and professional. She received the Proctor/Gamble/CCFA GI Nurse of the Year Award in 2001.

She has been instrumental in the Endoscopy Department @ Scottsdale Healthcare-Osborn in a supervisory role. Recently, she stepped down from the supervisory position and is currently working as a staff RN.

Currently, she is working with the physicians and staff to establish a Percutaneous Gastrostomy Tube-RN in the Expanded Role, at SHC. She has developed the standards, responsibilities and competencies for this role which will only be offered to CGRNs.

Karen has worked hard for many years in the Endoscopy Department and exemplifies the qualities of a professional GI Nurse of the Year.

Karen met the minimum requirements of SGNA membership, certification and 2 years minimum experience in the field of GI. As the 2008 recipient, she received a plaque, which will be proudly displayed on the Endo-Osborn "Wall of Fame" and $500 scholarship toward an SGNA Annual Conference.