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ASGNA Presidents’ Message 2017

Hello, as your incoming and brief past president, I thank you for your continued support and participation in our local chapter. I am honored to work with this committed and hard working board to carry out the mission of providing nurses and associates in the region with quality G.I. education. I would like to take this opportunity to extend thanks and gratitude to Krista Grosvenor, MSN, RN, CGRN for her leadership as president in 2016. Since Krista relocated out of state in November 2016, I ushered into presidency from the I.T. and president elect role to finish out the season with support of a strong board to host a successful fall conference and elections. In 2016, the ASGNA hosted three separate events, offered 11 educational contact hours and three hours of hands on simulation. In 2017, we hope to offer the same or more with continued support from our generous sponsors.

This year we plan to reinstate the quarterly newsletter for our region as part of our preparations to apply for region of the year in 2018. There will be information from various aspects of our organization such as awards, scholarships, education offerings, events, membership and promotions. Speaking of awards and scholarship, don’t forget to nominate an outstanding colleague for G.I. tech of the year or G.I. nurse of the year. We are also accepting submissions for the Cathy Olson scholarship until the first week of February, 2017.

I began participation with ASGNA due to the encouragement of a colleague in my unit. That recommendation to join ASGNA was followed by a recommendation to join the board and help out the following year. I have been on the board for the past several years as the I.T. webmaster chair, and for the past year as president elect. This time has helped me understand the workings of the regional board and given me the opportunity to participate with national events such as leadership.

I would like for each of you to take a non-member colleague aside, invite them to an event, and invite them to become a member of ASGNA. Bring them to the SGNA member center online and explore the benefits of membership. Each of you can inspire a colleague to become a member as a colleague did with me. If each member inspires a fellow colleague to join SGNA, we can increase our membership and continue this important organization's work of providing education and best practice to our G.I. community. One of the many benefits of membership is the opportunity to meet your peers and network. ASGNA membership has led to opportunities for me that I may not have had otherwise, for example numerous education offerings, national education and leadership conferences, and my current role as your president.

I am excited about our educational offerings for 2017. During March nurses week, we plan to hold our spring education event. We plan to hold our 4th annual advanced endoscopy symposium this summer and our 38th (yes 38th) annual fall conference at the Talking Stick Resort in Late October or early November depending on the venue and other events at that time. I ask that when you see the announcements and flyers for events that you post them and share them at your units for those that may not be ASGNA members or on the mailing list so that they may have the opportunity to attend these education events.

Please continue to check the ASGNA website for updated details and other opportunities.

Thank you again for your continued support of this organization.

Samuel Moore, MSN, BS, RN, ASGNA President 2017

Past presidents

2016 Samuel Moore
2016 Krista Grosvenor
2015 Donna Conroy
2014 Lisa Maples
2013 Shannon Connolly
2012 Maureen Cain
2011 Cathy Yows
2010 Sue Kendrick
2009 Linda Dupree
2008 Cheryl Phillips
2007 Carol Kirkby
2006 Donna Conroy