2020 May Newsletter

INSGNA NEWSLETTER May 2020


In the Scope of Things Volume 1 Issue 1

 


President’s Message: Susan Selking, BSN RN CGRN

Hello everyone. I hope this newsletter finds you well and surviving the COVID19 virus. As we all struggle through the restrictions and re-opening of our units and facilities please remember you are not alone in this. Utilize the SGNA website for COVID19 information and the Communities page to connect with your colleagues across the country as we all navigate through this unprecedented situation.

As you know, the spring conference to be held March 14th was cancelled due to the virus. With the uncertainty of how this virus will play out the rest of this year, and the SGNA Annual Course moved to the end of October, the board has decided not to hold a fall conference; but reschedule for early March  2021. Look for details in the upcoming newsletters.

The INSGNA board has routinely heard the question, “Why do we have so much money in our savings account?”. This is a perfect time to address that question! The answer is in case a conference is cancelled, and we have expenses that need to be paid, and also, because we have ongoing expenses associated with running the organization. INSGNA has a policy in place that protects our organization from unforeseen circumstances. This allows us to continue functioning without a change in operations.

Finally, I will be representing INSGNA on a virtual House of Delegates (HOD) meeting in the next few months. The HOD is usually held prior to the Annual Course, but it will be held virtually this year due to the course moving to late October. There are only two resolutions to vote on this year and they are attached below. Please send me your thoughts so that I can vote for our membership on these two resolutions. Send to sselking@ecommunity.com.

Be safe!

 

  1. Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. RESOLUTION SUBMISSION FORM 2020 House of Delegates

 

Proposed by: Tammy Rice, and Nerissa Denaro ________________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________City:_______________State:_______Zip:__ _____

Phone: _________________________Fax:__________________ Submission Date: 1/1/2020 ___

E-mail address: Tammy.Rice@rochesterregional.org __    Regional Society WNYSGNA region 41 Name/#:__________________

 

1)  Background Information:    WHEREAS, SGNA the associate membership is currently $20 less than nurses (not including regional dues) membership.  Recommend lowering the cost of the associate membership to $50 less than the nurse membership (not including regional dues).  Lowering the cost would be an incentive for more technicians/associates to join SGNA.

2) Recommended Strategy(s) or Outcome(s):

RESOLVED, to lower the cost of the associate membership to $50 less than the nurse membership (not including regional dues).

3)  Rationale:

Our technicians/associates make less money than registered nurses and therefore lowering the overall cost of membership for them will encourage more technicians to join. Therefore, more technicians/associates joining SGNA will increase the number of dues received.

4)  Cost Analysis/Budgetary Impact:  There would be a financial impact of the lowered cost, but if lowering the cost would increase the number of technicians joining then a potential increase in dues maybe seen.

5)  Check the goal(s) most closely related to your resolution:

[ x ] Goal 1: Membership  SGNA will develop a compelling value proposition for gastroenterology technicians, ambulatory surgical center professionals, gastroenterology hepatology nurses in all practice settings and purposefully market to these audiences.

[  ] Goal 2: Quality Care SGNA will drive the quality of care in the areas of gastroenterology practice for nurses and associates.

[  ] Goal 3: Future of Nursing SGNA will support the education and implementation of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendations.

  1. Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc. RESOLUTION SUBMISSION FORM 2020 House of Delegates

 

Proposed by: Linda Daniels

 

Address: _____________________________City:_______________State:_______Zip:__ _____

Phone: _________________________Fax:__________________ Submission Date: __________

E-mail address: ________________________    Regional Society Name/#: Maine SGNA #26

 

 

1)  Background Information:    WHEREAS, SGNA Technicians and Associates have an interest to grow professionally within the organization, and many regional societies have bylaws that require CGRN certification in order to serve as a board member, limiting the technician’s ability to serve on the regional board of directors.

2) Recommended Strategy(s) or Outcome(s):

RESOLVED, that SGNA update the suggested regional bylaw template and recommend that regions extend these certification requirements to certifications such as CFER and CER (where applicable).

3)  Rationale: This would allow for associates to serve on their regional boards, but only those with certification.

4)  Cost Analysis/Budgetary Impact: None

5)  Check the goal(s) most closely related to your resolution:

[ x ] Goal 1: Membership  SGNA will develop a compelling value proposition for gastroenterology technicians, ambulatory surgical center professionals, gastroenterology hepatology nurses in all practice settings and purposefully market to these audiences.

[  ] Goal 2: Quality Care SGNA will drive the quality of care in the areas of gastroenterology practice for nurses and associates.

[  ] Goal 3: Future of Nursing SGNA will support the education and implementation of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing recommendations.

6)  References:

 

Immediate President/Historian:  Dianna Burns, RN BS CGRN

In my 44 years of nursing (40 years in Endoscopy) I have never been involved in an international pandemic. I officially retire March 27, 2020 and have sat in front of the TV daily listening to the devastation happening around the world, in the United States and even close to home. My heart is heavy as I hear about my co-workers and their families being stricken by Covid-19. It is truly a blessing to hear how co-workers and friends of co-workers have come together in support of each other giving hope and love – which brings tears to my eyes. As medical professionals we have dedicated our lives to helping others. Who would have ever thought these skills would be challenged as they have been the last couple of months!

Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the medical field and everything you do. Please keep yourself and families safe.

 

Nominations and Elections

Though our new officers have just begun their 2020-2022 positions we need to begin succession planning. I have dedicated 40 years to the Endoscopy specialty and have been active in a regional and/or national level throughout the majority of those 40 years. As our profession continues to grow the INSGNA Board are looking for newly energized endoscopy staff to mentor into committee positions. We have an experienced Board that are willing and anxious to mentor interested INSGNA members. If anyone is interested in becoming more active and participate on a committee – please contact an INSGNA Board member (see IndianaSGNA.org).

I look forward to completing my current role as Immediate Past President and mentoring new mentors.

 

Treasurer:  Deb Nesbitt BSN RN CGRN

 April 19, 2020:

Savings Account:                     $17,608.69

Checking Account:                   $ 7, 306.26

 

 Membership Committee: Justin Heit BSN RN CGRN

Expiration Date: 12/30/2020 = 108
Expiration Date: 12/30/2021 = 18

Total Active 2020 Membership = 126

 

Mid-year renewals should start sometime in June to get a prorated discount for an 18-month membership.  SGNA Membership fees currently are as follows:

Annual Membership Pricing*

Voting Licensed Nurse – New Member $125
Voting Licensed Nurse – Renewal $105
Voting Associate – New Member $95
Voting Associate – Renewal $80
Non-Voting Affiliate $125
Non-Voting/Non-Practicing $75

 

 Education/Scholarship: Michele Tyring RN BSN CGRN

Happy Nurses Month & Year!  With the challenges of COVID-19, we’ve all had to adapt, to learn and grow.  This committee exists to help INSGNA membership with professional development, by providing education and by financially supporting it through scholarships.  But we need your help by letting us know how we can best serve you.  Please take the time to help us by responding to the following survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KB8HSTL

 

 Program Committee: Michelle Oilar CST

What a whirlwind it has been for all of us this year in 2020. Due to the Covid-19 virus our plans for our spring 2020 educational course in Fort Wayne had to be postponed. SGNA has waived the requirements of the minimum of 6 CEUs for re-chartering due to the pandemic.  The INSGNA board voted to cancel all plans for live conferences for the remainder of the 2020 year. We are excited however that to announce that we have planned for our spring 2021 conference to be held in Fort Wayne on Saturday March 13, 2021 hosted by Parkview Medical. Be on the lookout for more information on our website: indianasgna.org, on Facebook or on Eventbrite for more information about the conference. Another great announcement is the re-scheduling of the annual SGNA course in Louisville, KY. It has been rescheduled for Nov. 1-3 with pre-conference workshops on 0ct. 30-31. Hopefully many of us from Indiana will be able to make it as it is closer to home! Thank you for all your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

 

 Website: Katrina and Brent McClain

 A few pictures that were provided from GI Nurses and Associates Week have been posted on the website.  Please like us on Facebook.