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2018
CTSGNA Officers

President
Joanne Struble

MSHA, BSN, RN, CGRN

President-Elect
Barbara Comstock

BSN, RN, CGRN

Treasurer
Janet Cordova,

BSN, RN, CGRN, RN-BC, CMSRN

Secretary
Rose Leitner-Byrnes

BSN, RN

Immediate Past-President
Barbara Comstock

BSN, RN, CGRN

Board of Directors

Mary Jason
MBA, MSN, RN

Kathleen Radecki
MSN, RN, CGRN

Meg Ramsey
RN, CGRN

Kathleen Saunders
BSN, RN, CGRN

President's Letter March 2012

We are looking forward to the National SGNA Conference in Arizona on May 18 (optional programs) through May 23, 2012. We will be supporting 5 scholarships to National this year. Last fall’s educational program at the Hilton was an “Extreme Success”, and at last month’s meeting at the Hospital of Central CT, New Britain Campus, we voted to award this additional scholarship funding. Deadline for the early bird registration is April 11, 2012.

Connecticut was chartered into SGNA in 1978, and we will be celebrating a 34th birthday in May. In addition to increasing the number of National Scholarships this year, we have also voted to award a total of 2 scholarships per quarter for this year of achievement. We are committed to reaching out and supporting the mission of education and hope members will continue to support the weekend Friday Hands-on ERCP Course on October 19 and the daylong Beyond the Scope Program on Saturday, October 20, so we can remain active in this mission. A destination location at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, CT has been selected. The location is near the casino area.

As a reminder, the application for scholarship application is on this website. All are submitted to Kathy Vinci. If you are applying for the national scholarship, it must be received by March 22. The scholarship amount is $750. If you will be applying for up to a $250 scholarship, submit the application to Kathy Vinci in that same quarter, or as soon as you know you will be attending. You will be required to submit receipts for gas, hotel, tuition, food before receiving your award.

We will also be supporting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Community Walk. Our members walk not only for CTSGNA, but also with their own physician organized teams, and representing facilities. To tie us together as nurses in CT supporting this fundraiser, we have decided to purchase CTSGNA baseball caps so that regardless of whose “TEAM” our members walk with, our presence as CTSGNA nurses will be known. The date for this walk is May 12, 2012, and it will be held in Great River Park, East Hartford, CT. Please register on line or contact either of our Captains, Barbara Sullivan or Kathy Vinci.

Keep in mind that the SGNA National Website is full of valuable information, including many opportunities for GI contact hours.

Hope to see you at the March meeting at Middlesex Hospital on Thursday, March 22. The topic will be dysphagia. The April 19 Program, also a Thursday, will be at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The topic will be capnography.


Christine Sarisley, MS, APRN, CGRN
President, CTSGNA



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