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Connecticut Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

2019
CTSGNA Officers

President
Joanne Struble

ctsgnaboard@gmail.com 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

2013 December President's Message

As I put this last Presidential Summary together, I would like to recognize the deep appreciation, value, and respect for all past and future Board Members. One of the most important take aways is that through all members working as professional group, in harmony, is how we can make a real difference. I would like to thank everyone for your input, hard work, and support during my term. It has been an honor to serve CTSGNA. The work that I was able to do at this level has provided me to grow in this relationship based organization, and I know that the new Board will have the same opportunities.

Every single member of CTSGNA is respected for your talents and contributions, and I hope that I am not telling anyone something you don't already know and feel.

Planned for January, 2014, is the GI/Endoscopy Review Course, being coordinated with National SGNA. All members, and non-members are encouraged to register. The course will provide 11.25 contact hours on Saturday, January 18 (all day) and Sunday, January 19 (1/2 day), over the Martin Luther King weekend. The cost for members is $250, and $350 for non-members. The curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of those new to GI, those who are interested in becoming certified in GI, and those who wish to obtain live contact hours for re-certification. The course will be held at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Please see the registration form within this newsletter.

The Connecticut By-Laws, policies and procedures will be reviewed, revised, and re-built by the new slate of the Board of Directors. This task will begin in January, and more details regarding progress will follow in the upcoming months.

The mission of CTSGNA, in focusing on providing education to our members, has been a privilege to be a part of. In addition, we have made ground in speaking in one voice to the Governor of CT. related to potential healthcare changes regarding anesthesia care extenders, and bringing forth two grass-root resolutions to the National level. Our newly found on-line newsletter has allowed us to step into a new world of communicating to all of our membership, complete with email blasting. Tele-conferencing for Committee Meetings is within our reach. We are as committed as ever in providing scholarships to our members and in honor of past members. We are also providing direct communication of "National SGNA News" to Connecticut. We have come a long way, and there will continue to be more changes in the future growth of our organization. Let us all embrace even more changes that are ahead.

With appreciation, and wishes for a happy and healthy 2014.

Christine Sarisley, MS, APRN, CGRN



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