This is a long form text area designed for your content that you can fill up with as many words as your heart desires. You can write articles, long mission statements, company policies, executive profiles, company awards/distinctions, office locations, shareholder reports, whitepapers, media mentions and other pieces of content that don’t fit into a shorter, more succinct space. It has been an honor and privilege to serve as your CTSGNA president. I would like thank your CTSGNA officers Chris Sarisley President -Elect and Past -President, Barbara Comstock Secretary, Rita Botelho Treasurer, Carolyn Checovetes, Mary Essex and Patti Pontolillo Board Members. I would like also to thank all the Beyond the Scope members and Carolyn as Chair for all their hard work this year.
CTSGNA has had a busy year. We revised the by- laws which was a major endeavor along with doing some policy and procedures. Our elections for the first time this year were done electronically. I am very proud that CTSGNA was awarded SGNA 2015 Region of the Year Award. I would like to thank all the Host Hospitals for hosting our monthly CTSGNA meetings. Without the CT members to help our meetings would not be as successful as they are. As my term come to a close starting January 1st I welcome Chris Sarisley, MS, APRN, CGRN as CTSGNA 2016 - 2017 President. The newly elected board is as follows:
President-Elect Angel Morales, RN, CGRN
Secretary Barbara Comstock, RN, CGRN
Treasurer Janet Cordova, RN, BSN, CGRN, RN-BC, CMSRN
Board Member Hala Jaser, RN, CGRN
Board Member Lyn Kelley, RN
Board Member Kathleen Saunders, RN, CGRN
Board Member Carol Stevens, RN, BSN, CGRN, CFER
Congratulations to all and I look forward to working with this incoming board as Immediate Past President.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Kathy Vinci, RNC, CGRN
CTSGNA President 2014-2015
Beyond the Scope 2015 was held Saturday, October 31, 2015. Optional ERCP Workshop Friday, October 30, 2015. Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, Rocky Hill CT.
Presidential Letter, GI Week, SGNA Annual Course, Excellence in Professionalism Award, Outstanding Regional Society Award and more in our Spring/Summer 2015 Newsletter!
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
Read about the 2013 CTSGNA Nurse of the Year Linda Leavitt, Recent Election Results, the CTSGNA 2014 Meeting schedule, and more in this years Fall/Winter Newsletter
As we step into summer, 2013, CTSGNA marches on with continued commitment to the core mission of education. We have planned for State Meetings for the upcoming year which are being hosted throughout the region. Thank you in advance to those hospitals and free standing units who are sponsoring continuing education to CTSGNA members.
This year's Beyond the Scope Program will be held the weekend of October 18 and 19 in Rocky Hill, at the Sheraton. We welcome Chair-person, Carolyn Checovetes- DiVenere, as she has already begun to lay down the foundation for the 21st Regional Program. We are fortunate to have her lead us into the planning of this major event, and would like to ask anyone who might be interested in joining this committee to contact her at: danand firstname.lastname@example.org
The 5th Edition of the Core Curriculum is now available. Contact National SGNA for further information.
Connecticut is under review for bringing in the GI Nursing Review Course into Hartford. This would be a 12 hour live GI Specific Course for anyone interested in obtaining the contact hours, or desiring a jump start on preparing for the Certification Exam. We have 2 local National Speakers, Michelle Day and I. I am fortunate in being able to go forward with the next review course to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, at Johns Hopkins University Hospital on September 14 and 15.
For anyone interested, please remember that a quarterly scholarship, up to $250, is available throughout the year. Applications are on this web site.
Christine Sarisley, MS APRN, CGRN
The 21st Annual Beyond The Scope 2013 was held Saturday October 19, 2013 at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 100 Capital Blvd. in Rocky Hill, CT. 06067, There was an optional ERCP Workshop on Friday, October 18, 2013.
Read about the Gabriele Schindler Award, Excellence in Professionalism Award, Elections, Fall Deadlines and more in the Spring/Summer 2013 newsletter.
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
This is a photo of all the GI Nurses that attended the St. Francis Certified Nurse Reception in March.
This picture was taken at the Connecticut Governor's Mansion Reception. The reception was a tribute to certified nurses at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT. Certified GI Nurses in this photograph are: Patricia Bucknor-Ferron, RN, CGRN, Diane Caron, RN, CGRN, Christine Sarisley, MS, APRN, CGRN and Katherine Vinci, RN, CGRN.
As a New Year is welcomed, let me begin by saying how enthusiastic and grateful I am to serve as President for CTSGNA for the next two year term. Going forward, we have envisioned a platform to continue to serve our members with a commitment to education as well as identifying best practices for patients.
Please know that our first State Meeting will be hosted by the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain Campus on Wednesday, February 22, 2012. We will be looking for your ideas during the business meeting at 6:30 pm for suggestions as we celebrate 20 years. The educational program will begin at 7:00 pm. The sessions will be held in the Lecture Room #2 on the main hospital level.
We are currently looking for a Newsletter Editor, which involves communication with IMS who provides sponsorship. Most of the work will involve word documents, and/or sending a photograph if so desired, i.e. Attendance at Beyond the Scope or otherwise. If you are interested, please contact Kathy Vinci who has served as our expert for several years, who can provide you with more details on what is involved. She can be reached at: email@example.com
The deadline for no late fee registration for the National SGNA Course in Arizona is: April 11, 2012. Dates for the Course are: May 17, 2012 through May 23. Please keep in mind that we will be discussing scholarships for partial coverage to support members in attending this program.
I would also like to announce the other Board Members this year who will be working to further enhance CTSGNA over the coming months. They are: President Elect, Kathy Vinci, Secretary, Gail Steele, and Treasurer, Rita Botelho. In addition we have added three directors to offer their input as we guide through decision making, and planning for 2012. They are: Nancy Covini, Patti Pontillilo, and Barbara Sullivan.
Here is to a healthy year,
Christine Sarisley, MS, RN, CGRN