Volume 38: Issue 1
September, 2022

President’s Message

Reunite, Recharge, Reflect. What an appropriate theme for the SGNA National Annual Conference. I had the privilege to attend the conference in person and it was exciting to meet colleagues in person and network.

On a personal and professional level, the past two years have challenged all of us to view and approach our daily lives a bit differently. As we begin our transition to a new “normalcy”, I am hoping all of you are feeling energized!

Our current WSGNA board consists of two members: Past President and President. We are reaching out to ask others to consider volunteering your valuable knowledge and time to make our Wisconsin Chapter strong again. Like Wisconsin, many regions are struggling with maintaining the required amount of board members. A leadership session that I attended while at the national conference focused on identifying ways to increase volunteerism. Of course, the topic of generational differences arose. While each generation has differences; ultimately, we want to feel connected and we are willing to volunteer when we find value in the organization that we want to support. It isn’t a generation issue that has caused the amount of volunteerism to fall. Pandemic Fatigue is real! Volunteers want to be empowered and they want to make a difference. As a committee and representative of the Wisconsin GI community, you can make a difference!

While our chapter reflects on our past, we are focusing on recharging for the future! We have begun the process of planning continuing education and would like to begin planning goals for the future. But we need help. How can WSGNA help to soften the national health crisis that the pandemic has so obviously escalated? Can we band together as a region to help our communities? What are your thoughts? We need your help and we need to hear your feedback! Please complete our communication preferences survey so that we’re able to serve you better. In addition, we are opening the September meeting to the membership so that we can answer any questions about moving our Wisconsin Chapter forward. We’ll be meeting on Zoom and the information is below. We hope to hear from you soon. WSGNA Strong!



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Seeking Nominations for WSGNA Board

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” – Erma Bombeck

We are aware that everyone is currently struggling with competing priorities of our personal and professional lives. Consider the gift of time and nominate yourself or a fellow associate to become a member of the 2022 –2023 WSGNA Board.

We have vacancies for the following positions:

  • President Elect

  • Treasurer

  • Secretary

If you are interested or have any questions, please email: or Please submit your nominations by September 30.

Currently all meetings are with Microsoft Teams, so no travel is required.

It is time to recharge the Wisconsin Chapter! Our chapter was formed and charted in 1987. If we are unable to fill our board vacancies, we may need to merge with another chapter. Please consider a board position!

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Upcoming Education, Continuing Education, & Events

Save the date for the Midwest Endoscopy Conference to be held Saturday November 5, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee. Stay tuned for enrollment information.

Begin planning for next year’s SGNA 50th Anniversary Annual Course which will be held in Phoenix, AZ. The conference will be held May 7-9, 2023.

Continuing Education offered by Olympus

I have been working with Olympus to arrange for continuing education courses to be offered to WSGNA. While they often offer Live educational opportunities via virtual opportunity (Microsoft Teams), they also offer pre-recorded sessions where individuals can receive contact hours. Olympus will be notifying me when they have live webinars and I will then forward via email to all of you. In the meantime, please take the time to register on the Olympus Continuum.

Olympus Continuum

Upcoming WSGNA Membership / BOD Meeting - September 14

WSGNA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: WSGNA/BOD Membership Meeting

Time: Sep 14, 2022 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 676 555 9001

Passcode: WSGNA

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Review of SGNA Highlights

Subject Matter Experts are needed to help revise the SGNA GI Nursing Pocket Guide. Submit your application to SGNA Headquarters by Monday September 12, 2022.

Looking to certify? Hit the books with SGNA’s GI/Endoscopy Nursing Review Course. Go to the SGNA Site to enroll in this 10-module course.

If you are looking to go back to school, SGNA has partnered with Chamberlain University and Walden University to offer a 10% tuition discount.

Upcoming National Awareness