GI Nurses and Associates Week

GI Nurses & Associates Week

SGNA is excited to celebrate the 7th Annual GI Nurses and Associates Week, March 22-28, 2020. This year's GI Nurses and Associates Week is all about sharing YOUR story. Each day will focus on stories from our members in the themes of membership, inspiration, education, collaboration and celebration. 

GINAW 2020 celebration kits are now available for purchase! Order posters, buttons and thank you card for your facility/unit. These items are only available in the SGNA Store until Wednesday, February 19. Order yours today

Here are free resources to help you celebrate: 

Take a look below at how we celebrated GINAW 2019:

Day 5: Celebrating YOU

As we wrap up 2019 GI Nurses & Associates Week, we want to dedicate this day to celebrating YOU. Thank you for your passion to providing the safest, highest-quality patient care possible.


Day 4: Continuing Education

We know that GI Nurses & Associates work year-round to stay up-to-date on the latest advancements in the specialty so they can provide the best care to their patients. SGNA is dedicated to providing continuing education for our gastroenterology nursing community. With a variety of offerings now available, look to SGNA for cutting-edge topics and contact hour opportunities. 

Year-round Webinars

SGNA offers webinars throughout the year to review practice documents, topics of interest to the specialty, and more. These webinars allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of information, while earning contact hours, at your convenience! See all upcoming webinars.

Resources in the SGNA Store

Members of SGNA receive an exclusive discount on products in the SGNA Store, including the Core Curriculum, at 50% off! The Core Curriculum provides the body of knowledge that underlies the gastroenterology nursing practice. Right now, you can buy one core and get a second half off! Go to the SGNA Store

SGNA Communities

In early 2019, SGNA launched a new members-only online forum called SGNA Communities! Members can pose or answer questions, share stories and contribute to our online glossary of GI/Endoscopy vocabulary. Stay connected to GI nurses & associates from hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, clinics or other settings across the country all year long. Go to Communities

Annual Course 

Each year, SGNA brings together industry leaders and experts to teach you the latest in GI and Endoscopy at our Annual Course. SGNA members save $150+ on course registration. This year, the 46th Annual Course took place on April 14-16 (Pre-meeting Events April 12-13) in Portland, Oregon! Learn more about the Annual Course



Day 3: Celebrating Our GI Teams

Gastroenterology professionals rely heavily on their team and consider them as family. We asked our members to describe their team in one or two words and here are a few words that stood out the most:


See a collection of pictures from the week in this Facebook photo album!

Day 2: What Inspires You to be GI?

Today we are honoring the reasons you entered and stayed in the GI and endoscopy specialty. We asked you to share your professional inspirations and what motivates you on the job every day. Responses included these stories from your fellow SGNA members:

After I started working in the GI unit, I realized how interesting it was and started to seek out learning opportunities to expand my knowledge. I found it so interesting how much there was to learn that we did not do in our hospital. That was truly when it became my passion and I was hooked! -SGNA Member

I am really proud to be a GI Nurse. I have worked with pediatric and adult GI pts, clinic, office, inpatient, and GI Lab. I've been a GI clinical educator and am a certified ostomy nurse. Now I'm a GI Oncology Nurse Navigator.
 - Gwen Spector, BSN RN COCN, GI Oncology Nurse Navigator 
  I loved the patient interaction opportunity. I enjoyed meeting and following my patients through the procedure process. I felt like I actually had the time to provide patient centered care.
- Kristi Seay, MSN RN CGRN Nurse Manager, VCU Health 

Judy Corliss, RN MSN CGRN because she is such a gracious and fun woman with a passion for improving people's lives through GI Endoscopy. She has worked up steadily following her dreams and path. And an amazing wife mother and grandma.
 - Glenna Verdugo, RN BSN CGRN, Sansum Clinic GI ASC
I found the GI specialty unique and also challenging and felt that I could impact patients specifically veterans since I work for the veterans affairs hospital. They have very unique needs and it demands much patience and compassion to deal and treat our veterans with the excellent care they so rightly deserve.

- Richard Walker, Ort, GI Lab Long Beach California Veterans Hospital


Day 1: Thank You to Our Members

SGNA is kicking off 2019 GI Nurses & Associates Week by celebrating the contributions of our members, who positively impact our society and patient care at their organizations every day. Celebrate the week by adding our digital photo frame to your Facebook profile picture and submitting photos to SGNA Headquarters and posting on Facebook and/or Twitter using the tag #Proud2BGI.

Hear what our members love about SGNA: 

SGNA has given me the opportunity to serve on my local chapter and nationally. I have really enjoyed presenting at the national conference as well. -Kristi Seay, MSN RN CGRN Nurse Manager, VCU Health


I have been a part of SGNA most of my career. It is a group of nurses and technicians dedicated to the health and wellness of G.I. patients. As an association we are constantly learning, growing and creating a better tomorrow. 

- Dena Walz, St Cloud Hospital

SGNA is such a great organization to be a part of. Getting to know nurses in GI from across the country, gaining insights and networking are just a few of the many perks of being a member of the SGNA.
- Deena Stewart, RN CGRN BSN, King's Daughters Medical Center

  It was the first professional organization that we really felt at home with. We have learned so much, and made many friends through conferences.
- Gwen Spector, BSN RN COCN GI Oncology Nurse Navigator and Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Medical City Healthcare

I have grown professionally from involvement with several committees, especially the Education Committee. Being able to help author the books and other resources SGNA provides was very fulfilling. Attendance at annual courses enabled me to meet so many people from all areas of the country.  Being able to share with each other’s benefits us all.
- Janet Hannah, RN CGRN, Inova Loudoun ASC
  I have been dedicated and inspired at Annual Courses and regional conferences. SGNA has given me a foundation of knowledge that alongside my clinical practice has opened up opportunities and shall continue to do so. It enables us to employ best practices and have measurable patient outcomes to enhance the quality of care in GI Endoscopy.
-Glenna Verdugo, RN BSN CGRN, Sansum Clinic GI ASC


Check out this infographic on The Inside Tract to learn more about GINAW. 

See below for all of the highlights from 2018 GI Nurses and Associates Week

2018 GI Nurses and Associates Week Photo Gallery

2018 GI Nurses and Associates Week: A Look Back: See How It All Began for These SGNA Members

2018 GI Nurses and Associates Week: Who Inspires SGNA Members?

SGNA is grateful for generous support of GINAW from: