SGNA is dedicated to the professional development of gastroenterology and endoscopy nurses around the world. Through the following awards and scholarships, SGNA seeks to recognize those who have demonstrated a dedication to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing, to continuing education and to the goals of SGNA.
Outstanding Regional Society Award
Flame Award for Unit Excellence
Board of Directors Award
Distinguished Service Award
Regional Society Member of the Year
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2018.
This award recognizes the Regional Society most active and dynamic in achieving the goals of SGNA at the Regional level. The Outstanding Regional Society will be highlighted in SGNA News, recognized at the Annual Course at which the award is presented, and will receive a banner and a $1,000 stipend.
For full criteria and an application click here.
SGNA is excited to introduce a new award. The Flame Award for Unit Excellence recognizes GI/Endoscopy Units who have shown a commitment to infection prevention, a supportive and educational work environment and positive patient outcomes. This award provides a roadmap for what is considered an exceptional work environment in a GI/Endoscopy nursing unit. Recipients of the Flame Award will be sent a framed document for display, recognition in SGNAs eScope, and mention at the SGNA Annual Course.
For full criteria and the application please click here
Congratulations to the 2017 Flame Award Recipient!
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
Generously supported by
Recipient: Doris Barnie, MSN RN CNS
Throughout her career, Doris has been a passionate member of our community and an advocate for education. She has helped shaped where we are today.
Doris joined SGNA, or the Society of Gastrointestinal Assistants as it was named at the time, in 1974. She astutely recognized that the specialists in GI came from a variety of educational backgrounds and diverse training. With the support of the Board of Directors in 1979, Doris introduced the concept of a national certification examination.
Doris has been a constant champion for the CGRN certification. Since her initial proposal to the Board of Directors,she has helped countless registered nurses prepare for the CGRN exam with her certification course.
Doris’ endless support of the profession of nursing and her voice for our specialty are prime reasons she has been honored with the prestigious Board of Directors Award. Along with the honor of the Board of Directors Award, the General Session at each SGNA Annual Course moving forward will be named after Doris.
This annual award recognizes a current SGNA member who has made significant contributions to the regional and national activities of the Society in the previous year. Applicants must have been members of SGNA for at least five years, have full- or part-time experience in gastroenterology/endoscopy in a supervisory, teaching, clinical or administrative capacity and must be serving or needs to have previously served on an SGNA National Committee.
Recipients of this award receive an inscribed plaque and medallion; annual course registration, airfare and three-day hotel stay at the Annual Course at which the presentation is made; and a feature article about the recipient in SGNA News.
For full criteria and a nomination form click here.
For the application to be completed by the nominee click here.
2017 Distinguished Service Award Recipient: James (Jim) Collins, BS RN CNOR
Sponsored by Diversatek Healthcare
This year Jim's accomplishments were celebrated in a video, to view click here.
Past Distinguished Service Award Winners
2016 – Lisa Heard, MSN RN CGRN
2015 – Leslie E. Stewart, BA RN CGRN
2014 – Peggy Gauthier, MS BSN RN CGRN
2013 – Marilyn Schaffner, PhD RN NEA-BC CGRN
2012 – Theresa Vos, MS BSN RN CGRN
2011 – Susan Nuccio, RN MSN APRN BC CGRN
2010 – Norah Connelly, RN CGRN
2009 – MaryAnne Malone, RN CGRN
2008 –Nancy R. DeNiro, RN CGRN
2007 – Kathy A. Baker, PhD RN ACNS-BC CGRN
2006 – Jeanine Penberthy, MSN RN CGRN
2005 –Karen Laing, MA RN CGRN
2004 – Ann Hayes, BSN RN CGRN
2003 – Nancy Schlossberg, BA BSN RN CGRN
2002 –Nancy Shoop, BSN RN CGRN
2001 –Marcia Gruber, MSN RN CGRN
1999 – Helen P. Rosenthal, RN
1998 –Agnes Gaber, MSN RN ANP
1997 – Patricia Holland, BSN RN CGRN
1996 –Doris Barnie, MSN RN CGRN
1995 – Jean Ann Kidwell, MSN CGRN
1994 –Lorna Andrews, RN CGRN
1993 – Nancy Evans, BSN RN
1992 – Patricia Pethigal, BSN CGRN
This annual award recognizes a member who has made important contributions in direct patient care in one or more of several performance categories. Named for an early pioneer in gastroenterology patient care, this prestigious award includes an inscribed plaque and medallion; tuition, airfare and three-day hotel stay at the Annual Course at which the presentation is made; and a feature article about the recipient in SGNA News.
Candidates must be a current SGNA member (with at least five years' prior membership), currently employed as a primary care provider in clinical gastroenterology (with at least five years' experience) and must be serving or needs to have previously served on an SGNA National Committee to be eligible for this award.
For full criteria and a nomination form click here
2017 Gabriele Schindler Award Recipient: Janet Hannah, RN CGRN
Sponsored by Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.
This year we celebrated Janet's accomplishments with a video, to view click here.
Past Gabriele Schindler Award Winners
2016 - Kimberly Q. Foley, BSN RN CGRN
2015 - Nancy Schlossberg, BA BSN RN CGRN
2014 – Patricia Trolli, BSN RN CGRN
2013 – Michelle Day, MSN RN CGRN
2012 – Barbara Zuccala, MSN RN CGRN
2011 – Jane Harker, MS BSN RN CGRN
2010 – Kimberly Venturella, RN CGRN
2009 – Fay Massullo, RN CGRN
2008 – Patricia Moushey, RN CGRN
2007 – Rosemary Ashby, MSN RN CGRN
2006 – Cathy Bolton, RN CGRN
2005 – Patricia Maher, RN CGRN
2004 – Sherrie Andrew, RN CGRN
2003 – Juliesette Hatulan, BSN BSBA RN CGRN
2002 – Paula Gremillion, BS BSN RN CGRN
2001 – Lindsay Sattler, BA RN CGRN
2000 – Kathleen Maher, BSN RN CGRN
1999 – Margaret M. Lehman, RN CGRN
1998 – Mary E. Young, LPN
1997 – Linda Holmes, BSN RN CGRN
1996 – Walter Cwalina, RN CGRN
1995 – Gail B. DeCosta, RN CGRN
1994 – Norah Connelly, RN CGRN; Marcia Hardick, BSN RN CGRN
1993 – Marilyn Schaffner, PhD RN CGRN
1992 – Marge Beck, RN
1991 – Bettie Jean Howard, RN CGRN
1990 – Margaret Gill, BSN CGRN
1989 – Nancy Shields-Kolb, MSN RN
1988 – Constance Cooper, MS RN
1987 – Loretta Simonsen, RN; Doris Barnie, MSN RN CGRN
1986 – Marna L. Schirmer, RN
1985 – Lynne Gilbert, MS RN CGRN
This award recognizes the Regional Society member that has made a substantial positive impact in your region. Applicants must be a member of SGNA for at least five years and currently employed in the field of gastroenterology/endoscopy with a minimum of five years experience. Recipients of this award receive full annual course registration fee waived, airfare, three night-hotel stay and an award presented at the Annual Course.
For full criteria and an application, click here.
2017 Regional Society Member Recipient:
Kathryn M. Lee, RN CGRN