Announcement Archeive

Colon Cancer Awareness March 22, 2012

There will not be a Colon Cancer Walk in 2012. Instead OSGNA will raffle baskets at the 52nd OSGNA Educational Conference on March 24, 2012. Tickets will be available for purchase for $1 each or 6 tickets for $5, and 12 tickets for $10. All proceeds from the basket raffle will be donated to The Colon Cancer Awareness Task Force Of Cincinnati.

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America October 26, 2010

Central Ohio Chapter

Ohio Nurses Day

The Judy Staley Endoscopy Symposium October 12, 2010

The Judy Staley Endoscopy Symposium is scheduled for November 13, 2010, 7:00am—4:00pm, at the Bethesda North Hospital Goulder Room. Download the brochure.

Sad News September 29, 2010

Sorry to pass along news of this kind, I was deeply saddened to learn that Bessie Allen passed away last Friday. Her orbituary is in today's Columbus Dispatch (if you want to look it up) which mentioned her involvement in OSGNA including being a past president. During the time she was on the board her name was Bessie Bartrum. --Shirley Flowers

Results of survey on the use of solidifiers in the GI suiteSeptember 8, 2010

At the March Conference a survey was passed out about the use of solidifiers in the GI suite. There were 133 surveys given out and 79 surveys were returned. There were 28 hospitals and 15 freestanding facilities represented in the returned surveys. Only 3 hospitals used solidifiers, the rest did not. 5 hospitals and 10 freestanding units flushed away liquid waste. 19 hospitals and 5 freestanding units put the liquid waste in biohazard container. 4 hosp. used neptunes or equivalent. It was pretty even number on those using hard or soft suction canisters as collection devices. 3 facilities used a combination of both. --Joan Metze

Free CE on IBD Module IIMay 12, 2010

Resolutions for the House of Delegates meeting in Orlando March 19, 2010

Please read these resolutions and let me know how you would like us to vote on them at the Housse of Delegates meeting. Please email your response to by April15th. Thank you. Debbie Vance

Free CE offering until the end of MarchMarch 14, 2010

There is a free CE offering at, only until the end of March 2010.

Call for the HOD Vice-Speaker February 15, 2010

For any of you (or your friends/colleagues) who may be interested, please share this.

From the latest SGNA e-newsletter:

“Take your SGNA involvement to the next level in a leadership position; consider running for the SGNA House of Delegates Vice-Speaker! The House of Delegates occurs each year at the SGNA Annual Course and is a forum for regional delegates and alternates to present their ideas (in the form of a resolution) to the membership. The Vice-Speaker election will occur at the First House of Delegates meeting on Friday, April 30 at 3:00 pm.

Vice-Speaker responsibilities:

If you are interested in running for this position, contact Kristin Dee at (800) 245-7462 to learn more."

If you have any questions, please let me know.

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Margie Lanza

Betty Wabnitz's award presentation

The 2007 OSGNA Genia Spaulding Service Award Recipient: Betty Wabnitz

Congratulations to Betty Wabnitz, RN! Betty has been a nurse for 31 years, 29 of which have been at The University Hospital in Cincinnati. She has selflessly offered her assistance to many regional OSGNA meetings, often working behind the scenes. She is an excellent nurse, mentor, and GI professional. We are very fortunate to have her in our region. Betty was presented with a certificate, a gift and a $1,000.00 check. Congrats and thanks for all you've done!

Genia Spaulding's award presentation

The OSGNA Genia Spaulding Service Award

Genia Spaulding Honored: At the March 2007 OSGNA Regional Education Course, longtime OSGNA Board Member Genia Spaulding was honored for her many years of dedication and service to our region. The "OSGNA GI Nurse of the Year Award" has been renamed as the "OSGNA Genia Spaulding Service Award" She was presented with a gift and a certificate/plaque. Genia has been involved for over two decades with OSGNA. We are greatly appreciative of her tireless works. OSGNA would not be where it is today without Genia Spaulding

Free Internet CEU offerings

Robert Michael Communications is offering free online or print CEU offerings to all. They also have "Live Lectures" available on a variety of health issues. Their current offering is titled " Management of Increasingly frequent and severe Clostridium difficile associated disease." Please go to for more information.

VERUSMED with educational grants from TAP Pharmaceuticals also has free monthly internet CEU offerings related specifically to GI issues. These offerings can be found by logging onto

For registration questions or information call 1-888-229-6263. You may request to have articles faxed to your office or home on a monthly basis and may fax or use the internet to post results. Certificates may be downloaded after successful completion of the post-test.

Help Us Celebrate 30 Years

2008 Marks the 30th Anniversary of region. We are encouraging all GI staff to help us celebrate this milestone by joining the SGNA and participating in all that SGNA and OSGNA have to offer.

Nurses Day At The State House

OSGNA will be a sponsor again for this event. It always takes place in March. Plan on taking part in this very worthwhile day. We will keep you posted on the exact date when we find out.

New Services for THE SCOPE - Please send us your ideas!

How about spotlighting your place of employment in a future newsletter? You can send us a picture of the staff and tell us about your unit/office.

What is the funniest thing you’ve experienced in GI?

Do you have any great survival tips for those of us short staffed or on call? How do you cope?

Is there a question that you have that we might be able to help with? Send your email to or go to our Web site and click on the “Contact the Ohio SGNA” link at the bottom of the screen. Don’t forget to leave us your name and contact number.

2005 Course Objectives

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