Schedule of Events

SGNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Educational sessions are being approved by ABCGN for GI-specific contact hours and CBSPD for CBSPD-specific contact hours on a rolling basis. If a session is not listed as offering GI or CBSPD-specific contact hour(s), it may not have been approved by the accrediting organization yet. Please continue to check back on the website for updates.

Check out what you can expect at the Annual Course this May by viewing this year's Annual Course Program Guide

Continue to check back often for educational program updates for the SGNA 45th Annual Course. 

Pre-Meeting Events

Friday, May 18, 2018

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

LS-01: Regional Leadership Session | 3.75 Contact Hours

This condensed version of the SGNA Regional Leadership Conference summarizes expectations, responsibilities and resources available to local leaders. The meeting will provide abundant opportunities to network, learn and exchange information and ideas with local leaders. Anyone who is currently a SGNA Regional Leader or considering becoming a Regional Leader should attend.

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

OS-01: GI/Endoscopy Nursing Review Course | 14.25 Contact Hours | 14.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Kelly Osborne, MSN RN CGRN
Mary Grealish, MSN RN CGRN

The GI/Endoscopy Nursing Review Course will provide an overview of key areas related to GI/endoscopy nursing practice. Additionally, tips on how to prepare for the CGRN Certification exam will be presented.

*Two-day long course

$285 Member / $435 Non-member

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

OS-02: Nuts and Bolts for Hospital and Ambulatory Managers | 3.75 Contact Hours

Betty L. McGinty, MS HSA BS RN CGRN
Cynthia M. Friis, MEd BSN RN-BC
Dan Lantos, MSN RN CNML

During this session, we will explore how ”small” can have a powerful impact on one’s overall personal and professional goals.  We will share tips on how to determine if the teachings have made an impact while breaking the stigma of customer service, since it’s time to start giving patients the experience we would want for ourselves. Cover how to ensure how budgets are managed correctly, through conducting budget preparation for the nurse manager or director of an endoscopy unit. And finally, develop as strong understanding of the  three main categories of budgets that comprise operations: capital, operation, and productivity.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

OS-03: Imaging Interpretations for ERCP and EUS Procedure Skills | 3.75 Contact Hours | 3.75 GI-Specific Contact Hours| 3.75 CBSPD Contact Hours

Jason Korenblit, MD

Attendees will be exposed to an overview of endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP) and common therapeutic applications. Attendees will review normal imaging findings of the gastrointestinal tract as well as findings associated with disease states and pathology. Clinical application of these technologies will also be discussed.

8:30 am - 10:30 am

OS-04: EUS-The Basics | 2.00 Contact Hours | 2.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours | Contact Hours 2.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Jeanine Penberthy, MSN RN CGRN

This course will cover the EUS imaging of the digestive tract. The physics of Ultrasound will be reviewed. The anatomy will be described in the context of a live image. There will also be an interactive review of the anatomy. The procedures performed during EUS, such as: Fine Needle aspiration, Fine Needle Injection, Fiducial Placement, and Pseudocyst drainage will be reviewed. The role of the nurse/assistant during these procedures will be covered, along with the potential complication and how to avoid/treat.

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

OS-05: Looping and Abdominal Pressure: A Visual Guide to a Successful Colonoscopy | 3.75 Contact Hours | 3.75 CBSPD Contact Hours

Jim Prechel, AA GTS
Ray Hucke, MPH OT

This 4-hour class will incorporate a formal 90-minute lecture along with two hours of hands-on demonstration.  The lecture will cover the theory behind the hands-on application and will provide informative visual guidance to achieve the objective of each technique.  In the hands-on portion of the class, the attendees will have an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the 19 techniques taught.  The lecture and hands-on portion will discuss the various loops that may form during colonoscopy and the techniques used to prevent the loop from re-forming.  The goal of this course is that all attendees will learn and perform each technique and be able to take the skill back to their department to perfect and share with coworkers.  

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

LS-02: House of Delegates Workshop | 2.00 Contact Hours

This workshop is designed to introduce Delegates and Alternates to the workings of a House of Delegates and its role in a professional society. Basics of parliamentary procedure will be reviewed and attendees will participate in mock sessions of both a House of Delegates and a Reference Hearing. Find out what happens and how you can participate.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

OS-06: Employee Engagement for Nurse Managers | 2.75 Contact Hours

Kristen L. Seay, MSN RN CGRN

Companies are realizing that the leaders are responsible for engaging employees, in addition to executing the company’s strategies. Leadership development is essential for building a successful team. Building a culture which is aligned with the beliefs and values of the company, attracts people who are comfortable in it, thus producing a high level of engagement as a result.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

OS-08: Advanced Hands-on EUS | 2.75 Contact Hours | 2.75 CBSPD Contact Hours

Jay Lardizabal, MAN BSN RN CGRN
Jane Magtoto, BSN RN CGRN
Marilyn Johnston, RN CGRN
Michele Tyring, BSN RN CGRN

At the end of this 3-hour intensive hands-on course, the participants will possess knowledge and skills related to the indications, set-up, and techniques of Endoscopic Ultrasound. 

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

OS-07: Techniques, Equipment, Procedures and Outcomes of ESD, POEM and EMR | 2.00 Contact Hours | 2.00 GI- Specific Contact Hours | 2.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

John DeWitt, MD

This session will provide an update on the setup, use and troubleshooting of endoscopy devices and electrosurgical equipment for advanced endoscopic procedures such as endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). Data on the utility of these procedures for various indications will be addressed. Time will be allotted for questions.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

OS-09: Reprocessing Specialty Endoscopes | 2.00 Contact Hours | 2.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Ann Herrin, BSN RN CGRN CFER
Jim Collins, BS RN CNOR

This session will give an overview of reprocessing issues related to specialty endoscopes which will highlight  any new issue(s) over the past year. We will also examine regulatory standards, professional society standards,  and manufacturer validated processes for reprocessing GI endoscopes. We will explore barriers to effectively reprocess specialty endoscopes. It is a great session to get needed updates to keep your endoscopy unit on track. 

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

House of Delegates First Meeting and Vice-Speaker Election

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

House of Delegates Reference Hearing and Voting

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Regional Rechartering Ceremony

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

7:30 am - 12:00 pm

OS-10: Train the Trainer: The Reprocessing Competency Defined | 3.50 Contact Hours | 3.50 CBSPD Contact Hours

Jim Collins, BS RN CNOR
Betty L. McGinty, MS HSA BS RN CGRN
Ann Herrin, BSN RN CGRN CFER
Laura Schneider RN, CGRN, CASC
Cathleen Shellnutt, MSN RN AGCNS-BC CGRN
Michelle Gregory, LPN
Christine Wahinehookae, BSN RN CGRN

This course is for the nurse or technician in the GI setting who is responsible for ensuring that the cleaning and disinfection of endoscopes is done safely and effectively. The session will offer hands-on opportunities to practice the reprocessing steps.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

OS-11: Basic Hands-on ERCP | 3.75 Contact Hours | 3.75 CBSPD Contact Hours

Barbara A. Zuccala, MSN RN CGRN
Judith Currier, BSN, RN CGRN
Jay Lardizabal, MAN BSN RN CGRN
Michele Tyring, BSN RN CGRN
Jodi Mouton, MHA BSN RN CGRN
Michelle Oilar, CST

At the end of this 4-hour intensive hands-on course, the participants will possess knowledge and skills necessary for BASIC ERCP. 

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

OS-12: Provide Better Care by Investing in your Knowledge: Learn more about Motility /pH Procedure Areas | 3.75 Contact Hours

Ellen M. Fern, BSN RN CGRN
Janet R. King, BSN RN DIPL CGRN
Rebecca A. Chandler, BSN RN CGRN
Nancy Denton, BSN RN CGRN

This 4 hour presentation will provide an opportunity to expand your Nursing Practice to better understand the activities taking place in a Motility pH testing Procedure area. An overview of the anatomy and physiology of the swallowing tract will be presented. Both Esophageal motility disorders and GERD will be discussed. The patho physiology related to esophageal disorders using the Chicago Classification will be reviewed including the most recent recommended treatments according to research. Hands on opportunities with both demonstration and breakout tables will be offered using the latest technology available for both Motility and pH testing.

8:30 am - 12:30 pm

OS-13: Engaging Your Patients: Surefire Strategies to Raise Satisfaction Scores, Decrease Miscommunication and Dramatically Enhance Compliance | 3.75 Contact Hours | 3.75 CBSPD Contact Hours

Edward Leigh, MA

According to the Joint Commission, effective communication is a cornerstone of patient safety. This high-energy interactive program will empower you with the skills to dramatically improve the quality of interactions with patients. You will learn strategies to raise your patient satisfaction scores through the roof! The session covers: opening and closing patient interviews with impact, strategies to gain patient trust, empathic responding to establish immediate rapport, questioning techniques to quickly and efficiently get information, dealing with angry patients and top tips to educate your patients. The evidence-based techniques presented will significantly enhance the patient experience (and decrease your stress!).

8:30 am - 11:30 am

LS-03: Leadership in Action | 2.75 Contact Hours

Cathy Bauer, MSN RNBS MBA CGRN CFER
Colleen Keith, MSN RN CGRN
Eileen R. Babb, BSN RN CGRN CFER
Kris Barman, BSN RN CGRN
Michelle Day, MSN RN CGRN

Learn from SGNA officers some of the leadership skills learned in Henry Givray’s Leadership Institute and how they have been applied in their own practice settings both professional and personal.  Energy management, crucial conversations, goal setting, mentoring, and building success in your region are some of the skills presented in this interactive presentation. This session is designed to “pay it forward“ to the rising members in SGNA, to encourage and better equip them to take the next steps in SGNA involvement. 

8:30 am - 11:30 am

OS-14: Legal Issues in Documentation: How Documentation Wins the Case! | 2.75 Contact Hours | 2.75 CBSPD Contact Hours

Carol M. Stock, JD, MN, RN

Timely documentation, contemporaneous with the procedure or event is your best defense against malpractice and is key to good patient care. But, how do you document factually, timely and accurately in “real world” endoscopy practice? Is “checking the boxes” enough and what is considered “timely” anyway? How do you describe adverse events without accusing or attaching blame? How do you correct inaccurate documentation without raising suspicion of a cover-up? This session will explore “best practice” documentation in every day practice situations and suggest ways to improve your documentation skill. Leave equipped with smarter, faster documentation tools. (Send documentation questions/situations prior to session for possible discussion in the session to cstock@carolstock.com)

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

LS-04: Creating Healthy, Ethical, and Safe Work Environments- the Role of the Nurse Leader | 2.00 Contact Hours | 2.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Jayne Willis, MSN RN NEA-BC CENP

Nurse Leaders face multiple challenges in today’s complex healthcare environment.  This session will explore how transformational nurse leaders can influence healthy work environments that result in nurse satisfaction and optimal patient outcomes.  Strategies to promote effective communication and to build teamwork will be presented.  Leadership behaviors and frameworks that drive quality and safety outcomes will be discussed.  Participants will be challenged to reflect on their roles as nurse leaders and the opportunities they have to impact positive change.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

OS-15: Excel Your Skills: Analyze & Interpret Wireless Capsule Endoscopy, PH Study, PH Impedance, Esophageal & Anorectal Manometry | 2.75 Contact Hours

Simi Joseph, DNP APN NP-C

Gastroenterology specialty has many diagnostic tests to identify and treat different conditions of the GI tract. Gastroenterologists primarily focus on endoscopy and its interventions. To make a definite diagnosis in gastroenterology, there are additional testings’ required to aid a physician to confirm the diagnosis. Some of them are Wireless capsule endoscopy, wireless PH study, Catheter based PH Impedance study, Esophageal manometry and Anorectal manometry. The diagnosis that can be made by these testing are: GI bleed, Angiodysplasia, small bowel tumors, Carcinoid syndrome, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, GERD, Non erosive reflux disease, Achalasia, Nutcracker esophagus, Prysbyesophagus, Diffuse esophageal spasm, Cricopharyngeal Achalasia, Anal sphincter dysfunction and Fecal incontinence. Those diagnostic tests are non-sedated procedures done in a GI lab that can be easily done by a trained GI nurse or Nurse Practitioners. Earning a certification and performing these tests, analyze, and interpret the results with gastroenterologists, makes a gastroenterology nurse valuable to the practice. This 3 hour workshop will have valuable learning opportunities for all gastroenterology nurses, on performing procedures, its analysis and interpretation of the results based on a patient presentation.

1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

OS-16: Train the Trainer: The Reprocessing Competency Defined | 3.50 Contact Hours | 3.50 CBSPD Contact Hours

Jim Collins, BS RN CNOR
Betty L. McGinty, MS HSA BS RN CGRN
Ann Herrin, BSN RN CGRN CFER
Laura Schneider RN, CGRN, CASC
Cathleen Shellnutt, MSN RN AGCNS-BC CGRN
Michelle Gregory, LPN
Christine Wahinehookae, BSN RN CGRN

This course is for the nurse or technician in the GI setting who is responsible for ensuring that the cleaning and disinfection of endoscopes is done safely and effectively. The session will offer hands-on opportunities to practice the reprocessing steps.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

OS-17: Advanced Hands-on ERCP | 3.75 Contact Hours | 3.75 CBSPD Contact Hours

Barbara A. Zuccala, MSN RN CGRN
Judith Currier, BSN, RN CGRN
Jay Lardizabal, MAN BSN RN CGRN
Michele Tyring, BSN RN CGRN
Jodi Mouton, MHA BSN RN CGRN
Michelle Oilar, CST

At the end of this 4-hour intensive hands-on course, the participants will possess knowledge and skills necessary for ADVANCED ERCP. 

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

OS-18: Achieving Accreditation with AAAHC | 3.75 Contact Hours

Cheryl Pistone, BSN MA MBA
Ray Grundman, MSN MPA FNP-BC CASC

Led by experienced accreditation surveyors, this session will help attendees understand the accreditation process and better prepare for their initial or re-accreditation survey.  This presentation will take an in-depth look at the accreditation standards, review compliance tips and discuss the most common challenges that GIEC/ASC’s encounter during the accreditation process. This program is designed for both GIEC/ASC’s undergoing accreditation for the first time and GIEC/ASC’s preparing for re-accreditation.

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General Sessions

Sunday, May 20, 2018

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Opening Ceremonies and Special Announcements

8:30 am - 10:00 am

GS-01: Keeping the Fires Lit | 1.50 Contact Hours

D.J. Vanas, MS

We all start our career with a desire to fight to make a difference. Over time, we get into a rhythm that can become routine – and then a rut. Suddenly, we're no longer fighting to make a difference, but fighting only to make it to the weekend! So how do we get that fire back? D.J. will reignite your spark of purpose, passion and performance by sharing an arsenal of ways to stay motivated, inspired and combat your stress.  After all, motivation isn’t automatic – it must be done on purpose, with purpose, and D.J. will show you how.

10:15 am - 11:45 am

GS-02: Invisible Influence: The Microbiome and Human Health| 1.50 Contact Hours

Jack Gilbert, PhD

We will discuss evidence of these mechanisms of interaction and how we have started to disturb the delicate balance of the immune-microbe equilibrium, impacting the development and function of our immune systems. Applying new strategies to identify how the microbial ecosystem correlates with diseases states and treatment efficacy through Microbiome-Wide Association Studies (MWAS) is altering the trajectory of precision medicine, and providing a new framework for facilitating patient care.

Monday, May 21, 2018

8:15 am - 9:45 am

GS-03: Liver Logic | 1.50 Contact Hours | 1.50 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Barbara Bancroft, RN MSN PNP

This session will provide an update and overview of liver structure, function, assessment, and pathology. The liver performs 500 functions--this session will describe the most clinically relevant including metabolism of drugs, storage functions, and synthesis of proteins. Diseases discussed include all types of hepatitis as well as acute and chronic liver failure.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Closing Ceremonies

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

GS-04: Bring it on...Strategies to Create a Positive Workplace | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Meg Soper, RN

We need to be effective communicators, whether on the front line or in a leadership role. ‘Bring It On … Strategies to Create a Positive Workplace’ is a high energy, interactive presentation where Meg examines how emotions, perceptions, and preconceived ideas impact our day-to-day interactions with others – especially across the generations. Meg offers a lighthearted yet practical perspective on creating and maintaining a positive workplace environment by exploring the changing work culture and how we can develop strategies to communicate effectively, and build stronger relationships with our peers and our teams.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

8:30 am - 10:00 am

GS-01: Keeping the Fires Lit | 1.50 Contact Hours

D.J Vanas, MS

We all start our career with a desire to fight to make a difference. Over time, we get into a rhythm that can become routine – and then a rut. Suddenly, we're no longer fighting to make a difference, but fighting only to make it to the weekend! So how do we get that fire back? D.J. will reignite your spark of purpose, passion and performance by sharing an arsenal of ways to stay motivated, inspired and combat your stress.  After all, motivation isn’t automatic – it must be done on purpose, with purpose, and D.J. will show you how.

10:15 am - 11:45 am

GS-02: Invisible Influence: The Microbiome and Human Health| 1.50 Contact Hours

Jack Gilbert, PhD

We will discuss evidence of these mechanisms of interaction and how we have started to disturb the delicate balance of the immune-microbe equilibrium, impacting the development and function of our immune systems. Applying new strategies to identify how the microbial ecosystem correlates with diseases states and treatment efficacy through Microbiome-Wide Association Studies (MWAS) is altering the trajectory of precision medicine, and providing a new framework for facilitating patient care.

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

CS-01: Demystifying the Liver and Its Functions | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Teri A. Derimanoczy, MSN FNP-BC RN CGRN

The Liver can be a daunting organ to understand and develop an understanding of the complex anatomy/structure and function.  This lecture will hopefully demystify some of those questions about the lab values, liver functions and purpose of this very important organ.

CS-02: Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Role of Food, Probiotics, Medication and Other Therapies | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Lenore Lamanna, Ed.D.ANP-C

GI nurses should be well versed on new and emerging treatments for the management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This lecture will discuss an overview of the recent ROME IV criteria for the diagnosis of IBS.  A discussion of the role of dietary sources, probiotics, pharmacological and non pharmacological will be presented.

CS-03: Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Implementation of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey | 1.00 Contact Hours

Kathy Wilson, RN MHA

Review the current status of OAS-CAHPS survey with regards to implementation as an ASC Quality Measure.  The survey components will be reviewed and information shared on Best Practices for using the survey data to improve the patient experience.

CS-04: Gastric Cancer: Beyond the Sleeping Giant | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

John C. Lipham, MD

Gastric Cancer develops in the lining of your stomach from mucus secreting cells. In the early stages there are no symptoms. Sadly, most symptoms reflect advanced disease. By the time the patient develops symptoms, it is almost invariably too advanced for a cure. Globally gastric cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer and the third leading cause of death. This cancer remains difficult to cure in Western societies because most present with advance disease. This lecture will explore in the depth the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of this deadly sleeping giant.

CS-05: Bored with Barrett's: Diagnosing Gastric Intestinal Metaplasia, Meckel's, & Pancreatic Rests | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific

Patricia Raymond, MD FACP

We all know what to do with the border disorder that is Barretts, but what about other mucosal heterotopia: intestinal mucosa in the stomach, stomach mucosa in the intestine, pancreas mucosa in the stomach...what's going on with all this meandering mucosa? Join us for a discussion about how to diagnose and manage various misplaced gastrointestinal mucosa.

CS-06: Pulmonary Thermoplasty | 1.00 Contact Hours

Tabarak Qureshi, MD FCCP

Bronchial Thermoplasty. An established treatment for severe persistent asthma.

CS-07: Emergency Preparedness Strengthens the Team | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Janet L. Hannah, RN CGRN

This presentation will address emergency preparedness as related to the endoscopy  suite.  Emergency situations arise in all areas where endoscopy is performed and in all areas of care from admission to discharge.   It will identify the most common endoscopic emergency situations, their signs and symptoms, and their interventions.   Precautions to take to avoid endoscopic complications will be covered. This program will be of benefit to the novice nurse or the endoscopy technician and a review to the more competent nurse/assistant.

CS-08: Understanding the Role of the Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant in the Endoscopy Suite | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Nick Davies, CAA

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants practice in 18 jurisdictions and are a growing profession in the United States. As members of the anesthesia care team, CAAs work alongside physician anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists to provide high quality, safe anesthesia care to their patients. This session will help endoscopy team members learn about what CAAs are and what their role is in the care of the endoscopy patient

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

CS-09: Optimizing Gastrointestinal Permeability Issues by Treatment with Spore-based Probiotics | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Brian McFarlin, PhD FACSM FTOS

Meal-related, dietary endotoxemia is a condition that affects approximately 1/3 of individuals living in Western society. Individual differences in gut permeability and/or microbiota composition have been purported as the chief factors effecting dietary endotoxemia risk. Habitual, repeated dietary endotoxemia may increase the risk of developing a chronic, inflammatory diseases (i.e. CVD, type II DM, etc.). In this session, we will explore current data regarding probiotic treatment with an emphasis on selection of treatments with the best potential to improve human health.

CS-10: FAP Mishap: A Tale of Two Patients | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Patricia Raymond, MD FACP

Familial Adenomatous Polyposis affects 1 in 10,000 to 30,000 Americans who  experience 100% risk of colon cancer, and FAP doesn't end with a total colectomy for removal of their hundreds of polyps. Follow this journey of two real FAP patients through pancreatitis from symptomatic ampulla polyps, surgical resection of giant small bowel polyps, bowel obstruction from abdominal desmoid tumors, and Wilm's tumor of the kidney.  How do we diagnose, monitor and support our FAP patients? Can pharmacotherapy reduce risk of polyp growth in FAP? What are the extracolonic manifestations of the APC gene mutation? Our responsibility doesn't end when the colon does.

CS-11: Antihistamine use prior to infliximab infusions: A review of the evidence | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Kerri Fournier, BSN RN CPN

The presentation will provide an overview of the use of infliximab infusions for the treatment of pediatric Crohn's disease and the findings from an evidence based review of current literature regarding pre-treatment with an antihistamine, versus no pretreatment. Implications for nursing practice and future research related to antihistamine pretreatment of infliximab will be discussed.

CS-12: Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Clinical Challenges | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Peter Buch, MD AGAF FACP

Inflammatory Bowel Disease affects approximately 1.6 million Americans. The evaluation and treatment can be challenging. Through very interactive and compelling cases, the attendee will have a better understanding of current therapies for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.  In addition, the attendee will become familiar with the  controversies in therapy.

CS-13: Narcan: Friend or Foe? A Review of the Evidence | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Dru Riddle, PhD DNP CRNA

The purpose of this session is to review the evidence-based pharmacology of Narcan along with the pathophysiology of these unwanted serious side effects.  Dosing recommendations along with tips and tricks when using Narcan will be explored.

CS-14: A Proposal to Increase Colon Cancer Screening Rates in African Americans in the City of Detroit | 1.00 Contact Hours | 0.83 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Jason Sims, BSN RN

In the State of Michigan African Americans have the highest incidence of new diagnosis’ and mortality rates related to colon cancer. Assessments will provide data to formulate a program to decrease barriers to screening.

CS-15: Healthcare Policy Committee: Promoting The Future of Nursing Issues as They Relate to SGNA Programs | 1.00 Contact Hours

Afton Becker, BSN RN CGRN
Conrad Worrell, RN CGRN CSN
Katherine A. Vinci, DIPL RNC CGRN

The Healthcare Policy Committee supports SGNA’s efforts to advance the objectives in the IOM Future of Nursing report and relate them to SGNA’s current programs. Last year the committee worked to define and develop a video campaign that will leverage our SGNA programs and volunteers to advance key objectives from the IOM Future of Nursing report. We focused on three initiatives and matched them with SGNA programs.Based on these top three initiatives we developed Find Your Voice video series, which will be presented. Next we will “present the committee’s next steps in supporting the other priorities of the IOM report”

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

CS-16: Writing for Publication | 2.00 Contact Hours

Kathy Baker, PhD RN ACNS-BC FAAN

This presentation by the Gastroenterology Nursing Journal Editor will discuss the "how-to" of writing for publication including tips for increasing the success of being published. Gastroenterology nurse authors and members of the editorial board will be present to talk one-on-one with workshop attendees. Participants complete the workshop with the beginnings of a published manuscript.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

8:15 am - 9:45 am

GS-03: Liver Logic | 1.50 Contact Hours

Barbara Bancroft, RN MSN PNP

This session will provide an update and overview of liver structure, function, assessment, and pathology. The liver performs 500 functions--this session will describe the most clinically relevant including metabolism of drugs, storage functions, and synthesis of proteins. Diseases discussed include all types of hepatitis as well as acute and chronic liver failure.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

CS-17: Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Tools for Successful Treatment | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Peter Buch, MD AGAF FACP

In this session we will review the various manifestations of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  We will also show how to distinguish Irritable Bowel Syndrome from Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  We will review the importance of "Alarm Symptoms."  Finally, we will share several clinical tools that lead to successful management of IBS. All this will be done in a very interactive, case based format.

CS-18: Evidence-based Practice and Research 101 | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA
Teresita Foliacci, BSN RN CGRN

This session will review the process of submitting a nursing research application at your institution.  We will discuss how to develop the research question,  the pre requisites prior to applying for a nursing research project and the application process.  We will also discuss the nursing research process.

CS-19: A Survival Guide for the GI NurseTechnician-Its Time for Self-Care | 1.00 Contact Hours | 0.16 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Barbara A. Zuccala, MSN RN CGRN

The environment in the GI unit is extremely busy with high-stress, requests from physicians, patients and family members and sometimes co-workers. The GI nurse is expected to be very skillful and knowledgeable in all aspects of GI nursing. They are valued for their scientific knowledge and their ability to remain current and proficient in this technology driven field. This presentation will address the unique stressors that GI nurses are exposed to, and how to recognize when the stress is adversely affecting their health and attitude. The importance for integrating, valuing and practicing self-care will be discussed. Interventions for self-care will be described and demonstrated.

CS-20: Laser Lithotripsy Patients with Large Biliary & Pancreatic Duct Stones | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Keith C. Bilbrew, BSN RN CGRN

This session will discuss the use of the  Holmium laser lithotripsy for large stone management, through direct visualization of the stones via cholangioscopy. Description of the procedure and types of patients that will be candiates for the Lithotripsy. Equipment settings and the handling of the laser will be discussed. Success and failure rates, as well as compications post procedure.  Video case studies will be presented of CBD and pancreatic duct lithotripsy with EUS confirmation of stones.

CS-21: GI Academy | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Christa Allen, BSN RN CGRN CNML
Emma Townsend, RMAII NCAII

The GI Academy is a strategy for improving teamwork, increasing employee engagement, and expanding staff knowledge. A topic is assigned to each group, the employee researches and then presents current best practice and techniques to staff at a monthly meeting. The goal is to promote a collaborative team approach, ensuring safe and quality care. This collaboration has led to every team member taking responsibility in our team’s success. The GI Academy is utilized as a method to encourage ongoing education for all staff members and has resulted in effective communication and increased work culture.  In addition, the GI Academy promotes a stronger team through shared expertise leading to better patient outcomes.

CS-22: Unraveling the Mysteries of Esophageal Manometry | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Julie A. Forsberg, DIPL CGRN
Karyn L. Pechinski, BSN RN CGRN

This presentation will detail the anatomy of a swallow, esophageal manometry indications, and how to understand the components of a swallow as seen on manometry. Multiple studies will illustrate disease processes with abnormal manometric findings.

CS-23: The Use of Carbon Dioxide in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Eileen R. Babb, BSN RN CGRN CFER
Nancy S. Schlossberg, BA BSN RN CGRN

Carbon Dioxide insufflation offers significant potential benefits such as lesser post procedural pain for patients undergoing many types of endoscopic procedures. CO2 is a gas with physical characteristics that make it more soluble in water than environmental air, which is why it is rapidly cleared by respiration as it reaches the alveoli following absorption from the gut lumen into the circulation. There has been some concern regarding the use of CO2 as an insufflation agent in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease because this patient group may have an increased risk of CO2 retention. This presentation will explore the role, efficacy, and safety considerations of using CO2 in the GI lab.

CS-24: ERCP: An Associate’s Perspective | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Christian J. Kammerman

This presentation is geared toward associates and nurses who are new to Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatography.  A brief review of biliary anatomy will be followed a description of biliary pathophysiology involving stones and strictures.  Techniques such as cannulation, sphincterotomy, dilation, and stenting will be covered.  Tools of the trade will include guidewires, tomes, balloons, needle knives.  More advanced procedures such as cholangioscopy,  pancreatoscopy and EHL will bo covered as well.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

CS-25: The Pancreas in Focus: A Guide for the GI Nurse and Technician | 1.50 Contact Hours | 1.50 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Jay Lardizabal, MAN BSN RN CGRN

This session aims to provide valuable information to the beginner GI nurses and technicians about the pancreas, its disorders, and the diagnostic and treatment options available today. In the end, the participants will have a better understanding of the concepts to be better equipped in the clinical setting—ultimately delivering the best care on par with current standards.

CS-26: GERD and the Progression of Esophageal Cancer | 1.50 Contact Hours | 1.50 GI-Specific Contact Hours

John C. Lipham, MD

The purpose of this presentation is to shed new light on and completely change the treatment paradigm of reflux, disease progression and complications.  Esophageal cancers is the sixth most common cause of death worldwide, more ever, it is estimated that more than twenty thousand NEW cases in the United States alone will be diagnosed.  Esophageal cancer has seen a 600% rise in incidence and there are currently NO national screening recommendations.  You will come away from this presentation with a whole new perspective and plan on the treatment of reflux disease.

CS-27: Mentoring Partnerships; Stronger Together | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Cynthia M. Friis, MEd BSN RN-BC
Lisa Heard, MSN RN CGRN CPHQ

A mentor has been defined as a wise and trusted counselor or teacher. In healthcare, mentors play an important role in clinician development. Mentorship partnerships between a mentor and mentee have a positive influence in several areas. Studies show that mentorship relationships have additional benefits such as decreasing medical errors, enhancing staff retention, improving recruitment and aiding in leadership development. Successful mentoring includes finding the right mentor and establishing goals for the partnership. This session will aid in the development of a mentor relationship from finding the right mentor to managing the relationship.  Group discussions, role playing, information sharing and interactive exercises will be utilized to enhance learning.  Participants will take away tools for development and maintaining a successful mentorship relationship.

CS-28: Endoscopic Suturing Therapy | 1.50 Contact Hours | 1.50 CBSPD Contact Hours

Andre Teixeira, MD

Endoscopic suturing a new procedure that allows for the bariatric endoscopist to provide new hope for patients with lower BMI that would not qualify for bariatric surgery or for patients that have already done bariatric surgery but has weight regain.

CS-29: Lean: Straight from the Toolbox | 1.50 Contact Hours 

James Barnett, PhD MSN RN

The purpose of this offering is to review common Lean tools focusing on their purpose, benefits and pitfalls, and to explore the most common uses of the tools. These tools are not what most people would list as Lean tools however. In this session we will explore the three essential tools to successful lean implementation – the heart, the eyes, and the mind.  At the end of this program, participants will have an understanding of the three foundational tools of Lean as well as five other instruments they can use to drive process change at their organization.

CS-30: How to Build Digestive and Pulmonary Servicelines | 1.50 Contact Hours 

Christine Hustedt, MHA

An in depth look at all the parts and pieces needed to build comprehensive digestive and pulmonary service lines. How to achieve executive, physician, clinical staff, and interdepartmental buy in will be discussed. How to utilize that buy in to get capital approval for necessary equipment and facilities will be touched on. Also included will be marketing techniques and community/physician relation tactics. Finally, financial metrics and improvements will be reviewed in order to demonstrate what constitutes a financially viable program. Financial metrics discussed will include, coding, billing, and reimbursements topics.

CS-31: Best Practices for Specimen Preparation in the GI Lab | 1.50 Contact Hours | 1.25 GI-Specific Contact Hours  | 1.50 CBSPD Contact Hours

Aileen Laboriante, BSN RN
Eileen R. Babb, BSN RN CGRN CFER

Accurate specimen collection is vital for the recovery of pathogenic organisms responsible for diagnosis and staging. This presentation was developed to equip the Endoscopy personnel with best practice information regarding the collection and preparation of specimens obtained from a multitude of procedures including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, bronchoscopy, ERCP, EUS, EBUS, ENB, EMR, and ESD. The presenters will provide perspectives from a community hospital and advanced tertiary setting. Chemical safety, specimen preparation methods, tools, and sampling techniques will be discussed. A better understanding of this foundational knowledge will enhance multidisciplinary team relationship, creating a more cohesive and mutually respectful environment.

CS-32: Four Out Of Five Doctors...Evolving Diets in GI Disease | 1.50 Contact Hours | 1.50 GI-Specific Contact Hours 

Patricia Raymond, MD FACP
Paula Gallagher, MFN RD LD

In the 50's , doctors recommended smoking for your health. More recently gastroenterologists told patients with ulcers to drink milk and eat bread to heal. Are you using new science based dietary information for your patients? It's time to update your timeworn dietary strategies and handouts. Join us and review the science on recent advances in dietary management for gastrointestinal disorders: Fatty liver, IBS, IBD, Gastroparesis, Post gastric bypass, Diverticulosis, Cirrhosis, and more!

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

CS-33: Celiac Disease or Something Else? | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours 

Peter Buch, MD AGAF FACP

Celiac Disease affects approximately 3 million Americans.  Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity affects millions more. Media attention has caused even more confusion.  Through this lecture, I intend to define the evolving picture of Celiac Disease. Through very interactive case presentations, I will review the diagnostic testing of patients already on a self imposed gluten free diet.  I will also review current and future treatments.Finally, through case examples, I will discuss how to differentiate Celiac Disease, Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

CS-34: Kudos To You: Knowing the Kudo Pit Patterns and Pan’s Polyp Classifications | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours 

Patricia Raymond, MD FACP

We've told patients that we won't know about their polyps until after the pathology report is back; turns out that's not precisely true. Today's excellence in optics provides an accurate instantaneous assessment of the histology of colon polyps which may help in decision making during colonoscopy. Did you know that if a polyp has a type 5 Kudo pit pattern, 50% were invasive cancers to the submucosal layer? What is it about that scary polyp that raises your hackles? Join us in this highly interactive session where we'll learn Kudo pit patterns as well as Paris polyp classifications to elevate your GI procedure reporting and your patient care.

CS-35: Awake! The Effect of Un-sedated Colonoscopy on Adenoma Detection Rate | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours 

Jane Magtoto, BSN RN CGRN
Jay Lardizabal, MAN BSN RN CGRN

This session presents the results of the study performed at the University of California-Irvine from June 2012 to May 2016. The results of the comparison can be surprising, however, it can also be a valuable rationale in helping the GI team make decisions based on safety.

CS-36: The Management of Difficult Endoscopic Mucosal Resections/Submucosal Resections With An Emerging Technology: Overstitch Endoscopic Suturing System | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Frances K. Schroeder, BS RN CGRN

This lecture will feature an endoscopic overstitch system used to prevent the need to send patients to the surgery suite for traditional oversew/closure of wound(s).  Case studies will be presented and discussed.

CS-37: 80% by 2018: A Community Hospitals Journey | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Eileen R. Babb, BSN RN CGRN CFER
Christine Hustedt, MHA

The tools and tactics utilized to achieve the 80% by 2018 colonoscopy screening goal, amongst employees in a community hospital will be discussed.  Topics that will be covered include, executive and employee buy in, marketing strategy, and incentive creation. In addition we will also review data analysis and tracking techniques that ensure data accuracy.

CS-38: A Collaborative Approach for Orientation of a New or Experienced Endoscopy Nurse: It Takes a Village | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Amy Jacaruso, BSN RN CGRN
Maureen Cain, MSN RN CGRN

Selection of the appropriate preceptor can enhance the success of the newly hired nursers to Endoscopy.This session will discuss the challenges of orientation for a new or experienced endoscopy nurse. We will look at the importance of communication and collaboration with the orientee, educator, preceptor and the management team. Methods will be discussed to ensure your new orientee has an effective and positive onboarding experience. Finally, we will share tools and our experiences that enhance the process for both the orientee and the preceptor.

CS-39: PEG/PEJ Delivery System — More Than Nutrition | 1.00 Contact Hours | 0.66 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Jennifer Doran, BN CNN(C)
Norma Baysa, RN
Sheryl White, BN RN CGN(C)

A novel anti- Parkinson drug Duodopa requires a delivery system PEG/PEJ to the jejunum to help reduce the common problems experienced by Parkinson's which include tremors, rigidity and dyskinesia. The criteria for patient selection will be discussed as well as a step by step demonstration of how the delivery system is installed. Pre and post procedural complications will be discussed and finally, one video clip will  show a malfunction and correction our centre has discovered and the second video will be a representative clip highlighting the clinical outcomes of patients following Duodopa using the PEG/PEJ delivery system.

CS-40: Update Endoscope Reprocessing: The Importance of Proactively Mitigating Risk | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Nancy S. Schlossberg, BA BSN RN CGRN

This session presents tips, tools, techniques and resources for conducting and implementing a multidisciplinary team, outcome-oriented GI Endoscopy unit Reprocessing Risk analysis in accordance with most current regulations, standards, guidelines, manufacturer’s instructions for use, recommended best practices and quality assurance parameters. Sample Endoscopy unit specific risk assessment and competency-based training and education tools, including cleaning verification and culturing protocols will be discussed.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

CS-41: Lyme Disease: An Emerging GI Epidemic | 1.00 Contact Hours | 0.58 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Emerald C. Bilbrew, DNP MSN RN CMSRN

This session will discuss testing and GI considerations for chronic Lyme disease patients.

CS-42: Understanding Fatty Liver Disease | 1.00 Contact Hours

Amanda Chaney, DNP ARNP FNP-BC FAANP

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is becoming more common in the United States and worldwide.  There is a wide spectrum of disease progression when discussing NAFLD. The mainstay of treatment is lifestyle modification. There are ongoing research endeavors that are promising. This session will discuss important information for the primary care provider to offer best care for the patient with NAFLD.

CS-43: SGNA Fellows & Scholars Program Update | 1.00 Contact Hours

Kathy Baker, PhD RN ACNS-BC FAAN
Dru Riddle, PhD DNP CRNA

This presentation will describe the SGNA Scholars and Fellows Programs including progress and outcomes to date.

CS-44: Beyond the Balloon Scope: Endoscopic Ultrasound in Surgically Altered Anatomy Patients | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Christian J. Kammerman

This presentation will begin with an overview of standard anatomy and progress toward the challenges encountered by surgically altered anatomy.  Traditional single balloon scope techniques will be reviewed then contrasted with cutting edge EUS procedures.  Therapies discussed will include Entero Enterostomy, Gastro Duodenostomy, and Hepatico Gastrostomy. Procedures showcased will be presented through power point demonstration as well as video including endoscopic, ultrasound, and fluoroscopic views.

CS-45: Workplace Violence | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Janet L. Hannah, RN CGRN

In August , 2015 the American Nurses Association (ANA)  presented a position statement on violence in healthcare workplaces. This presentation discusses ANA’s position statement and expands on the topic of workplace violence.  Incivility, bullying, and workplace violence will be defined.  Statistics of occurrence will be provided.  Ways to identify possible sources of violence will be discussed. Prevention strategies will be suggested. Recommendations for developing a violence prevention program will be reviewed. This presentation will be of interest to all endoscopy staff.

CS-46: Everything You Need to Know About Hepatitis C: A Step by Step Guide for the GI Nurse | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Rhoda Redulla, MSN DNP RN

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic blood-borne infection in the United States, with 3.2 million infected. This presentation will cover all aspects of Hepatitis C management and discuss nursing responsibilities during all phases of treatment. Common concerns of the GI nurse pertaining to treatment diagnostics, patient education and on-treatment medication monitoring will be covered. This session will be a blended format of lecture and workshop-style delivery.

CS-47: Tips For Tech’s: Bringing added value to the Endoscopy Unit | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Courtney Hayes, AGS MA

During this presentation, Gastrointestinal Technicians will learn information that will add to their tool box of resources. Topics include skill sets, cross training, scope handling and repair management, procedure room infection prevention, administrative support and ancillary equipment stewardship. Throughout this session the presenter will facilitate collaborative discussions as a group so attendees can share information related to their Endoscopy experience.

CS-48: Stronger Teams Among the Generations | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Laura C. Habighorst, BSN RN CGRN

For the first time in American history four generations of nurses are working in the healthcare environment.  Each generation has its own qualities and expectations of not only themselves but their work peers as well.  While each generation has its strengths, the weaknesses appear when the generations clash.  This session will not only review the four generations, their characteristics and tips for improving the strength of the workplace; but also include interviews with endoscopy nurses and their perceptions of the generations during the daily work of the endoscopy unit.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

7:00 am - 8:00 am

CS-49: Poster Oral Presentation 1 | 1.00 Contact Hours | 0.75 GI-Specific Contact Hours

The top scoring poster abstract authors will present their poster content and findings orally in 10-minute mini-sessions. Authors will share their topic expertise or research findings with attendees during this interactive offering. Abstract authors and topics will be determined by January, 2018 and additional information will be available on the SGNA website.

CS-50: Poster Oral Presentation 2 | 1.00 Contact Hours | 0.75 GI-Specific Contact Hours

The top scoring poster abstract authors will present their poster content and findings orally in 10-minute mini-sessions. Authors will share their topic expertise or research findings with attendees during this interactive offering. Abstract authors and topics will be determined by January, 2018 and additional information will be available on the SGNA website.

CS-51: Poster Oral Presentation 3 | 1.00 Contact Hours | 0.75 GI-Specific Contact Hours

The top scoring poster abstract authors will present their poster content and findings orally in 10-minute mini-sessions. Authors will share their topic expertise or research findings with attendees during this interactive offering. Abstract authors and topics will be determined by January, 2018 and additional information will be available on the SGNA website.

CS-52: Poster Oral Presentation 4 | 1.00 Contact Hours | 0.75 GI-Specific Contact Hours

The top scoring poster abstract authors will present their poster content and findings orally in 10-minute mini-sessions. Authors will share their topic expertise or research findings with attendees during this interactive offering. Abstract authors and topics will be determined by January, 2018 and additional information will be available on the SGNA website.

CS-53: Developing a Stronger Team Through Centralization of High Level Disinfection | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Betty L. McGinty, MS HSA BS RN CGRN
Lynn Sharrer, RN, MSN, CIC

This session will involve provision of details regarding one organization's decision to centralize high level disinfection.  The Director of infection Prevention will join with the Director of High Level Disinfection in sharing elements of a partnership that has resulted in a stronger team approach for achieving the highest level of high level disinfection.  The learner may follow the journey from brainstorm to reality and will receive information regarding education, communication, and an endoscopy quality monitoring program that exceeds requirements.

CS-54: Assuring Quality and Competency in a GI and Pulmonary Care Team: An Innovative Educational Approach | 1.00 Contact Hours

Angela Kranich, RN

Innovative educational courses can create an optimal learning experience to build caregiver confidence and competency. 

CS-55: Topical Mitomycin C as Adjuvant Treatment for Bronchial Stenosis/Strictures | 1.00 Contact Hours

Aileen Laboriante, BSN RN

This session discusses how Mitomycin-C helps relieve bronchial stenosis/bronchial strictures in patients with acquired benign airway stenosis.  Mitomycin-C’s pharmacologic action related to bronchial stenosis/strictures will be discussed and how it is prepared and used during bronchoscopy.

CS-56: Practical Approaches for Monitoring Reprocessing Effectiveness: Inspection and Cleaning Verification | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Harry P. Wetzler, MD MSPH
Mariah Quick, MPH

This lecture will cover practical approaches for visually examining endoscopes and conducting cleaning verification tests. The evidence will empower SGNA members to identify endoscopes that should be re-reprocessed or sent for repair. Common irregularities will be shown using video clips and photographs from study sites. The presentation will describe features of common cleaning verification tests and explain methods for microbial culturing. Sampling methods that increase test validity will be detailed. Real-world cases will illustrate the importance of performing visual inspections and cleaning verification tests. The presentation will also cover how staff should use personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves.

8:15 am - 9:15 am

CS-57: BEWARE Millennials. Colorectal Cancer is on the Rise! | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Kristen L. Seay, MSN RN CGRN

Studies indicate that three in ten colorectal cancer diagnoses are now being seen in people younger than 55 years old. In comparison, the rates among young and middle-aged adults have returned to rates seen in 1890.  There is an increased risk that when young people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, the diagnosis occurs later in the course of the disease. At this point, the cancer may be less treatable. This presentation will investigate why this trend is occurring with the next generation and what can be done as preventative education in order to save lives.

CS-58: Instituting a Hospital Wide Scope Reprocessing Committee | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours 

Kandace Mohar, BSN RN CGRN

This presentation will cover the importance of involving all stakeholders in scope reprocessing to institute a high functioning oversight committee.

CS-59: Understanding the Value and Opportunities of Professional Nursing Certification | 1.00 Contact Hours

Kathy Buffington, BSN RN CGRN

Learn the benefits of being a CGRN. This session will discuss the eligibility requirements to take the exam, recertification requirements, how the test plan is used in the construction of the exam and how the passing score is set and options for taking the exam. Test-taking tips will be discussed and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

CS-60: Dietary Management of Celiac Disease and SIBO | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific Contact Hours

Kathleen Johnson, MA RD CNSC

Overview of dietary management in celiac disease and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, with special considerations for complex patients. Learn about the gluten free and low FODMAP diets as part of management to help your patients. Become familiar with possible dietary supplements prescribed. Understand patient considerations when deciding the best course of treatment. 

CS-61: ATP or Not to ATP: That is the Question | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Misty J. Bever, BSN RN CGRN

This session will demonstrate the usefulness of ATP testing in the verification of scope processing process.

CS-62: POEM | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Tolga Erim, DO

PerOral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) is an endoscopic method for performing myotomy of the esophagus muscle and is used for treatment of achalasia.  Achalasia is a disease of the muscle of the esophagus which leads to difficulty swallowing.  POEM is minimally invasive and has started to replace the traditional laparoscopic Heller myotomy.  We will discuss this new procedure and its benefits vs shortcomings when compared with the traditional surgical approach.

CS-63: How to Write an Abstract for the SGNA Annual Course | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Jay Lardizabal, MAN BSN RN CGRN
Michele Tyring, BSN RN CGRN
Teresita Foliacci, BSN RN CGRN

This 1-hour panel discussion aims to provide information to participants who would like to learn more about formulating an abstract. This course will focus on the criteria used by SGNA and will provide tips from representatives of the program committee to become successful. A detailed instruction on how to submit the abstract using the SGNA portal will also be discussed. 

CS-64: Bariatric Session - Overview of Balloons, Sleeve, Obera Balloon and Endosuturing | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Andre Teixeira, MD

To explore and learn the different types of Endoscopic modality for the treatment of obesity available in the USA now.

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

CS-65: A Case Study: A Common Syndrome with an Unusual Presentation: Type III Achalasia following Herpes Zoster Infection | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific

Julie A. Forsberg, DIPL CGRN

The interest of this case study presentation is to consider achalasia as a possible secondary event to the herpetic illness.
Discussion will revolve around the potential relationship between shingles and type III achalasia, fundamentals of esophageal anatomy, esophageal manometry, and the role of the brain of the gut.  Finally, the effect of the virus on the myenteric plexus will be considered.  

CS-66: Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)-Guided Core Liver Biopsy: A Promising Approach to Patient Care | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Jeri Gomez, RN CGRN

Liver biopsy remains the mainstay in diagnosis and management of liver disorders. However, traditional biopsy techniques often result in sampling variability that may fail to uncover the etiology and severity of liver damage. With the emergence of newer types of EUS-guided core biopsy needles, there is increasing clinical interest among gastroenterologists to perform EUS-guided liver biopsies, when clinically appropriate.  Utilizing a modified wet-suction technique for specimen acquisition during EUS-guided liver biopsy has yielded promising results for obtaining adequate liver biopsy specimens with a positive patient response at a high-volume facility.

CS-67: Achalasia: A Unique Swallowing Disorder | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific

Nikolai A. Bildzukewicz, MD

The hallmarks of and treatments for Achalasia will be discussed in detail.

CS-69: Sepsis: Keeping Your Patient Alive | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Amanda Chaney, DNP ARNP FNP-BC FAANP

The purpose of this activity is to assist the learner in a better understanding of sepsis, how early recognition is identified, and how sepsis is treated. Nurses are key providers in early identification and management of sepsis, helping patients survive sepsis.

CS-70: Navigational Bronchoscopy and EBUS: Overview, Tips, and Best Practices 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Juan Escalon, MD

Overview of Navigational Bronchoscopy and EBUS including anatomy, procedural steps, specimen handling, outcomes, and complications.

CS-71: Cirrhosis | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Deepinder Goyal, MD

This session will cover the definition, causes, outcomes, prognosis, and management of Cirrhosis. 

CS-72: Abdominal Pain: Looking Deep May Not Always be Right! 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific

Sanjay Bhat, MD

Chronic abdominal wall pain is an under-recognized entity and so patients with this condition can undergo multiple unnecessary tests and even surgeries. This lecture will create awareness of this condition and help all become better diagnosticians.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

CS-73: Getting to the GIST of Stomach and Small Intestinal Cancer | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Susan K. Overhoff, MSN RN CGRN

The Gastic Intestinal Stromal Tumor or GIST is classified as a soft tissue malignant sarcoma affecting approximately 5000 to 6000 patients a year.  Understanding Symptoms, Diagnosis, and treatment as well as physical and psychological care of the patient is important to achieve a positive outcome and will be discussed in depth.

CS-74: Barrett’s Esophagus: The Good, The Bad and Ugly | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific

Nikolai A. Bildzukewicz, MD

The main cause of Barrett's esophagus is thought to be an adaptation to chronic acid exposure from reflux.  While no relationship exists between the severity of GERD to Barrett's esophagus, it is something that should be explored. This lecture will provide a whole new approach to the diagnosis and  management of Barrett's esophagus.

CS-75: The Need for Brand Marketing and Persuasion for Nurses | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Catherine Harris, PhD MBA RN

Patient non-compliance is rampant costing more than $250 billion per year.  Non-compliance needs to be addressed and remediated.  Nurses are in a unique position to influence patient decision making through brand marketing and persuasion techniques.

CS-76: Developing a Standardized High Level Disinfection Unit and Process | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 GI-Specific | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Amy Myers, APRN DNP ACNS-BC CNS-CP CGRN CBN

How a hospital in Alaska identified the need for a standardized unit and process for high level disinfection to include identification of gaps, challenges, and areas of opportunity.

CS-77: Raising the Level of Concern; Protecting Your Patients and You | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Lisa Heard, MSN RN CGRN CPHQ

Patient harm can occur when there is a delay in escalation of concern for a patient. Review of medical malpractice claims reveal that these delays may lead to a failure to rescue the patient resulting in high severity injuries including death. This session will focus on malpractice consequences when the team fails to escalate concerns about their patients.  Best practices with risk mitigation strategies and interventions will be presented and interactive case discussion will be utilized to illustrate the learning points.

CS-78: Photodynamic Therapy | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Raul Valor, MD

An update of the mechanism of action and rationale for use of Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT).

CS-79: Patient Satisfaction Scores:  Measuring Customer Perceptions and Values to Promote Patient Centered Care | 1.00 Contact Hours 

Julie A. Forsberg, DIPL CGRN
Linda Vainer, RN CGRN
Maureen Stresinshe, BSN RN

Patient satisfaction is a key component in measuring quality of healthcare.  This relates directly to the patients perception of their expectation of how care was met. In our hospital endoscopy center, the catalyst for change was a drastic decrease in patient satisfaction scores.  The significance of patient dissatisfaction ultimately affects the reputation and economic future of our department.  Additionally, we realize that patient compliance with screening procedures is better if they are satisfied with the care they receive. Managers brought the patient satisfaction scores to the attention of the nursing staff to look for solutions.  Through Press Ganey surveys patient’s identified waiting time, communication regarding delays, and patient education prior to the procedure as our weaknesses. A team was created to focus on the areas of dissatisfaction and formulate interventions and a plan of action. Changes were implemented, with focus on patient education and scripting.  We have seen improvement in our Press Ganey scores, and continue to monitor our patient’s perception of service and quality of care.

CS-80: Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Gastrointestinal System for the GI Associate/Technician | 1.00 Contact Hours | 1.00 CBSPD Contact Hours

Lisa A. Brown, ACNA AGTS CFER

This session will educate the Associate/Technician the basic anatomy and physiolology of the gastrointestinal system.

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

GS-04: Bring it on...Strategies to Create a Positive Workplace | 1.00 Contact Hours

Meg Soper, RN

We need to be effective communicators, whether on the front line or in a leadership role. ‘Bring It On … Strategies to Create a Positive Workplace’ is a high energy, interactive presentation where Meg examines how emotions, perceptions, and preconceived ideas impact our day-to-day interactions with others – especially across the generations. Meg offers a lighthearted yet practical perspective on creating and maintaining a positive workplace environment by exploring the changing work culture and how we can develop strategies to communicate effectively, and build stronger relationships with our peers and our teams.

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Vendor Programs

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Boston Scientific: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications of EUS

Speaker: Dr. Jose Nieto, DO, Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Center, Borland Groover Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Endoscopic ultrasound technology combines the maneuverability of an endoscope with ultrasound’s ability to image the body’s inner wall layers to visualize lesions, organs, major vessels and individual layers of the GI tract. In this CNE educational activity, participants will explore FNA/FNB and Liver biopsy along with the therapeutic capabilities of EUS and the major steps in the procedure.

1 CE credit will be given. Dinner will be provided.

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ConMed: Hemorrhoid Banding as a Revenue Generator with SpaceBander® 

Speaker: Devjit D. Nayar, MD, Gastroenterology Associates of Central Jersey

If you are in a practice that is treating internal hemorrhoids or are interested in adding this treatment option, this session will provide insight into rubber band ligation for hemorrhoids using a new, unique device called SpaceBander® . You will learn about the various treatment options and why rubber band ligation is easy, fast and effective treatment for patients. If you want to develop knowledge of the economics and income generation of offering this treatment – this sessions for you.

Dinner and beverages will be served.  

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Erbe: Saturday Night Live with Erbe:  Featuring The Future is Now in Therapeutic Endoscopy

Speakers: Kristie Briggs, RN, BSN and Rhonda DelCampo, BSN, RN, CGRN

This session will explore the history as well as the advancements of electrosurgery and Argon Plasma Coagulation™ (APC™) in therapeutic endoscopy. The art and science of endoscopic resection will be discussed to include fundamental principles of electrosurgery, clinical variables involved and electrosurgical safety. Please join us to learn the history, current trends along with evidence-based practices involving electrosurgery and APC in therapeutic endoscopy.  This fun, interactive, educational happy hour is sure to jump start your SGNA experience.

One (1.0) contact hour will be issued for each participant. Each attendee will also be given the opportunity to receive four (4.0) additional contact hours upon completion of two study guides - Electrosurgery in GI Endoscopy and Argon Plasma Coagulation in Flexible Endoscopy.

Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

3M: Effective and Safe Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing to Help Prevent Patient Infections

Speakers: Harry Wetzler, MD, MSPH, Medical Director at Ofstead & Associates and Marco Bommarito, Ph.D., Lead Research Specialist at 3M Infection Prevention Division

This interactive symposium will feature a review of the latest evidence in flexible endoscope reprocessing failures by Dr. Harry Wetzler, Medical Director for Ofstead & Associates, a leading research firm in endoscope reprocessing effectiveness. Practical quality control steps will be covered to help participants ensure safe devices for patient procedures at their facilities. The importance of thorough cleaning and cleaning quality control will be highlighted, and a comparison of different cleaning monitoring markers will be covered.

1 CE credit will be given. Lunch provided.

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Boston Scientific: Infection Prevention in Endoscopy: Reprocessing Endoscope Accessories

Speaker: Grace Thornhill, Ph. D., Boston Scientific

Have you ever wondered what was lurking in the cracks and crevices of all the little removable pieces and parts that are attached to an endoscope? This session discusses the evidence supporting the proposal that endoscope accessories, reusable parts (e.g. valves), and cleaning implements can be a source of cross-contamination. Also discussed are the proposed strategies to mitigate cross contamination risk as outlined in current standards and guidelines.

1 CE credit will be given. Lunch will be provided.

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ConMed: Infection Prevention Success!

Michael Reyes, GTS, ST, Robert Edwards, RN, BSN, & Chris Moreau, BSBME, AASBMET

This educational and interactive session discusses the structural components, procedural uses and strategies for successful processing of flexible endoscopes. This continuing education activity offers 1 contact hour and is intended for use by perioperative nurses, sterile processing department (SPD) personnel, endoscopy personnel or those individuals involved with any aspect of surgical or reprocessing procedures involving flexible endoscopes. Hands on activities showing novel devices that support the association guidelines.

2 nursing continuing education hours will be given. Lunch and beverages will be served.

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Medivators: A Cantel Medical Company: Risk Analysis: Identifying Your Risk Utilizing Today’s Guidelines and Evidence Based Practice in Endoscope Reprocessing

Speaker: Cheri Ackert-Burr, RN, MSN, CNOR, AGTS

This session will utilize the current established professional guidelines and best practices to develop a risk analysis of endoscope reprocessing.  Each of the 9 steps of flexible endoscope reprocessing will be evaluated and discussed to allow the participant to establish their current level of risk of infection, using evidence base practice to support each step.  A new risk assessment tool will be previewed during the discussion.

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Olympus America, Inc.: Modern Management in Endoscopy

Michael Paiva, Reprocessing Supervisor and Lead Endoscopy Technologist, Bayside Endoscopy Center, Providence RI

Managing equipment, cleaning and disinfecting endoscopes, and leading professional endoscopy teams has become more complex. This requires staff supervisors, infection prevention champions and department managers to have greater visibility into the utilization, cleaning, reprocessing and storage of the flexible endoscopes in their endoscopy unit. Olympus will preview solutions, and speakers will share real-life best practices for managing an endoscopy unit. Featuring Unifia, a new information management system designed to enable fully informed and quick decisions.

Lunch will be provided.

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Monday, May 21, 2018, 7:00 am – 8:00 am

Healthmark: Patient Ready Endoscope? What to look for. What to test for.

Speaker: Mary Ann Drosnock, MS, CIC, CFER, RM (NRCM), FAPIC, Manager of Clinical Education - Endoscopy, Healthmark Industries

We will review the processes, the tools, and the physical markers to verify that, after reprocessing, an endoscope and accessories are safe and ready to use on    the next patient. This is information you can take back to your facility and supplement an existing, or implement a new quality management system for endoscope reprocessing.
 

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Boston Scientific: Visual Inspection of Flexible Endoscopes

Frank Hack, SGNA certifed in “train the trainer” for reprocessing, Olympus University certified in reprocessing

Flexible endoscopes are highly delicate pieces of equipment and, unfortunately, vulnerable to damage. Normal wear and tear as well as physical trauma can lead to trouble. Current reprocessing guidelines require that all endoscopes be inspected to ensure they are visually clean and free of damage. This session will review the common types of damage that can be detected using a thorough visual inspection routine. Attendees will learn how to properly handle an endoscope in order to avoid damage during routine use and reprocessing.

1 CE credit will be given. Breakfast will be provided.

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Booth CEs

Monday, May 21, 2018

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Healthmark: Enhanced Visual Inspection

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Medivators, A Cantel Medical Company: Preparing for an Accreditation Audit

Medtronic: DETECT EARLY. ACT FAST.

Olympus America, Inc.: Benchmarking...Does it Make a Difference?

PENTAX Medical: Building a Formidable Medical Device Hygiene Strategy: An Approach to Infection Prevention Across the Continuum of Care

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Healthmark: Enhanced Visual Inspection

Medivators, A Cantel Medical Company: Preparing for an Accreditation Audit

Medtronic: DETECT EARLY. ACT FAST.

Medtronic: DETECT EARLY. ACT FAST.

12:45 pm to 1:15 pm

Medivators, A Cantel Medical Company: Preparing for an Accreditation Audit

Medtronic: DETECT EARLY. ACT FAST.

Olympus America, Inc.: Benchmarking....Does it make a difference?

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Healthmark: Enhanced Visual Inspection

Medivators, A Cantel Medical Company: Preparing for an Accreditation Audit

Medtronic: DETECT EARLY. ACT FAST.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

9:15 am - 9:45 am 

Medivators, A Cantel Medical Company: Preparing for an Accreditation Audit

Medtronic: DETECT EARLY. ACT FAST.

9:30 am - 10:00 am 

Olympus: Infection Prevention, the Time is Now

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Healthmark: Enhanced Visual Inspection

Medivators, A Cantel Medical Company: Preparing for an Accreditation Audit

Medtronic: DETECT EARLY. ACT FAST.


The Ruhof Corporation: TBD

STERIS: TBD

 

Networking

At the Annual Course, networking happens everywhere. Collaborate with your fellow gastroenterology professionals in the classroom, exhibit hall, or in your free time at the Disney Theme Parks. All of the Annual Course events will take place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center unless otherwise notified.

First-time Attendee Orientations

Friday, May 18, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Saturday, May 19, 2018
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

If this is your first time attending the SGNA Annual Course, attend one of these informal welcome sessions to learn tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the course. This interactive session will offer first-timers a chance to meet fellow first-timers and network with veterans. Members of the SGNA Board of Directors, Program Committee and SGNA headquarters staff will be present to answer questions and provide information about Annual Course activities in addition to SGNA and the services it provides. 

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception -- NEW!

Sunday, May 20, 2018
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Veracruz Exhibit Hall

Nearly 100 exhibiting companies are eager to introduce you to their products and services. Experience the latest in gastroenterology and endoscopy techniques and instruments through hands-on demonstration, video procedures and conversation with knowledgeable representatives. Drinks and heavy hor d'oeuvres will be served. All registered attendees are invited to attend.

SGNA Celebration

Monday, May 21, 2018
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Coronado H-J Ballroom

Come one, come all! To close out our week of learning and networking, attendees are invited to join an around-the-world-themed SGNA celebration. We invite you to eat and drink you way "All Around the World" by exploring what various countries have to offer. Dinner and drinks will be served.

Sponsored by Ruhof.

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