SGNA Scholars Program

SGNA Scholars Program

Evidence-based practice is a vital part of advancing gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing. The purpose of the SGNA Scholars Program is to educate appropriately prepared GI/endoscopy nurses in order to build a repository of evidence applicable to the GI/endoscopy setting. Scholars receive in-person systematic review training utilizing the TCU Center for Evidence-based Practice and Research: A Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute.

The Scholars undergo a week-long systematic review training. They conduct systematic reviews of gastroenterology literature to synthesize the latest evidence in the specialty.

Meet the 2016 Class of Scholars

Melinda Beatty, MSN RN
Henry Ford Health System






Paula Cox- North, PhD, ARNP
University of Washington






Helene Drees, MSN RN
Bon Secours Mary Immaculate






Dora X. Frank, MS CRNP
University of Maryland Medical Center






Kimberly M. Gallub, RN MSN CGRN
ProHealth Care Assoc., LLP






Betty McGinty, MSHSA BSHA RN CGRN
Northside Hospital






Kathleen McKenna, MSN RN NE-BC
Valley Hospital






Shelley Riddle, MBA MHA BA RN
St. Anthony Medical Center







Meet the 2015 Class of Scholars

Barbara K. Burkle, MSN FNP-BC
Cedar Valley Medical Specialists
The effect of aspirin as a preventative factor for colon cancer



Renee A. Martin, MN RN PHCNS-BC CGRN
VA Portland Health Care System
The effect of organized gastroenterology referral on appropriate use of resources



Erica Natal, MBA MHA BSN
Rockford Gastroenterology Associates
The effect of organized gastroenterology referral on appropriate use of resources



Cathleen Shellnutt BSN RN CGRN
Texas Health Dallas
The effectiveness of gabapentin with opioids only for management of pancreatitis



Shannon Bright Smith, DNP APRN ACNS-BS CNE CGRN
MUSC College of Nursing
The effectiveness of gabapentin with opioids for management of pancreatitis



Loretta So, MSN RN CGRN
UCLA Health
The effectiveness of physiologic monitoring including pulse oximetry and capnography versus physiologic monitoring with pulse oximetry alone for patients undergoing endoscopic procedures utilizing RN administered moderate sedation



Bonnie L. Streeter, MSN RN CGRN
UNC Heathcare
The effect of risks of high level disinfectant exposure



Terry Toba, MSN RN CGRN WOCN
Maui Memorial Medical Center
The effect of risks of high level disinfectant exposure



LeAnne Vitito, MS FNP-C NP-C CGRN
Catholic Health Initiatives, Mercy Hospital
The effect of aspirin as a preventative factor for colon cancer



Catherine Yows, MSN RN CGRN
Mayo Clinic
The effectiveness of physiologic monitoring including pulse oximetry and capnography versus physiologic monitoring with pulse oximetry alone for patients undergoing endoscopic procedures utilizing RN administered moderare sedation



Meet the 2013 Class of Scholars

Cynthia Edgelow, MSN RN CGRN
Cedars- Sinai Medical Center
The effects of nurse endoscopists versus gastroenterologists on cecal intubation rates for the detection of adenomatous polyp: A systematic review protocol
Jordan Hopchik, MSN FNP-BC CGRN Endoscopist
Philadelphia VA Medical Center
The effects of nurse endoscopists versus gastroenterologists on cecal intubation rates for the detection of adenomatous polyp: A systematic review protocol
Sherrie R. McNamara, BSN RN MBA
CB Fleet Company, Inc
The effectiveness of BMI for predicting the development of colon cancer in adults aged 40 years or older: A systematic review

Leslie McRae- Matthews, MSN CGRN
Dept of Veteran Affairs- Orlando VAMC
The effectiveness of BMI for predicting the development of colon cancer in adults aged 40 years or older: A systematic review

Meet the 2012 Class of Scholars

Glenda Daniels, PhD RN CGRN
Texas Christian University
How long can endoscopes which have undergone high level disinfection be safely stored before use? A Systematic Review


Sharon Dudley- Brown, PhD FNP-BC
Johns Hopkins University
Effective strategies for smoking cessation in people with Crohn's disease: A systematic review


Susan Nuccio, RN MSN ACNS-BC CGRN
Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center
Effective strategies for smoking cessation in people with Crohn's disease: A systematic review


Rhoda Redulla, DNP RN
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Optimal Medical Management of Hepatic Encephalopathy: A systematic review


Delores Saddler, RN PhD CGRN
Houston Community College
Effectiveness of Simethicone Use in Capsule Endoscopy: A systematic review


Marilyn Schaffner, PhD RN CGRN
Medical University of South Carolina
Effectiveness of Simethicone Use in Capsule Endoscopy: A systematic review


Marilee Schmelzer, PhD RN
University of Texas at Arlington
How long can endoscopes which have undergone high level disinfection be safely stored before use? A systematic review


Donna Zucker, RN PhD FAAN
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Optimal Medical Management of Hepatic Encephalopathy: A systematic review


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