SGNA: What’s your favorite part about being on the SGNA Education Committee?
Rhoda Redulla: The opportunity to make an impact on the professional development and advancement of GI nursing professionals in the country, plus the wonderful experience working with experts in the field in developing and evaluating educational offerings. Aside from the numerous educational programs that we review throughout the year, I am also part of the review team for the annual abstract submission. It is a very enriching experience learning about the most current and best practices in GI nursing from different parts of the country.
SGNA: Can you elaborate on your position as the Chair of the Education Committee and what the position entails?
- Work closely with the SGNA Staff Education Coordinator and board liaison to prepare the committee agenda
- Ensure alignment of committee activities with SGNA’s strategic priorities and goals
- Provide insight on new education project proposals
- The Education chair role entails commitment in providing strategic leadership on the above.
SGNA: Your committee met face to face in September 2016. What were some of the topics discussed and what was your overall impression of the meeting?
RR: The meeting was excellent. We reviewed how our current educational programs align with SGNA’s current strategic priorities. In addition, as part of our regular agenda items, we reviewed materials due for revision. For example, online modules such as Documentation and Sedation webinars. One session that stands out for me is our “What If” brainstorming session. The essence is “What if SGNA does this …” and the objective is to generate as many ideas as possible to serve as basis for future program planning – in a very light and fun way.
SGNA: What’s your favorite memory from being on the Education Committee?
RR: Our journey to ANCC Continuing Education provider reaccreditation. It was great taking on a key role in this significant step in maintaining our provider status. The best part was hearing the positive outcome, that is, getting redesignated as an ANCC Provider Unit.
SGNA: What was/is your favorite project that you were able to work on as part of the Education Committee?
RR: Working on the SGNA Pocket manual revision – one of the foundational resources for GI nurses and associates.
SGNA: Do you have advice to give to SGNA members who are considering volunteering for the first time?
RR: Embrace the opportunity to engage in volunteer work. It is a gift to yourself and the profession. It nurtures your development as a nursing professional and opens many opportunities to network with other experts in your field. It is a very rewarding experience!