The Pulse | Tuesday, August 31, 2021
ICYMI: Top Articles of the Summer
We've rounded up the hottest articles of the summer. Catch up on the latest industry insights and leadership perspectives from The Inside Tract you don't want to miss.
1. A Delightful Surprise: Q&A With Cathy Bauer, Gabriele Schindler Award Recipient
At the SGNA 48th Annual Course: A Virtual Experience, Cathy Bauer, SGNA past president (pictured above, right), was honored with the Gabriele Schindler Award for Clinical Excellence. The award recognizes an SGNA member who demonstrates excellence in gastroenterology clinical practice. Celebrating awardees is special each year, but Bauer receiving this news as a surprise by SGNA Immediate President Michelle Juan made it especially sweet. We caught up with Bauer to learn what that moment felt like, reflections on her career, advice for the next generation and more. Read more.
2. Taking Care of You: A Holistic Approach to Well-Being
The past year has been full of significant stress and struggle for many, both professionally and personally. SGNA's Wellness Webinar Series focuses on different dimensions of wellness and how you can take steps to incorporate self-care into your daily routine. Here are a few simple self-care techniques, tips and tools to improve your daily well-being and stay on top of your financial fitness. Read more.
3. A Refreshed Look at Our Future: SGNA’s Updated Purpose, Mission and Vision Statements
SGNA is thrilled to share the launch of our newly created purpose and revised mission and vision statements for the organization. As an organization, we experienced a major life event when the pandemic hit our members and affected our practice. This spurred the board of directors to reexamine the core of our organization and ask ourselves if it still holds true today. Our goal was (and remains) to create a more definitive focal point to guide the organization in one direction and align on our purpose, mission and vision for the future. Read more.
4. Advocating for Vaccination of IBD Patients: What GI Nurses Should Know
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered the health care landscape. Now, over a year after the initial stages of the pandemic, the U.S. has three vaccines available to patients. As of early June, approximately 40% of Americans are fully vaccinated per the CDC’s guidance. Health care workers have the responsibility to advocate for patients to get their vaccine, as well as serve as a reliable source for questions about the safety and efficacy of vaccines. Often, nurses are on the front lines of the patient care team and serve as the primary point of contact for a patient. This unique position provides a ripe opportunity to positively impact patient care. Read more.
5. Setting the Standards: Challenges in Endoscope Reprocessing
The Joint Commission — which collects data on organizations’ compliance with standards, including the National Patient Safety Goals and Accreditation and Certifications Participation Requirements — recently published the top five requirements identified most frequently as non-compliant during surveys performed in 2020. Infection control standards made the top of the non-compliant list for most organizations, as well as staff competency to perform their job duties and responsibilities. Read more.
Read more of the latest articles from The Inside Tract. Interested in contributing or have a good story to tell? If you have news relevant to the audience or would like to lend your insights to a feature article or Q&A, please contact the SGNA Editor.