The Pulse | Monday, June 27, 2022
Spotlight on Sheri King, 2022 SGNA Regional Society Member of the Year Recipient
Sheri King, BSN RN CGRN CSPDT, was recently announced as the 2022 SGNA Regional Society Member of the Year Award winner. We spoke with her about the importance of getting involved on the regional level of SGNA and what this award means.
Based on your experience, why is being a regional society member important?
Being involved in a regional society gives you education, fellowship and a sense of belonging where others understand your work very well. I started my involvement by attending regional and multi-state conferences over 20 years ago and quickly became convinced that I could organize a one with my team. With support from the board, we have hosted four regional conferences and I have helped with several more. The members of the board then persuaded me to run for office in the next election.
Reflecting on your time with your SGNA Regional Society, what moments stand out?
I have professional GI colleagues who have become close friends and mentors. They’ve supported me through all of life’s journey and are valued, real friends.
How has being an active member within your region helped you both professionally and personally?
Being a member has helped me grow in knowledge and understanding of my chosen career so I can provide innovative care to the patients I encounter. Personally — it’s allowed me a sense of accomplishment and confidence, an inner sense that I am in the right area.
What does receiving this award mean to you?
When I received notification that I was nominated for this award, I felt humbled and had thoughts that I really don’t do anything so special. I am humbled and honored to be given this amazing award. Hearing the kind words read by SGNA Immediate Past President Janet King at the Annual Course in Salt Lake City this year, gave me an inner glow and renewed my purpose. I am recharged.
What advice do you have for an SGNA member who wants to be more involved with their regional society?
Attend conferences, speak to the planning committee or any of the board members present to learn about your region. Offer to help in any way needed!