In the beginning:
In the early months of 1982 in Asheville, NC, a small group of nurses who did endoscopy at Memorial Mission andSt. Joseph’s Hospitals, met for an informal meeting to form a “local” regional chapter of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Those nurses were as follows: Lorrayne Connor, Roberta Golden, Wanda Parker, Linda Beckham, Evelyn Joyce, Brenda Sprinkle and Wanda Redmond. Our goal was to provide quality continuing education and a means of networking with our peers.
We contacted national SGNA and were given the requirements for forming our chapter. We elected officers, paid out dues of $10.00, developed our bylaws, and planned our first educational meeting. We sent out brochures to hospitals in upper South Carolina and throughout North Carolina.
Author – Linda Beckham