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About Northern New Jersey Region #36

This is your SGNA chapter serving the northern of New Jersey representing your "GI nurse" professional interests. We respond and are overseen by the SGNA National organization. Officers are voted by the Chapter's members at established time periods. The Chapter remains active by yearly completion of requirements such as completing contact hour offering and meetings with financial accountability to the National SGNA. We gather, learn, keep up with industry trends, business connections and peer supporting network. We are here to remind each other to take a deep breath, as we keep on with daily opportunities. Join and do not let your membership lapse; participate, engage, develop your skills, inspire and get inspired, at the chapter and everywhere! Because you are a 'GI nurse' that cares. 

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The Doris Barnie Scholarship for Certification and Recertification

Doris Barnie MSN, RN, CGRN has been known as the Godmother of Gastroenterology nursing. She served 43 years as a nurse manager in Endoscopy/ Gastroenterology. She was the founder and Past President of the National Nurses Certification Board. Doris developed and presented the GI Nurses Certification Review Course nationally. She had authored numerous articles and lectured extensively nationally. She was a recipient of the Gabrielle Schindler Award, SGNA Distinguished Service Award, NJ DOH Award for Nursing, and Nominee for the Governor's Award for Nursing. We are so proud to have had Doris as a member of our region and will always look back as our mentor and inspiration.

Our region (#36) will be rewarding one (1) annual scholarship to honor our leader, mentor, and friend, Doris Barnie. We are honoring her legacy as an advocate for all GI nurses and her dedication to education and certification.

Applicants must be active SGNA and NNJSGNA Chapter's members. This scholarship must be used within each year. The winner will be reimbursed after proof of payment is submitted. If there are no applicants for Certification/Recertification, the scholarship will also be open to applicants for the NYSGE Annual Conference in December. Winner will be reimbursed with the Early Bird price. Any inquiries, please email Northern N.J. Secretary Emma Gimmel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Congratulations to our 2023 SGNA National Scholarship winner!
Ivonne Carvajal BSN RN CGRN from Morristown Medical Center to attend the Phoenix Arizona  conference.

To be considered for the 2023, information will be posted closer to summer 2023. 

To apply for the scholarship, download the form (link below), submit completed form by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Congratulations to our 1st Recipient for 2016 Cynthia Hyland BSN, RN-BC! Congratulations Cynthia for passing your CGRN Certification!

Click here to access the application form to download the Doris Barnie Scholarship form

New Jersey SGNA Multi-Regional Conference 

Every year the NJ SGNA presents a conference that connects attendants with updated knowledge, industry trends and network with profesional peers. Look for details for our upcoming Fall 2023 New Jersey SGNA Multi-Regional Conference this year organized by the NNJSGNA. 

Your attendance to the educational and business meetings count you in automatically to enter for the door prize raffle. As a member,  and as a NNJSGNA member, your attendance adds opportunities to join the raffle for The Annual National SGNA Conference. Remember, the more you attend the higher your chances of winning!

NNJSGNA 2023 Chapter Meetings

NNJSGNA members are welcome to engage in the chapter's business meetings immediately following the Educational Presentations.

Next and following meetings:
June 2023 - The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
September 2023 - Englewood Medical Center, Englewood NJ
November 2023 - St. Joseph's University Medical Center, Paterson NJ

Past Meetings:
2023 -2nd- April 27th 2023 - Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston NJ
2023-1st- February 13, 2023 - Hackensack UMC Joseph Sanzari Children, Montigoris Dining Meeting Room, Hackensack NJ 

Are you interested in hosting regional meetings, let us know: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Please know that we are working with SGNA National on how we can better serve you! 

Email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions you may have about your NNJSGNA Chapter.

The Northern NJ Region hosted the Multi-Regional Conference on October 5, 2019.

Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, committee conference members, and vendors who made this event successful! A special thank you to Holy Name Medical Center for allowing the SGNA Northern N.J. Regional Chapter to host this wonderful educational event!