About the NJ Northern Region

About Northern New Jersey Region #36

Norther New Jersey SGNA (NNJSGNA)

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. 

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..

To be considered for the 2022 Doris Barnie Scholarship submit your application not later than July 17th. 

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 3rd recipient Krys Depuyt as a scholarship recipient for the 2021 NYASGE Conference!

Congratulations to our 2nd recipient Oscar Torres for receiving the 2018 Doris Barnie Scholarship for Certification! Congratulations Oscar for passing your CGRN in 2018!

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 proffesional peers. Look for details for our upcoming 2023 New Jersey SGNA Multi-Regional Conference organized by this chapter, the NNJSGNA. Yet, in the next few weeks, we will update you on this year conference planned by the Monmouth Regional Chapter, stay tune!!! 

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!

TOPICS from 2019 pending. Due to a change in format, the syllabus information was ONLY available to those who have attended. A special link was sent to our attendees.

2016 Topics covered were:


Northern Region Calendar

Next meeting:

Hello Northern NJ SGNA members, 

You are invited to our final regional meeting and educational dinner in 2022.  


"POEM" Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy by Dr. Matthew Grossman


Overview of "ENDOFLIP" by Medtronic

Date and Time
Tuesday, November 15th
6:30 pm for networking and dinner
7:00 pm for contact hour presentation
St. Joseph's University Medical Center
Auditorium 1
703 Main St, Paterson, NJ 07503

This pass September 14th we met at Morristown Ambulatory Center

Dinner was sponsored by Steris and the Presentation (1Contact Hr) on Colon Cancer updates and followed by Removal of foreign objects. The Chapter Business Meeting engaged members in updates and next President and Secretary call for nominations. 

All NNJSGNA Chapter Meetings: Dinner 6:30 pm - Lecture begins at 7:00 pm and short business meetings follow 

Our Chapter meetings are contingent to restrictions established for everyone's protection during COVID as we continue to network amongst our GI peers!

Next meeting in person in November  2022, information to follow.

Active NNJ Members, please update your contact information in your SGNA profile or you risk not receiving email/postcard announcements regarding upcoming events.

Congratulations to Molly Schulenberg as our 2022 SGNA 49th National Conference scholarship winner to Utah!

Don't forget, that attending the business meetings after the presentation can increase your chance of winning a scholarship to next year's 2023 Annual National 50th SGNA!

See Upcoming meeting dates and topics of presentations under Meeting Agenda/Minutes