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Central Illinois Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

Promoting gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing education



Central Illinois Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (CISGNA) is a society of nurses and health care providers in Central Illinois engaged in the practice of Gastroenterology and Endoscopy. The society promotes and provides education and information to its members; it advocates optimal care for patients with digestive disease and those undergoing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. 

CISGNA was first formed in 1982 as a response to the recognized need for continuing gastroenterology education and the benefits of networking with those working in the specialty of GI. We are a region of a national society, SGNA, and as such enjoy benefits of membership in both.



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Events & Services

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Regional Education

Voices in GI 2024 

Spring Conference available on-demand

view Brochure for course syllabus

SGNA members $20

non-members $45

*CME Tracker 

To access:

1.  You must create a free CMETracker account at Publisher Portal (   

2.  click ON-DEMAND learning, gastroenterology, scroll down to education event

3.  complete sign on and registration

4.  Apologies, there was some technical difficulty with the recording video but the audio portion is intact.  

5.  contact hours available upon completion of activity and evaluation.

Educational Grants

apply for annual scholarship monies to be used for continuing education, certification expenses, conference expenses, and medical mission trip expenses.  Grants will be awarded on a case by case basis.    

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Membership Benefits
  • All benefits of SGNA

  • Discounts on conferences

  • Gastroenterology Nursing Journal

  • Free Educational offerings/webinars

  • discount on SGNA Marketplace 

     Join SGNA here

    "CGRN Bling"

The "Bling" program rewards region members who have achieved GI certification.   

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SGNA Membership Grants

Membership grants are available. For details and application go to "grants and  scholarship" page. 


Scope Scoop is our regional electronic newsletter emailed to current CISGNA members.  Not a member, sign up to receive your copy.

Jo Malham SGNA Annual Course Educational Scholarship

This scholarship was developed to honor the memory of Jo Malham, Springfield, Illinois.  Jo was instrumental in building CISGNA in the early years and also served as region president.  She was passionate about GI education and served on the National SGNA Education Committee where she was a key contributor to the revision of the Core Curriculum vol. 3.   We offer a scholarship for SGNA Annual course registration every year in her memory.      Apply here.  

Events and Services
Executive Board

Executive Board

click on the Bolded titles  for executive board position description

President 2023


Andrea Beaver CST

St. Joseph, Il


open position 2023

Treasurer  2022-2023

Becky Egan RN, CGRN

Urbana, IL


Kathie Beesley BSN, CGRN

Champaign, IL


Deborah Martz RN CGRN
Champaign, Il 61822



Annett Schmit BSN  RN CGRN
Champaign, IL 61821-1422 or

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