CSGNA is the National leader in Gastroenterology (GI) Nursing contributing to and providing access to, evidence-based standards, guidelines, position statements, expert opinions, publications, and education. CSGNA collaborates and partners with organizations and health care groups to provide advocacy, contributions to research, statistics, and a diverse network of GI Nursing Professionals and associates.

A special thank you to nurses on International Nurses Day

Ottawa, May 12, 2021 – As we acknowledge the tremendous contribution of nurses over the past year, it is worth taking a moment to reflect on the legacy of Florence Nightingale whose pioneering work shaped the profession that we celebrate each year on her birthday.

This year’s edition of International Nurses Day finds nurses exhausted and under incredible strain following a difficult year. Renowned for mobilizing and offering extraordinary care amidst an international crisis, Nightingale would no doubt be proud of the compassion and resiliency demonstrated by nurses since the beginning of the global pandemic. In addition, her exceptional work in educating the public on matters related to medicine and health care established a precedent for the nursing profession that we continue to benefit from to this day.

As someone who has worked closely alongside nurses for several years - including both of my sisters - I can attest that the level of care we provide to patients would not be possible without nurses. On what would have been Florence Nightingale’s 201st birthday, please join us in extending this heartfelt thank you.

Dr. Ann Collins

President, Canadian Medical Association

The CSGNA is endeavouring to hold virtual education throughout 2021 in lieu of an in person meeting. More details to follow.

Dyssynergic Defecation And Anorectal Function Testing - Webinar

With Matthew Woo MD, Consultant Gastroenterologist @South Health Campus, University of Calgary | Tues. May 11 @ 1900 ET

CSGNA is offering a number of online educational webinars throughout the year for CSGNA members. These webinars are led by expert healthcare professionals and researchers in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and gastroenterology that cover a variety of topics.

Our live and interactive Q&A period provides participants the opportunity to get answers to their questions directly from the experts. Questions can be submitted ahead of time during registration or the live broadcast.

Can't join us live, register for webinar(s) and we will send you a link to the recording!

45 mins of education | 15 mins Q&A

At the end of this educational session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe anorectal physiology
  2. Differentiate between different modalities of anorectal function testing
  3. Gain an approach to the diagnosis and management of a patient with dyssynergic defecation

Target Audience: GI Nurses

Registration is free for members thanks to generous support from:

  • 2021 National Partner - Takeda
  • Virtual Education Series Sponsor - Abbvie

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IBD Scholarship

Crohn’s and Colitis Canada awards ten one-time scholarships of $5,000 to students of any age, living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who are enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary educational institute for the upcoming fall 2021.

Past scholarship recipients represent students who are living well with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis who not only strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness, but also seek to inspire others to do the same.

This program is made possible by an educational grant provided by AbbVie Canada.

Application Process

All applicants must submit scanned originals of the following information via online by June 1, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

  1. A completed 2021 AbbVie IBD Scholarship online application
  2. A completed and signed Proof of Diagnosis Form from your treating health care professional (Please note: if you are unable to receive your doctors signature for the Proof of Diagnosis form due to circumstances with COVID-19, you may use a Proof of Diagnosis form from past years. Alternatively, although the application due date will remain June 1st, the Proof of Diagnosis forms will be accepted until June 26th. Any Proof of Diagnosis form submitted after June 26th will not be accepted.)   
  3. A signed and dated Applicant Consent Form 
  4. Two (2) letters of personal recommendation from a teacher, guidance counsellor, school official, coach, mentor, health care provider, professional colleague or employer
  5. A one (1) page (500 word max.) essay outlining how you demonstrate your academic aspiration and strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness, allowing you to excel to reach your personal and academic goals and inspiring others to do the same.
    Questions to address in your essay:

    • Why do you strive for academic success?
    • How do you strive to sustain an optimal level of wellness?
    • What are our personal and academic goals?
    • How you inspire others through community and school involvement?
    • How you would benefit from the scholarship financially and psychologically?

PLEASE NOTE: Once you begin the online application process, you will not be able to save your information.

Ready to begin? Please fill out the online application form