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Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists




                                  February 2019

Dear SGNO Friends and Family,

We are down to the final stretch in our preparations for the 36th Annual SGNO Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas!  Kelly Crayton, our Program Chair, has contacted many of her colleagues from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to be our podium presenters.  I am especially looking forward to the presentations about uterine transplants by Kristin Wallis, BSN, RNC-OB, EFM-C and E. Colin Koon, MD, PhD.


The Main Symposium will start off this year with our Keynote Address titled “Creating Joy in the Workplace” by Rita Haxton DNP, RN, NEA-BC. Rita is a colleague of Kelly Crayton and her presentation will set the tone for the rest of the conference and hopefully will inspire us to take joy back to our respective work places.


For those who attend the SGNO symposium every year, there is one change of note. We will not be holding our roundtable presentations on Friday as no abstracts for roundtable presentations were submitted.  Hopefully we can offer this at our 2020 symposium. I encourage members to think about submitting a roundtable abstract for 2020. The roundtable is a perfect venue for the first-time presenter.


Our Paula Major Lectureship Award goes to Florence N. Okafor MPH, MS, RN-C, CPHON for her podium abstract submission titled “Tumor Lysis Syndrome: Identification and Management in the Oncology Patient.”  Congratulations to you, Florence!


The Theodora “Lola” Pappas Award went to Doreen Landry, BSN, RN. Doreen submitted an essay explaining her passion for GYN-Oncology nursing along with a story about a patient who made a difference in her life.  Congratulations, Doreen!


SGNO Outreach Chair Amy Brown recently sent an email to our members about the “Bringing It Home Award,” so please check your email! This is your chance to win a complimentary registration to this year’s 2019 Symposium.  The complimentary registration is sponsored by the Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Project (GCAP) which was founded by our Amy Gundelach.  See your email for more information.


If you would like to have a voice in planning or assisting with our future symposia, consider joining the team as a Board Member or Member-at-Large. We have the following positions that open for election: President-Elect, 2nd Vice-President (who becomes Program Chair the following year) and two Members-at-Large.  If you think your city will be a great venue for 2021 and you have contacts with people who would be great presenters, please consider running for 2nd Vice-President.  We are also looking at someone to share the Secretary-Treasurer position alternating each year with Michele Walther.  For more information on any of the positions you can email Lauren Willard at or Emily Bellard  at


See you soon in Fort Worth, Texas!


Carol Prone
President SGNO