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Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists


December 2019

Dear SGNO members and friends,

Yesterday was the first snow fall here in the Boston area this winter!  It reminded me of the year I was Program Chair for the 32nd Annual Symposium in Boston.  It started snowing the last day of the symposium. The date was March 28, 2015.  What makes it memorable was that we stopped the presentation for a few minutes while a few attendees looked out the window at their first snow fall!  Priceless moment for a few and lasting memories.

We hope to see you in Nashville to gain knowledge and gather more memories with your colleagues in “Music City” March 11th -14th. Several of our SGNO members have submitted abstracts and will be presenting as well as local colleagues of Dana DeMoss-- SGNO's "Ambassador of Nashville".  Brochures have been mailed out. Please copy and post in your work settings.  The schedule is also posted on our web site.


The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is the venue. Please hurry to book your rooms. It is an amazing venue and other conventions are held there at the same time. The Welcome Reception will precede the Keynote address on Wednesday, March 11th. It will be held at Waters Edge of the resort.  I am happy to announce that Dana DeMoss, our local SGNO member, was able to set up entertainment, Amber and Jeff Davis and their band Texarcana will provide entertainment! Go ahead and preview this awesome duo on their Facebook page.


 Our Keynote Speaker this year is Heather Taylor Parham. Heather was first diagnosed in 1992 with myxoid chondrosarcoma. At the time of diagnosis, she was in her early 20’s.  Heather also had a history of multiple metastasis to the lungs, thymus and brain. I am looking forward to hearing this remarkable woman’s story.


This year’s Paula Major Lectureship Award winners are Cyndi O’Brien BSN, RN, OCN and Carolyn Phillips PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, AOCNP. Their presentation is “Songs for the Soul Goes to Maine: Use of Storytelling through Music to Address Professional Grief Among an Interdisciplinary Oncology Team.”  Cyndi was inspired to bring this program to Maine after hearing Carolyn’s Keynote in Albuquerque “Songs for the Soul: Celebrating Compassion Through Storytelling and Music” in 2018.


 Another SGNO award is the Theodora “Lola “Pappas Award.  Our SGNO’s Communication and Outreach Chair, Amy Brown, sends out an email to all members asking for an essay about an experience with a gyn-oncology patient who has made a difference in their lives. The essays are collected by Amy and blindly sent out to various Board members for voting. There were many wonderful essays written from the heart. However, we can only pick one.  This year’s 2020 Theodora “Lola “Pappas Award goes to Kelli Holzwarth MSN, RN, CMSRN. Her essay was titled “Because of Becky”.

 If you have enjoyed coming to our yearly conference and would like to join the Board to assist with future symposiums, consider running for office. Emily Bellard is our Nominating Chair and will be sending out ballots to run for office. You can also approach any Board Member at the Symposium to ask about different positions and roles. We would love to have new enthusiastic members join us and give us their suggestions for future symposiums.


I am looking forward to seeing you in Nashville.



Carol Prone

SGNO President