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Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists


Dear Fellow SGNO members,

I am sitting here writing my first President's Message as I watch the daffodils trying to peak out around the remaining snow on my front lawn. Here in Boston, winter is finally coming to a close and spring is in the air. Change is constant – and exciting. Where do I begin to explain how honored I am to represent SGNO as president for 2019 and 2020? I am extremely lucky to have the guidance of the past two presidents, Vicky Willis and Amy Brown. I would like to thank them for their wonderful leadership and will be calling them for future guidance and wisdom.

My first SGNO conference was in 2006 in Las Vegas. The information I learned was valuable, but it was meeting my wonderful peers from other parts of the country that continues to be one of the main reasons I love coming to these symposia! I have been attending yearly ever since, and I first joined the SGNO Board as a Member-At-Large in 2010.

We have come a long way since the first SGNO conference in 1983. Health care is changing at a lightning speed. Each year nurses need to keep current with new technologies and new drug developments. Our SGNO Symposium is the best way to share this information as well as network with our peers.

As Steve Jobs said, “Great things in business are never done by one person; they're done by a team of people.” I consider all the SGNO members my team and value your input. We have already started to plan for the 2019 Symposium and would like to offer varied topics for beginner to expert gynecologic nurse oncologists. Please feel free to email me with ideas, suggestions for topics, etc. I truly value your input – it is one of the things that makes our SGNO conference great!

As we begin our 36th year, the SGNO Board met to review our strategic goals, and I would like to share a snap shot.

Our mission and purpose are clear and remain the same:

Our Mission: The Society of Gynecologic Nurse Oncologists (SGNO) is an international organization of nurses and health professionals dedicated to advancing patient care, education, and research in the field of gynecologic oncology and women's health care.

Our Purpose: 

  • Support the concerns and interests of gynecologic nurse oncologists. 
  • Promote an awareness of the health-illness cycle for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers. 
  • Advance nursing knowledge and clinical skills in gynecologic oncology by providing a yearly conference, educational material, and increased research opportunities.
  • Support and promote communications and professional development among gynecologic nurse oncologists and gynecologic oncologists. 
  • Promote communication with other organizations that influence women's health care.

Our Goals:

  • Increase resources 
  • Raise visibility 
  • Advance professionalism

Amy Brown has done a magnificent job increasing our resources as well as using social media to increase our visibility.  I am happy to say she will continue in this role moving forward.

This year I would like to focus on the visibility of SGNO and our 2019 conference in Fort Worth, Texas,  and surrounding states. It is not a coincidence that the Program Chair for our next symposium-- Kelly Crayton-- is from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I am anticipating large attendance next year.

As an organization, we are trying to select SGNO Symposium host cities where we have board members or SGNO members. By doing so, SGNO members will be able to assist with obtaining speakers and other local resources. This year we are especially fortunate in that we have four board members from Texas: Kelly Crayton, Michele Walther, Terri Earles, and Tara Tatum.

We are still in the planning stages for selecting a site for our 2020 Symposium. I welcome anyone to email me if they have any questions, have an interest in being a future board member, or think their city would make a great host city. I am looking forward to seeing a number of you  in April of 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas.


Carol Prone
SGNO President