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Name: Gastroenterology/Endoscopy Nurse
Description: Provides essential care of patients undergoing procedures for screening, diagnosis, and/or treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, and may specialize in endoscopy.
Practice setting: Inpatient settings, such as acute-care hospitals and outpatient settings, such as ambulatory care, office practice, manufacturing companies
Client age group: Children, adults, elderly
Diagnoses: Dysphagia, reflux, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, GI bleeding, abnormal x-ray findings or biopsy, obstruction, suspected carcinoma, caustic ingestion, strictures, removal of foreign bodies, varices, suspected ulcer, persistent vomiting
Practice roles: Clinical-staff nurse, endoscopy nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager, supervisor, nurse educator, research nurse, equipment salesperson
Characteristics: Patient care and relationships, education, assisting with endoscopies, independently perform some procedures
Challenges: Brief patient contacts and lack of patient follow-up, medical model of practice vs. nursing model, hazards from working with fluoroscopy, emergencies, stress
Desirable skills: Documentation, research, knowledge of instruments/equipment and disinfection, quality improvement, technical skills
Education: RN with AD, diploma, or BSN
Employers: Hospitals, free-standing centers, office practices, companies
Certification:
Certifying Board of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.
3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Suite N
Ellicott City, MD 21043-4805
(410) 418-4808
Fax: (410) 418-4805
Organizations:
Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.
401 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611-4267
(800) 245-7462
In Illinois: (312) 312/321-5165
Fax: (312) 527-6658
 
Society of International Gastroenterological Nurses and Endoscopy Associates (SIGNEA)
PO Box 267
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
(847) 297-5088

Publications:

Gastroenterology Nursing
(800) 245-7462
 
SIGNEA Newsletter
(847) 297-5088