As GI Nurses and Associates Week begins on March 21, GI nurses are reflecting on the past year and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their practices. Sponsored by the Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA), this week helps honor the nurses in this specialty.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a direct impact on GI nursing and SGNA has resources to help nurses. While many initially thought COVID-19 was an acute respiratory virus, the year has revealed many patients presenting with severe gastrointestinal symptoms, some of which persist long after the initial recovery. GI nurses are also managing the safety concerns for themselves and their patients. And many GI procedures were delayed due to the pandemic’s impact.

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