The Catalyst

Service award presented to hospital administrator

Marilyn J. Schaffner, Ph.D., R.N., clinical services administrator and MUSC chief nursing officer, was praised for her leadership and service in promoting gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing at both the national and regional levels.

Schaffner was presented with the distinguished service award from the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates’ board of directors for her many accomplishments, high standards and career commitment on May 19 at the organization’s 40th annual course meeting in Austin, Texas.

MUSC medical center’s Dr. Marilyn Schaffner, left, clinical services administrator and chief nursing executive, was congratulated for her many contributions by MUSC endoscopy manager and SGNA immediate past president Phyllis Malpas.
MUSC medical center’s Dr. Marilyn Schaffner, left, clinical services administrator and chief nursing executive, was congratulated for her many contributions by MUSC endoscopy manager and SGNA immediate past president Phyllis Malpas.

Schaffner, who has been a nurse at MUSC since 1995, has been a member of SGNA for more than 25 years. In 2000, she was named clinical services administrator and chief of nursing for the medical center. Throughout her career, she has firmly believed that in giving of one self, much can be gained in return.

As a new SGNA member, Schaffner immediately got involved and joined committees to ensure she stayed connected. In return, she received the latest information on best practices and other professional guidance. As a certified gastroenterology nurse, she was influential in shaping new practice documents.

“I gained personally and professionally through my connections with newfound colleagues and friends.”

The award is among SGNA’s highest honors and recognizes an individual’s contributions in public service, legislation and community involvement.

“This is the most distinguished award that I have received. To be acknowledged for the path others have laid before me is incredible,” said Schaffner.

She has advanced the organization both regionally and nationally, in the areas of SGNA organizational growth, contributions to educational programs and publications within the society and by active promotion through public service legislation and community efforts. A member of the Carolina Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Schaffner has served in multiple leadership positions, been a supporter in professional nursing development and an advocate for professional certification in the gastroenterology specialty.

On a national level, Schaffner has served in several roles ranging from program committee chair and a member of the board of directors to president from 1998 to 1999. She’s also a regular contributor to SGNA’s editorial board and writes the column, “Leading the Way,” in the Gastroenterology Nursing Journal. She continues to present, teach and is an SGNA Scholar.

Schaffner credits much of her success to the guidance and tutelage of mentors. “I hope by role modeling, encouraging and mentoring, I can continue to show nurses the value of getting involved and sharing their time and talent as the return is sure to be great,” she said.

SGNA was founded more than 40 years ago and is a professional organization committed to the support of nurses, technicians and associates dedicated to the fields of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing.

June 6, 2013
 
 
 

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