PHILADELPHIA — Rhoda Redulla, DNP, RN, a nursing professional development specialist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, has been selected as a scholar by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.

The purpose of the SGNA Scholars Program is to educate selected GI/endoscopy nurses to help build a storehouse of evidence-based knowledge relevant to the GI/endoscopy setting. The scholars underwent week-long training this past summer and will conduct systematic reviews of gastroenterology literature utilizing the Joanna Briggs Institute methodology. They will synthesize the latest findings in the specialty and make them available for use in the clinical setting.

Redulla and the seven others who make up the inaugural 2012 class of scholars are nurse scientists and researchers with a long-term commitment to gastroenterology nursing. They were selected by the SGNA board of directors based on their scholarly work.

In addition to a number of published scholarly articles, Redulla is a peer reviewer for the Gastroenterology Nursing Journal and a contributor to the gastroenterology section of an upcoming National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) review book.

SGNA is a professional organization comprised of over 8,000 gastroenterology/endoscopy nurses and associates. It is dedicated to the safe and effective practice of gastroenterology and endoscopy nursing.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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