Phyllis M. Malpas, MA, RN, CGRN

Clinical Consultant
Phone: (843) 414-5086

Phyllis provides services that promote health care best practices. She has nearly 30 years of experience in the endoscopy and gastroenterology field, and has been actively involved in quality and safety initiatives throughout her career.

Most recently, Phyllis was Nurse Manager, Digestive Disease Center, Endoscopy, at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Medical University Hospital Authority. Phyllis previously served as Nurse Manager of the GI Medicine Clinic and Endoscopy Units at MUSC. Prior to working at MUSC, Phyllis was an endoscopy nurse and the Supervisor of Endoscopy Services at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Phyllis was among those instrumental in developing the Infection Prevention Champions Program developed by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates through her role on the Board of Directors. While Nurse Manager at  MUSC, the Endoscopy department achieved recognition as a quality center through the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program.

At the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Phyllis received the top employee honor, the Edna F. Hayes Distinguished Service Award, awarded annually to those demonstrating ‘the highest ideals of hospital service’. Phyllis is a past recipient of the Honored Nurse Designation at MUSC College of Nursing through the Physicians Honoring Nurses Scholarship Fund.

A member of the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA) since 1987, Phyllis served the 8000 member organization in numerous regional and national leadership roles, including President and the Director of Legislative Activities on the Board of Directors. She is author or coauthor of several published articles, as well as, a book chapter. She writes and speaks on, nursing and endoscopy and gastroenterology nursing, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Publications

“Staffing: Team and Teamwork.” Chapter. ERCP: The Fundamentals, 2nd edition. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford, 2015.

“Our Contributive Life.” Guest Editorial, Gastroenterology Nursing Journal. May/June 2012.

“Staff Meeting Gestalt: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts.” Gastroenterology Nursing Journal. March/April 2010.

“Florence Nightingale: Appreciating Our Legacy, Envisioning our Future.” Gastroenterology Nursing Journal. November/December 2006.

Speaking Engagements

“Staff Retention, Burnout Prevention and Patient Safety” and “Endoscopy Current Challenges and Opportunities,” Endoscopy Directors Conference, Los Angeles, California, April, 2013

“The Value of Partnerships and Positive Thinking: Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry,” SGNA Annual Leadership Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November, 2012

“Florence Nightingale: Appreciating Our Legacy, Envisioning our Future, Connecting Our World,” American Holistic Nursing Association Annual Education Course, Snowbird, Utah, June, 2012

“Aim Higher: Ignite Limitless Potential Tomorrow is Ours to Create,” Presidential Address, SGNA Annual Education Course, General Session, Phoenix, Arizona, May, 2012

“Affecting Change Through Evidence Based Practice,” SGNA Annual Education Course, Concurrent Session, Phoenix, Arizona, May, 2012

“Mentored and Mentoring: The Odyssey Continues,” SGNA Annual Leadership Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October, 2011

“Florence Nightingale: Appreciating Our Legacy, Envisioning our Future, Connecting Our World,” SGNA Annual Education Course, General Session, Indianapolis, Indiana, May, 2011

“My Journey as a GI Nurse,” Pre Congress Nursing Workshop, Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy Course, Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, December 2010

“Legislative Advocacy: Every Voice Counts, Advocacy and SGNA,” SGNA Annual Leadership Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October, 2010

“Workplace Injury and Hazard to the GI Nurse and Assistant,” Digestive Disease Week, Panel Presentation, Chicago, Illinois, May, 2005

Cleaning, Disinfection, Safety & the GI Endoscopy Unit at MUSC, with Koji Matsuda, MD, Japan, Digestive Disease Week, Osaka, Japan. October, 2003.

Practices

Litigation

Medical Device Litigation

Quality Assurance and Peer Review

Risk Mitigation and Safety

Education

Webster University, M.A. in Business and Management, 2001

Cleveland State University, Master’s Level Certification in Bioethics, 1990

Lakeland Community College, Associate in Applied Sciences/Registered Nursing, 1982

John Carroll University, B.A., cum laude, 1975

Certification

Certified Gastroenterology Registered Nurse (CGRN), 1990

Memberships

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Past President 2012-2013, Former Member of the Board of Directors

Society of International Gastroenterology Nurses and Endoscopy Associates

American Holistic Nurses Association

Low Country Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates

North Coast Ohio Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates