A Message from the President

Georgia Elmassian, MSN, MA, APRN, CPSN, CFLE, ISPAN President The ides of March are upon us. However, spring is (or should be!) right around the corner. And with spring comes the lovely reminder of how beautiful change can really be! With change comes activity and there has been a flurry of ISPAN activity over the past month. The following highlights will outline what your society has been busy doing for you!
  • Under chairperson Ginger Mars, the Scientific Sessions Planning Committee, has been hard at work developing the education for the ISPAN 2018-The Meeting September 27-October 1 in Chicago, IL. The SSPC has redefined the programming by identifying the education tracks as Surgical and Non-Surgical which is more in line with the industry today. Some of the highlights from the upcoming fall meeting include: The CPSN and CANS Review Courses and Exams, Cadaver, Hand, and Tissue Expander Workshops, Panels, Industry Speakers, Social-hour receptions (including wine!), and of course Networking! Be sure to mark your calendar and register early for the best registration rate. Simply click on the ISPAN 2018 -The Meeting banner and complete the online registration process.

  • We are excited to announce that Marilyn Cassetta, an International ISPAN member from Australia will be joining the PSNF (Plastic Surgery Nursing Foundation) Board as a Trustee. The PSNF Board and the ISPAN Board extends a warm welcome to Marilyn! As a reminder the PSNF Board members are:
    Debby Booth – President
    Karen Winn – Secretary/Treasurer
    Marilyn Cassetta
    Jill Jones
    Deborah Rapuano
  • We are excited that we will be officially announcing the launch of the SSPSC/ISPAN joint membership in the middle of March! An e-blast will be sent to the membership making the announcement soon.

  • We also have been exploring a joint membership with the Dermatology Nurses Association. This joint venture was prompted by one of our own ISPAN members, Robin Inabinet, who is also a member of the DNA. We are excitedly looking forward to what the future may bring for each of the societies as we work towards common goals. We will keep you informed as to the progress.

  • Thanks to Tracey Hotta, the new edition of the Core Curriculum is in its final stages of development. We have a target date for June publication. The book is an excellent reference and resource for your office, as well as a study tool for the CPSN and CANS exams.

  • The Plastic and Aesthetic Nursing Scope and Standards is currently being revised. Members Katie Soso, Sharon Van Wicklin, and Dawn Sagrillo are diligently taking on this task and we are grateful! The updated Scope and Standards should be complete and ready for purchase this summer.

  • ISPAN members Gerrie Obi, Haley Wood, and Tracey Hotta are working together to develop a non-surgical patient history assessment tool. This much needed tool will be universal and is intended to be comprehensive. It will be indicated for optimal patient safety. This tool will be offered through the ISPAN website and we will keep you informed as to when it will become available.

  • The highest ISPAN designation, ISPAN-Fellow (ISPAN-F) is expected to roll out in April. Please watch your email for more information as the time draws near. This is a VERY significant distinction that the ISPAN Board is excited to introduce to the ISPAN membership.

  • The Membership Engagement Committee (MEC) has been busy!! The committee, under Michele McCullough's direction has put together a "Trifold" marketing piece that is available to ALL members. This information can readily be distributed to offices, outpatient surgery centers, hospitals, chapter meetings, journal clubs, just about everywhere. The MEC has done a beautiful job on the Trifold which highlights the benefits of being an ISPAN member. We have also included the Trifold on the website for your (and potential members) perusal. The committee has also put together an "ISPAN in a Box" for our members to take to community or healthcare events in which to spread the word about ISPAN. The "box" contains Membership Trifolds, ISPAN merchandise, and an ISPAN banner. Please contact the ISPAN National Office for more information and help to spread the word about this most dynamic nursing specialty society. With so much easy membership marketing available, you now have something tangible to invite your colleagues with!

  • The Social Media component of the Membership Engagement Committee (MEC), under the direction of Anne Bechtold, has been diligently at work, as well. Anne has shared with us that Face Book has drastically changed its algorithms. Therefore, ISPAN is updating our Face Book page. Succinctly, this means more services, benefits, and value for YOU - the membership!! Next week we will be launching ISPAN's new Members Only Private Face Book group. This "secret/private" group will allow members to communicate, share ideas, ask questions, exchange important information, support, cheer, mentor one another, and so much more! Please watch for the announcement and join us, we want YOU to share in the maximum value of ISPAN membership!

  • The Membership Engagement Committee also is about to initiate a Membership Drive. There will be an eblast sent out with all the information. The MEC has some wonderful prizes in mind for current ISPAN individuals who can refer the most new members. And of course, the new members will receive gifts as well!! Be sure to watch your email!

  • And last but most definitely not least, The Clinical Practice Committee (CPC) could use YOUR help! The CPC is looking to add to their committee and would be interested in your joining them. Please contact the ISPAN National Office if you would like to engage in this most important committee!

In conclusion, this month’s message brings you up to date as to the happenings in ISPAN. As you can readily see, we been busy in providing membership value and we are incredibly grateful to each one of our ISPAN members! It is YOU and your engagement that makes this society significant and successful.

Remember: ISPAN is THE Definitive Voice for All Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses. State it. Believe it.

Warmest regards,

Georgia Elmassian
ISPAN President
ISPAN - The Definitive Voice of Plastic Surgical Nursing!