A Message from the President

Georgia Elmassian, MSN, MA, APRN, CPSN, CFLE, ISPAN President I've spent a lot of time over the last few months reflecting upon the idea of change, and the tremendous (sometimes unexpected) impact one change can have on many other things surrounding it. A Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, once said "the only thing that is constant is change," and it has taken me years to get comfortable with many of life’s changes happening around me. In the last month, our organization made a monumental change from within--one that undoubtedly will have a ripple effect on our nursing community: changing our name from ASPSN to ISPAN, the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses. With any change of this stature comes a period of adjustment, and I want to thank and applaud each of you for your support during this transition. We are very pleased with our progress, and have our eyes on the bigger global picture and positive opportunities this change will bring to our membership and society.

In a world that consistently emphasizes "stronger together," we believe that fostering a spirit of inclusion with our international partners and aesthetic nurses will only strengthen our influence in the medical and nursing community. By welcoming others, we glean new perspectives and knowledge, and meet new partners and allies. A united force also positions us to have a greater impact in the professional medical and nursing arenas, as well as to advance our strategic priorities and brand on a global scale. We have the opportunity to hit the "reset button" on many of our initiatives and think critically about our members' priorities. I am excited to see what the next chapter holds, and feel confident that this transformation will bring about a wave of positive changes in our society. After all, the only thing constant is change, and we feel stronger making this together as ISPAN!

Our amazing ISPAN committees have been active this past month. Succinctly, the following committee discussions have occurred:

Committee on Communications (COC)

  • Continues to increase plans for ISPAN social media presence. Regular posts have been seen on FB, LinkedIn and Instagram
  • Plans to increase visibility over time
  • The committee keeps honing their ideas in which to make ISPAN industry relevant
  • Strategizing social media opportunities for the National Meeting
  • Strategizing membership engagement
  • Making plans to hold joint conference call with Membership Committee to further discuss optimizing member opportunities including
    contests and small prizes during national meeting
  • Motivation Monday posts throughout month of May focusing on Melanoma
Membership Committee
  • Membership packet being developed
    • Group membership newsletter to go out in Welcome Packet
    • Marketing Postcard (q code) highlighting ISPAN to be included (revise from last year)
  • Lifetime membership – consider $1000
  • Welcome/Appreciation Gifts for new members
    • USB and/or vinyl decal for car or office
    • Decals could be sold at meeting as well
  • Membership Discounts & Fee structure proposed changes:
    • New member discount
    • One time meeting discount for passing certification exams (voucher good for single use)
    • ISPAN Convention Meeting proposed registration changes:
      • EARLY-EARLY registration at the ISPAN convention
      • EARLY BIRD (6 months prior to conference)
      • REGULAR
      • Discuss costs, possibly shorten time of early bird registration
  • Discuss raising membership dues
  • Discuss FB journal club with communications committee
Scientific Sessions Planning Committee
  • 2017 Program finalized
    • Lunch/learn on Aesthetic Day still seeking recon lunch/learn sponsor for Recon Day
  • New for 2017:
    • President’s Welcome and Recognition Reception
    • Social Networking Hour (cash bar)
    • Moderated Posters with Wine and Cheese
  • Proposed submissions that were not accepted for lectures will be sent request to present as poster, journal article, or webinar

In closing, after reading this month’s message please take a moment or two to reflect…If the art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings, how do YOU define positive adaptability?

Remember: The ISPAN IS THE Definitive Voice for Plastic and Aesthetic Nursing! State it and Believe it!

Quote of the Month: May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears. ~ Nelson Mandela

Warmest regards!


Georgia Elmassian
ISPAN President
ISPAN – The Definitive Voice for Plastic and Aesthetic Nursing

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