A Message from the President

Georgia Elmassian, MSN MA APRN CPSN ISPAN-F CFLE, ISPAN President It is the most wonderful time of the (ISPAN) year! Another year has gone by and I am more excited in 2018 than years before for our ISPAN 2018-The Meeting (it is just hard to believe it is already that time of year – yet we do not seem to age a day)! This excitement stems from many different reasons, but all go back to one theme: opportunity.

First and foremost, ISPAN 2018-The Meeting, is a fantastic opportunity to explore one of my favorite cities in the world: Chicago! Some of you know that one of my sons lived in the Windy City for a few years and I just loved visiting him there. Chicago is unlike so many other places – it has that Midwest charm but with the excitement of a world-class city. People are friendly and engaging, the food is nothing shy of amazing, the shopping is enough to get you and your credit card in trouble, and the history and culture is enriching. I simply cannot wait to visit Chicago and will certainly be carving out time to check out some of my favorite places!

Second, I see ISPAN 2018-The Meeting as an opportunity to connect. Every year, as this meeting seems to get bigger and bigger, we have the opportunity to see colleagues, acquaintances, industry leaders, and even new members. Our society is growing, and this meeting is a perfect place to get face-time with one another – whether with old friends or new members of ISPAN. When people ask me why they should attend our meeting, I always say that the time you spend meeting and networking with people is an investment worth making!

Third, ISPAN 2018-The Meeting, is an opportunity to immerse in our profession through education sessions and social events. Sometimes, our day-to-day work becomes so overwhelming that we lose sight of the innovation, learning, and excitement aspects of what we really do as plastic or aesthetic nurses. Therefore, this year, we will have surgical and non-surgical education sessions, as well as all-purpose sessions that will address how our profession is ever-changing. For example, one general session will address nurses’ responsibility to act as whistleblowers for Human Trafficking. Sadly, this topic is becoming wide-spread across the country and as a health professional I cannot wait to learn how to be more astute in identifying the signs of this public health pandemic. Another example of the ISPAN 2018-The Meeting’s stellar education sessions are the incredible hands-on learning that will include tissue expander, cadaver, and micropigmentation workshops. The Meeting is also offering both the CANS and CPSN review courses for those who will be sitting for board-certification. There are numerous surgical and non-surgical topics and trends that will also be addressed throughout the three-day meeting. We will also have a meeting “app” again this year. If you recall, we successfully launched an app for the 2017 meeting and received overwhelmingly positive feedback on it. Therefore, we will provide all the 2018 program information at a glance on the app and will include live time up-to-date announcements and notifications each day throughout the meeting. The meeting/program app and other significant information will be provided to you at the Registration Desk in Chicago upon your check-in for the meeting.

I find that I learn more from the people I work alongside/with than I do from a textbook – so needless to say, for the Chicago meeting I will be inundating myself in collegial and industry conversations, scientific education sessions, and, of course, social networking.

Lastly, this is your opportunity to engage (on social media, that is)! This year we will have live interviews, candid camera shots, and group photo opportunities throughout the ISPAN 2018-The Meeting. We welcome members to engage on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtags #ISPAN2018 or #ISPANTheMeeting or both! We also encourage you to post your photos and constructive comments on the private ISPAN Members Only Facebook group. Be sure to tag @ISPAN_Nurses – or even me, at @ISPANPresident - in your tweets so we can follow along, retweet, or reply!

I cannot believe how time flies...but I look forward to seeing many of you in Chicago in just a few short weeks. I hope you all will be seeking the above listed opportunities - I know I will as soon as I blow into the Windy City...See you soon!

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

Warmest regards,

ISPAN President
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