A Message from the President

Georgia Elmassian, MSN MA APRN CPSN ISPAN-F CFLE, ISPAN President Because it is summer, and the memories are just waiting to happen, we will succinctly highlight the activities of the ISPAN committees over the past month...

  • The Scientific Planning Sessions Committee have been putting their final seal of approval on all educational programming, workshops, and review courses for the ISPAN 2018-The Meeting in Chicago, IL September 27- October 1st. The ISPAN National Office is in the painstaking process of making application for continuing education credits. Be certain to check out the ISPAN website for specific program information including registration, housing, and the variety of education topics and other offerings. Register early and save money!

  • The Core Curriculum is complete and is on the way to the publisher. Stay tuned for the announcement of the release date.

  • The Scopes and Standards Committee have completed their "ISPAN Scope of Practice" updates and are getting ready to send the revisions to the publisher. This committee has been quite successful in accomplishing this arduous task. The professional follow through by this committee has been quite remarkable!

  • The CPC (Clinical Practice Committee) have been in the diligent process of updating all the ISPAN Position Statements. This committee has put forth an amazing team effort and should have the updated statements complete and posted by August.

  • The MEC (Membership Engagement Committee) is still hosting the ISPAN membership drive. Various prizes will be given away at the ISPAN 2018-The Meeting. Please see the ISPAN website for more information.

  • The MEC is also in the process of formulating a plan for an informal mentor/buddy system for the ISPAN 2018-The Meeting so all attendees will have the opportunity to have a buddy to "hang" with at the meeting. This is a great venue for networking as well. More information will follow prior to the meeting.

  • Be sure to check out the ISPAN Members Only Face Book page. The social media team will be doing some live postings beginning this week.

  • Please remember the ISPAN Members Only Face Book page is for YOU - our members - to post freely anything informative, happenings at your office, industry news, fun memes, product information…just about anything. The "Members Only" page was established by the MEC as a means of "virtual mentorship" where people would have a "safe" place to share ideas, problems, seek wisdom, learn about products, procedures, tips, or strategies. We would like our members to feel comfortable to post there as often as you would like. It is a sharing and an exchange of information platform which could simultaneously be educational and fun.

  • The PSNF (Plastic Surgery Nursing Foundation) have been busy discussing how to showcase and recognize donors this year at the ISPAN 2018-The Meeting. The PSNF has determined they will accept donations in return for an ISPAN T-shirt, ISPAN pin, decal, and/or USB Drive. They are even going to accept donations for ISPAN wine glasses this year!

  • The PSNF website has undergone a "face lift", please check it out: http://ispan.org/foundation/

  • The ISPAN Fellows Committee have been hard at work voting on the next round of applicants. Vetting each applicant is an in-depth process and the committee has done a great job in confirming dedicated ISPAN members for this esteemed honor.

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

Summer is here…may your days be warm and beautiful!

Warmest regards,

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