A Message from the President

Georgia Elmassian, MSN, MA, APRN, CPSN, CFLE, ISPAN President Spring has sprung (I think!) and is spreading its charm. Every tree is waking up to its splendor and the flowers are blooming with color and fragrances. The following highlights have been “blooming” in the ISPAN community over the past few weeks:
  • The education program for the ISPAN-2018 The Meeting is now online. Please take a few moments to view the contents of the education topics. The SSPC, under the chair-ship of Ginger Mars and track leaders Connie Brennan and Nicole Kelley, have put together a very robust program for Chicago!

  • The Westin-Chicago River North Hotel link is also open on the ISPAN Home page. Please utilize this link for reservations at the group rate for the ISPAN-2018 The Meeting.

  • An Ad Hoc Committee under the chair-ship of Tracey Hotta, is gathering questions for a sample study guide supplement for both the CANS and CPSN exams. We hope to have these supplements available online in June for the ISPAN 2018-The Meeting CANS and CPSN test candidates.

  • The Scope and Standards Committee under the chair-ship of Katie Soso, has been working together and have been arduously updating the Scope and Standards of Practice for the Plastic and Aesthetic Nurse. The book will be available this summer.

  • The PSNF Board under President Debby Booth, is in the process of building new development ideas. They eagerly are waiting for your grant and scholarship requests. Contact the National ISPAN office for the application requests.

  • The MEC (Membership Engagement Committee), under the chair-ship of Michelle McCullough, has launched an ISPAN Membership Drive complete with prizes! The membership drive is in progress from now until the middle of September. Please see the ISPAN Home page and banner for more specific information.

  • The Social Media Team, under the chair-ship of Anne Bechtold has launched a Face Book "for members only" private/secret page. Please use the password from the previous announcement eblast email to gain access and begin to dialogue with your colleagues!

  • The CPC (Clinical Practice Committee) under the chair-ship of Katie Soso, are rolling strong in updating and refining ISPAN’s Position Statements. If you have any practice issues that you would like to see ISPAN develop positions on, please contact the National Office who will then contact the CPC with the topic.

  • The joint membership between the Plastic Surgery Skin Care Specialists and ISPAN will be formally announced at the end of April. We are excited to offer joint membership to the PSSCS aesthetic nurses and have them join the ISPAN community!

  • The highest ISPAN designation: ISPAN-Fellow (ISPAN-F) will be ready to roll out next week. Please watch your email for the announcement and application information. The ISPAN-Fellow (ISPAN-F) is a VERY significant distinction and the ISPAN Board is excited to offer this to the ISPAN membership!

As you can see from the above information, ISPAN has been busy in providing you with membership value. We hope you enjoy the monthly updates. We are deeply appreciative of your membership - as it is YOU and your engagement that brings significance and success to our society.

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

Look around and count the good things in your life!

Warmest regards,

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