A Message from the President: Holiday Edition

ISPAN: International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

Georgia Elmassian, MSN, MA, APRN, CPSN, CFLE, ISPAN President Every year at this time, I feel a mix of emotions (as I am sure many of you do!). Some of these emotions come from stress: getting everything done on my to-do list, trying to be three places at once, and even finding time to see family and friends. Some of these emotions are joyous because, after all, this is the most wonderful time of the year! And, even more so than years before, I feel a heavy dosage of "grateful emotions" this year – which outweighs everything else. I feel so grateful for opportunities that give me a to-do list at all; for the organizations and groups to which I spread my time; and especially for the family and friends who keep me grounded, motivated, and inspired. I am also abundantly grateful for the opportunity to represent a society of powerful and extraordinary nursing professionals. Each one of you brings something special to our society, and whether you know it or not, your nursing specialty whether aesthetic, reconstructive, management, or leadership, change lives for the better.

As we look ahead, I am also grateful for the momentum we have heading into a new year:

  • The Membership Engagement Committee which comprises a good balance of social media expertise and members whose enthusiasm for ISPAN will undoubtedly help drive membership value. The group will continue to meet on the first Tuesday of each month.

  • Katie Soso, has graciously accepted the invitation to chair the Clinical Practice Committee! Katie, Sharon Van Wicklin, and Dawn Sagrillo have consented to update the Scopes and Standards Book commencing January. We are indeed grateful to have Katie’s leadership abilities to chair the ever most important Clinical Practice Committee! Undoubtedly, things WILL get done!!

  • Our updated version of the Plastic and Aesthetic Core Curriculum Book is currently being revised. Our goal is to have this ready for purchase this Spring.

  • We are considering joint membership opportunities with the Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists and the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Specialty Nurses.

  • And lastly, we encourage YOU to utilize the ListServ (now glitch free!) with constructive questions, inquiries, or statements. No matter how complex. No matter how simple. Remember the ListServ is a great form of communication between professional members seeking input on vendors, products, books, curriculums, policies, statements, procedure protocols, product prices, do’s and don’ts, what works- what doesn’t, or simply any insights, knowledge, or questions that you may want to share with your professional nursing community.

2017 has revealed a tremendous year of international growth and change. We have achieved much together. I hope you share my sentiment of gratitude this season with your family, friends, colleagues, and self. Because when we adopt an "attitude of gratitude" in our lives – both professionally and personally – many of the other stresses we place upon ourselves simply melts away!

Wishing you a SPARKLE-SHIMMER-and-SHINE-filled holiday BRIGHT with gratitude!

Georgia Elmassian

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

Wishing you very happy holidays