A Message from the President

Georgia Elmassian, MSN, MA, APRN, CPSN, CFLE, ISPAN President Can you believe it? The 2017 ISPAN Annual Convention is right around the corner!

I’m excited to share some new platforms and events at this year’s October 5-9 meeting in Orlando. This year, we will begin the conference on Thursday with preconvention workshops and exam review courses. And to celebrate the tremendous year we have had, the PSNCB will graciously host a certified nurse cocktail reception that evening. On Friday, we will commence the official opening of the 43rd annual ISPAN national convention; the full day will include general sessions featuring both reconstructive and aesthetic topics. Following the new format, we will devote all day Saturday to aesthetic topics, focus Sunday on reconstructive topics, and offer special workshops Sunday afternoon and Monday morning. We will offer more social events this year, so please be certain to review the schedule and make plans to attend!

In the spirit of improving, adding new platforms, and modernizing our society, I am excited to announce that this year, we are going mobile! All convention attendees will have the opportunity to download important meeting information and materials, which we hope will improve productivity and save many of you the hassle of keeping track of packets and brochures (more info to come once you register). Take comfort knowing there will be on-site assistance for technology needs, should you have questions.

This new platform demonstrates the Scientific Sessions Planning Committee’s arduous commitment to create a meeting agenda that allots time for our attendees to enjoy the many activities, shopping, and attractions that are offered at nearby Disney World, Universal Studios, and Epcot Center. I sincerely believe the SSPC’s efforts will not disappoint, and we all owe a special thank you to chairperson Ginger Mars and the SSPC members who worked tirelessly to produce an outstanding and robust program. You will quickly find that the content and topics of the 2017 meeting reflect the many reasons why ISPAN is The Definitive Voice for Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses!

In addition to soaking in beautiful Orlando, you will hear from nationally recognized speakers, participate in a wine and cheese poster session, learn about the latest in research and practice, and have the chance to network with new colleagues. And, most importantly, one of the greatest aspects of the meeting is the opportunity to renew ISPAN acquaintances and nurture friendships that have evolved over the years, and to build new relationships!

The Rosen Centre offers free Wi-Fi in the guestrooms and public areas, and has plenty of restaurants and dining choices. The hotel also boasts a full-service spa and fitness center for all you work-out enthusiasts! The Rosen Centre is centrally located in the heart of International Drive within minutes of Orlando’s acclaimed theme parks and attractions, and a quick twelve minutes away from the Orlando International Airport. It is also connected to the Orange County Convention Center via an overhead, covered pedestrian walkway for easy access.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy your experience in Orlando, garner some new pearls of practice, and further your education as we continue to fulfill the mission and vision of ISPAN! For those that have not had an opportunity to do so, registering for convention is easy and convenient. Simply click here to get started. Remember:

ISPAN is The Definitive Voice for Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses. State it. Believe it.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest ~Benjamin Franklin

Warmest regards,
Georgia Elmassian

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