International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN)


Stress Normal or Not?
Ever heard somebody say, “I am stressed out”? Of course, we have listened to this phrase or even uttered the words ourselves to family, friends, and coworkers. Stress is an emotional or physical demand on your mind and body that helps you avoid dangerous situations or comply with a deadline. Feelings of annoyance, disappointment, dissatisfaction, and irritation can creep in, leading to anxiety and anger. Does that sound or feel happy or pleasurable? Most likely, no. However, the body is designed to encounter stress and react appropriately. More


Kathleen Mortl RN, CPSN, CANS
Editor, The ISPAN Newsletter

In this world
In this world, we are working under enormous pressure. We are providing care in many different specialties, which are overlapping, to patients during this pandemic. We face increased stress and experience its adverse effects on our physical and mental well-being - Not to mention the facts, including the possibility of infection/death from COVID?19. Hence, we forget there is a global shortage of nurses. More


2021 Annual Meeting

Please “spread the word” and share ISPAN 2021 with your nursing colleagues and friends.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta, GA on October 27-31, 2021 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza!

We’re Having a Meeting!

Kristi Elliott, RN, FNP-C, CPSN, CANS, ISPAN-F

Can you believe we are just 2 months away from our first in-person meeting in 2 years? I know our excitement is tempered with caution after the latest COVID wave, but life is slowly returning to normal. The Westin Peachtree Plaza has worked with us to provide safe space to meet and hopefully we’re all experts at hand washing and mask wearing by now. The Program Committee has put together an amazing program full of aesthetic and reconstructive education with several skills workshops for those interested in new or additional skills training. We’re even having a costume party!

I’ve never been to Atlanta so I’m hoping to find time to visit the botanical garden and aquarium. I’d like to do some shopping too. Most of all I’m looking forward to the fun and fellowship we have all been missing out on.

One thing that will be different this time is that the CPSN and CANS exams will not be offered at the meeting. We’re excited that they have been computerized and will be offered at testing sites around the country a few times a year. We will still offer the review courses. I do hope that you will be able to attend as ISPAN continues to be the voice of plastic surgical nursing. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.


Rebecca J. Suess, RN, BSN, CPSN, CANS

2021 Annual Meeting

As the annual ISPAN meeting is approaching, I am reminded that this will be my tenth year as a member of ISPAN. It is incredible how fast it has all gone by.

I joined ISPAN (back when it was ASPSN) because I knew that to be really connected to the aesthetics industry as a Registered Nurse in Facial Plastic Surgery, I needed to be connected to a professional nursing association for my specialty. So it was the first thing I sought out.



Did you know the ISPAN Membership Engagement Committee in partnership with the Plastic Surgical Nurses Foundation offers an amazing array of raffle items and a few ISPAN branded tokens at the ISPAN meeting in Atlanta? A monetary donation to the PSNF will offer you a chance to win some of our best prizes yet! Below is just a SAMPLE of what we have! There is so much more. In addition to the raffle items, the PSNF will also have ISPAN branded surgical caps and hot/cold tumblers for you to take home for a monetary donation to the Foundation. You won’t want to miss the fun!

Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera – Signed copy of his book and a free t-shirt!
Dr. Steven F. Weiner – ½ day of shadowing at his clinic in Florida!
Julie Bass Kaplan – 1 year subscription to her Patreon!
Rana Kennelly – Free online Courses!
Dr. Anil Rajani – 1 year FREE Gold membership for his online learning!
Dr. Chris Surek: Free Injector Academy Cadaver Course & signed copy of his facial anatomy book!
AND that is just the start!! See you in Atlanta !


Pamela Messina, BSN, RN, CPSN, CNOR

The Clinical Practice Committee ISPAN is very proud of the Clinical Practice Committee. It is chaired by the amazing, dedicated Katie Soso and staffed by an industrious, committed group of nurses. The Clinical Practice Committee is responsible for creating ISPAN’S position statements. Position statements are written to give an organization guidance regarding important and sometimes controversial issues. Position statements provide evidence and rationale to support a viewpoint. In order to be reputable, they must be evidence-based. More


Michele McCullough, BSN, CPSN, RN-BC

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The vibrant colors the leaves bring to the trees in New England is breathtaking. As the summer comes to an end, I look forward to autumn activities, including football games, apple picking, hayrides, and pumpkin everything. But what I especially look forward to in the fall, is our annual ISPAN meeting. This year’s meeting will be held in Atlanta from October 27th-31st, and I am so excited to see old friends and meet new ones. More


Dr. Georgia Elmassian, DNP, MSN, MA, APRN, CPSN, ISPAN-F
ISPAN Immediate Past President

As we look forward to the ISPAN 2021 Meeting, we anticipate the rollover to new leadership and further member engagement possibilities. Customarily after every yearly ISPAN Meeting, we excitedly welcome a new rotation of volunteer members to the various ISPAN committees. Many of you may wonder what the big deal is in welcoming new members to standing committees. Well, I would like to posit a vibrant and participatory membership is the engine that keeps the society moving forward; and that is a big deal! More


Lisa Griffin RN, CPSN, OCN®

Did You Know?
It’s that time of year again – the annual ISPAN meeting is just around the corner. This always makes me stop and think about our professional organization, fellow members and our collective desire to excel in our chosen professions. Obtaining and maintaining certification as either a Plastic Surgical Nurse or Aesthetic Nurse Specialist is one way to highlight one’s passion, knowledge, skill and desire to provide best care to our patients / clients. More