The ISPAN recognizes the value of education, administration, research, and clinical practice in fostering personal and professional growth which is why our members receive certification through the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board (PSNCB) at a discounted rate.

The PSNCB was established in 1989 for the purpose of promoting the highest standards of plastic surgical nursing practice through the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of all aspects of the certification and recertification processes.

The PSNCB is comprised of registered nurses with content expertise in plastic surgical nursing. The Board collaborates with the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) in test development, test administration, and test evaluation. Two certification examinations are offered to nurses meeting the specified criteria, the Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse (CPSN) and the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS).

Visit the PSNCB website for additional information.


The CANS and CPSN recertification process through the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board (PSNCB) is now officially online! As of 2017, if you are recertifying, your application will only be accepted via the online submission site. To access your recertification form, please login to the Nurses Area of the PSNCB website.