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The President's Message

From the Boardroom May/June 2011
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I am announcing ISPAN’s transition to a new management company effective May 1, 2011. The Board of Directors (BODs) submitted a Request for Proposal (RFP) through the Association Management Companies Institute (AMC Institute). The AMC Institute is a trade association that represents the Association Management industry. It serves as a large resource for volunteer leaders and nonprofit executives. There are over 150 AMC members worldwide and this institute helps associations, professional societies and nonprofit organizations like ISPAN find a partner that is a true fit for their association. ISPAN submitted our proposal to all 150 members.

Your BOD chose to submit through the AMC Institute vs. a standard AMC because the AMC Institute members adhere to industry standards and best practices. This includes but is not limited to management and accounting principles, financial standards, hiring practices and other requisites. This provided your BOD some piece of mind knowing we were potentially going to partner with a professional management company that consistently meets and exceeds industry standards.

We also looked at an Accredited AMC. There are only about 35% of all AMCs that are accredited. Being accredited demonstrates the commitment and ability to consistently deliver the highest level of services based on association management best practices. AMCs that have earned AMC Institute Accreditation have proven through an independent audit that they operate with the highest level of professionalism and responsibility, and consistently meet or exceed all industry requirements. Once accredited by AMC Institute, AMCs must earn re-accreditation every four years. An independent outside auditor looks at different areas within the management company to determine they are continuing to meet the high standards needed to be accredited, and should an association or nonprofit client ever have a complaint, the accreditation process provides them with important additional protections which includes an approved process for addressing complaints and the potential loss of accreditation status for the AMC.

For the past four months, your BODs, as well as several of your past ISPAN presidents reviewed 47 proposals we received from the different AMCs. We then conducted formal interviews with the final top four choices and I am so excited to announce our new partnership with Professional Relations and Research Institute, Inc (PRRI)!!!!!! They are an accredited AMC; the president of the company is Aurelie M. Alger, JD. The company is based out of Beverly, MA. They also manage six other plastic surgery organizations. We are so privileged to be partnering with a company who not only has established relationships with many members of the plastic surgery community both in the provider and industry realms, but they have worked across many medical specialties which will allow them insight into interrelationships between surgical specialty organizations and related allied specialty organizations. This makes PRRI a great fit for ISPAN and our desire to collaborate with multi-disciplines.

PRRI views itself as professionals partnering with professionals. They have the resources to be able to grow and adapt with ISPAN. They will listen, and their philosophy is that they are a customer-service business. ISPAN, as their client, is their most effective marketing tool! With the true partnership we have found with PRRI, I look forward to increasing our interactions with collaborative organizations, promoting ISPAN to plastic surgeons and the community, and maximizing educational opportunities and outreach for you as members of ISPAN. Please welcome PRRI!

To our members, transition begins May 1, 2011 and is set to be completed by June 1, 2011. Phone calls can be directed to Dancy until June 1st. We will be sending out an eblast on new contact information.

Sharon Fritzsche MSN, RN FNP-BC, CPSN

An Update on our Convention


Georgia Elmassian, M.A., R.N., C.P.S.N., C.F.L.E.

Director, International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

Program Director, ISPAN National Convention and Scientific Sessions

We are happy to report that plans for the ISPAN 37th Annual Convention - Compassion, Integrity, and Teamwork: A Tribute to ISPAN Excellence are agreeably falling into place. The 2011 SSPC have all worked assiduously in pursuing this year’s didactic program. The committee members are eagerly looking forward to the September convention with its endless meeting opportunities, educational offerings, and networking possibilities.

As a reference of update and interest, new to the 2011 programming this year, you will find the inclusion of a “pre-convention” Wound Care Workshop and a Joint ASPS/ISPAN Aesthetic Colloquium.  Additionally, throughout the four day conference setting you will be invited to challenge yourself even more and participate in “Master Track” classes, Round Table Discussion Lunches, Dessert Symposiums and much, much more which all promise to provide comprehensive and challenging views of the aesthetic, reconstructive, and management approaches to the plastic surgery nursing arena through evidence-based findings.  We also plan on bringing back a bit of “ISPAN Chapter Networking” a Fun Run, and brand new to this year’s convention venue…Pilates

Some of the instructive selections you will find at the upcoming ISPAN meeting this September include…

Aesthetic Track:

Emerging Light Therapies

Service Mapping & Systems

The Art of Consultation


The Non-Aesthetic Team Panel

Toyota Production Systems & CR

Reconstructive Track:

Facial Defect Reconstruction

Arthritic Thumb Surgical Management

Plastic Surgery and Stem Cells

Team Approach to Traumatic Limb Recon

Burn Reconstruction

Wound Care

Management Track:

Safety in the OR

Go Team Go!

Office Safety

The Effective OR

Sorting Supplies

Master Track:

Mastopexy- Advanced Updates

Antipsychotic Management

Traumatic Facial Fractures

Anatomy Lab

Cranial Vault Remodeling

Anti-aging Options

General Sessions Include:

Gender Reassignment

Mommy Make Over

Breast Reconstruction

Anesthesia Safety

Total Circumferential Lipo

Anticoags in Plastic Surgery

Social Networking

When Bad Things Happen

Rhinoplasty and Dermal Fillers

Facial Rejuvenation/Liquid Contourplasty

Round Table Discussions:

Skin Care

Importance of Certification

Neuromodulators & Filler Basics

Then and Now…


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Y B Involved?

Finally, we would like for you to remember that the annual ISPAN national convention is North America’s most comprehensive plastic surgery nursing education program. We provide more nursing continuing education units than any other meeting in our specialty.

This year’s Denver conference will take place amidst the backdrop splendor of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Denver actually boasts the fact that it has more than 300 days of sunshine and mild temperatures throughout the 365 day year.

So with that trivia in mind, why not mark your calendar and plan now to attend the 37th Annual ISPAN National Convention - Compassion, Integrity, and Teamwork: A Tribute to ISPAN Excellence - September 23-27, 2011- The Westin Tabor Center. Denver, Colorado. The 2011 SSPC hopes to see you there!

NEW for the Denver Convention

Wound Care Dressing Workshop: Touch, Feel, and Learn

The Wound Care Workshop will discuss current and innovative topical management in wound care. Dressing materials and pioneering technology will be available for the hands on experience. This workshop is sponsored by Smith-Nephew, 3M, MoInlycke, Healthpoint, KCI and DermaSciences. Make your plans to attend this interactive workshop now!

Exciting and new for the ISPAN 37th Annual Convention -

Compassion, Integrity, and Teamwork:

A Tribute to ISPAN Excellence

A collaborative 2 hour ASPS/ISPAN Aesthetic Colloquium will be offered on Friday, September 23, 2011

Core Essentials of a Successful Non-Surgical Practice

This compact and intensely robust two-hour workshop will detail, outline, and explore the basic practice components critical for the thriving non-surgical aesthetics practice. The principles and practices shared in this program will be delivered by a team of expert professionals and highly successful practitioners from this specialized discipline. Upon completion of this workshop, the practitioner will take away proven methods to enhance a new or existing non-surgical aesthetics practice.

Mark your calendars and plan now to attend this extraordinary Friday pre-convention course offered in conjunction with the ASPS. It promises to augment the partnership between your overall aesthetic knowledge and business! More notable details will be found on the ISPAN website.


Christine Brajkovich BSN, CNOR, RNFA, CPSN, Director

Congratulations to all of you who have attained your CPSN. Each of you should be very proud!

Your certification is valid for three years. The PSNCB National Office will notify you by mail three months prior to the expiration date of your certificate. It is your responsibility to submit a completed application for renewal 45 days in advance of the certification expiration date.

Remember, if you are recertifying by continuing education, you must provide proof of 45 approved contact hours, 30 of which must be specifically related to Plastic Surgical nursing. And, new this year to recertify you also need to have two contact hours on patient safety.

Complete instructions, requirements and the application for renewal can be found on the ISPAN website. Under the Main Menu click “Certification” and the next screen click “Recertification Guidelines”. If you have any further questions please contact the PSNCB at 1-800-272-0136 or write PSNCB, 900 Cummings Center, Suite 221-U, Beverly, MA 01915.

The Editor's Thoughts

Haley Wood MSN, WHNP, CPSN

Director, The International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

Newsletter Editor, The International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses
Have you seen the new ASPS website?  Wow! Click here to take a look at their new home site. As I meandered through their site, I came across videos, patient on-line education with 3D animation and many other links and opportunities for plastic surgery patients to gain insight into the procedure they are most interested. As nurses, we can direct patients to credible sources of information, like the ASPS website. Often times, a "google search" creates a scared and terribly misinformed patient. Now, we have our ASPS friends to thank!
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