International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

PSN Journal

January - February, 2012
International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

Sharon Fritzsche, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CPSN

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season with family and friends; I wish for each of you a blessed 2012 filled with laughter, good health, and a year full of good memories!

As you know The International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN) is looking for individuals who exemplify commitment, compassion, innovation, and dedication to the field of plastic surgical nursing. As healthcare professionals, plastic surgical nurses have the privilege of working with many noteworthy colleagues and organizations who not only exemplify the true meaning of professionalism but who also go the extra mile, time and time again. Has someone in your practice arena offered a significant contribution to the care of patients? More


As the Society grows and evolves, it is necessary to make changes to our policies and Bylaws in order to continue to work efficiently. Recently the Board of Directors made two updates to the Society Bylaws. More


The 9th Annual Aethetic Symposium will be held the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre in British Columbia on May 5-6, 2012.

The Program is now available for review!



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

Currently, plans are underway for North America's premier plastic surgery nurses' annual meeting, and this year is specifically exciting for the 2012 SSPC. The committee membership has grown exponentially, and each of the current members are quite eager and sincerely committed to exploring careful stratagems and objective educational goals for all areas of plastic surgery nursing needs for the 38th annual ISPAN National Convention. Moreover, the committee has paid particularly close attention to past convention feedback and are intent on implementing, assessing, and integrating new forms of professional development for this year's innovative programming. More


ISPAN is thrilled to announce our first webinar of 2012! Jill Jones, RN and Dawn Sagrillo, RN will be presenting "Differentiating Neurotoxins in Facial Aesthetics". At the conclusion of this session the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the mechanism of action of Btx-A
  • Compare and contrast each FDA approved Btx-A
  • Discuss common dilutions and dosages of cosmetic FDA appoved Btx-ACE

The webinar will be available for members and non-members of ISPAN beginning in March. Registration will be available on our website. ISPAN members will receive a discounted webinar price!

An application has been submitted to the Georgia Nurses Association for approval of 1.0 contact hours. Please contact the ISPAN National Office for more information. More


Susan Lamp, BSN, RN, CPSN
Director and ASPSNews Editor

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As I assume the role as editor of ASPSNews, I find myself reflecting on areas of growth in my life.

In my personal life, I have experienced loss and grief with the death of both of my parents in the past few years. The transition of my two children into adulthood, watching my son's service with the US Navy, both children in college and now, with the planning of my daughter's wedding. My husband and I now have more time on our hands than we know what to do with, and find ourselves increasingly less active. We are seeking new hobbies and interests to stimulate growth and keep us learning. We understand the value of evolution of our lives, planning for our eventual retirement and hopefully, someday, grandparenting, not too soon, though! More


Dear Miss Adventures,

A year or so ago, we had a scare with our breast augmentation patients concerned about the safety of gel breast implants. Many of our candidates were newly aware of ALCL. The office staff and surgeons here are terrific and we were able to control the panic and make it through that hurdle, (even though a few women made the decision not to have an augmentation.) Fortunately, our practice volume was relatively unaffected by that news report. Now, just when I thought everything was going so well, there has been a worldwide recall on breast implants and our phone is ringing off the hook with frantic patients. They are so fearful now of having implants! I know the recall is for a type of implant we don't use, but what is the most effective reassurance can I offer these women? More


Haley Wood, MSN, WHNP, CPSN

Plastic surgery is susceptible to identity fraud and theft just like any other person or business in America. Recently, a Tennessee practice reported a case of theft and identity fraud. In this case, the patient presented false name, address, phone numbers, social security number and medical history. During the time in the office, the patient received $1300 worth of dermal fillers and Botox. Once the injections were completed, the patient stepped outside the office to have her significant other pay for the visit and the patient never returned for payment. It is considered a felony to have over $1000 worth of services or goods stolen. In addition, false identity was given by the patient. More


Nancy Radoslovich, RN, CPSN

Post operative Nausea and vomiting (PONV)

One of the most dreaded complications after cosmetic surgery is post operative nausea and vomiting or "PONV". Patients are concerned about it for obvious reasons, frequently because they have experienced nausea and vomiting after previous surgical procedures. Their concern is warranted, as 35% of all surgical patients suffer some degree of PONV. Does this concern your practice? It should! PONV is not only a miserable experience for the patient but more importantly it increases the risk of post-op complications (hematomas after facelift, especially), causes extended recovery room stays and possible hospital admissions. And it is bad advertising! More


Debby Booth, RN, CPSN

Happy New Year! The ISPAN had a busy 2011 and I am looking forward to an even more productive 2012. I'm sorry to say that ISPAN ended 2011 with a deficit. Spending exceeded income by $46,657. While we expected a loss for the year due to a number of factors, including the transition to a new management firm, it is always somewhat disheartening to see that negative dollar figure. More

Jacqueline Frazee, RNFA, CPSN

New Year, new resolutions, or same resolutions as last year except maybe trying harder this year.

As we move forward with several initiatives as a Board we would like to remind you of the very important issue of safety in your recertification packets. You need to have 2 safety hours included for the 3 year period. This should not be an issue if you attend the national or aesthetic meeting as there will be a safety credit at each of those meetings every year. This is a relatively new requirement and we have been slow to enforce it but our grace period is coming to a close. More

ISPAN Launches New Website!

Check us out! We want to provide you with the resources you are looking for. Is something missing? Let us know. Contact the National Office with any questions or suggestions.


Attention all New York/ New Jersey ISPAN members and potential members:

Come join us Tuesday evening February 28 to learn about this exciting endeavor. We are having an organizational meeting for the new chapter. Come and find out about our exciting plans and how you can become more active in ISPAN. More


9th Annual Aesthetic Symposium of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses
May 5-6, 2012
Vancouver, Canada

38th Annual Convention
October 26-29, 2012
The Roosevelt Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana

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