International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

PSN Journal

April - May, 2015
International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

Georgia Elmassian, MSN, MA, APRN, CPSN, CFLE
President Elect

Hopefully, the snow drifts on our New England friends driveways have dissipated by now, and the rumors of spring are really here to stay! May is a month to honor all mothers, graduations, and ISPAN symposiums. And, with meetings in mind, it is time to give some due diligence to the 2015 Scientific Sessions Planning Committee.

Test Your Knowledge:
Which of the following is an important postoperative consideration for a chemical peel?

A. Antihistamines may help control itching during the healing process
B. New skin burns easily; sunblocks and head cocvering are imperative
C. Erythema will persist for several weeks, depending on the individual
D. All of the above

41st Annual ISPAN Convention, Registration Now Open!

Join us at the 41st Annual Convention of the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses at The Boston Renaissance Hotel, October 16-19, 2015. Registration is now open! Reserve your spot before the Early Bird Deadline of August 10, 2015 to avoid an increase in most registration fees. Housing is also available on the ISPAN website. Group Rate is $299.00 a night plus applicable state and local taxes. For more information visit

Test Your Knowledge:
Which facial aesthetic surgical procedure is described here?
"Phenol and trichloracetic acid are applied to the face with an applicator. Once the facial tissues are stiff, the top layers of skin are abraded with a sander, and tape is applied in a mask. A crust forms, which is soaked off the following morning."

A. Chemical Peel
B. Microdermabrasion
C. Laser facial resurfacing
D. None of the above


Amanda Bailey, ACNP-BC, CWS, CPSN

I'm a member, he's a member, she's a member, we're a member, wouldn't you like to be a member too? – think Dr Pepper... "I'm a Pepper, he's a Pepper..."

"Membership has its privileges." – American Express

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

Test Your Knowledge:
Which of the following statements about use of a pneumatic tourniquet is false?

A. Notify the physician before the ischemic time reaches the limit of 3 hr
B. Prevent prep solutions from soaking into the padding to prevent chemical burns
C. Wrap the arm with wrinkle-free padding before the application of the tourniquet cuff
D. Release the tourniquet slowly


Kathleen Mortl, RN, CPSN

Nancy had been a client of Allure Intimate Apparel for several years when she came in quietly asking to speak to the manager to review our store exchange policy. After I explained the policy to her, she matter-of-factly stated, "I was just diagnosed with breast cancer and it looks like I'll be losing all the breast tissue I have. When all is said and done, I have no idea what size I'll need."

Test Your Knowledge:
Following replantation of a thumb, whic of the following symptoms 2 hr after suregery would indicate a decrease in circulation to the hand?

A. Numbness of the hand
B. Pink color of the fingers
C. Inability to move fingers
D. Capillary refill at 7 seconds


Linda Duffy, RN, CPSN, CPN

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the ACPA (American Cleft Palate Association) conference in California. Plastic surgeons play a key role in the reconstruction of children with clefts. However, teamwork is the key to a successful outcome for these patients and for success of a cleft team. Plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, speech pathologists, audiologists, orthodontics, pediodontists, genetists, psychologists, social workers, and nurses all play an important role.

Test Your Knowledge:
Which of the following safety hazards is not usually associated with laser surgery?

A. Plume
B. Thermal burn
C. Allergic reaction
D. Endotracheal fire


Kristi Elliott, RN, FNP-C, CPSN

I was recently approached by an oncology nurse asking me what she needed to do to be able to conduct "Botox parties". She told me that she was looking for a change and that administering Botox seemed like fun and since she had been giving chemo for years she’d be good at injecting. I have lately been researching injectable safety and had to pause for a moment as alarm bells went off in my head thinking about all that could go wrong. More

Christine Brajkovich BSN CNOR RNFA CPSN
Treasurer, PSNCB

Spring is finally upon us. Hurrah!!! The Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board has been busy. More

Teresa Barroca, RN, MSN

It's hard to believe but the 41st Annual ISPAN National Convention: "Strong Voices: Impacting Lives and Making a Difference" is coming up in just 5 short months- October 16-19 , 2015! This year's conference is taking place in Boston, home to Faneuil Hall Marketplace, The Freedom Trail, Fenway Park and the New England Aquarium. Housing Reservations are already available through the ISPAN website, for the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, which offers upscale, modern accommodations with breathtaking views of the Boston Harbor and the city. More

Edie Neeley, RN, CPSN

The Tennessee/Alabama ISPAN Chapter meeting was held on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Dowdle Center in Huntsville, AL.

The CEU topics included Malpractice Claims in Plastic Surgery and Office Based Anesthesia Safety. Other topics discussed included Genetic Update regarding Breast Cancer, HIV Statistics, and Sterilization of Instruments. Dr. Michael Yates presented an evaluation and treatment of cosmetic surgery patients and Dr. William Alison discussed weight loss and wellness options for overweight patients. Marsha Farrell, RN also gave an inspirational talk on the wellness wheel and "The Bucket List". Total CEU's for the day were 8.5 hours. LuAnn Buchholz, RN, CPSN-R, former ISPAN President, welcomed new members and encouraged nurses to consider taking the ISPAN certification exams.

The ISPAN Board of Directors would like to thank the Tennessee/Alabama Chapter for their efforts in organizing this great event.

The ISPAN is also pleased to announce the new Virginia Chapter of the ISPAN! If you are interested in learning more about the Chapter, please contact Chapter President Valentina Lucas.

Active Regional Chapters are a wonderful value for our members and provide an opportunity for education closer to home. If you are interested in organizing a local event or starting a Chapter, please contact the ISPAN National Office.


As a National Society, the ISPAN realizes that it is not always possible to travel to either our National Convention in the fall or the Aesthetic Symposium in the spring. However, two of the guiding principles of the ISPAN are to bring Plastic Surgical Nurses together to achieve the common goals of education as well as networking. Regional Chapters have long been the answer to this as it allows a group of nurses in an area to come together and share ideas and often times hold a small 1-day meeting for continuing education credit –something we are all looking for! More


Test Your Knowledge by taking a nine question quiz. More

41st Annual Convention
October 16-19, 2015
The Renaissance Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts

500 Cummings Center
Suite 4550
Beverly, MA 01915
Phone: 877-337-9315
Fax: 978-524-0461

Lindsay De Santis
Executive Director
Crystal Beatrice
Meeting Manager
Amy Nolfi
Meeting Coordinator
Nicole Pinkham
Tina McIssac
Exhibit Manager
Michelle Agustin
Janna Amato
Kathleen Apollon-Ferron
Tammy Asbury
Carol Beall
Amy Birkenstamm
Jenny Branco
Stephanie Brewer
Melanie Broadwell
Patricia Burnett
Kimberly Campbell
Carrie Clifford-Bennett
Katherine Cohen
Aiping Dai
Valerie delucchi
Sharon Dobbs
JoAnn Durant
Cathleen Fox
Dori Frank
Anita Gardner
Tiffany Gilpin
Catherine Gobeil
Natalia Guzman
Stacy Hageman
Sherrie Hauser
Amy Henderson
Lindsey Hicks
Lynn Hollins
Catherine Irby
Nanette Kaduchak
Chrystal Keister
Melissa Kelly
ZamZam Lafreniere
Traci Lopez
Maria Maloto
Ericka McCarron
Peggy Meder
Sally Middleton
Jacquelyn Orchard
Kristina Paul
Ty Peterson
Jessica Portnoy
Tiffany Riddle
Maureen Robidoux
Yvonne Roman
Leslie Sheehy Lee
Charles Small
Krista Stoll
Ann Stratton
Matthew Toles
Susan Vogt Lehnes
Claudette Walker
Jennette Watts
Stacey Weaver
Christine Wemyss
Christy Wilson
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