International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

PSN Journal

July - August, 2015
International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses


Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!!
Your ISPAN President and Board of Directors continue to be actively working to enhance and promote the growth of our professional community. There is much excitement and exhilaration in the air concerning ISPAN and is a pleasure to witness first hand with the Board members. Changes are coming and change is exciting. Our annual conference is fast approaching. More

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! 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 body tissue is considered to be the least tolerant of expansion?

A. Dermis
B. Epidermis
C. Fat
D. Muscle

Dr. Josephine Polich

This article was excerpted from the continuing education series from Cearna Aesthtics presented by Dr. Josephine Polich, former president of the Illinois Homeopathic Medical Association and adjunct professor of homeopathy at NUHS.

Homeopathic Potencies Explained
Homeopathic potencies are completely different from conventional or herbal dosages. Both potencies and the procedure of manufacture of homeopathic remedies is controlled by the FDA by the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (HPUS), a sister document to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) which regulates standard drugs. The FDA also requires products to be clearly labeled as homeopathic. If a product label does not state homeopathic, then it is herbal. More


Amanda Bailey, ACNP-BC, CWS, CPSN

The time of year where our society turns concern toward breath health is approaching. October is breast cancer awareness month. Everywhere you look, there is pink. Pink ribbons, pink football jerseys, pink hats, pink shirts, pink themed marathons, pink, pink, pink... PINK! All the pink is an effort to educate the public about screening for breast cancer and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. I want to focus on the screening and early detection.

Test Your Knowledge:
Which of the following statements about tissue expansion is True?

A. Hair follicles multiply as hair-bearing tissue is expandeds.
B. The dermal layer thickens considerably as it is expanded.
C. Blood vessels proliferate as tissue expands.
D. Muscles thin and weaken as they are expanded.



Kathleen Mortl, RN, CPSN

I had the honor to attend the aesthetic meetings in Montreal this past May. My employer made it possible. I attended both the ISPAN/Aesthetic Symposium and Society of Plastic Surgical Skin Care Specialists aka SPSSCS. More


Kathleen Mortl, RN, CPSN

I have been following this divesting news that affects us all for the past 2 years: Microbeads in personal care products and our waters.

It is simple to understand. Personal products contain plastic microbeads to help with exfoliation, carry product and flavor product.

Test Your Knowledge:
What is NOT a relative contraindication?

A. History of herpes.
B. Accutane use within the past month.
C. Use of photosensitive medications.
D. Acne scars



Linda Duffy, RN, CPSN, CPN

To all of our 1,000 plus members, I urge you to view this year’s convention program. The convention is being held in Boston, one of the most historic and resilient cities in the US.

Test Your Knowledge:
Which of the following statements is the best definition of a flap?

A. Tissue harvested from a donor and placed on the patient to improve healing.
B. A section of skin without its blood supply moved to another area of the body.
C. A temporary means for providing reconstruction, for example, after a burn injury.
D. Tissue transferred to another area of the body with its blood supply preserved or reestablished.


Christian Howell, RN, CPSN

At some point in your career, you may be asked to become a mentor. You could be formally approached by someone looking for a mentor, also known as a protégé. You may find that a friendship with a colleague evolves over time to a mentoring relationship.

Test Your Knowledge:
You receive a call from a woman 2 days after breast augmentation. She reports that her breasts are tender and red along the incisions. What is the best response to her?

A. Have the surgeon prescribe a more potent analgesic.
B. Have her come into the emergency department because she has an infection and will extrude the implant.
C. Explain to her that pain is normal and incisional redness is expected. Plan to see her in 2 days.
D. Ask more about the appearance of her dressing and how much analgesic she has taken; have her come in to the office for evaluation.


Kristi Elliott, RN, FNP-C, CPSN

Anyone who has worked in healthcare long knows that change is constant. We have new drugs, new research, new policies and laws. I work in a teaching institution so we have changes in residents and faculty each year. Some changes are easy to adapt to and some less so. I think most of us view it as just part of the job. More


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

Is certification right for you? Consider the following questions:

  • Do you work frequently with the public, or among other professionals?
  • Does your employer require you to stay current with the latest industry developments?
  • Is there a lot of competition in your field of work (e.g., do you need to stand out from the crowd)?
  • Are you considering switching jobs and want to make the best impression possible?
  • Are you the kind of person who likes to be the best at what you do?
  • Are you required to maintain an annual license as a professional to practice?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions above, then consider getting certified today! More


Nancy Radoslovich, RN, CPSN
SSPC Co-Chair

The 41st ISPAN conference is rapidly approaching. Early bird registration ends Monday August 10. Register before August 10th to take advantage of the early bird rate and save $75. The preliminary program is available on line. 22.5 CEU's will be available. Make your plans now! More


The ISPAN realizes the importance of specialty recognition and has developed a scholarship program for continuing education. Apply today- the deadline for applications is August 31, 2015. Scholarships of $500 will be awarded and can be used towards educational expenses or registration and travel expenses to the 2015 Convention in Boston. More


Lippincott Nursing CEConnection, the publisher of Plastic Surgical Nursing, the Official Journal of the ISPAN, is the largest collection of nursing CE courses available online, a one-stop-shop for the best content and tools for nurses who want to fulfill their certification requirements, develop their skills, and provide the best patient care. 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
Lisa Adams
Molly Amann
Jessica Biddy
Keri Blouch
Dena Bone
Marissa Brooks
Melissa Carothers
Pamela Carver
Jane Chaisson
Kimberly Chastain
Nena Clark-Christoff
Carla Clinton
Rebecca Czapski
Heather Dalrymple
John de Oca
Sara Dembowski
Polly Dickmann
Patricia Drobnick
Chastity Forrest
Terrie Frieden
Michel Fuenzalida
Robin Georgeff
jennifer Gibbs
Janée Glass
Michelle Gough
Karen Guenther
Kelly Gutshall
Sylvia Halla
Colleen Heffner
Tiffany Holliday
Sheri Hoogstraat
Amy Hopmann
Emily Horwitz
Robin Inabinet
Sharon Kary
Hyun Kim-Preston
Ariel Kirk
Chezney Kristov
Julie Krochonis
Jessica LaGoy
Sarah LaMotte
Amy Liu
Alyson Lyons
Angelo Macario
Amy McInnis
Courtney McSpadden Prabhakar
Kris Mickett
Shelly Miller
Eva Morris
Kim Moss
Rachel Mulieri
Kelley Nahodil
Kristine Norton
Jennifer O'Neil
Diana Phillips
Rebecca Prasnicki
Tracy Shaw-Reese
Renea Shelton
Stephanie Sherwood
Sharon Stelly
Kelly Sullivan-Willett
Fiona Tennant
Kim Usuda
Tamara Woolbright
Julie Zeiter

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