|International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses
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!
The Board would like to encourage Chapter activity and provide as much support as possible to ensure your success. Some commonly asked questions on starting a Chapter are below.
Q: I don't know many people in my area, but I would like to start a chapter. How will I be able to locate members?
A: Once you contact the National Office with your intent to establish a Chapter and submit a Petition to Charter, the National Office will send you a list of members in your surrounding areas to contact. The National Office would also post any activities to the calendar on the website.
Q: How much time do I have to invest in starting and maintaining a Chapter?
A: In the beginning, officers would need to be identified. Those officers should be tasked with completing the initial stages of creating a Chapter (creating Bylaws and securing a Tax ID number to establish bank accounts). There is no required time to dedicate, and the engaged individuals can choose to start slowly and establish the Chapter or decide to roll out a small meeting to kick off the Chapter.
Q: How do I plan a regional meeting? Does National pay for this?
A: Meeting planning can be time consuming and costly, but having the right team can make all of the difference. The most successful Regional Meetings of the ISPAN engage local industry representatives. If you, or someone within the Chapter, have a strong relationship with several local vendors you can defer much of the cost through their support. A small registration fee can also be assessed to defer costs. These fees belong to the Chapter and can be used to provide activities to the Chapter members. The National Office will assist in any marketing and will assist in the acquiring CEUs for the event.
It can also be more cost effective to use space at your institution for the meeting, if possible. Hotels and conference centers can be costly. Again, your local sponsors can assist with door prizes and giveaways for your attendees.
For more information on establishing a Chapter download our Chapter Formation Handbook.