International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

PSN Journal

Spring 2016
International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

Georgia Elmassian, MSN, MA, APRN, CPSN, CFLE
President-Elect, International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses

With the advent of a national presidential election on the horizon, it just so happens that the ISPAN is also holding its leadership election later this summer. While it may be a rambling and chaotic election road to the White House, choosing the next ISPAN leadership promises to be a much smoother thoroughfare. More


42nd Annual Convention
September 23-26, 2016
Omni Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

42nd Annual Convention

The 42nd Annual Convention of the ISPAN has a packed program for attendees in 2016! From the Aesthetic Cannula Workshop to the Moderated Poster Session, this meeting covers it all. Join us in Los Angeles as we reveal the New Vision, New Mission, and New Face of the ISPAN!

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Call for Nominations!

The International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses is happy to announce the 2016 Board of Directors Call for Nominations! Plastic surgical nursing is a diverse multidisciplinary field that encompasses various practice settings and educational backgrounds. As an ISPAN member, you exemplify these qualities and we want YOU to get involved and help shape the future of this premier Society! If you are passionate about your job and this specialty, we urge you to become a leader and make your voice heard.

Nominate Today

All submissions must be received no later than close of business on June 30, 2016. Documentation received after the deadline will not be under consideration by the Nominating Committee.

PSN Journal Editor Candidates Wanted

The ISPAN is seeking an editor for the Plastic Surgical Nurses Journal. The position is a compensated, two-year commitment. Interested candidates must have the following qualifications:

  • Registered professional nurse. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Demonstrates experience performing editorial function.
  • Demonstrates management experience.
  • Member of ISPAN in good standing and must hold either the
    CPSN or CANS designation.

For more information and job duties please contact the National Office.

ISPAN Position Statements – Open for Comment

The ISPAN Clinical Practice Committee is developing a number of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, position statements, consensus statements, recommendations and/or protocols utilizing the best and most current research evidence that can be utilized by plastic surgical and aesthetic nurses in all practice settings. They have and will continue to address current issues as they arise and monitor trends in clinical practice that affect the delivery of optimal care. Currently, there are six position statements available online for review. If there are any comments or questions regarding the ISPAN Position Statements, please send a detailed message to In your email, please include the title of the Position Statement, any comments you may have, and the best way to contact you. We appreciate your feedback!


Amanda Bailey, ACNP-BC, CWS, CPSN

Change in terminology for Pressure Ulcers... "Pressure Injury"

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) announced changes in terminology to the staging system for pressure ulcers April 13th of this year. Effective immediately instead of “ulcer” the word “injury” is to be used. Previously, Stage I and Deep Tissue Injury described intact skin while the other descriptions discussed open ulcerations. How confusing! What is it? An injury, an ulcer, or both or neither. Now all the categories are consistent across the board. But wait, there is more . . . More


Sue Kunz, BSN, RN, CPSN
PSNF President

It is with great excitement and pleasure to announce that the Plastic Surgery Nursing Foundation (PSNF) is formally established! By now our presence can be seen on the website. Please visit and donate; no amount is to small, every little bit helps. Now you may be asking, what is a foundation and what will it do for me? More


Linda Duffy, RN, CPSN, CPN

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Katie Soso, CPSN

Professional nurses are passionate about what we do. This passion drives us to deliver extraordinary care to our patients, but, if we don’t make the same commitment to caring for ourselves, it can result in burnout (Bushardt, Beal, Young, & Khosia, 2016). The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that "compassion fatigue" can affect a nurse both professionally and personally, and its Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements discusses nurses' obligation to take measures to mitigate these effects (2015). More


Kathleen Mortl, RN, CPSN, CANS

As a Board Member, I feel that we as a whole, need to be aware of what is out in the world; We as a society, need to be diligent with what is safe practice for patients and be an advocate for the public. More


Kristi Elliott, RN, FNP-C, CPSN
ISPAN Director

Whether we like it or not, social media is here to stay. Like everything in life it has good points and bad. I'm not a person who enjoys talking on the phone or watching the news so I find that using Facebook is a good way to keep up with my family and things going on in the world. I do not enjoy being bombarded with ads or politics or hearing about celebrity Twitter wars though. 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?

42nd Annual Convention
September 23-26, 2016
Omni Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

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
Paul Pipitone
Exhibit Manager
Carrie Adams
Harla Applegate
Perla Bednar
Shannon Bell
Rocco Bianco III
Victoria Blalock
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Michelle Cataldo
Andrea Chamberlain
Cindy Chinnery
Emily DeRohan
Angela Dewey
Nicole Duda
Cynthia Fandetti
Kathryn Buenaventura Fialk
Jenna Fitzgerald Murray
Lisa Govoni
Gayle Grossman
Cheryl Guardino
Kayla Gustafson
Cherrell Hardy
Edna Jane Hofflinger
Karen Hood
Tiffany Houser
Sara Hulsizer
Michele Hunter
Kim Carolyn Huynh
Cherlyn Jeffers
Greg Jeter
Arianna Kats
Pamela Kendall
Zelia Kenyon
Crystal Kimpel
Anne Kincaid
Robin Lahay' Rogers
Sarah Marcum
Jan Bailey Martin
Rebecca McCullough
Kaitlyn Mchugh
Kimberly Mello
Ashley Michaux
Sheridan Milenchick
Candice Morrow
Sophia Moses
Jeanette Partington
Melody Penrod
Lauren Grace Rabon
Krystal Randolph
Elaine Ravsten
Sheri Ray
Julie Ridgway
Amanda Robinson
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Ann Marie Scutero
Kelly Self
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Melanie Speed
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Jenna VanGilder
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Anna Williams
Ariel Wolinsky
Katherine Worley
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Kristen Zysk

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