International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses (ISPAN)

ISPAN 2020
October 14-18, 2020
Marriott San Mateo Hotel
San Mateo, California

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A happy spring hello to all our ISPAN members! Looking forward to our Fall meeting seems so far away, but if we are lucky, many of us will be able to travel and meet in person for ISPAN 2021 Meeting. Our original plan this year was to have our meeting in Toronto, Canada in conjunction with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ (ASPS) as has always been our tradition." More

From the Editor

Kathleen Mortl RN, CPSN, CANS
Editor, The ISPAN Newsletter

To the world, be safe and well. Here are some Facebook finds for you all.


2020 Annual Meeting

Please “spread the word” and share ISPAN 2021 with your nursing colleagues and friends.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta, GA on October 27-31, 2021 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza!


Rebecca J. Suess, RN, BSN, CPSN, CANS

Join Us! The Membership Engagement Committee (MEC) is one that I hold near and dear to my heart. MEC was my introduction to all that ISPAN has to offer.

As a frequent attendee of annual ISPAN meetings, I loved to swing by the MEC table and see what ISPAN swag was available to purchase so I could show off my ISPAN pride once returning home. I also had to make sure I could grab some raffle tickets and attempt to win some fantastic prizes. More


Pamela Messina, BSN, RN, CPSN, CNOR

Advances In Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction Using Autologous Tissue The history of prosthetic breast reconstruction has evolved from subcutaneous to subpectoral to prepectoral. There were many complications associated with the original subcutaneous breast reconstruction, such as capsular contracture, implant exposure, and malposition of the implant. 1 The evolution of the modified radical mastectomy preserved the pectoralis muscle allowing for the sub-muscular placement of the tissue expander. Total muscle coverage could be obtained by elevation of the anterior serratus muscle along with the pectoralis muscle, allowing for less implant malposition. 1 Over the years, there have been advancements including the use of acellular dermal matrix, autologous fat grafting, improved quality of breast implants, and mastectomy techniques that have allowed plastic surgeons to reconsider subcutaneous and preprectoral prosthetic breast reconstruction. 1 Benefits of prepectoral breast reconstruction include no animation deformity, absence of pectoralis muscle spasm, and less pain and discomfort. 2 More


Michele McCullough

Atlanta Dear ISPAN Members,

This year, I am pleased to be a Board Liaison to the Surgical Track Education Program Committee, chaired by Nicole Kelley. The Surgical Track members have been meeting monthly to put together a robust program for you. The committee members have listened to your requests, wants, and needs. Once the topics have been decided, committee members then work their magic to secure experts in the field. Once the program is finalized, we will post the schedule on the ISPAN website. Stay tuned! More


ISPAN Immediate Past President

Care A happy Spring hello to all our ISPAN members! Looking forward to our Fall meeting seems so far away, but if we are lucky, many of us will be able to travel and meet in person for ISPAN 2021 Meeting. This year, our original plan was to have our meeting in Toronto, Canada, in conjunction with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), as has always been our tradition. Recently, the ASPS decided to change the city and venue for the ASPS 2021 meeting to Atlanta, GA, due to continued uncertainty involving travel in/out of the United States (US) and Canada.

The ISPAN Board of Directors (BOD) met to discuss the possibility of remaining with the original plan of remaining in Canada for ISPAN 2021. However, for the same reasons ASPS chose to move their meeting this year back to the US, ISPAN also has changed our dates and location to be held October 27 – 31, 2021, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA. We have altered the hours of the meeting times from the traditional ones to accommodate earlier departures for those whose desire is to arrive home to celebrate the Halloween holiday with friends and family later that day. More


Leslie Harmon, BSN, RN, CANS, CPSN
PSNCB - Director

PSNCB Corner Don’t despair CPSN/ CANS testing is here!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (CNET) is transitioning both the CPSN and CANS examinations to a computer-based testing format.The testing will be done at certified testing sites all over the country throughout the entire year. The first test will be available starting in April 2021. More