INANE 2014 is Underway!

Good evening friends,

INANE 2014 is underway! This afternoon I arrived at the Regency and met up with the members of the planning committee. We unpacked boxes, filled LL Bean bags with great treats and got ready for registration.

Registration was supposed to begin at 5 pm but looking at the stats on zKipster, we had already registered 5 people before we even officially opened! As of right now 75 out of 183 people have registered (the latter number includes guests)–about 41%!

We’ll be opening registration at 8 am (or so) tomorrow morning for folks who want to sign in before a Publishers and Editors meeting. There will be at least one person at the registration desk throughout the day.

Raffle tickets are popular! Everyone who sees the one-of-a-kind green L.L. Bean bag  filled with great goodies, wants to own it! We have no limit on the number of tickets that will be sold so stop by and buy a ticket or two–without a ticket, you’ll never be a winner. Proceeds benefit the Internet Services Workgroup. The drawing will be on Wednesday morning at breakfast.

071413_1708_DetailedPro1.jpgThe weather report for tomorrow is great–perfect weather for a trolley ride. The rides are included as part of your INANE registration so please make sure to hop on the bus. Trolleys will be leaving from the front of the Regency hotel at 1:30, 1:45, 2:15, 3:30, 3:45 and 4:00. Each trolley holds ~32 people. This will be a fun tour with history of the City of Portland and a visit to Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth. Don’t miss out!

I am off for dinner…I just realized, I didn’t have any lunch and I am hungry! Have fun this evening, everyone, and see you in the morning!


Smile and Say Cheese!

keep-calm-smile-and-say-cheeseIn the midst of planning nine million details, the one thing I never thought of was having a photographer on site. Oh well, too late now but fortunately, there will be enough iPhones and iPads on the scene that we should be able to muster up some photos to document the conference. This is an invitation to everyone to snap a few pics to share with the group via this blog and our Facebook page. People can also share pictures through Twitter: @INANEEditors, #INANE2014. We also need to figure out a time to take our annual editor group photo–an INANE tradition! If you have ideas or like to take pictures, send me a message. Thanks!

Smile and say cheese!

Live Blogging Starts Now!

Good morning!

Earlier this morning I received this message from Pat Yoder-Wise:

It smells so good here!  Off on a sightseeing day. Don’t know where we’ll go. Love your state.

It is a perfect day for sightseeing. On a day like today, I am fond of saying, “This is why we put up with February in Maine!”

I am heading downtown in just a little while. I am looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues as everyone arrives for the conference!


Weather, Travel, and Getting Excited!

Happy Saturday Morning everyone!

We are close enough to the conference that I think I can trust the weather widget on my iPad which is predicting sunny with a few clouds and temperatures in the 70s for all three days of INANE. Hooray! Fingers crossed that this prediction holds true. While I enjoy a good rainy day, I wasn’t enjoying the idea of sightseeing on the trolley in fog or worse (although they do have plastic windows that roll down in case there is precipitation).

People are starting to arrive in Maine. I’ve heard from Francie Likis who is up in Bar Harbor right now. Tina Marrelli is visiting friends at their camp in Springvale. Jackie Owens is on the road from Ohio. She arrives in Maine tonight and then tomorrow is taking the train to the Lobster Festival in Rockland. I never knew such a train existed but it sounds like a blast–I am keeping it in mind for a future day trip.

Custom INANE tote with goodies that have been received so far!

The last shipment of L.L. Bean bags arrived on Thursday. They are beautiful! Attendees will have a choice: blue trim with short handles, blue trim with long handles, or red trim. Think about which one you want. And don’t forget the totally unique, one-of-a-kind collectible GREEN bag that will be raffled off. Tickets will be on sale at registration. The winning ticket will be drawn on Wednesday morning. The bag includes lots of great stuff including books by Richard Blanco and Charles Graeber–the winner will be able to have both signed on Wednesday at noon!

The Lobster Bake (Tuesday evening) and Closing Luncheon (Wednesday) are both sold out but there is still room on the bus for Freeport Shopping (Wednesday afternoon). If you are interested in buying a ticket, ask at registration. Cost is $20.

That’s it for now. I look forward to seeing everyone, starting tomorrow. If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to send me a message. I am here to help!


for the planning committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl, and in memory of our dear colleague, Suzanne Smith

There’s Room on the Boat!

The Islander

The Islander

Due to some last-minute schedule changes and cancellations, we have two tickets available for the Casco Bay Cruise and Lobster Bake on Tuesday evening, August 5. This is going to be a fun evening–if you have been wishing you signed up but didn’t, here’s your chance to join in! As a memory refresher, the evening includes:

  • Forty-five minute narrated cruise of Casco Bay on the Islander. The cruise includes two free drinks! The Islander will dock at Peaks Island for dinner.
  • Traditional Maine lobster dinner at HarborView at Jones Landing on Peaks Island. The facility has a beautiful view west looking at Portland–we’ll also enjoy the evening sunset. My weather widget is predicting nice weather for next Tuesday–fingers crossed!
  • IMG_1044Dinner menu: clam chowder, steamer clams, steamed lobster, corn, cornbread, coleslaw, and Peaks Island blueberry cake, all catered by the award winning Courtney MacIsaac of the Maine Lobsterbake Co.

We’ll depart from Long Wharf at 6 pm and be back at the Regency by 10 pm.

If you are interested in joining the cruise and dinner, send me a message by clicking here. Thanks!


What to Wear at INANE in Maine

Good morning my friends,

One week from today we will be convening at the Regency Hotel and Spa for the start of INANE 2014. This morning it is foggy and threatening rain–I am hoping that next Monday is sunny and beautiful. Fingers crossed! But this does remind me that I wanted to post a few pointers for dressing for Maine and INANE.

weather-notesAs we are fond of saying here in Maine, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute,” and that is very true. Weather changes from being cool and rainy to sunny and warm in the space of a few hours. Knowing that, I would suggest bringing a light rain jacket or umbrella. Smart Maine dressers know how to layer, with sweaters or fleeces that can go on and off as the temperature varies.

As for the conference, INANE tends to be casual and this year is no exception. Leave your suits and heels at home and bring your comfortable clothes for the event. I am in charge and I can tell you, I won’t be dressing up! At the Academy of Nursing meeting in October they are having “comfortable shoe Friday.” I hereby dub this “comfortable clothes INANE” for all three days!

One last reminder–the conference officially opens at 1:30 pm on Monday, August 4th when the first trolley ride will depart from the front of the Regency, although many folks will have been busy already at Publisher and Editor Meetings scheduled for the morning. The trolley rides will be lots of fun so please plan your day, especially if you arriving on Monday, to hop on the trolley sometime during the afternoon. The Registration and Help Desk will be open on Sunday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm (maybe even a little later) and Monday, all day, starting at 8 am.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in just one week! Until then, take care and think about INANE!


for the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy. Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl and honoring the memory of our colleague, Suzanne Smith.

Looking Ahead!

In just one short week many of us will be making our way up the U.S. east coast to Portland, Maine to attend the 33rd annual INANE conference!  It promises to be a fabulous  event – thanks to the dedication of Leslie Nicoll, our host, our planning group, and so many others who have contributed to what we are doing now and whose unwavering volunteersefforts laid a strong foundation on which to build! Together we all make INANE “happen!”

At the business meeting in Portland, we will create the structure for all that will be unfolding beyond the conference in Portland, Maine, but we want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity now to participate, and become a part of a volunteer team! Here are the groups we are organizing:

  • Internet Services Workgroup – we would like to add 3 to 4 people to assist with this work which includes updating the website, writing blog posts, and coordinating social media, including our Facebook page and Twitter feed. A new task will be helping with keeping the Directory of Nursing Journals, introduced earlier this month, updated and properly vetted.
  • INANE 2015 Planning Committee – general all purpose help with planning the conference.  We already have several volunteers, including Leslie Nicoll and Peggy Chinn from the 2014 group, Gary Bell who will be hosting the 2016 conference in London, Jillian Inouye who is assisting with local Las Vegas details, and Denise Tyler who will be working with abstract committee.  If you want to join this core planning group, let us know!
  • 2015 Abstracts Committee – this group will organize the call for abstracts for posters and breakout sessions, review submissions, make decisions regarding sessions, notify speakers, finalize the program with the session information, and be in touch with the speakers to coordinate their presentations as the time of the conference draws near.
  • Suzanne Smith Development Fund and Mentoring Editors Awards Committee (Leslie to chair) – this group will organize the process for receiving submissions for the awards, review and select winners, notify winners (and those not selected), get photos, publicize the winners, and so on. The committee will also oversee the Suzanne Smith Development Fund and create a process for ongoing donations to the fund plus disbursement of funds to support the Mentoring Editors Awards.
  • Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award committee – (transition from Shawn Kennedy as 2014 Chair) – this group will organize the process for receiving nominations for the award, review and select the winner, notify the winner (and those not selected), finalize details of the award, and plan for presentation at INANE 2015. The group will also have preliminary conversations of financial support of the award beyond 2016.

If you have other ideas or ways you would like to be involved, please send a message through the Feedback Form. INANE works because of our true spirit of volunteerism and the dedication of all involved with our organization.

See you soon!


for the Planning Committee: Leslie Nicoll, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl and honoring the memory of our colleague, Suzanne Smith.


Raffle to Benefit Internet Services Workgroup

Hello Friends!

We are just over 2 weeks away from the 2014 INANE conference in beautiful Portland, Maine!  But never fear, this blog will continue to be active as the date draws closer. During the conference we will have live bloggers sharing the conference “happenings” right on the spot! However, here is one conference “happening” that you will not see on the program … but it definitely is happening … a raffle to benefit the Internet Services Workgroup!

Custom INANE tote with goodies that have been received so far!

Way back in 2011 in San Francisco, we passed a hat to collect money to support the work of the Internet Services Workgroup. People were very generous but it is time to once again raise some money for the Internet Resources for INANE. We could pass the hat but we decided, instead, to make this a bit more interesting for everyone! We have ordered a very special L.L. Bean Collectible Boat and Tote Bag that will be filled will a variety of incredible donations from very generous people and businesses. The tote bag is one-of-a kind–it will be the only one in existence–with green handles and customized INANE 2014 Logo!! Wow! Who wouldn’t want to win this?

Items that will be tucked inside the bag include:

  • The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber, donated by the Hachette Book Group ($27)
  • For All of Us, One Today by Richard Blanco, donated by Beacon Press ($15)
  • The Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses (2nd ed.), by Cynthia Saver, donated by the author ($45)
  • Writing for Publication in Nursing (2nd ed.) by Marilyn Oermann and Judith Hays, donated by Marilyn Oermann ($55)
  • On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Maine author Stephen King, donated by Jean Proehl  ($19)
  • A Kindle Paperwhite with a pink Paperwhite cover, donated by Leslie Nicoll ($160)
  • Kindle Paperwhite for Dummies (2nd ed.), by Leslie Nicoll, donated by the author ($17)
  • One year complimentary subscription to Advances in Nursing Science, donated by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins ($130)
  • Pack of 4 note cards with illustrations by Maine artist Eric Hopkins, donated by the Planning Committee ($24)
  • $25.00 L.L. Bean Gift Card, donated by Peggy Chinn ($25)
  • $25.00 Starbucks Gift Card, donated by Margaret Freda ($25)
  • $25.00 Amazon Gift Card, donated by Lisa Marshall ($25)
  • One bottle of wine, donated by Shawn Kennedy ($20)
  • One jar of homemade strawberry jam, donated by Leslie Nicoll (priceless!)
  • A whimsical lobster bottle of wine, donated by Jean Proehl (priceless!)
  • A facsimile of the very first edition of AJN from October 1900, donated by Shawn Kennedy (priceless!)

Total value of the bag and contents:  $627 + invaluable priceless items! And between now and August 3rd, when raffle tickets go on sale, we may have a few more donations for the bag. Keep your eyes peeled!

Close up of the custom logo!

Raffle tickets will be on sale at the registration desk for INANE 2014 beginning on August 3rd. The drawing will be held at breakfast on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. The winner (or a designated proxy) must be present to win. Tickets will be $10 each or 3 for $25. As with any raffle, cash is king, so bring along a few ten and five dollar bills to buy a ticket or three and put your name in the basket. Proceeds go to a great cause that benefits all of us and the winner gets a fabulous prize!

With this, I remain your very excited INANE 2014 blogger! Looking forward to seeing everyone in Portland in just a few weeks!

Peggy Chinn

Along with the very enthusiastic Planning Committee members: Leslie Nicoll (chair), Margaret Comerford Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, and Jean Proehl





Good morning!

sold-out-bannerI have just received our 150th registration for INANE 2014 and with that, the conference is officially sold out! Due to the size of the meeting rooms at the Regency Hotel, we have a maximum limit of 150 participants. We just can’t squeeze any more people into the space available.

If you were planning to attend but hadn’t registered, please send me your name and contact information and I will add you to a waiting list, in the event we have any last-minute cancellations.

Three weeks from  today we will be convening in Portland for INANE 2014. It is going to be an exciting conference! I look forward to welcoming my colleagues to the great state of Maine.

Best to all,

for the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, and Jean Proehl

Happy July 4th!

flag-fireworksHappy July 4th (to those of us in the US) but more importantly, Happy “Begin the Countdown to INANE 2014!” Yes, exactly one month from today we will be convening in Portland, Maine for our 33rd Annual Meeting. After three years of planning, I can hardly believe the conference is just 30 days away!

Registration is at an all-time high: as of today, 147 people are scheduled to attend the conference. We have a maximum of 150 so there are just a few slots left. If you have been thinking about attending the conference, I would suggest submitting your registration ASAP. Once we reach our maximum of 150, registration will be closed.

IMG_1045Due to a last minute cancellation, we have one space available for the Casco Bay Cruise and Lobster Bake on Tuesday evening, August 5. If you would like to snap up that one spot, contact me immediately and I will send information on how to register. Thanks!

We still have availability for the Closing Luncheon with Richard Blanco (12 spots) and Freeport Shopping (10 spots). If you have already registered for the conference, you may use the additional registration forms to add either (or both) of these events to your agenda. Just click here for the luncheon or here for shopping.

guidebook 150Guidebook: the mobile app that allows you to carry INANE 2014 in the palm of your hand! Our INANE 2014 Guidebook is completely customized to our conference with links to the schedule, speakers, conference evaluations, and more. You can download to your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, or Kindle Fire. There is also a web version of the guide. One great update made in the past month: your Guidebook will sync between your devices. So if you set up your schedule on your iPhone, it will now update on your iPad (or other device). I think this was the single most requested feature in Guidebook–which the developers insisted couldn’t be done–but somehow they made it happen! Note that our Guidebook is private; you must have a code to redeem the guide and make it live on your device. I have sent the code to every registrant, but if you have lost it, no problem! Just send me a message and I will get the code to you ASAP!

c1624Sightseeing: Norm Forgey of Maine Day Trip stands ready to entertain INANE attendees. There is a trip to Boothbay Harbor and the Maine Botanical Gardens scheduled for Sunday, August 3rd. Norm is also working on a private tour of the Winslow Homer Studio on Prout’s Neck. For more information or to schedule a trip, contact Norm at or by phone: 207-838-5275.

Check-in: All the members of the Planning Committee will be arriving and be on-site at the Regency on Sunday, August 3rd. Registration check-in will be open on Sunday from 5 pm to 7 pm in the Main Lobby of the Regency. Three publishers (LWW, Elsevier, and Wiley) will be having meetings on Monday morning, so save yourself a few minutes and check-in on Sunday evening! The Check-in/Help Desk will also be open throughout the entire conference.

A quick recap of the schedule (check Guidebook or the Website for complete details):

Sunday, August 3rd

  • Check-in for early arrivals

071413_1708_DetailedPro1.jpgMonday, August 4th

  • 9 am to 1 pm: Publisher and Editor Meetings
  • 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Discover Portland Trolley Tours
  • 5 pm to 8 pm: Gala Reception and Opening Speaker, Jessica Nicoll

Tuesday, August 5th

  • 7 am to 8:30 am: Continental breakfast, opening welcome, presentation of awards
  • 8:30 am to 11 am: Opening Keynote (break included at 9:30), Jeffrey Beall and Carolyn Yucha
  • 11 am to 12 noon: Poster Viewing
  • 12 noon to 2 pm: Lunch and Business Meeting
  • 2 pm to 5 pm: Breakout Sessions and Poster Viewing
  • 6 pm to 10 pm: Casco Bay Cruise and Lobster Bake (optional)

Wednesday, August 6th

  • 7:30 am to 9 am: Breakfast and Wrap Up from the Business Meeting
  • 9 am to 10:15: Keynote Session #2, Charles Graeber and Diana Mason
  • 10:30 am to 11:20: Breakout Sessions
  • 11:30 am to 12:30 pm: Closing Session with Richard Blanco
  • 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm: Booking Signing with Charles Graeber and Richard Blanco
  • 1:15 pm to 3 pm: Closing Luncheon (optional)
  • 2 pm and 3:15 pm: Departures for Freeport Shopping (optional)

It’s going to be a great conference! I am so excited to welcome my colleagues to Portland for our 33rd Annual Meeting. If you have any questions or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!


for the Planning Committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, and Jean Proehl.