The Program for INANE 2014 is Finalized!

For INANE 2014, the Planning Committee has worked hard to be ahead of the curve for every aspect of this conference. Our latest accomplishment? The conference program has been finalized and published–one month ahead of our initial projected date (which was March 1st). Part of the reason this task was completed early was that we had an excellent pool of abstract submissions to select from, so putting the program together was a relatively easy–and very enjoyable–endeavor.

lectureWe are excited about the program and hope that attendees will be, too. We wanted a variety of presentations and topics with a blend of “seasoned” INANE presenters as well as new faces. We also sought to have international representation and have met that goal, with presenters from Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia (by way of Yale in Connecticut!). In all, there will be a total of nine breakout sessions and thirteen poster presentations.

In addition to the breakouts and poster sessions, the conference is anchored by an exciting group of excellent and diverse keynote speakers: Jessica Nicoll will be speaking on Maine art and artists; Jeffrey Beall and Carolyn Yucha on the controversial subject of Open Access; Diana Mason and Charles Graeber on responsible reporting in healthcare, told in the context of a chilling serial killer on the loose in hospitals for almost 16 years; and a truly memorable closing presentation by poet Richard Blanco. The Planning Committee believes that this year’s INANE really has something for everyone!

If you have been waiting for the full conference program to register, wait no more! Registration is open now–our online credit processing system is safe and secure. If you have problems with registration or need more information, send me a message using our Feedback Form and I’ll get back to you right away.

bender-applause_mediumWhat’s next? All the presenters are interested in what attendees want to know and we are soliciting feedback in advance of the conference. Every session page has a box for comments and questions. Take advantage of this feature so that presenters can incorporate your questions into their presentations. In addition, Geri Pearson and Charon Pierson will be soliciting cases for their COPE Forum. Likewise, Jeffrey Beall and Carolyn Yucha will be seeking attendee input on Open Access issues for their interactive forum. The means to share this information will be posted on the website and details will be posted here–stayed tuned! We hope to have forms for both sessions posted in the next few weeks.

As I said, the Planning Committee is very excited about this program–and I hope you agree. I look forward to welcoming my colleagues to Maine in August for what I am sure will be a dynamic, innovative, and groundbreaking INANE!

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

Happy New Year!

Beautiful-Happy-New-Year-Wishes-2014-3D-Wallpaper2014 has arrived! It’s a bright, sunny morning here in southern Maine–although bitterly cold. I am always happy when it is sunny on New Year’s Day–I feel like the year is starting off on the right foot.

There was a flurry of activity yesterday as people took advantage of the last day of early bird registration. We have 66 attendees for the conference right now. For planning I have been using two benchmarks for attendance: 132 participants in Asheville, NC in 2005 and 145 participants in San Francisco in 2011. At the Regency we have a maximum attendance of 150. With 66 registrations we are at about 44% of capacity, or 50% with the 132 benchmark number.

I find this interesting because INANE has never had registration open a year in advance of the conference before. There was some skepticism among members of the planning committee about whether this was a good idea. My attitude was “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” I thought this could be an experiment and we could evaluate at the end whether it was successful.

And I would say, so far, it seems to be a success! But also, we still have plenty of space available for those who want to attend but have not yet registered. Click here to register online–quickly, easily, and securely.

submit-abstract-news1Abstracts for breakout sessions and poster presentations are still being accepted. The deadline is January 15–presenters will be notified by February 15 and the full conference program will be published on March 1. If you were planning on submitting an abstract but didn’t quite get to it–here’s your chance! The abstracts that have been received are excellent but we are not overloaded. So please, take advantage of this opportunity to share your editing innovations with your colleagues.

I have received a lot of positive feedback on my post about visiting Acadia as well as the Sea Dogs game. It seems that many of you will be using the conference as a jumping off point for vacation, which I think is a splendid idea! Maine is beautiful in August. The weather is usually picture perfect and everything is open. If you have questions or specific destinations in mind, let me know and I’ll share my knowledge. I love my adopted state!

Here’s to a safe, happy, and peaceful New Year for all of us! I look forward to welcoming my INANE colleagues to Portland in August–just seven months from now!


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

Countdown! Two Deadlines Looming

The remaining 17 days of 2014 are packed with stuff to do, places to go, and people to see!  But for INANE members…there are two items to add — the early bird registration for our dynamite 2014 conference, and getting your abstract in to add to our dynamite program!  Both of these deadlines are coming up on December 31st.

missed-deadline-278x300First–abstracts!  INANE is just about the only place where nursing editors can show off the great things we are doing–and our audience actually appreciates what we are talking about! Editing is a highly specialized, and now high-tech skill, and it takes most of us several years to become proficient.  And, there is always something new to learn.  So take this opportunity to share!  We have two kinds of opportunities…posters (which have become very popular over the past few years) and breakout sessions.  Don’t miss this deadline–it is December 31st!  All the details are here, including a link to the online application form!

The second December 31st deadline is early bird registration.  Of course you can register after this deadline–the big deal about the early bird deadline is that you save $100 over the regular registration rate (from January 1 through April 30), and $200 over the late rate (from May 1 until our registration limit is reached).  The registration form will be inactive for about 12 hours early on January 1 due to time needed to reset the form for the regular rate, so if you want to take advantage of this early bird rate, do it before New Year’s Eve in your time zone!  Notice that we do have a registration limit. The Regency Hotel is a boutique venue and the the conference rooms have a capacity limit–that limit is higher than we have ever had for an INANE conference, but not by much!  We expect a great turnout for this conference, so we just might reach the point of closing registration earlier than usual. Note–you must register in advance to attend INANE. There will be no on-site registration.  Thus another reason to submit your registration in as soon as you can!

Questions along the way?  Just use our handy feedback form…we will get back to you right away!

Leslie will be posting before the end of the month but I am done for 2013. I send everyone my very best wishes for a safe and peaceful holiday season and a very, very happy New Year!


Six more weeks for abstract submission and early bird registration!

The end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 is only six weeks away – always an intensely packed time frame.  So we want to get a bit ahead of the distractions of the holidays to remind you about our INANE 2014 end-of-year deadlines.

submit-abstract-news1First, are abstract submissions, due by January 1, 2014.  We already have several submissions, so if you want to have your idea considered for the program, head on over to the “Abstract submission” page and fill out the online form! Please take a minute to do so so you can share your editing innovations with your INANE colleagues next summer.

And, in the next six weeks, until the end of this year, you too can be an early bird registrant for the conference.  This means that you can register for only $395, compared to the mid-range price of $495 (from January 1 – April 30) and the full price of $595 (after April 30).

This saving is impressive if you only look at the numbers, but consider all that INANE 2014 registration offers!

  • Attendance at all Keynote, Breakout, and Poster Sessions.
  • Access to all password protected online resources for the conference: PDFs, presentations, evaluation forms, and more.
  • Access to the Guidebook mobile app–all participants will have the full conference program, info on speakers, and more in the palm of their hand.
  • Discover Portland Tour and Opening Reception (8/4/2014).
  • Continental breakfast, plated lunch, and breaks on Tuesday (8/5/2014).
  • Hot plated breakfast and breaks on Wednesday (8/6/2014).
  • Name badge and LL Bean tote bag embroidered with INANE 2014 logo.

The planning committee has a dynamite lineup for the plenary sessions.  The first plenary session features Jeffrey Beall, who writes the essential blog that many of us follow, Scholarly Open Access. Our own Carolyn Yucha (editor Biological Research for Nursing) joins Jeffrey with a unique nursing perspective on the rise of predatory publishing initiatives aimed at nurses.

The other major plenary session features Charles Graeber, author of “The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder” and Diana Mason, former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing and founder of the Center for Health Media Policy.  Diana served as a consultant in the preparation of “The Good Nurse,” and they will be discussing the process of writing and publishing this book, as well as implications and challenges that writers and journal editors face for responsible reporting on healthcare.

We on the planning team are very excited about this conference, and we know that this will be an outstanding conference!  You won’t want to miss this one, so consider taking advantage of the early bird registration now, and consider submitting your abstract for the program!


Planning Committee: Leslie Nicoll (chair), Peggy Chinn, Margaret Comerford Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl

November 1 update: Save Your Receipt!

Happy November Everyone,

First thing I need to say is, where did October go? Jeesh, that was a month that just flew by! Which reminds me that we are counting down to the deadline for conference abstracts and early bird registration. More about that in a minute because right now I want to say:

Save Your Receipt!

When you register for INANE, you will receive two email documents: 1) a confirmation of your registration, listing everything you have signed up for; and 2) an itemized receipt. I have recently learned that I can reproduce item 1 but I cannot reproduce item 2. Since the receipt includes monies paid, that is likely the necessary document that you will need for reimbursement, so I encourage you to print out the receipt and save the email.

clock-tickingThe accounting of all funds received is being carefully tracked and I can easily provide documentation of your total registration (and any amounts refunded)–I just can’t easily re-create the itemized receipt that is sent at the time of registration. So I just ask that everyone hold on to the email until after the conference. Thanks!

So, as noted above–there are just 2 months, or 8.5 weeks, or 60 days, or 1440 hours (choose your preferred metric) until December 31st–the deadline for early bird registration and submitting an abstract for a breakout or poster session. While 1440 hours might seem like ages, realize that time flies when you are having fun and before you know it, we’ll all be singing Auld Lang Syne. Since I don’t think anyone here wants to interrupt their New Year’s festivities to sit down and write an abstract for INANE, why don’t you do it now and cross that item off your to do list? Remember, a project doesn’t have to be complete to submit an abstract–if you have something underway that you think would be of interest to INANE attendees, write it up and send it in. Our goal is diversity and variety. We particularly encourage our international colleagues to participate!

One thing I want to bring to everyone’s attention: when you are submitting your abstract, we are asking that you include the abstract title, author(s)’ names, 250 word abstract, and references (if included) in the document that is uploaded as part of your submission. Please identify with an asterisk the author(s) who will be attending INANE. Remember, at least one person must be attending the conference to present a poster or breakout session. Click here to read the full instructions and upload an abstract.

For our monthly “by the numbers” summary:

  • 19 people have taken advantage of early bird registration;
  • 26 hotel rooms have been reserved;
  • 16 donors have contributed to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund, with a total of $1650 raised;
  • 6 abstracts have been submitted for breakouts or posters;
  • 4 entries for the Suzanne Smith Developing Editors Awards have been received;
  • 3 sponsors have pledged at the Platinum, Silver, and Corporate levels; and
  • For the website, we have had visitors from 28 countries with 4704 page views.

That’s it for now. I am working on an exciting innovation for our paperless conference but as details are not finalized, I must keep it under wraps for the moment. Maybe in a month or so I’ll have more to share. Meanwhile, I encourage everyone to 1) submit an abstract; 2) take advantage of early bird registration; and 3) SAVE YOUR RECEIPT! 🙂


for the planning committee: Peggy Chinn, Margaret Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall and, Jean Proehl