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

Developing Editors – You Can Be Part of This Legacy!


Rheba de Tornyay

Yesterday I received the email notice announcing the publication of the January issue of the Journal of Nursing Education, in which Christine Tanner pays tribute to the amazing legacy of Rheba de Tornyay, who served as Editor of JNE from 1985 to 1991.  Dr. de Tornyay’s accomplishments and contributions to nursing are remarkable, many of which Chris describes in her tribute.  But as Rheba’s successor as Editor of JNE, Chris provides a glimpse into the lasting significance of having a committed mentor.  I know that most of us who now serve as Editors have wonderful stories about those who shepherded our entry in to this rewarding role, and as participants in INANE activities we have all benefited from opportunities to learn from one another and gain collective wisdom in our quest for quality in nursing journal publication.


Suzanne Smith

Recognizing the vital importance of mentoring in INANE, the 2014 planning committee established the Mentoring Editors Awards to fund attendance at the conference for up to four new nursing journal editors or those with an emerging interest in editing and publishing. This award was conceived early on, when Suzanne Smith was part of our planning activities.  Suzanne, who is remembered for her crucial and important roles as mentor for a host of authors, reviewers, and journal editors, was skeptical at first (as was her nature) but once she thought about the purpose and concept of the awards, became very excited. Our first application for the award came in very early (August). Suzanne had the opportunity to read the application and she was enthusiastic and commented, in an email to the planning committee, “This is exactly the kind of person I want to support for this award!”  She made a donation (in honor of her mom)  to the fund that was established to support the awards and then, in an eerie twist of fate, died three days later. Those of us on the planning committee immediately realized that one way we could honor Suzanne’s memory would be to re-name the award and development fund in her honor: Suzanne Smith Development Fund and Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Awards.

3_39442_38091_Name-Badge-Ribbons-H1-DONOR-DONOR_LargeReading the tribute to Rheba reminds me how important it is to remember those who have offered so much! You can be part of this legacy in two ways. The funding of the awards will come from our contributions.  Even if you cannot attend the conference, please consider contributing to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund.  In addition, you can nominate yourself or someone else for the award.  If you know of someone who is deserving of the award–an aspiring or emerging author–please consider a nomination. The deadline is February 1st–just two weeks from now.

Award-winner-iconThere is no deadline for making a donation to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund!  To our knowledge, no other fund has been created to honor Suzanne’s memory and contributions to nursing and in particular, dissemination of nursing knowledge through scholarly publications. We are proud to be torch-bearers and leaders in creating this lasting legacy to Suzanne’s memory. The plan is to continue beyond 2014–monies raises will be dedicated to this cause for the 2015 conference and beyond. Please visit the web page for the fund now–you can make your donation online at any time!  You can designate your contribution in memory of, or in honor of another person you wish to acknowledge; your contribution will be listed on the web site along with the name of the person you are honoring. All contributions will be recognized on the website and individual donors will be recognized and acknowledged at INANE 2014. Your donation is important and appreciated.

Thank you for your support of our future editors through your donation to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund. And for those who aspire to editing or disseminating nursing knowledge, please take a minute to apply for a Mentoring Editors Award. Remember, the deadline is February 1, 2014.


For the Planning Commitee: Leslie Nicoll (chair), Margaret 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

Linking past, present and future: the Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Awards

It is not yet a month since we learned of the unexpected death of Suzanne Smith, whose influence and presence in INANE has been vital for many years.  Suzanne was a member of our planning committee for the 2014 INANE conference and was involved in establishing a fund to support new and emerging nursing journal editors. We announced this fund on September 15th.  We announced her death on September 20th.


Suzanne Smith, 2011

Within hours of learning of her death, the 2014 conference planning group decided to name the fund in her honor, and our decision has been affirmed many times over by those who have  paid tribute to Suzanne on our blog. Over and over people have responded to our INANE blog paying tribute to Suzanne’s death, recounting their specific encounters with Suzanne and her significant influence in their career as a mentor when they were seeking to publish their work in nursing journals.

The Suzanne Smith Development Fund is growing, but we have not yet met our goal, which is to support four new or aspiring editors to attend the 2014 conference. If every INANE member contributed just $10, we would more than reach our goal!  But we hope that many  will contribute more, in the interest of establishing a lasting fund that we can draw on for years to come.

Suzanne’s death has reminded us of the importance of building a foundation for the future of nursing journals.  INANE is a significant element in that foundation, and this fund stands to assure the sustainability of our mission, which is to “promote best practices in publishing and high standards in the publishing of nursing journals, books, and Web-based literature.”

So head on over to our Suzanne Smith Development Fund page, and add your contribution to this important fund.  Your donation today, made in memory, or in honor of a significant person honors your past, and stands as a symbol of your support for the future excellence of nursing journals!

One other note: today, October 15th, marks the halfway point for two significant deadlines: we are halfway through the five month Call for Abstracts and also halfway through Early Bird Registration–both end on December 31, 2013. There are still 10 weeks before the end of the year, but we all know how things ramp up in November and December, with end-of-the-year deadlines and activities. If you are planning to attend INANE, take a minute to register. Likewise, if you are planning on submitting an abstract, don’t procrastinate and let the time get away. Remember, presentations and posters from members like you will make this conference a success. Don’t delay–register today!


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

October 1st update (one day late!)

Good morning INANE colleagues and friends!

Funtown imagesLast night I dreamt that our venue for INANE 2014 had transformed into a theme park. I was more than a little concerned that everyone’s attention was being distracted from the scientific sessions to the roller coaster! Fortunately, I don’t think the Regency is going to morph into Funtown USA in the next 10 months–but if anyone wants directions for a family outing, I am happy to help. 🙂

I am sure I am not alone when I say that I am still reeling from the news of Suzanne Smith’s death. I felt the loss quite keenly the other day when I thought, “I’ll just ask Suzanne about that,” and realized I couldn’t. However, I am proud of the way INANE has been able to respond quickly and respectfully to our collective loss. Her family is honored by the Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Awards and Development Fund. We all believe this is an initiative that will continue into the future and will keep Suzanne’s legacy alive in INANE and the nursing community at large.

To date, we have received $875 for the Development Fund. Donors are recognized on every page of this website. If you would like to donate, click here. Payments are processed through Stripe; your credit card information is secure and safe. We have also received three applications for Mentoring Editors Awards. The deadline for applications is February 1st so there is plenty of time to apply, but nominations and applications are accepted at any time. If you are thinking of applying, or nominating a colleague, take advantage of the moment. No time like the present as my grandmother always said!

In the past month, we’ve also received two abstracts for poster/breakout sessions. Again, the deadline is December 31st but the call is open now. Projects do not need to be complete when you submit an abstract–they just need to be finished for your presentation next summer. More details can be found in this post at our Nursing Editors blog.

In other numbers, we have 16 early bird conference registrations, 22 hotel rooms reserved, and 21 people signed up for the cruise and lobster bake. Note that the cruise and lobster bake has an absolute maximum of 100 people–this is due to the size of the boat which is limited to 100 passengers. There is no flexibility on this: Coast Guard Regulations! This event will be a highlight so if you don’t want to be disappointed, don’t delay in submitting your registration.

That’s it for this moment–more updates in two weeks. If anyone has questions, send them to me through the Feedback Form and I’ll respond post haste.


Planning Committee: Leslie Nicoll, Peggy Chinn, Margaret Comerford Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, and Jean Proehl.

INANE 2014 Developing Editors Grant Fund

This is a new initiative for the INANE conference – a grant fund to support folks who are new to nursing journal editing, or interested in becoming editors.  We (members of the planning committee) recognize how important INANE is for those who are just coming in to this role, and what better way to promote their participation in our group than to help writer-Woman-300them attend our conference?!

This fund will only support new editors and folks who have an emerging interest in editing and publishing, such as peer reviewers, editorial board members, and authors. The grants will cover the conference registration cost for up to four people.

Everyone can contribute to the fund, and the number of grants that we can award will depend on your donations. We hope to raise $2000 to cover the cost of four conference registrations. Funds raised in excess of $2000 (if people are generous) will be passed on the Carolyn Yucha and the planning committee for INANE 2015, so that they may continue this program. Please visit the “Developing Editors Grant Fund” page today to make your contribution!

Encourage anyone you know who is new to this role, or interested in becoming a nursing journal editor to apply – here is the application is on our web site.

You might be wondering why we are doing all of this so far in advance of the conference!  Here are a few reasons!

  • We, members of the planning committee, are doing this all on our own!  This has been done before, but typically either an academic institution or a publisher has provided back-up for this effort, providing, among other things, the advance funding necessary to reserve the venue.  Getting started early helps us cover the early expenses involved in getting the conference underway – special thanks to Leslie’s business, Maine Desk, which has provided financial support with deposits for the venue and special events.
  • We are “experimenting” with a number of new features many of which involved advance planning – the Editors Development Fund being one of them. Here are few other new things we are doing:
    • We have developed this unique and comprehensive web site.
    • This will be a “paperless” conference – stay tuned to this blog to learn more along the way.
    • We are planning ways for attendees to participate and interact in ways like never before.  All of these features have involved long-term advance planning, and some are limited to a certain number … so visit our “Events” and “Program” pages to find out more, and sign up early.
  • Perhaps the prime reason we are doing this so early is that we are just plain excited about this conference and could not wait to unveil the details for everyone!  We have had great fun putting it together, and the folks we have invited as featured speakers have all been wonderful to work with – and are excited about connecting with our group as well.

We hope you can join us!  Visit the “Registration” page today to begin your journey to Portland, Maine in 2014. If you do this before the end of the year you can take advantage of the “Early Bird” registration fee.  If you are not able to be there – never fear … we are lining up several “reporters” who will blog, post on Facebook, and Tweet every day!


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