One Morning in Maine…

screaming-seagull-871281366461T69AAs I woke up this morning to the sound of seagulls screeching, I realized that I have never stayed at a hotel in downtown Portland. In fact, I am not sure I’ve even stayed at someone’s home here in the city.

I live only 6 miles from downtown but it might be a world apart for the early morning sounds! I don’t hear seagulls–at least, not this many seagulls–at my little house out in the country. Plus the other noises seem much more urban–trucks, cars, planes (well, I do hear planes at my house). I haven’t heard any ambulances or fire trucks, though.

I am sure folks from big cities are laughing as they read this. I bet Portland seems quiet and quaint compared to the raucous noise of New York City or Chicago! Still, I am surprised at how different it is from my usual morning nature’s melody wake-up.

I am enjoying a cup of coffee and then will be heading down to the lobby to set up the registration table. zKipster is working great–we registered 76 people in two hours yesterday! It was great to see so many friends and say hello!

Some people have meetings this morning but don’t forget: the conference officially opens with the Discover Portland Trolley tours which start at 1:30 pm. The weather report is great–it will be a perfect day for a scenic tour of the city and Portland Head Light. If I don’t see you at registration, well…see you on the trolley!


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!



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.


Don’t Delay, Today’s the Day…

Today is the last day for the regular registration rate of $495. Registration will increase by $100 tomorrow (May 1st) so if you are planning to attend INANE 2014, register today! Remember, there will be no on-site registration. You must pre-register to attend INANE 2014 in Portland, Maine.

The Casco Bay Cruise and Lobster Bake is not sold out but is getting close: 87 people have registered for an evening of fun on Casco Bay and Peaks Island. This event is limited to 100 so if you want to join in the fun, don’t delay!

Seats for the  Closing Luncheon with Richard Blanco are also available but again, if you want to attend, I would suggest getting your registration in so you are not disappointed. This will be a small, elegant affair with a maximum of 50 participants–right now 32 seats are booked.

RegencyFor Monday, August 4th and Tuesday, August 5th the following room types are still available at the Regency Hotel and Spa. Everything else is booked at this moment.

  • Two Governor Suites ($499/night). These suites include a king bed and queen pull out couch to accommodate four guests. The Governor Suites are on the fourth floor with a double deck.
  • Two Studio Suites ($399/night). Like the Governor suites, these suites include a king bed and queen pull out couch and will accommodate four.
  • One Regency Suite ($399/night). Historic and unique, the Regency Suite is in the turret of the old Armory Building on the front of the hotel. High ceilings, a beautiful view of the Old Port, and a king bed to accommodate two.
  • One Junior Suite ($279/night). With a king bed to accommodate two, this suite has undergone a total renovation, just finished last week! Brand new fixtures in the bathroom, new carpeting, and new furniture make this an elegant retreat.

If you are not able to make the remaining rooms at the Regency work for you, I have negotiated a block of rooms at the Portland Harbor Hotel for INANE attendees. They are offering single king rooms, single queen, and double queen for $259/night (same price as the rooms at the Regency). Contact the hotel directly at 207-775-9090 or 888-798-9090. Tell them you are with INANE 2014 to receive the group rate. It’s about a 3 block walk to the Regency (past lots of fun shops in the Old Port–it’s a nice walk!).

Other nearby hotels (walking distance) include the Hampton Inn, the Residence Inn (Marriott) and the Hilton Garden Inn.

Questions about any of this? Send me a message! I am here to help!


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

Full House at the Regency

Happy April my friends!

As I have mentioned before, our conference hotel, the Regency, is a small, intimate property with 95 rooms that range from deluxe doubles to swanky suites. When we scheduled INANE we took a gamble to contract all 95 rooms for Monday Aug 4 and Tuesday Aug 5. We’re getting close to filling the place up–a Full House as I call it. As of today, 83 rooms have been booked for those two days. Sunday is also booking up, with 73 rooms reserved.

Bunny-SlippersThe idea of filling the entire hotel with INANE colleagues just makes me happy! The thought of taking over the whole joint for our conference makes me feel like it’s giant slumber party or summer camp. Maybe I’ll have to go buy myself some footy pajamas and bunny slippers to really add to the slumber party ambiance. LOL.

If you haven’t made your room reservation yet, it is getting to the point where you should not procrastinate any longer. Staff at the Regency will work with us to secure overflow bookings at adjacent hotels in the (likely) event that our groups fills the Regency to capacity. The nearby hotels are nice but trust me, it will be more fun to be at INANE Conference Central. The best way to reserve a room is by phone: call 1-800-727-3436 or 1-207-774-4200. Tell them you are attending INANE. If you have any problems at all, send me a message using this link and I will work with my contacts to have the issue quickly resolved.

Another reminder: our regular registration rate is in effect for just 29 more days. On May 1st, registration will increase by $100. If you are planning to attend INANE don’t wait any longer to register–do it now while it is on your mind. It only takes a minute or two. Click here to be taken to our secure registration site.

The next deadline that is quickly approaching: April 15 which is the last day to submit nominations for the Margaret Comerford Leadership Award. The online application can be found here. While it will probably take more than 2 minutes to complete, the award committee strove to make the application straightforward and concise. Thanks again to the members of this year’s committee: Shawn Kennedy, Chair and members: Grif Alspach, Joy Don Baker, Kathy Baker, Sean Clarke, Vicki Conn, Margaret Freda, Jan Fulton, Jackie Owens.

Mentoring Brochure Draft 1Last, we have had a surge of donations to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund in the past few weeks. Encouraged by Suzanne’s family, many of her friends and colleagues have donated to the fund. Yesterday, I received a group of donations from the Manatee County Ladies Golf Association! With funds received, we will be able to continue the Mentoring Editors Awards program going forward for several years to come. It makes me happy to be able to keep Suzanne’s memory alive in INANE with this program. All donors are listed at the bottom of every page on this website. We are still gratefully accepting donations–click here to be taken to our secure donation site and thank you in advance for your generosity.

Until the next update,


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


Nominations are Open for the Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award

Happy March 15th, the Ides of March!

Margaret Comerford Freda

Margaret Comerford Freda

The nomination and selection process for the Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award is now open.  This award was established in 2012 to recognize outstanding achievement or contributions by an editor in pursuit of excellence in nursing publication. The award was established in honor of Dr. Freda because of her distinguished career as Editor-in-Chief of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, her active leadership role in INANE, her research and publications on the editorial role, and her tireless efforts on behalf of editors resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of nursing journals included by Thompson-Reuters in the “impact factor” rating process.

Shawn Kennedy, Editor of the American Journal of Nursing, is chairing the selection committee for this year’s award.  The committee has announced the process and the criteria for nominations. Nominations are open until April 15, 2014.  Please consider nominating a deserving colleague for this award!  Visit the Award Page on the INANE Web site where you can see the criteria for this nomination and complete instructions for submitting your nomination using our online form.

Top-Secret2The MCF Leadership Award will be presented on Tuesday, August 5 at 8 am at INANE 2014 in Portland, Maine. The name of the award winner will be top secret until the announcement on Tuesday morning. Let me use this as a gentle reminder to register for this year’s conference–it is going to be superb in so many ways. This is an event you don’t want to miss!

Suzanne Smith

On Tuesday morning, we also will be recognizing four recipients of the Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Awards. This award is named in honor of our late colleague Suzanne Smith to honor her legacy of mentoring new editors and authors.  The award  provides the cost of registration at our conference for four individuals who are beginning their careers as nursing journal editors. The recipients of this award, who will all be in attendance at our 2014 conference, have been announced and introduced on the INANE Web site!

The Mentoring Editors Awards are supported by donations to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund. We are very grateful to all who have donated to support this initiative. In recent weeks, there has been an upsurge in giving with donations from many of Suzanne’s family members, close friends, and professional colleagues. I can safely say that funds secured to date will allow us to continue this program for the next several years, ensuring that Suzanne’s memory will live on in INANE. All donors are listed at the bottom of every page on this website. Please consider a donation in memory of Suzanne, or to recognize and honor another colleague. Thank you in advance for your generosity!


For the Planning Committee: Leslie Nicoll, Margaret Comerford Freda, Shawn Kennedy, Lisa Marshall, Jean Proehl

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!