Agenda for the 2015 INANE Business Meeting!

It is that time of year again, when we anticipate gathering for our annual conference and holding our traditional business meeting!  We have another banner year for registration – 135 and counting – but there are many who are not able to join us.  Therefore, we have established a tradition of sending all of the information related to our business ahead of time, so that everyone can be part of the discussion by adding your ideas, comments, and suggestions online.

The business meeting will be held on August 4 at noon (over lunch!).   Carolyn Yucha, our 2015 conference host, will chair the meeting. The tentative agenda is:

  • Internet services and finance report discussion (see below, and download it here) – Leslie Nicoll
  • Report on Predatory Publishing Project from last year – Peggy Chinn
  • Report on student papers project – Shawn Kennedy
  • Nursing Editors History Project (Leslie Nicoll and Peggy Chinn)
  • Future conferences:
    • London 2016 – Gary Bell (note: Gary will give the traditional “Top Ten Reasons to Attend INANE slide preview on Wednesday morning during breakfast)
    • Denver 2017 – Karren Kowalski
    • Cuba 2018 or 2019  – Leslie Nicoll and Joyce Fitzpatrick
    • New sites to add to our list? – Boston has been suggested as a possibility
  • Other

Business not finished at the meeting on Tuesday will be wrapped up at breakfast on Wednesday.

If you have other items we should include, or comments or suggestions for any of the planned agenda items – please let us know!  You can use the “Contact” form here.

For your convenience, here is the Annual Report (which can also be downloaded here):

2015 Report from the Internet Resources Workgroup

The primary new accomplishment during the past year has been developing a process to maintain the Nursing Journals Directory, including a vetting process for adding new journals. The directory is a collaborative effort between INANE and Nurse Author & Editor. We began the transition in May, 2014 when Leslie Nicoll assumed the editorship of Nurse Author & Editor. Charon Pierson, Peggy Chinn, and Leslie serve as the working group to review and maintain the directory.

Financial Report

Website expenses for INANE and the INANE conference site are $99/yr (total $198). Annual expenses for Wufoo (used for various forms on the site, evaluations for INANE conference, and so on) is $237. Thus total Internet expenses are $435. We have approximately $1000 in the bank for Internet expenses (money raised in 2011 through “pass the hat” and from the raffle in 2014). This fund is sufficient for now; we will consider another fundraising event of some sort at the conference in 2016 or 2017.

Accomplishments

The INANE Web site (http://nursingeditors.com)

There were 2 major additions to the INANE web site during the past year:

  • Addition of the Nursing Journals Directory, and establishment of a process for vetting new journals for web site. Charon Pierson has joined the management team for the Directory and is in charge of the vetting process.
  • A section under “Initiatives” that describes our predatory publishers project that we initiated at the 2014 conference, and that provides a listing of all Editorials published in relation to this project. As of June 23, 2015 there are 34 different publications (editorials, blog posts, and so on) listed at the site in connection with this initiative.

INANE Blog (http://nursingeditors.com/blog/)

We have accomplished posting on the INANE blog at least bi-weekly. The posts include announcements of new Editor opportunities, general news related to INANE projects and events, and reports related to issues of general interest to nursing editors and publishers. We have posted tributes to those of our colleagues who have died, and now provide a collection of these tributes as an “In Memoriam” feature of the blog.

Yahoo email list (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NursingEditors/)

The current number of subscribers is 350 (compared to 333 at this time last year, 315 in 2013, 295 in 2012 and 250 in 2011.). People can request to join the email list by completing the “Contact” form on the web site, at http://nursingeditors.com/feedback/.

INANE Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/INANE.nursing.editors)

The Facebook Page exists primarily to link posts from the blog to Facebook, for those who prefer to read from Facebook rather than the blog itself. We have received 246 likes (compared to 161 in 2013, and 186 in 2014). In 2013, we registered our Facebook name to be https://www.facebook.com/INANE.nursing.editors which is simpler than our previous name, as well as permanent.

2015-2016 Plan

We are now at the point that our internet resources are quite stable, requiring only regular maintenance and periodic updates based on new initiatives. We remain eager to include additional bloggers, as well as individuals who are willing and interested in learning and participating in website management, and promotion of our social media resources.

If you are willing to be involved with any of these activities for the coming year, please let us know by completing the contact form!

Acknowledgements are extended to all who have participated in the development and maintenance of our web resources since the establishment of our independent web resources in 2009: Nancy Browne, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Wendy Budin, Peggy Chinn, Janet Fulton, Margaret Freda, Vallire Hooper, David Keepnews, Judy Lewis, Tina Marrelli, Leslie Nicoll, Charon Pierson, Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, Mona Shattell, Suzanne Smith, Jaynelle Stichler, and Linda Thede.

Submitted by Peggy L. Chinn and Leslie Nicoll
June 23, 2015

Remembering Margaret Comerford Freda, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAN

Dr. Jackie Owens (L) and Dr. Margaret Freda (R) at INANE 2014

Dr. Jackie Owens (L) and Dr. Margaret Freda (R) at INANE 2014

To my INANE Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that our good friend and INANE colleague, Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda, Editor Emeritus of MCN, died early this morning (April 27) at her home in New York.

Margaret had been ill for several years, stemming from a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis in the fall of 2011. She faced numerous health complications and setbacks with strength and dignity, always professional and always composed. She is an inspiration!

As the Chair of last year’s INANE conference, it meant more to me than I can say that Margaret was able to make the trek from New York to Maine to join us for our meeting. She fully participated in everything, including the boat trip to the lobster bake on Tuesday night, as you can see in the picture above! It was a joy for me to be able to sit with Margaret for many of the sessions, particularly our closing poet, Richard Blanco. I will freely admit that we both sobbed our way through his presentation!

Margaret was so invigorated by her attendance at INANE–in her words, “I found my professional self again after being a patient for four years,”–that we took on the challenge of revising The Editor’s Handbook, first published by Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins in 2010. Again, as Margaret said to me, “I am not able to walk much, and I don’t breathe very well, and some days I can’t even talk–but I can sit and think and write.” She was fully engaged throughout the revision process, taking the lead on all ten chapters by revising content and updating references. Margaret also reviewed every single page in the first round of page proofs, meticulously noting tiny errors and making sure everything was correct. I knew she had had another health setback in the past two weeks. When I received the second round of pages for review last week I thought she might not be up to taking this on–but in her ever gracious way, she apologized profusely for “dropping the ball…I am so sorry, but my vision is so blurry right now…” Margaret, please know, you did not drop the ball! I am so proud to have your name above mine on this book when it comes out this summer!

Margaret and I first became friends when she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing in 1997, and my name was suggested as someone who might have some useful advice. I suppose I did have a few tidbits to share, but I think in some ways, I benefited more in learning from Margaret. She has taught me so much! It was a wonderful honor for me last year to have her be my sponsor (with Marilyn Oermann) for my successful application to the American Academy of Nursing. Margaret was so disappointed that she was not able to be present for the Induction Ceremony, but truly, her generous spirit was with me all that weekend.

Margaret’s leadership in INANE is well known, from serving on several planning committees and chairing the conference in 2004 that was held at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. But I think she will always be remembered as the David who took on the Goliath of Impact Factors, paving the way to have nursing journals and nursing knowledge recognized in the Web of Science. When Margaret, along with Dr. Judy Lewis spearheaded this project in 2004, there were 33 nursing journals indexed in this database. Now there are 115. She was so proud of this accomplishment!

The Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing was established in 2011 and awarded to Margaret herself in 2012. Those of us on the committee that year had an easy job–she was the unanimous choice. To be honest, many of us were afraid that she wouldn’t be with us to accept the award that year, but she was–not in person but with us all the same. At INANE last summer, it was a thrill to have Margaret present her eponymous award to the 2014 winner, Dr. Peggy Chinn.

Plans for a memorial and so on have not been finalized; as soon as I have any information I will share with everyone here. In the meantime, I am sure Margaret’s husband John and her children and grandchildren would find great comfort in reading any memories or thoughts people want to share in the comments section of this post.

With sadness,

Leslie

Just six days left for our 2015 regular registration rate!

This post is short and sweet to make sure you do not miss this opportunity!  There are now only six days remaining for regular registration for the INANE 2015 conference in Las Vegas!  Regular registration is $495 – after April 30th the lateregister nowregistration fee of $595 will apply.  So head on over to the registration page now, and save yourself a hundred dollars!!

It is going to be another great conference — so don’t miss it!! Register now!

Regular Registration for INANE 2015 ends on April 30th!

Originally posted on INANE Las Vegas 2015:

There are exactly 3 weeks remaining for regular registration for the INANE 2015 conference in Las Vegas!  Regular registration is $495 – after April 30th the late register nowregistration fee of $595 will apply.  So head on over to the registration page now, and save yourself a hundred dollars!!

If you are still wondering if attending the conference is worth it, take a look at our fabulous program!  It is all organized with a blend of guests and our own INANE colleagues who are ready to share important and interesting insights related to our publishing efforts!  And most important, INANE conferences always feature a lot of opportunities to interact with one another, and with the presenters.

For folks who are not familiar with INANE and how we do things, you might be thinking that our timeline is quite unusual!  Indeed it is, because we do this entirely as a volunteer…

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A message from Suzanne Hall Johnson!

Last week we heard from Suzanne Hall Johnson, who is Editor Emerita and Founding Editor of Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing  in 1981 and Nurse Author & Editor in 1991.  Suzanne was responsible for launching the Nursing Journals Directory hosted by Nurse Author & Editor, which last year became a joint project of INANE and NA&E.  So we were delighted when we received this message and want to share it with everyone!

Charon, Leslie, and Peggy: I love the new nursing journals listing on the INANE web page; INANE is a perfect home for it.  You have a fabulous system to keep it current with wonderful links to author guidelines and editors.  I started the first listing with the launch of  Nurse Author & Editor in 1991. To give that historical perspective for young editors, I wrote it on an MS-DOS based word processor because Windows 1.0 was still fairly new.  Even email was in its infancy, so editors mailed their journal information to me on floppy disc. The whole listing had to be updated manually. What a change in journals, editors, and technology since then. Bravo! Your listing is a great service for nursing editors and authors.

Personal note:  I miss all my editor friends. I still can’t travel much due to a vestibular, inner-ear problem, but I enjoy other things like playing my cello. Still, I love seeing how the editors and journals are developing. Dear Editor Friends, know that I’m cheering from afar.

–Suzanne Hall Johnson, Editor Emerita, Nurse Author & Editor and Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing.

Suzanne Hall Johnson

Why does it take a robot?

NPR just posted an excellent blog post by nurse Kelli Dunham titled “Why Does It Take A big-hero-6_wide-81c8fe593498a408c0004836aabe11fa32e276ce-s800-c85Movie Robot To Show What Nurses Really Do?” Check it out – I think it is a wonderful example of editorial content for a wide lay audience. Kelli uses Baymax, the robot nurse in the movie Big Hero 6 to examine nursing’s media image challenges.

Add your comments in response to Kelli’s post here, and on NPR’s site!

Correlation, Association and Causation…Is It Time for a Review?

correlationWhen I returned to higher education for my Master’s Degree, my end point was to become credentialed so I could begin my dream job as an inpatient nurse practitioner. This was a new role in 1993 and I will admit that as a single woman who  could afford only one year away from the paycheck, I was committed to getting in and out of my Master’s courses at Boston College quickly and efficiently. In particular, I had no aptitude or desire to become a researcher. My mind was clear that I would go through the “hoops” of the beginning research course (mandatory) and then “never do research again.”  I can hear your laughter now….

So, on day one of my Master’s year, I entered Research 101 for Nurses; thoroughly prepared to hate it, pretty sure I might not pass it, and very clear that it was not pertinent to my clinical life. (Yes, one can be quite naïve, even at age 35). Amazingly, I entered a classroom taught by the most wonderful teacher of my entire academic life (I’m including grade school here too). I’ve long forgotten her name but I’ll never forget her. She taught me to love and appreciate the science of science. For 18 rapid weeks, she taught a basic exercise. Each week we were given a nursing research paper to read and then in each class, we reviewed it and discussed the paper’s merits. She, of course, chose increasingly complex papers with a variety of study designs and writing skills. Some papers were good, some terrible, some stated what they did not find, some overstated conclusions….you get the idea. Our class thrived! It sounds so naïve to admit, but we were empowered to realize that just because the researchers said it, it might not be true…because of design flaw, overreaching results, and other errors, glaring and subtle.

Our professor also taught us to appreciate that while we may not be researchers, we were intelligent…and that research should not be sloppy, unreadable, or beyond our understanding. It was up to the writer to tell us what their question was, what was known about it, explain the study design, tell us how they did it, discuss their results against their question and draw some conclusions based on what they found. She demystified the process and actually taught us to critically analyze what we read….or as my Mother said, “Don’t automatically believe everything you read”. The fact that the reader of research had a responsibility in the process changed us from observers to participants. An amazing teacher with an amazing gift.

So, research became very relevant in my clinical role and subsequent professional life….if, for no other reason, than for me to critically read research and analyze its credibility. Since entering the field of obesity care, this analysis has become increasingly important. I’m not sure if is the weight bias/discrimination inherent in the specialty or the infancy of our understanding of the causes and biology of obesity…but often the “studies” that “prove” some aspect of obesity do not pass the rigor that I was taught in Research 101. Popular press articles and studies presented at conferences and professional journals that conclude association or correlation are often misinterpreted as evidence of causation.

With the flood of open access predatory publications, this issue has moved to the forefront in my mind. These journals, with their non-existent or shoddy peer reviews processes, lack of editing and oversight, and an emphasis of meeting the needs of authors, not readers, are publishing flawed articles. On a continuum these papers range from  poorly done, uninspired studies that couldn’t find a legitimate publication home, to deeply deceptive junk science reporting results that have the potential for real patient harm.

So, my thought is that it may be timely to review basic research principles at conferences, journals, and classrooms….sincerely. It has been a long time for many of us since Research 101. With so much information bombarding us daily through so many mediums, it is easy to just skim the headlines or read the conclusion of the paper. An emphasis on critical analysis of research (or what is presented as research) might remind us and our readers to take a moment to read the fine print.

 

Invisible Nurse Redux

Leslie:

This was posted on the HealthCetera blog–I wanted to share with my INANE colleagues. –LHN

Originally posted on HealthCetera - CHMP's Blog:

leslie nicollThis post is written by Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN  a passionate nurse, wife, and mother. She lives in Portland, Maine where she owns her own business, Maine Desk LLC. She is the Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing and Editor of Nurse Author & Editor. Dr. Nicoll is an advocate for the poor and vulnerable in our society and lives this mission by working 2 1/2 days per week as the Coordinator at the Portland Community Free Clinic. Dr. Nicoll was very proud to be inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in October 2014. 

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined in a tent in New Jersey for four days, has become a household name—sort of. What isn’t as well publicized are her educational credentials and expertise. Nurse Hickox is presented as “just a nurse” and if one is to believe the comments…

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