Boston Added to Our Conference Lineup for 2018!

This morning a mighty group of nursing journal editors “met” using a video/audio connection to begin the process of planning for our 2018 conference in Boston!  Our first order of business – to affirm this location, and proceed with identifying a suitable venue.  Of course the Boston area is a high-rent district, so be prepared for prices that are a bit above what we have paid in the past, but the group is already hard at work gathering information about several different locations, and will find the best possible site on the basis of cost in a location that provides the kinds of access that we all have come to know and love (shopping, great food, local entertainment!!).

The Denver planning group is also getting close to signing a contract on a hotel site for 2017.  The details are not settled yet, but be prepared for a wonderful location with the best that Denver has to offer!

And of course London – coming up next for 2016!  The London planning group meets monthly on – our group is stretched all the way from London to California and Gary is leading the way with fabulous plans for one of our best conferences ever (can they get any better, really??)!  The web site for 2016 will be ready to unveil in about 2-3 weeks, with details that will inspire you to start making reservations immediately!

We also have a group starting to form to explore the possibility of Cuba as the site for our 2019 conference. Leslie and I are going to Cuba in December with a MEDICC group; we will meet with publishers, journal editors, and nursing faculty and librarians while we are there, and have opened discussion with the MEDICC staff about the possibility of working with them to make local arrangements.  Watch this blog for more information!

If you want to join any of these planning groups, please use our contact form to let us know, and we will connect you with the group!


INANE Member Shawn Kennedy in the news!

NICHE Announces “From Practice to Publication”
Session for 2015 Annual Conference 

NEW YORK – March 4, 2015 – Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) announces plans for a ”From Practice to Publication” session at the 2015 Annual NICHE Conference, April 15, 2015, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, editor-in-chief, American Journal of Nursing, will conduct the session for those interested in publishing articles based on their geriatric research and quality improvement initiatives.

As nurses engage in evidence-based practice, clinical research and quality improvement projects, sharing their work with the broader nursing and healthcare communities becomes both an opportunity and professional responsibility. The session will cover some basics to consider including getting started on the process of writing, guidelines, selecting a journal, what to expect from review/editing and key elements.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss key elements of an acceptable paper.
  2. Identify processes to follow before submitting.
  3. Describe ways to start the creative process.

Two research symposiums are scheduled for Friday, April 17 at the conference: “Understanding & Using Evidence to Address Clinical Problems” and “How to Secure Funding and Disseminate/Publish Results.” The ”From Practice to Publication” session will be instrumental in further helping new research reach the media.

More than 850 nurses and other healthcare professionals from over 300 hospitals and healthcare organizations worldwide will meet in Lake Buena Vista, Florida for the 2015 Annual NICHE Conference, April 1417, 2015. The theme of this year’s conference at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is “Innovation Through Leadership.”

Attendees at the annual NICHE conferences share evidence-based innovations and research. NICHE supports hospitals and other healthcare organizations in meeting one of the most critical challenges of our times: quality care of older adults. For complete conference information and to register, visit

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!

Lisa Kennedy Sheldon Appointed as New Editor of Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing

Lisa Kennedy SheldonPITTSBURGH, PA (November 3, 2014) The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has announced the appointment of Lisa Kennedy Sheldon, PhD, APRN, BC, AOCNP® as editor of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) effective June 1, 2015. Dr. Sheldon will serve as editor-elect under current editor Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, beginning January 2015. CJON, published bimonthly, is an official publication of ONS and is directed to the practicing nurse specializing in the care of patients with an actual or potential diagnosis of cancer.

Dr. Sheldon is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and an oncology nurse practitioner in the Cancer Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, NH. Her program of research has focused on communication and psychosocial concerns of people living after a diagnosis of cancer. She served as a past associate editor for CJON.

“It has been my pleasure to be involved with CJON for almost 10 years as an author, peer reviewer, writing mentor, and an associate editor,” said Sheldon. “Throughout my career, I have witnessed the impact of oncology nursing practice on the outcomes of people living after a diagnosis of cancer. I am honored to follow Deb Mayer as editor and continue the important mission of CJON, delivering the information oncology nurses need to deliver the best patient care.”

On Sale Now: The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco

download (2)Richard Blanco, our closing speaker at INANE 2014, mentioned his forthcoming memoir several times during his presentation. It has been released today and is available in both hardback and e-book versions. From the publisher:

A poignant, hilarious, and inspiring memoir from the first Latino and openly gay inaugural poet, which explores his coming-of-age as the child of Cuban immigrants and his attempts to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning artistic and sexual identities.

Richard Blanco’s childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents’ nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady Bunchand Leave it to Beaver—an “exotic” life he yearned for as much as he yearned to see “la patria.”

Navigating these worlds eventually led Blanco to question his cultural identity through words; in turn, his vision as a writer—as an artist—prompted the courage to accept himself as a gay man. In this moving, contemplative memoir, the 2013 inaugural poet traces his poignant, often hilarious, and quintessentially American coming-of-age and the people who influenced him.

A prismatic and lyrical narrative rich with the colors, sounds, smells, and textures of Miami, Richard Blanco’s personal narrative is a resonant account of how he discovered his authentic self and ultimately, a deeper understanding of what it means to be American. His is a singular yet universal story that beautifully illuminates the experience of “becoming;” how we are shaped by experiences, memories, and our complex stories: the humor, love, yearning, and tenderness that define a life.

Advance praise for the book is extremely positive:

“A warm, emotionally intimate memoir.” —Kirkus

“Blanco has a natural, unforced style that allows his characters’ vibrancy and humor to shine through.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Forged from truth and grace, Blanco has crafted a deeply compelling and moving memoir about place, self and family.” —Augusten Burroughs, author of This Is How and Running With Scissors

“The Prince of Los Cocuyos had me laughing time and again with its warm, sweetly self-deprecating portrait of an immigrant family attempting to straddle Cuban traditions and American trends.” —Andrew Solomon, author of Far From the Tree

“Thank you, Richard, for this. The Prince of los Cocuyos is revelation and homecoming.” —Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street

“I adored every minute spent with young ‘Riqui’ and his endearing extended family. And at the end-an ending so beautiful and throat-catching-I felt wonderfully drenched in love.” —Monica Wood, author of When We Were the Kennedys

“Filled with colorful characters, often poignant and sometimes melancholy, Blanco’s episodic memoir is a meditation on belonging, on self-acceptance, and on his family’s almost mystical connection to Cuba.” —Booklist

“Blanco’s touching reminiscence has a deep emotional truth.” —Bookpage

Learn more at the Publisher’s page for the book. If you like to shop at Amazon, here’s the link.

Sally Cohen appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice

We have just learned from David Keepnews (now former Editor-in-Chief) that effective July 1st, Sally Cohen has assumed the leadership of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice.  Here is the message that we received about this transition:

Dear Friends,

After serving as Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice for almost 10 years, I have stepped down from that role. I am happy to announce that SAGE—with my strong support—has appointed Sally S. Cohen, PhD, RN, FAAN, as the journal’s new Editor-in-Chief. I will continue to work closely with Sally in my new role as the journal’s Consulting Editor.

David Keepnews

David Keepnews

Many of you know Sally, who has served as Deputy Editor since 2012. She is the Virginia P. Crenshaw Endowed Chair at the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico, where she is also Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative. Sally was recently selected by the American Academy of Nursing, the American Nurses Association, and the American Nurses Foundation as Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies beginning September 1, 2014.

Sally Cohen

Sally Cohen

I cannot think of anyone more qualified than Sally to lead PPNP into the future. Sally brings unparalleled expertise in health policy and nursing, and a tested commitment to moving the journal forward. I look forward to continuing to work closely with her as she steps into her new role as PPNP Editor-in-Chief.

Over the past decade, I believe that the journal has continued to solidify its reputation as an important source of authoritative, high-quality and significant contributions to nursing and health policy—continuing the pioneering work of my predecessor, Carole Jennings, the journal’s founding editor. I am very confident that Sally will carry this work forward effectively and energetically. I am excited about the future of the journal under Sally’s leadership.

Please join me in welcoming Sally as Editor-in-Chief of PPNP.

With best wishes,


We wish David the very best as he moves to a new chapter!  And congratulations to Sally as she assumes this important role!

Lillee Gelinas Appointed Editor-in-Chief

antlogoSILVER SPRING,MDAmerican Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has announced Lillee Gelinas, MSN, RN, FAAN, has been appointed editor-in-chief effective June 1, 2014. Gelinas, a member of ANA and the Texas Nurses Association, has served on the journal’s editorial board since its inception in 2006. American Nurse Today is a peer-reviewed journal owned and published by HealthCom Media.

Gelinas succeeds Pamela Cipriano, PhD,RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, who served as American Nurse Today editor-in-chief since its founding in 2006.

lillee“We are excited to see Lillee assume this new role. She has demonstrated dedication and enthusiasm in her long service on the editorial board, and we are confident she will shape its future as editor-in-chief,” said ANA President Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We also gratefully acknowledge Pam Cipriano for her leadership in helping to launch and establish American Nurse Today as a respected and valued journal.”

ANA members receive a subscription to the award-winning journal as a benefit of membership.

“Lillee’s amazing passion for nursing and her in-depth understanding of the profession will be a valuable asset as American Nurse Today continues its focus on delivering information that nurses can use in their practice,” said Greg Osborne, HealthCom Media President. “Since her appointment to the editorial board in 2006, Lillee has contributed to shaping our award-winning editorial content. It is also very important to acknowledge Pam Cipriano, whose invaluable editorial leadership skills have helped establish American Nurse Today as the leading source of clinical and practical content in the nursing market.”

“I am humbled and honored to accept this appointment with American Nurse Today,” said Gelinas. “Pam Cipriano’s shoes will be very hard to fill, but with a talented editorial board and an engaged audience, I’m very confident of a successful future. I firmly believe in the journal’s role, which supports nursing practice through evidence-based, practical information, and the platform it provides to reinforce the fundamental role we as nurses play in transforming the health care system.”

Gelinas continued, “Nurses are vital to the care provided today, are well-positioned to help patients navigate the shifts occurring in care delivery, and serve as the hearts and hands of our health care system.  With such an important role, it is essential that we stay in conversation and connected as together we design the paths to our future. American Nurse Today provides an important outlet where the dialogue can occur.”

A nurse leader with more than 30 years of experience, Gelinas currently serves as system vice president and chief nursing officer of CHRISTUS Health, a system comprising more than 350 hospitals, services, and facilities in the U.S., Mexico and Chile. She is a well-respected thought leader and speaker on health care management, clinical issues, and patient safety and quality issues. She has served in various nursing leadership roles, including member of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nursing Steering Committee; member of the board of directors for the National Patient Safety Foundation; member of the Nursing Advisory Council of The Joint Commission; and many others. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Academy’s Nursing Informatics and Technology Expert Panel.

Duke School of Nursing Announces Marion Broome as New Dean

Marion BroomeMarion E. Broome, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, a nationally renowned leader in the nursing field, has been named dean of the Duke University School of Nursing. In addition, Broome will become associate vice president of academic affairs for nursing at Duke University Health System (DUHS).

Broome, currently dean of Indiana University School of Nursing, will join Duke on Aug. 1, 2014.

“Marion Broome is one of the foremost leaders in nursing in this country, and we are delighted she will be joining the Duke School of Nursing and the health system at a time of exciting challenges in health care education, research and care delivery, and the need for better integration of these missions,” said Victor J. Dzau, M.D., chancellor for health affairs and president and CEO of the Duke University Health System.

“Nursing is becoming ever more important in the changing landscape of contemporary health care, and Duke’s School of Nursing has assumed a leadership role in this development,” said Richard H. Brodhead, president, Duke University. “Marion Broome is wonderfully well equipped to continue the school’s upward trajectory, and we are delighted to welcome her to Duke.”

Broome has published more than 90 journal papers. She also has published five books and 15 chapters in books and consumer publications, and is currently editor-in-chief of Nursing Outlook, the official journal of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science.

“Duke University School of Nursing is a prestigious school with a rich tradition of strong leadership in research and education,” Broome said. “It is very clear that the faculty and staff are dedicated and passionate about what they do, and that directly translates to their students and colleagues in practice. I am honored to join the Duke University heath team as dean, and am excited about the possibilities for preparing the next generation of nurse leaders.”

Broome earned her nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia, a master’s degree in family health nursing from the University of South Carolina, and her doctorate in child and family development from the University of Georgia. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Broome was selected as the Outstanding Alumnus for Georgia Health Sciences University-Nursing, Augusta, Georgia, and given the National League of Nursing Award for Outstanding Leadership in Nursing Education.