Thank you to Andrew Harding who was the first person to use the Feedback page to send a comment to the blog. With his permission, I reproduce it here:
I really like the INANE blog, though the INANE name bothers me. Blogs interest me because of their minimal control, broad but familiar scope and almost anyone can write what they want. I am learning to write and edit. I act as a section editor for the Journal of Emergency Nursing and have sought out editor mentors. This is another subsection of nursing that is tightly knit, but very generous with their spirit, time and guidance. My mentors like Jean Proehl (Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal) have impeccable CVs, nursing/writing talent, and a gift for teaching. It is fun to watch the INANE group develop over the emails and now online via this blog. Good luck!
Andrew Harding, MS, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, FAHA
Thanks for the good wishes. I agree about with your comments about blogs: I too appreciate the opportunity for informal and ongoing discussion. Blogs can be very organic and grow in unexpected and natural ways. I am having fun with this one and am looking to more involvement from the larger community. I’ll offer the invitation again to anyone who would like to post: just send me a message and I can add you to the blog as a contributor, or can post for you.
As for the INANE name…I think we all do a double-take when first hearing it, but eventually it grows on you. Besides, I sometimes think that as nurses, we take ourselves way too seriously. It’s fun having a little tongue-in-cheek joke, don’t you think? 😉
A little history about the name INANE. Before we had a formal (well..not so formal!) organization for editors of nursing journals, editors usually met each other when they covered major nursing meetings, where they were usually relegated to a special section in the back of the meeting room. This turned out to be a bonding experience that often led to informal editor gatherings in a bar to unwind; there was often spoofing of, the then, very strict conduct of the nursing meetings/conferences with their rigid adherence to Roberts Rules.
At one of those social meetings, the editors decided they should form their own organization; however, their organization would be the antithesis of how things were managed and organized in the late 70s. From this was born the wonderful acronym for the scholarly name of our organization (International Academy of Nursing Editors – INANE) as well as the organization structure: NO OFFICERS, NO BYLAWS, NO DUES, NO PAID STAFF, NO PHYSICAL LOCATION, NO RULES.
INANE was a pioneer virtual organization kept alive for 30+ years by people who have a passion for their work, volunteer for all activities, come to meetings because they want to. The founding mothers’ original vision is kept alive as new “members” feel and embrace the uniqueness of our nursing organization. In recent years, attempts to formalize INANE so it becomes like every other nursing organization have been rejected by the majority. So I say LONG LIVE INANE! Suzanne Smith
Thanks for your comment and thanks for the quick history lesson! I think we all appreciate INANE as a truly unique and wonderful model of what can be done by people who believe in the mission—period. And I agree, long live INANE!