For a while now, a number of INANE members have tossed around the idea of a “People-to-People” program, similar to the model that we experienced in our trips to Cuba. This type of program requires a leader, a small group of interested INANE members, and connections with individuals or groups in another country who are eager to spend a few days to a week exchanging ideas about nursing journal publishing in our two countries. One reason we keep advancing this idea is that INANE was founded, in part, on the idea of being “international” in scope, which is why we have a strong record of holding conferences in other countries. However, even when we do have a conference in another country, we have fallen short of meaningful and lasting exchanges that would strengthen nursing publishing worldwide. Yes, we have a good time, and sometimes people from outside of north America find our conferences more accessible when held away from North America (which is a good thing) but we still conduct our business in English, with no translation accommodations, and people outside of the North American and predominantly English speaking, Eurocentric cultures still have little involvement, nor do we have any significant involvement with them.
A people-to-people program could begin to address these issues, All we need is for an INANE member or small group of people to volunteer to start such a program! Leslie Nicoll and I have posted a proposal on our website –here, and you can download the proposal PDF here.
We currently have a request from a professor at Manipal College of Nursing, MAHE, Manipal, India, who is very interested in discussing a possibility of such a program. It would be terrific if this could get started! If you are interested and willing to explore this, or any other possible “people-to-people” program, let either me or Leslie know! We have heaps of information to help you get started! And, the really good news is that this is INANE – so there are no rules or policies that we impose on what you might do – the sky is the limit (at least as far as INANE is concerned!).
We look forward to moving this conversation forward. Use the contact form to get in touch. Thank you!