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feminist, nurse activist, writer, editor of ANS Advances in Nursing Science, quilter, grandmother nurturing the future of the amazing children in my life.

INANE 2017 Registration, Website Open!

It is times to visit the brand new INANE 2017 website, where you will find complete logoweblargeinformation on registration, hotel reservations, abstract submission, and more!  The conference will be in Denver, Colorado at the historic Brown Palace Hotel from August 3-5.  Once again this conference promises to be another informative, even necessary event – along with ample opportunities for networking, exploring the local area, and more!

Remembering Rosanne (Perez-Woods) Harrigan

With great sadness, we note that Dr. Rosanne Harrigan, MS, EdD, AORN-Rx, FAAN passed roseanneharriganaway on October 16, 2016. Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, colleagues and students. Dr. Rosanne Harrigan most recently served as the Chair of the Department of
Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Hawai’i School of Medicine. She was the former Dean of the University of Hawai’i Manoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. She served on several nursing journal Editorial Boards, and authored books and journal articles in the area of Child and Maternal Health.

A graduate of Xavier College, Dr. Harrigan received her Masters in Nursing, credentials as a nurse practitioner, and her Doctor of Education from Indiana University. She was a professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing and adjunct professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. She then became Niehoff Chair & Professor, Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University of Chicago.

For her professional excellence in pediatric nursing and maternal and child health, she was named Nurse of the Year by the American Nursing Association. In 1983, she was named National Nurse of the Year by the March of Dimes and in 1985 named to the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences.

In 1992, she came to Hawaiʻi from Chicago to be the Dean of the School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. She instituted the PhD Program in Nursing. Her outstanding career continued in Hawaiʻi as she was named Distinguished Leader in Neonatal Nursing by the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Board of Directors in 1996. She had numerous peer reviewed publications and was on the editorial board of the Journal of Perinatal Neonatal, the Journal of Perinatology, Women’s Health (Jacob’s Institute for Women’s Health), and on the advisory board of the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health.

Her research and clinical interests included cross-cultural care. She published papers on health disparities among different ethnic groups and about difference perceptions of health care among mothers in Asia and the U.S. She also studied barriers to health care among the Native Hawaiian and Samoan population.

Her work in cross-cultural healthcare has also contributed to her interest in Integrative Medicine. She worked part-time at Waimanalo Health Center whose service population is largely Native Hawaiian. There, as a nurse practitioner, she worked with traditional Hawaiian healers as well as physicians.

In 2002, she brought her expertise to the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She later became the Chair of the newly formed Department of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The Department has since been renamed to the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine.

During her tenure with the medical school, Dr. Harrigan was the Graduate Chair for Biomedical Science in Clinical Research. She instituted a graduate program leading to the MS and PhD in biomedical sciences in clinical research for clinicians, researchers, educators, and consumers. In addition to offering knowledge and skills needed for careers in clinical research, the program functions a supportive mechanism for newly trained investigators, actively facilitating career development and encouraging research collaborations, particularly those related to research in health disparities.

As the Chair of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, she blended her strong research and clinical background together with a desire to serve the community. She brought a renewed perspective into the field of medicine by facilitating the integration of different disciplines to provide the best healthcare possible for a rapidly changing world.

Mahalo, Rosanne

Maureen Shawn Kennedy Receives Margaret Comerford Freda Award!

We are delighted to announce this year’s recipient of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership  –  Maureen Shawn Kennedy, MA, RN, FAAN, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing (AJN). In addition to her role at the helm of AJN, Shawn hasshawn-kennedy an amazing record of leadership and influence through multiple venues and formats. She has organized many grant-funded State of the Science symposia on emerging health issues; authored award-winning news reports and editorials that have increased nurses’ awareness of important issues; spearheaded an award-winning photo exhibit that toured nationwide; completed research on authorship ethics; and took the lead in nursing and medical publishing via online, digital and social media initiatives, with a daily blog that now has over 200,000 followers on Facebook and over 50,000 on Twitter.  Here are a few specific details:

  • Shawn was the lead investigator for an international study on ethics around guest and ghost authorship in nursing publications. This was the first study to examine this issue in nursing. Findings indicated a higher rate of guest and ghost authors than found in medical journals. The study was published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship in 2014 and presented at INANE and ICN to foster changes in these practices.
  • Shawn has been a leader within and outside of the nursing profession, as demonstrated by her active membership in the Association of Health Care Journalists and the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, both presenting and chairing panel sessions at their annual meetings.
  • She has received numerous awards for excellence, such as from the Association of Women in Communications and the American Society Health Publication Editors for her outstanding leadership in publishing.
  • She has mentored numerous nursing editors through participation in INANE as a speaker, member of the program planning and the awards committees.

We offer not only our congratulations, but deep appreciation to Shawn for her many notable contributions to nursing and to publishing in nursing!

Nominations open for Assistant Editor, Journal of Nursing Education

The Journal of Nursing Education is accepting nominations for the position of Assistant Editor.
Responsibilities of the Assistant Editor:
JNE receives 600-700 manuscripts per year. With the Editor and Associate Editor, the Assistant Editor will be expected to:
•        Work efficiently within the journal’s online manuscript peer review system, reviewing approximately 10-12 new submissions per month and making decisions to send out for peer review, asking authors to revise and resubmit before peer review, or rejecting without review.
•        When assigned reviews are completed, make editorial decisions using available options (i.e., decision letters in the peer review system); rate individual reviews using the available rating scale.
•         Write or assign at least 2 editorials per year.
•         Attend and participate in biannual editorial board meetings (in person at NLN Summit in Sept/Oct, by phone/webinar in Mar/Apr).
•         Participate with the Editor and Associate Editor in the review and selection of the annual Christine A. Tanner Scholarly Writing Award.
•         Assist in identifying and soliciting new reviewers.
The term begins approximately January 1, 2017, for a 3-year commitment, which would be renewable for a 2-year term (or terms) if amenable to all parties. A stipend is provided.
Qualifications of the successful candidate include:
  • Earned academic/research doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, DNSc, ScD, EdD)
  • Recognized as a leader in nursing education
  • Full professorship in a school or department of nursing that offers accredited undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Membership in the NLN Academy of Nursing Education and/or American Academy of Nursing preferred
  • History of scholarly publishing on issues of relevance to nursing education
  • Significant experience as a journal peer reviewer and a clear understanding of the ethical guidelines for scholarly publishing
  • Residence/employment in North America
How to apply:
Please submit a letter addressing your interest in and qualifications for this position, and include your current CV. Send your materials via email as a Word attachment to Jaime Harker, Executive Editor, at jharker@slackinc.com, by September 15, 2016.
Jaime Harker, ELS
Executive Editor
Health Care Books and Journals
The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Journal of Nursing Education
ph: 856.848.1000 x 250

In Memoriam: Nancy Kline, former Editor, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing

We were sorry to learn of the death last year of Nancy E. Kline, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN February 24, 1959-April 20, 2015. Thank you to Kristin Stegenga, current Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing for letting us know.

The following is excerpted from her tribute published shortly after her death in the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing:

“Nancy Kline was a nurse, scientist, editor, teacher, friend, wife, daughter, aunt, mom to her fur-kids, and tireless advocate for children with life-threatening diseases.  In the course of her life, she touched thousands and left an amazing professional legacy ofKline_Nancy advocacy, service, and mentorship that is personified in her books, articles, research, and embodied in each of us.

She became the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing in 1998, serving for 17 years.  Nancy loved being the editor of JOPON.  She was able to engage, encourage, develop and mentor many colleagues during her tenure.  As a researcher, she understood how critical it was to lay a scientific foundation for our practice in order to improve the lives of the children we serve.  She poured herself into ensuring our journal was an elite publication.  Under her leadership, the journal was elevated to an award-winning status and attained an Impact Factor for the first time. Throughout her illness, she continued the work she loved, and completed editing her last JOPON shortly before her death.” (p. 429)

Echtenkamp, D & O’Hanlon-Curry, J. (2015). Nancy E. Kline, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 32(6), 429-431.

INANE in Cuba! Registration now open!

MEDICC RegistrationWe are delighted to announce that the preliminary planning for the MEDICC and INANE People-to-People education exchange is now complete, and registration is now open! As we shared earlier this year, the date for this trip is January 15-22, 2017.  The final application deadline is August 15, 2016. Deposit, passport scan and other forms due September 15, 2016

Following is the formal announcement just released by MEDICC (you can also download a PDF file with this information)

Join in this unique opportunity for an insider’s view of one of the world’s best kept secrets – the Cuban health care system, with an emphasis on the role of nursing in the system and medical/scientific publication. Cuba has attained excellent health outcomes despite scarce resources, providing a powerful example that wealth does not equal health. Several overarching Cuban philosophical approaches to health will be explored during the exchange, including:

  • Integration of nursing, medicine and public health practice at all levels.
  • Outcomes-based planning and evaluation.
  • Continuous risk assessment at the neighborhood level.
  • Targeted intervention/education based on community needs.
  • Widespread community engagement in health promotion, education and planning.
  • The intersectioality of health: planning programs together with community health organizations, departments of education, transportation, public works, etc.
  • Emphasis on prevention.
  • Interdisciplinary work-groups as a foundation for healthcare teams.

The weeklong program in Cuba will be tailored to participants’ interests and may include:

  • Visit to a polyclinic and neighborhood-level doctor-nurse office; interchange with health providers and patients.
  • Meeting with grassroots neighborhood organizations to see their community projects.
  • Discussions with public health professionals in Cuba to understand the social determinants and risk factors affecting population health in Cuba, and their emphasis on cross-sectoral work.
  • Meetings with health policymakers to compare the challenges faced in the U.S. and in Cuba.
  • Exchanges with professionals involved in nursing journals and other medical/scientific publications in Cuba.

This educational exchange will be limited to 15-20 participants, who will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to professionals involved in nursing journal publication (editors, reviewers, etc.). The group of travelers will be led by a MEDICC staff or board member, who will accompany the group from Miami to Cuba and back.

Travel arrangements and costs:

MEDICC works closely with Marazul Charters, an agency with decades of experience in arranging legal travel from the U.S. to Cuba. If interested in this program, you will apply for the exchange and be notified of your acceptance by MEDICC staff. Then, you will sign a participant agreement form, and send MEDICC a $500 deposit to guarantee your place. Applicants should have passports valid for up to six months after the dates of travel (valid through 7/22/2017). Participants make their own domestic flight and hotel arrangements to/in Miami (the latter is subject to change pending the advent of commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba before Spring 2017). One overnight in Miami will be required on January 14, 2017. The total cost for a 7-day program depends on the number of participants, hotel and ground transportation costs, and program activities, and will be approximately $3,800 – $4,800 (prices are subject to change due to extreme demand for travel and rapid change in the Cuban travel/tourism sector and cannot be guaranteed in advance.) Marazul will confirm the price once all members of the delegation are finalized and the customized program has been arranged.

Cost estimate includes:

  • Pre-trip orientation, webinars and relevant readings
  • Roundtrip airfare between Miami and Havana
  • Lodging for 7 nights, including breakfasts and weekday lunches
  • Full program of educational exchanges tailored to your expressed interests
  • Ground transportation in Cuba for all program activities, including airport transfers
  • A MEDICC expert and a specialized interpreter to facilitate your time in Cuba
  • Health insurance while in Cuba, and Cuban academic visa facilitated by MEDICC

If you have questions please email or call Gateways Program Director Elizabeth Sayre at esayre@mediccglobal.org / (510) 350-3564. The final application deadline is August 15, 2016. Deposit, passport scan and other forms due September 15, 2016.

Here is the link to the registration form

MEDICC Registration

Patricia Brennan announced as new Director of the National Library of Medicine

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD will become the first woman and the first nurse to serve as Director of the National LIbrary of Medicine in its 180-year history.  NIH Director Francis Collins is quoted as stating: “Dr. Brennan brings her incredible experience of having cared for patients as a practicing nurse, improved the lives of home-bound patients by developing innovative information systems and services designed to increase their independence, and pursued cutting-edge research in data visualization and virtual reality,” Join me in extending congratulations to Dr. Brennan in this new role!

See the full announcement of this appointment here.

Dr. Patricia Brennan

Dr. Patricia Brennan

Remembering Grayce Sills

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the death of Grayce Sills, a true nursing giant by any standard of measure. Grayce was a founding Editor, in 1995, of the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA) along with Nikki Polis.  She served in the capacity as Editor of the journal until 2005. Her dedication to nursing, to her graycefriends and family, and to her many communities, was unrelenting. For everyone who knew her, or who simply heard her speak at one of many public appearances, Grayce left a lasting impression because of her humor, her sparkling blue eyes lit up with enthusiasm, and her unique ways of getting her messages across.

Grayce was born on April 18, 1926.  She decided to become a nurse after spending a summer at Rockland State Mental Hospital in New York, and graduated from Rockland State Hospital School of Nursing in 1950. She then attended Teachers College, Columbia University from 1950-51, before obtaining her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, and a master’s and doctorate in sociology from The Ohio State University. Grayce assumed her faculty role at the Ohio State University School of Nursing in 1964 and remained of the faculty for the remainder of her academic career, retiring with Professor Emeritus status in 1993. While at OSU, she developed the graduate level clinical nurse specialist program in psychiatry; helped develop the doctoral program in nursing; was Director of the Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Program; Chair of the Department of Family and Community Nursing; Director of Graduate Studies; and, Acting Dean. She also helped the School of Nursing achieve independent status as a college within the university – an achievement of which she was particularly proud.

But retirement was only a transition for Grayce! Not only did she co-found the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (with Karen Babich, Judith Maurin, and Shirley Smoyak), she founded and Edited the Association’s journal and continued her prominent leadership role in the American Academy of Nursing as the organizer and leader of orientation activities for new Academy Fellows.  She was honored as a Living Legend by the Academy in 1999.  She continued her work as an international consultant for community-based mental health nursing, served as a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and Fairfield University School of Nursing (Connecticut). A past chair of the OSU Hospitals Board of Trustees, she was instrumental in gaining board support for magnet hospital status, achieved in 2005. She has had the rare distinction of receiving three awards from OSU: a Distinguished Teaching Award, a Distinguished Service Award and an honorary doctorate in public service (2005), as well as honorary doctorates from Indiana University and Fairfield University in Connecticut.


L to R: Danny Willis, Grayce Sills, Sandra Talley, Linda Beeber, Teena McGuiness

Her most lasting influence, in my view, is the legacy of friendship and love that she offered freely to so many of us who knew her, whether as a friend or colleague on a regular basis, or in occasional encounters at professional events. I invited her close friend, Linda Beeber, to share a message of remembrance, which reflects so beautifully the experience of knowing Grayce in any capacity:

While she is associated with psychiatric nursing, Grace Sills set a high bar for the entire profession of nursing. She saw the power of nursing as enacting theory through practice intelligence, or the capacity to connect with people meaningfully in every encounter and transform the moment into one of mutual growth. Grayce embodied that connectivity in her ability to instantly read a room full of nurses and know exactly what to say and how to say it such that every nurse felt as if Grayce were talking to them.  Similar to the “infobite”, Grayce’s “Grayceisms” were compact, bits of practice theory that nurses could take to heart, elaborate and use to guide their practice. She touched so many nurses; at conferences, those of us privileged to transport her from place to place had to calculate extra time for her stop, talk, touch, laugh and extend a pearl of wisdom to the crowds of colleagues surrounding her. Moving Grayce was akin to moving a great dignitary. Grayce was engaged in the work of nursing up to the last days of her life, consulting with many of us, reminding us of the “bar” and how much further we need to travel to reach the dream that she believed professional nursing can be. Grayce left us with much work to do! In the midst of our deep sadness at not having her with us, imagine those twinkling blue eyes and impish smile lighting up with every act we do to make nursing the powerful profession that she envisioned.

I (Peggy) recall many times when I had the pleasure of spending time with Grayce. Always, she was intent on building connections, helping me and others develop professional relationships and build bridges to advance the best ideals of nursing.  I remember hearing her speak in New Orleans to a group of nurse practitioners, admonishing us to re-structure our language to create new and egalitarian relationships with our physician colleagues.  She recommended, for example, ending the use of the phrase “doctor’s orders” and replace it with “physician prescriptions.” Alongside those, she urged us to record “nurse prescriptions” to guide coordinated and comprehensive care.  When I was contemplating once again changing my academic affiliation, she observed that, “Some of us are ‘stayers’ (like I myself have been)” she said, “and some of us are ‘leavers’ – and both are just fine.”

One of my most memorable times with Grayce was when Charlene and I (as a fledgling publishing effort we named Margaretdaughters) photographed Grayce for our first “Everyday Sheroes” calendar.  We featured Grayce for the month of her birth – April, 1987.  The photo shown here is from the calendar, taken at the time of her service as Acting Dean of the OSU College of Nursing.

Grayce in 1987, at the time of her role as Acting Dean, College of Nursing, OSU

Grayce in 1987, at the time of her role as Acting Dean, College of Nursing, OSU

Here is the message she prepared for the calendar:

To create a viable future we must:
     – nurture and care for the rich differences among us
     – listen to one another
     – be open to the visions of the very young and the memories of the very old

Grayce, your spirit lives on, and may we honor you as we continue your legacy of creataing this kind of future.