Recipients of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership

Founding Award – 2012: Margaret Comerford Freda, presented in Montreal, Quebec

Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda

Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda

On Thursday, August 2nd at 8:40 am, Dr. Peggy Chinn introduced the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication and announced the first recipient, Dr. Margaret Comferford Freda. Health issues prevented Margaret from being with us in Montréal to receive the award, but her warm heart and generous spirit filled the room, even in her absence. (Download the 2012 MCF award Presentation)

At the time of the award, Dr. Freda was the Editor-in-Chief of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, a position she held for 16 years (1997-2013).

Subsequent awards are shown most recent first:

2016: Maureen Shawn Kennedy, presented in London

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.

 

2015: Leslie H. Nicoll, presented in Las Vegas, Nevada

Lucy Bradley-Springer congratulating Leslie Nicoll on receiving the award

Lucy Bradley-Springer congratulating Leslie Nicoll on receiving the award

At 8:15 am on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Dr. Lucy Bradley-Springer, Chair of the MCF Awards Committee, presented the 2015 MCF Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication to Dr. Leslie H. Nicoll. The Committee had kept the award “top secret” this year and so Leslie was totally surprised (flabbergasted might be a better word) to hear her name announced. Lucy noted that Margaret Freda had been a member of this year’s committee and was able to vote on this year’s award winner, which was especially meaningful to all in attendance.

MCF Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication - 2015

MCF Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication

Since Leslie didn’t know she was winning the award (a departure in practice from past years) she did not have any prepared remarks, thus we cannot post them here. She also has very little memory of what she said (effects of shock) but many people told her that she talked about Margaret and that her comments clearly came “from the heart.”

Leslie is the Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing and Nurse Author & Editor. She was host of INANE 2014 in Portland, ME and is a member of the Planning Committee for the 2015 and 2016 meetings.

 

2014: Peggy L. Chinn, presented in Portland, Maine

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Dr. Peggy L. Chinn

At 8:15 am on Tuesday, August 5, Shawn Kennedy, Chair of the Committee for the 2014 MCF Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication introduced Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda. We were thrilled that Margaret could be with us in Portland to present her eponymous award. This year’s recipient was Dr. Peggy L. Chinn, founding editor of Advances in Nursing Science. Peggy graciously accepted the award and dedicated it to our dear colleague, Dr. Suzanne Smith, long-time editor (JONA, Nurse Educator) and true friend of INANE. The presentation was, for all of us, a very emotional moment.

You can read Dr. Freda’s presentation of the award here, and Dr. Chinn’s acceptance remarks here.

2013: Joyce Fitzpatrick and Shirley Smoyak, presented in Cork, Ireland

Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick and Dr. Shirley Smoyak

Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick and Dr. Shirley Smoyak

At 2 pm on  Wednesday, July 31st, Dr. Lucy Bradley-Springer presented the 2013 Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing Publication to Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick and Dr. Shirley Smoyak.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is Editor, Applied Nursing Research (since 1989); Nursing Education Perspectives (since 1997); and Archives in Psychiatric Nursing (since 2005)

Dr. Smoyak is the Editor of  Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services (JPN) since July, 1981.