INANE in Cuba? It Could Happen!

Cuba Day 2 004Brainstorming the INANE/Cuba Collaborative Educational Exchange

Last year, shortly after President Obama announced an easing of the decades-long embargo with Cuba, I had the crazy idea that perhaps INANE could have an upcoming conference in this country. I contacted Peggy Chinn and Joyce Fitzpatrick and the three of us had several meetings during winter/spring 2015 to discuss this possibility, but didn’t make much headway in terms of concrete information or actual planning.

We had a lucky break when I learned of MEDICC, a non-profit organization that sponsors health/medical educational exchanges to Cuba and has done so for close to 20 years. We got even luckier when we found out that the MEDICC offices are just a few blocks from Peggy’s home and she connected with their educational staff member, Elizabeth Sayre. Our third break came when we learned there was a trip to Cuba planned for December 6-12, 2015 and space was available. Peggy and I applied to join the group and were accepted to go.

Our specific objective for the trip was to determine if it was feasible for INANE to travel to Cuba for a conference. To facilitate this, we asked the MEDICC staff to include conversations with nurses and editors as part of the agenda for the exchange, and they did. This was very helpful for us to learn more and also make contact with particular people, complete with names and email addresses. We have already been in touch with them since we have returned home.

IMG_1495Peggy and I thoroughly enjoyed the format of our trip, with activities planned for each morning and afternoon, based on the interests and requests of all the travelers. Activities included visits to various sites and meetings with selected staff to learn more, usually in the format of a brief presentation (usually in Spanish, with an excellent English interpreter) followed by time for questions, answers, and discussion (“the exchange”). Our visits included a consultorio (family doctor/nurse office), a polyclinic (a regional clinic offering many outpatient services), a diabetes center, the Pedro Kouri Institute for Tropical Medicine, the Institute for International Collaboration, an organic farm, and the Latin American Medical School (ELAM). We also had specific exchanges with editors, publishers, nurses, and researchers.

Throughout all of this, INANE was on our minds. We came to understand that Cuba is a unique and complex country and this complexity would make planning and hosting our “traditional” August conference in Cuba a daunting task. For example, the language (Spanish) limits independent exploration and requires an interpreter for anyone who does not speak the language, as the majority of Cubans we met do not speak English.  The very limited resources and logistical challenges affect the visitor experience almost every moment. Added to this is the fact that it would probably be uncomfortably hot in August. And—creature comforts such as shopping, restaurants, and hygienic facilities—are not at a standard that some INANE members would expect. That said, people in Cuba are eager to reach out and the nurses and editors we met would be very interested in meeting and collaborating with INANE members, so we did not want to abandon the idea of a conference completely.

As we pondered this, we had a lightbulb moment when the idea for an alternative educational event hit us—having an exchange for 20 people, not 100, that would follow the format of a MEDICC exchange. We also realized that such a format might achieve the INANE goal of having an international reach far more effectively than what we have done to date and perhaps could become a model for future events in countries that might be inaccessible for our large conference.

With that in mind, we came up with the INANE/Cuba Collaborative Educational Exchange. To make this happen, we could partner with MEDICC to plan the trip. This would help with the logistics of arranging visas, charter flights, hotel reservations and so on—something that we think would be very difficult for our usual all-volunteer planning committee to do on its own. MEDICC also makes all arrangements for transportation to and from the sites, lunches for the group, and the translator, tour guide, driver, and a MEDICC representative to facilitate the experience. For our recent trip, all of these things were provided; we were on our own for dinner 5 of 7 nights, and had Saturday afternoon free.

MEDICC would work with us to customize the agenda for the various meetings and exchanges to meet the needs of our group and make arrangements for all the presenters. We also envision educational programming created by INANE participants, to share among ourselves and select Cuban guests (ie, editors and nursing faculty). Having experienced a MEDICC trip, Peggy and I were both very satisfied with the planning and implementation, and we would be comfortable partnering with them for INANE.

Having an INANE event in this format, with a smaller group, would also address some of the problems we realized: cooler weather in winter, and with a small group, better availability for hotel and restaurant reservations. As for shopping—well, let’s just say that if shopping is your priority, Cuba is probably not the ideal country for you to visit!  The emphasis in visiting Cuba is really educational, which is one of the categories for visitors from the US entering Cuba to receive a travel visa.

IMG_1505Peggy has already met with Elizabeth at MEDICC and they have availability for an exchange on January 15-22, 2017—so maybe this crazy idea really isn’t that farfetched!  MEDICC has already requested hotel accommodations for a block of 20 rooms (not yet confirmed), and the date has not yet been claimed by any other group.

Thus we are proposing to start the process of exploring this opportunity!  Our next steps are to determine interest in this idea among our INANE members and see if we could muster a group of 18-20 to participate in this exchange. To do this, we will have several video Zoom meetings (zoom.us)—interested people would only need to attend one meeting but we have scheduled four (see below) to try to maximize attendance knowing people’s busy schedules. The meeting will start with a Powerpoint with pictures and an overview of our recent trip, followed by questions and a discussion to brainstorm ideas of what we’d like to do for an INANE/Cuba Collaborative Educational Exchange. When the meetings are finished, we’ll move forward with planning next steps, if the consensus from the group is that this exchange is a realistic idea.

That’s the plan for the moment. I am working on the Powerpoint. The meetings are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday January 6, 8 am EST
  • Saturday January 16, 10 am EST
  • Monday January 18, 2 pm EST
  • Monday January 18, 5 pm EST

We can add additional meetings as needed. Please note that we are casting a wide net—all INANE members (editors, publishers, others) are invited to join the meetings and consider being part of this exchange.

Peggy and I look forward to meeting with INANE colleagues and discussing this possibility. If you have questions before the meeting, please feel free to leave a comment below, or send a message to us using the contact form.

Use this form to let us know which meeting you would like to attend:

CANS Announces New SIG

cans symbolThe Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (The Council; CANS) has now established a Research Journal Editors Special Interest Group (SIG) to support the CANS organizational aim to share, translate, and disseminate nursing science. CANS members who are also editors or associate editors of research journals or other journals that publish research are welcome to join the SIG. The SIG will provide collegial support for its editor members and education for State of the Science (SOS) conference attendees. The SIG also will serve as a source of expertise for leaders of The Council, and through them for members, on the dissemination of nursing research in scholarly journals. The SIG may be called on by CANS leadership for advice on issues and changes in the scholarly publishing world and may provide selected resources and information to CANS members on publishing issues facing nursing scholars.

Maggie Kearney, Editor of RINAH, and Sue Henly, Editor of Nursing Research, are Co-Chairs of the SIG and available as liaisons between the SIG and members of INANE. We encourage editors who are CANS members to contact us to join the SIG email list and share thoughts and ideas. Click here to contact Maggie; click here to contact Sue.

Nurse Author & Editor: New Site, New Look, New Content!

banner-na&e-500If you haven’t had a chance to visit the new site for Nurse Author & Editor, please take a minute and do so today! This helpful resource for authors, editors, and reviewers  is entering its 26th year of publication. We are celebrating with a new look, new publication model, and new content, published on the 5th and 20th of every month.

As today is November 5th, a new article by Shawn Kennedy, “Inappropriate Authorship in Nursing Journals,” just went live this morning. If you think that ghost authorship and honorary authorship are not problems in nursing, think again! Please read the article and if you are so inclined, leave a comment for discussion. Shawn and I will be monitoring comments over the next few days–we look forward to interacting with readers.

If you enjoy what you see at Nurse Author & Editor, please subscribe. It’s easy to do–just submit your email address from the home page. There is no charge–Nurse Author & Editor is open access and freely available to all readers. The advantage of subscribing is that you will receive an email message every time new content posts on the site.

Upcoming articles to look forward to:

  • Revise and Resubmit…Or Not, by Thomas Long
  • Caught in the Trap: The Allure of Deceptive Publishers by Peggy Chinn and Leslie Nicoll
  • Banish Your Inner Awful Writer, by Leslie Nicoll

There will also be regular announcements, book reviews, and other items of interest for authors, reviewers, and editors. Subscribe, bookmark the site, and visit often!

Thanks, everyone! I appreciate your support!

Leslie

A Resource for Educators, Researchers, and Editors

Nurse EducatorMarilyn Oermann, Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator, sent  me the following note:

A colleague of mine served on a task force that developed our IRB policy for QI and education studies, and I asked her to write a commentary on requiring IRB approval for education projects. The article has been published in Nurse Educator. The authors also include the template they developed for submitting education studies to the IRB (that in itself would  be helpful to educators). We were able to publish this as an open access article so others can read and share it.

The article is published Open Access and can be found on the Nurse Educator website. 

Here’s the complete citation:

Heflin, M. T., DeMeo, S., Nagler, A., & Hockenberry, M. J. (2016). Health Professions Education Research and the Institutional Review Board. Nurse Educator. http://doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000230

Thank you for this resource, Marilyn!

Program for INANE 2016 is Announced!

Greetings!

The Planning Committee for INANE 2016 has been hard at work for the past two months, lining up speakers for the general sessions at INANE 2016. We are excited about the presentations, which include:

  • Natasha McEnroe, director of the Florence Nightingale Museum in London will be the opening speaker at our Gala on Monday, August 1.
  • Ben Goldacre, author of Bad Science and a founder of AllTrials, will present on Missing Trials on Tuesday, August 2nd. If you are not familiar with Ben, you can watch his TED talks here and here.
  • A speaker from ORCID has been confirmed–the exact speaker will be announced when details are finalized. This session will also be on Tuesday, August 2nd.
  • Major Chris Carter will speak on the Oral Histories Project of the Defence Nursing Forum on Wednesday, August 3rd.
  • INANE 2016 will close with a formal COPE forum, organized by Linda Gough, executive director of COPE, and Geri Pearson and Charon Pierson, COPE Council board members.

You can see all details of the program here. What’s missing? The voice of INANE! While the general sessions have been planned, we need INANE members to submit abstracts for posters and breakout sessions. The Call for Abstracts is open now. Abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2016. If you need ideas to get started, there are suggestions for potential topics which were noted in the evaluations from INANE 2015 listed on the Call for Abstracts page. As always, we ask that you be creative in your approach to your presentation, involve the audience in interactive activities, and think about how to take your presentation to the next level beyond “This is what I did.” The Abstract Review Committee is eager to get to work! No abstracts have been received yet–who will be the first?

Registration for INANE 2016 will open on October 15, 2016. Once again there will be early bird (until December 31, 2015) registration which is actually less than early bird was in Las Vegas! We believe that INANE 2016 is a great value, especially when you consider that the conference has been extended to a full day on Wednesday!

If you have questions or need more information, you can use the Contact Form to send them directly to me. On behalf of INANE 2016 host, Gary Bell, and the rest of the Planning Committee, I look forward to welcoming my INANE colleagues to London next summer!

Leslie

Boston Added to Our Conference Lineup for 2018!

This morning a mighty group of nursing journal editors “met” using a zoom.us 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 zoom.us – 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!

Peggy

Leslie H. Nicoll Receives Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership!

Congratulations to Leslie Nicoll, this year’s recipient of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership!  Leslie’s nomination was kept top secret right up to the moment it was announced by Lucy Bradley-Springer, chair of the selection committee! The announcement was a particularly poignant moment, because she and Margaret

Leslie Nicoll

Leslie Nicoll

completed the 2nd Edition of their book “The Editor’s Handbook” just days before Margaret’s death.  Margaret also served on this year’s selection for the award that is named in her honor, and she fully supported Leslie as the recipient of the award.

Leslie has served as Editor of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing since 1995, and now is also the Editor of Nurse Author & Editor.  From 2001 through 2009 she was Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Hospice Palliative Nursing.  She is the president and owner of Maine Desk LLC, and leads writing retreats in conjunction with the National League for Nursing that provide guidance and coaching for nurses who are developing their skills in writing for publication.  Since 2001 she has maintained a role with the Portland Community Free Clinic, where she now serves as the Program Coordinator.

Leslie is the author of more than 70 published professional articles, book chapters, and books, including The Nurse’s Guide to the Internet, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions, each with multiple printings. She was the founding editor of Perspectives on Nursing Theory, the fourth edition of which has recently been published. She is co-author, with Margaret Comerford Freda, of The Editor’s Handbook: An Online Resource and CE Course. Most recently, in 2011, Leslie was co-author, with Rick Daniels of Contemporary Medical Surgical Nursing published by Delmar Cengage Learning. She is also co-author, with Harvey Chute, of Kindle for Dummies, published by Wiley. Most recently she is the primary author (with me as co-author) of Writing in the Digital Age: Savvy Publishing for Healthcare Professionals.

For many years now, Leslie has volunteered as a presenter at our INANE conferences, bringing interesting and timely information on a wide range of topics that are particularly interest to nursing journal editors. I remember always looking forward to Leslie’s sessions because they were focused on topics that, at the time, were just emerging as new developments in the field, and they were always interesting and informative. She served as the host and coordinator of the INANE 2014 conference in her home town of Portland, Maine, and in that process developed a wealth of Internet resources that can be used by INANE coordinators for years to come. She manages all of our INANE web resources, which have grown in recent years by leaps and bounds!

There are two threads running through this long list of professional accomplishments that supported Leslie’s selection as this year’s award winner – evidence of support, mentoring and role modeling for new editors (criterion 3 for this award), and her commitment to standards that foster ethical publishing and transparency (criterion 7).  Here are excerpts from her nomination that speak to the character of Leslie’s significant leadership in nursing journal editing:

On Mentoring: As long as I have known Leslie, she has been committed to reaching out to new editors and those who are interested in becoming involved in nursing journal publishing.  So when we suffered the painful loss of our colleague Suzanne Smith, it was Leslie’s idea to establish a fund in Suzanne’s memory that would enhance and support INANE’s own interest in mentoring new editors.  At the start, we envisioned this fund as one that would support maybe a couple of new editors to attend the 2014 INANE conference (the first after Suzanne’s death), but Leslie became inspired with the vision that this could be a program of lasting value and she has taken on the responsibility to manage and develop the fund, now in its second year of sponsoring 4 new editors to attend the INANE conference and with funding to support at least two more years of similar sponsorship.
On fostering ethical standards: When Leslie become Editor of “Nurse Author & Editor,” one of her goals was to update and develop the Directory of Nursing Journals that had resided on the “Nurse Author & Editor” web site for years, but that had grown outdated.  She negotiated with the publisher to move the Journal’s Directory to the INANE web site so that we could develop it as a more useful resource, with current, consistent and accurate information for each journal listed.  She developed the template for each journal listing, and we went through the existing Directory to vet each title that had been listed, remove those that did not qualify for the standards of transparency and editorial quality that we established, and add information for each title that qualified to be included in the Directory.  Leslie also enlisted Charon Pierson, who is a member of the COPE Council, to be the person to vet new journals that apply to be included in our Directory.
So join me in expressing to Leslie our collective congratulations, and deep appreciation, for all that she contributes to INANE, to nursing literature, and to development of the future of our discipline!

Call for Editor-in-Chief: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

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Call for Editor-in-Chief: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care

Perspectives in Psychiatric Care is an established quarterly, peer-reviewed psychiatric nursing journal for advanced practice nurses. It is listed in 25 medical and scientific indexes, including Journal Citation Reports, MEDLINE, and SCOPUS. PPC has traditionally reflected research, education, and practice issues related to adult psychiatric nursing. The editorial board reflects the international nature of the journal and publications are submitted from a broad range of countries. Detailed information about the journal may be found here.

The position of Editor-in-Chief will begin on January 1, 2016, following several weeks of informal transition with the outgoing Editor. Responsibilities of the new Editor will include establishing the editorial direction and control of each issue. Specifically, the Editor will:

  • determine the scope of each issue;
  • appoint supporting editors and board members as needed;
  • collaborate with the Associate Editors and Editorial Board to identify and recruit authors and relevant, high quality papers;
  • oversee the peer-review process using Manuscript Central (ScholarOneManuscript);
  • edit submissions for content and accuracy;
  • help early career authors develop their writing skills;
  • work with the PPC editorial team and Wiley staff to guide the journal’s strategic development;
  • promote the journal at conferences globally and help market it through various channels.

Candidates should have established networks and prior experience working on a peer-reviewed journal, as well as writing and manuscript reviewing experience. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a deep understanding of the current issues facing psychiatric nursing globally.

Interested candidates should submit the following information by September 1st, 2015, to Marilea Polk Fried.

  1. Please describe any experience you have had as an editor, guest editor, member of an editorial board, and/or manuscript reviewer for any peer-reviewed journals.
  2. What are your primary areas of professional expertise and what are your networks within these fields? How would you use those networks to recruit papers, reviewers, and/or editorial board members?
  3. What conferences do you attend regularly?
  4. What are your general perceptions of Perspectives in Psychiatric Care and what is your vision for the journal?
  5. How would you fit the editorial duties into your existing schedule? How would your institution support this role?
  6. Do you have experience working with electronic submission and tracking software such as Manuscript Central (ScholarOneManuscript)?
  7. Please describe your experience working with digital content, including online journals, social media, etc. If you have a blog or a professional Face Book page, please tell us about it.
  8. What is your understanding of publication ethics and how might you apply it in your role as Editor-in-Chief of PPC? Are you familiar with plagiarism detecting software?

Initial interviews will be held by telephone and will be kept confidential unless the candidate requests otherwise. Letters of recommendation will be required only in the case of successful candidates.

Please submit your application via email to:

Marilea Polk Fried
Editor, Health Sciences
John Wiley & Sons
Malden, Massachusetts
(781)388-8595
marfried@wiley.com

Applications due by September 1, 2015

Dr. Kathryn Barnard, research pioneer, has died

1986 Seattle Times file photo; ORIGINAL CAPTION: Kathryn Barnard, UW professor of nursing: "Pediatricians are still looking mostly at the child, and not the child's environment. But the child's family interaction is really a much more accurate barometer."

1986 Seattle Times file photo; ORIGINAL CAPTION: Kathryn Barnard, UW professor of nursing: “Pediatricians are still looking mostly at the child, and not the child’s environment. But the child’s family interaction is really a much more accurate barometer.”

Dr. Kathryn Barnard, research pioneer on care and mental health of infants, died on Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. While I don’t believe she was ever a nursing editor, certainly her innovations are well known by all of us.

Click here to read the obituary published in The Seattle Times and here to read one from The New York Times.

In lieu of flowers, Dr. Barnard requested that donations in her honor be made to the Kathryn Barnard Endorsement Fund at the Washington Association for Infant Mental Health.

Call for Managing Editor: Anesthesia eJournal

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Managing Editor needed for Open Access journal – Anesthesia eJournal (AEJ). AEJ is relatively new and is need of an experienced editor to help with upstart and growing pains. This is a part-time position and we can only offer minimal reimbursement for contracted work.

For more information or to apply, contact the Publisher, Nicholas Crofut, CRNA by email at: ncrofut@crnatoday.com