Donations to Honor Margaret Freda

I received this information from Dr. Kathleen Rice Simpson, Editor-in-Chief of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing:

In lieu of flowers, Margaret asked that donations be made to the March of Dimes Nursing Program. Contributions to this special fund in Margaret’s memory can be made directly through the website at (click on “donate now,” and then be sure to indicate that the donation is being made in memory of Margaret Freda). These donations will be tracked and restricted for nursing education. Alternatively, you can send a check made payable to March of Dimes to Mary Lavan at the March of Dimes (1275 Mamaroneck Avenue; White Plains, NY 10605; (914) 997-4609) and Mary will be sure it is processed correctly.

Remembering Margaret Comerford Freda, EdD, RN, CHES, FAAN

Dr. Jackie Owens (L) and Dr. Margaret Freda (R) at INANE 2014

Dr. Jackie Owens (L) and Dr. Margaret Freda (R) at INANE 2014

To my INANE Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news that our good friend and INANE colleague, Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda, Editor Emeritus of MCN, died early this morning (April 27) at her home in New York.

Margaret had been ill for several years, stemming from a diagnosis of giant cell arteritis in the fall of 2011. She faced numerous health complications and setbacks with strength and dignity, always professional and always composed. She is an inspiration!

As the Chair of last year’s INANE conference, it meant more to me than I can say that Margaret was able to make the trek from New York to Maine to join us for our meeting. She fully participated in everything, including the boat trip to the lobster bake on Tuesday night, as you can see in the picture above! It was a joy for me to be able to sit with Margaret for many of the sessions, particularly our closing poet, Richard Blanco. I will freely admit that we both sobbed our way through his presentation!

Margaret was so invigorated by her attendance at INANE–in her words, “I found my professional self again after being a patient for four years,”–that we took on the challenge of revising The Editor’s Handbook, first published by Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins in 2010. Again, as Margaret said to me, “I am not able to walk much, and I don’t breathe very well, and some days I can’t even talk–but I can sit and think and write.” She was fully engaged throughout the revision process, taking the lead on all ten chapters by revising content and updating references. Margaret also reviewed every single page in the first round of page proofs, meticulously noting tiny errors and making sure everything was correct. I knew she had had another health setback in the past two weeks. When I received the second round of pages for review last week I thought she might not be up to taking this on–but in her ever gracious way, she apologized profusely for “dropping the ball…I am so sorry, but my vision is so blurry right now…” Margaret, please know, you did not drop the ball! I am so proud to have your name above mine on this book when it comes out this summer!

Margaret and I first became friends when she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing in 1997, and my name was suggested as someone who might have some useful advice. I suppose I did have a few tidbits to share, but I think in some ways, I benefited more in learning from Margaret. She has taught me so much! It was a wonderful honor for me last year to have her be my sponsor (with Marilyn Oermann) for my successful application to the American Academy of Nursing. Margaret was so disappointed that she was not able to be present for the Induction Ceremony, but truly, her generous spirit was with me all that weekend.

Margaret’s leadership in INANE is well known, from serving on several planning committees and chairing the conference in 2004 that was held at the Atlantis in the Bahamas. But I think she will always be remembered as the David who took on the Goliath of Impact Factors, paving the way to have nursing journals and nursing knowledge recognized in the Web of Science. When Margaret, along with Dr. Judy Lewis spearheaded this project in 2004, there were 33 nursing journals indexed in this database. Now there are 115. She was so proud of this accomplishment!

The Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership in Nursing was established in 2011 and awarded to Margaret herself in 2012. Those of us on the committee that year had an easy job–she was the unanimous choice. To be honest, many of us were afraid that she wouldn’t be with us to accept the award that year, but she was–not in person but with us all the same. At INANE last summer, it was a thrill to have Margaret present her eponymous award to the 2014 winner, Dr. Peggy Chinn.

Plans for a memorial and so on have not been finalized; as soon as I have any information I will share with everyone here. In the meantime, I am sure Margaret’s husband John and her children and grandchildren would find great comfort in reading any memories or thoughts people want to share in the comments section of this post.

With sadness,


In Memory of Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN

Curran.ConnieIt is with great sadness that I share the news of the death of Connie Curran, EdD, RN, FAAN, Editor Emerita of Nursing Economic$. INANE colleague Donna Nickitas told me that Connie was a 17 year survivor of cancer; she was just recently diagnosed with stage IV cancer which caused her death. Donna had planned to see Connie at the American Academy of Nursing meeting last month, which tells us how quick this was.

“She was a wonderful friend, colleague and mentor and will be sorely missed. Connie’s leadership, political acumen and how to manage the corner office taught us how to use our influence, power, and poise to position nursing’s contribution to society.” writes Donna Nickitas, Editor of Nursing Ecomonic$.

A further memorial comes from Patricia O’Donoghue, Interim President of DuPaul University. Dr. O’Donoghue writes:

“It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that our great friend, Trustee Connie Curran, who passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. Please keep her family in your prayers as they mourn their tremendous loss.

A leader and caregiver, Connie offered encouragement and kindness to everyone who crossed her path. Having earned her master’s in nursing from DePaul, she was an outstanding alumna and supporter of our university. A member of the Board of Trustees since 2007 and a Member of the Corporation since 2009, she had recently agreed to serve as the chair of the Philanthropy Committee, a role that speaks volumes of her dedication to our university. She also served as the chair of the Mission Committee.

Connie never stopped motivating others to support DePaul and was an energetic advocate for our science and health programs in particular. Her personal generosity helped support the construction of the Msgr. Andrew J. McGowan Building. She also was a tireless fundraiser for DePaul and actively volunteered during the Many Dreams, One Mission campaign.

With roots as an inner-city nurse, Connie served as chief nursing officer of Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, vice president of the American Hospital Association and dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She became a national voice for health care and advocated tirelessly for nurses to have a seat at the table for governing boards of hospitals and health care organizations. Having experienced the complexities of the health care system, she knew firsthand how nurses serve as navigators for their patients and represent their voice at the table. She argued good patient outcomes depend on having nurses in the boardroom, because they are closest to the customer.

As a national health care expert, Connie shared her insight with audiences across the country by appearing on such talk shows as Good Morning America and Nightline. She authored four books, most recently “Claiming the Corner Office: Executive Leadership Lessons for Nurses,” with her colleague and fellow nurse, Therese Fitzpatrick, a member of the advisory board for our College of Science and Health.

In addition to serving on DePaul’s board, she was the chairman of the Board of Directors for DeVry, Inc. and was active on the boards of Hospira, Inc., Lurie Chicago Children’s Hospital and the University of Wisconsin Foundation. She was executive director of C-Change, an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to the eradication of cancer. At C-Change, she worked closely with former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, the founding honorary co-chairs of the organization, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, the founding honorary vice-chair. In 2006, she founded her own independent health care consulting firm, CurranCare. She founded and served as CEO of Best on Board, a national organization focused on educating and certifying health care trustees, from 2010 until the time of her death.

Always dedicated to higher learning and supporting the next generation of nurses, Connie served on the board of the National Student Nurses Association. In a recent interview, she offered aspiring nurses the following advice: “Challenge self-limiting beliefs about what you can accomplish. Nurses have unlimited potential.”

In her 67 years, Connie inspired us all by demonstrating her own unlimited potential every day. We will miss her dearly.”

Another memorial comes from Kathleen Corbett Freimuth, Editor of Nursing Dimensions, the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing quarterly e-newsletter.

“The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is profoundly saddened to lose an alumna, dear friend, and supporter. Curran, a 1969 graduate of the School of Nursing’s baccalaureate program, was a stalwart supporter of the school in its pursuit of the dream to build Signe Skott Cooper Hall. Curran’s gift to support the construction of Cooper Hall and to endow a fund to support nursing student organizations merited the school’s naming of Curran Commons, Cooper Hall’s first-floor student lounge.

Attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing set Curran’s trajectory to become a respected health care scholar, entrepreneur, and nursing advocate. Attaining an MBA from Harvard Business School and a doctorate in education (EdD) from Northern Illinois University, Curran rose to prominence in health care executive leadership. She was co-founder and CEO of Best on Board, a Chicago-based national organization focuses on educating and certifying health care trustees and assisting hospitals and health systems with board and governance issues. Additionally, she sat on numerous hospital governing boards in the Chicago area and on organizational boards, including the University of Wisconsin Foundation Board of Directors.

Curran once said, ‘You must have a passionate mission.’ For her, it was nursing.”

The community of INANE offers our sincerest condolences to Connie’s family and friends…..and keeps them in our prayers and thoughts.

In Memory of Professor Melanie Jasper

INANE Colleagues,

Melanie-Jasper-2011-Double-ColumnI have just learned of the death of Professor Melanie Jasper, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Nursing Management. From the website of the journal, her publisher posted this notice:

It is with great sadness that we have to inform our readers and authors of the death of Professor Melanie Jasper. Melanie has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nursing Management for over 12 years, and she will be sorely missed by her colleagues in the editorial team and by the wider nursing community. Melanie was also the Head of the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University.

A tribute can be found here from Swansea University. In particular I am struck by this tribute from her colleague, Professor Ceri Phillips:

Melanie was an inspirational leader, supportive colleague and caring friend. She will be sorely missed by her colleagues within the College and University, while messages of condolence from colleagues further afield bear testimony to the esteem and regard in which she was held.

She was a passionate advocate and promoter of the College and her profession and we will certainly miss her enthusiasm and motivation. The award of the Nursing Times Nurse Education Provider of the Year last week is a fitting testimony to Melanie’s leadership and one which the College will strive to build upon as a lasting legacy to her leadership of the College.

On a personal note I regret that I cannot thank her for the support and encouragement she provided in developing my career – which I suspect applies to many colleagues at this sad time.

The tragedy of her being taken so suddenly and at a relatively young age causes us to reflect on the fragility of life and the need for us all to strive to make a difference in the things that we do – and which Melanie did in such abundance.

On behalf of INANE, we send our deepest condolences to Melanie’s family, friends, and professional colleagues.


In Memory of Ursula Springer, Publisher

Ursula-Springer-628x1024Dr. Ursula Springer, owner and president of Springer Publishing Company from 1970- 2004, died peacefully on Sunday March 30, 2014 near her home in Tuxedo, NY.

After the death of her husband Bernhard Springer in 1970, she left her position of Professor of Education at Brooklyn College to take over the publishing company that he had founded in 1950. As a publisher, she continued her husband’s development of books in psychology and nursing, and laid the ground work for innovative publications in the fields of  gerontology, social work, public health, and rehabilitation.  She mentored and groomed innumerable future scholars, authors, educators, and practitioners and respected those who brought their knowledge to her publishing endeavors.

Serving 34 years as owner and president of Springer Publishing Company, Ursula Springer was elected a member of the Board of Directors of the American Publishers Association. She received honorary membership in the honor society in nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, the Gerontological Society of America, and some regional groups. She became the first honorary fellow in the newly established American Academy of Nursing. In 2004, Dr. Springer established The Ursula Springer Leadership Professor in Nursing Chair in the College of Nursing, New York University.

Dr. Ursula Springer’s commitment to education, social justice, and philanthropy was influential  beyond the publishing world.  Her work and vision was inspiring, as it will continue to be for generations to come.

source: SpringBoard, Springer Publishing Company

In Memory of Carol “Pat” Patsdaughter, PhD, RN, ACRN

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Carol A. “Pat” Patsdaugter

It is with great sadness that we share the news that INANE member Carol “Pat” Patsdaughter, PhD, RN, ACRN, passed away on January 26, 2014.  Pat was a cherished colleague, committed nursing leader, and INANE champion.

Pat’s work as the Associate Editor for the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC) demonstrated a commitment not only to JANAC, but also to nursing and nursing publication.  She was a respected Professor of Nursing at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University, where she was known for her ability to mentor students.  Pat was an INANE member for more than a decade, and she was always a presence at INANE Conferences, which she thoroughly enjoyed and where she always made friends. Pat will be remembered fondly and missed deeply.

If you would like to honor Pat’s memory, consider a donation to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund in her honor. This fund was established to support the Mentoring Editors Awards, of which the inaugural four will be awarded next month. These awards provide support for four nurses with an emerging interest in the editorial role–as well as those new to an editorial role–to attend INANE with registration deferred. While the awards and the fund are named after our colleague Suzanne Smith who died in 2013, serving as an editor and mentoring others were also core values and a true part of Pat’s spirit. Honor her work with a donation to the development fund and help her memory and legacy live on through INANE.

A memorial is planned in Fort Lauderdale, FL for Saturday, February 1, 2014.

In Memory of Rheba de Tornyay, EdD, RN, FAAN

rheba-tornyay-bwIt is with sadness that I report our nursing editor community has lost another visionary leader. Rheba de Tornyay, Editor of the Journal of Nursing Education  from 1983-1990, and Editor Emeritus in the years since, died in Seattle, Washington on September 27, 2013. She was 87.

Dean Emeritus at the University of Washington, Rheba is described in their memorial as:

Dean, educator, innovator, trailblazer, mentor, collaborative colleague, friend, inspirational leader…all these were facets of a career whose focal point and touchstone was the University of Washington School of Nursing, where she served as dean from 1975 to 1986 and as a faculty member until 1996.

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In Memory of Suzanne P. Smith, RN, EdD, FAAN

It was a shock this morning to open my email and learn of the death of my good friend and colleague, Suzanne P. Smith. The message header just said “Suzanne” and I had a sinking feeling as I clicked on it. My worst fears were confirmed when I read she died unexpectedly at her home in Florida yesterday. Details at the moment are scarce but I am feeling a great need to create a place where all of us can come together to share our memories, thoughts, condolences, and prayers.

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Suzanne Smith, Sandy Kasko, and Jenn Brogan, INANE 2011 in San Francisco

I first met Suzanne back in the 1980s, through committee work for Sigma Theta Tau. I remember being a little nervous about approaching her the first time to introduce myself–she was the Editor-in-Chief of JONA after all! But she was warm, gracious, and welcoming, which are probably three of the best words to describe her. We connected and I continued to turn to her for support and guidance. My editorship with CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing traces back to Suzanne and a column I was writing for JONA on technology. She was a good pal at my first INANE conference (London, 1995), introducing me to others and making me feel at home.

I was with Suzanne (and other members of my Lippincott “family”) on September 11, 2001. I remember crying with her as we watched in shock when the second tower collapsed on television.

When I volunteered Portland, Maine for INANE in 2014 (at the INANE conference in San Francisco in 2011), Suzanne was one of the first people I asked to be on the planning committee. She loved New England (she was originally from Worcester, Massachusetts) and was excited to welcome INANE to her home region. She was full of ideas for the conference and hardly a day would go by where I didn’t see her name in my email box. She was so sad to miss the conference in Ireland this year which made her doubly excited about next summer’s meeting. I can’t quite imagine what it will be like without her presence.

I know that Suzanne has touched many lives and shaped many careers, from students, to editors, to educators, to administrators. Her death is our loss and will be felt keenly for years to come.  Just this morning I was talking with a potential author who wants to submit a manuscript to Nurse Educator. “Let me tell you what Dr. Smith likes,” I said. “She wants useful information that educators can put into practice. She wants articles that are full of new and interesting information. She doesn’t want the same-old same-old and will let you know quickly with a very fast (but polite) rejection. But if she likes your manuscript, her acceptance can be equally fast.”

Please use this forum as a place to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences. As more information is received in the coming days, I will keep everyone updated but in the immediate moment, here’s a place to share our collective grief.

Remembering Suzanne P. Smith, EdD, RN, FAAN

Former Editor-in-Chief, Nurse Educator,  1981-2013

Former Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Nursing Administration (1981 – 2011, then Consulting Editor)

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Our friend Suzanne

On September 20, we learned of the unexpected death of our dear friend and colleague, Suzanne Smith.  Please join us in remembering her, and share your own stories and memories by visiting our blog. You can also see her INANE web page here.

Suzanne started her editorial career in 1981, and immediately became a significant leader in INANE.  There were very few conferences she did not attend, and she was either a formal or informal member of many planning committees.  She had a wealth of knowledge about INANE, which sadly, we did not formally record.

At the time of her death, she was on the planning committee for the 2014 conference (Portland, Maine), and had just joined the planning committee for the 2015 conference (Las Vegas). She chaired the committee that conducted the selection of the recipients of the 2013 Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership.

Suzanne is remembered by a host of people (editors, authors, students, and nurse managers) as a dedicated mentor.  She did not wait for someone to ask for help – when she saw a need, she stepped in and provided her wise guidance, expert teaching, and extensive networking resources.

She is also remembered for her unbeatable level of energy.  On her INANE “Who’s Who” page, in response to the question “How do you relax?” her answer was “I don’t!”  We all knew that if something needed to be done, Suzanne was our “go-to” colleague.  In the rare instances that she herself could not do what needed to be done, she could always identify just the right person to turn to from her immense network of friends and colleagues.

As a member of the 2014 conference planning committee, Suzanne participated in establishing a fund awarding conference registration grants to at least four new and potential nursing journal editors. In tribute to Suzanne, we have now named this award in her honor. If you wish to give a donation to this fund in her honor, please click here. Thank you in advance for your gift.

So many of us who have been involved in INANE are deeply saddened by this loss.  We can hardly imagine INANE without Suzanne.  We will continue to update this page, and will provide links to other sites that provide tributes to her amazing life as we learn of them.

Peggy L. Chinn

Who’s Who for Suzanne

Suzanne P. Smith, EdD, RN, FAAN

Editor-in-Chief, Nurse Educator, Since 1981
Consulting Editor, The Journal of Nursing Administration (since 2011)

Years as Editor: Since 1981
Years in INANE: Since 1981

Prior Editor Position: Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Nursing Administration (1981-2011)

smithSPAccomplishment: Seeing JONA become one of the top ten high impact nursing journals in the ISI Journal Citation Reports’ Impact factor listing. Personally, I am gratified to have mentored and helped develop Marija from Slovenia. She submitted an incomprehensible paper, based on her Master’s thesis. After many emails, we became colleagues and friends. Marija came to Florida, joined Sigma Theta Tau, earned a doctorate, networked across America and now is a university professor, as well as being well published and in demand for consultation with her European colleagues.

Best: Nothing beats the good feeling of joy and excitement in seeing first-time published authors.

smithSPCoverWorst: Rejecting an enthusiastic, idealistic author who has submitted a poorly written manuscript with inappropriate content. Just doesn’t “get it” and can’t see feedback as an opportunity for improvement

Three words: Colleagues say: great sense of humor, enthusiastic, committed, diligent, competent, persistent, honest, kind

Strangest request: Many requests are strange because authors simply do not know the process. One of my favorites was an author who submitted a paper with a cover letter, listing all the life events that had delayed her submitting the paper after an inquiry 8 years ago. But—all was in order and here was her paper!

If not editor?: In mid-career, I would have said lawyer. Today, as I plan retirement, the answer is “do nothing.” Then volunteer at an animal shelter or hospital, go into local politics, be a guardian ad litem, and learn how to hang glide.

Relax?: I don’t.

Note: This page was included in the Who’s Who on the INANE website. We’ve added it here as part of our memorial tribute to Suzanne. Peggy and Leslie