About the name “INANE”

Every so often we receive a comment either asking about or objecting to our name “INANE”!  And it happened again in the past few days!  So I decided to search for explanations that we have given for this over time, and I found a wonderful such explanation by our dear late friend, Suzanne Smith (for whom our “Mentoring Editors” award is named).  Suzanne wrote this in 2011, 2 years before her untimely death in 2013!  

A little history about the name INANE. Before we had a formal (well..not so formal!) organization for editors of nursing journals, editors usually met each other when they covered major nursing meetings, where they were usually relegated to a special section in the back of the meeting room. This turned out to be a bonding experience that often led to informal editor gatherings in a bar to unwind; there was often spoofing of, the then, very strict conduct of the nursing meetings/conferences with their rigid adherence to Roberts Rules.

At one of those social meetings, the editors decided they should form their own organization; however, their organization would be the antithesis of how things were managed and organized in the late 70s. From this was born the wonderful acronym for the scholarly name of our organization (International Academy of Nursing Editors – INANE) as well as the organization structure: NO OFFICERS, NO BYLAWS, NO DUES, NO PAID STAFF, NO PHYSICAL LOCATION, NO RULES.

INANE was a pioneer virtual organization kept alive for 30+ years by people who have a passion for their work, volunteer for all activities, come to meetings because they want to. The founding mothers’ original vision is kept alive as new “members” feel and embrace the uniqueness of our nursing organization. In recent years, attempts to formalize INANE so it becomes like every other nursing organization have been rejected by the majority. So I say LONG LIVE INANE!

Suzanne Smith, 2011

And one addendum – the medical editors organization is WAME – World Association of Medical Editors!  It is an inescapable  fact that Editors – regardless of disciplines – are drawn the irony and word play!!  


Applications for the Mentoring Editors Awards are Now Being Accepted!

Hello Everyone!

Applications for the Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Awards for INANE 2015 are now being accepted. Click here to be taken to the application page.

SS_photoThis Awards program was inaugurated for INANE 2014. Named in honor of long-time INANE colleague and friend to many, Suzanne Smith, the awards recognize her passion for mentoring and supporting others. The awards provide complimentary registration for four aspiring or novice editors to attend INANE 2015. In addition, each awardee is paired with a mentor who provides guidance and networking opportunities before, during, and after the conference.

Last year’s Mentoring Editors Awards program was extremely successful. You can read about the award winners here. In an informal evaluation, the awardees had high praise for their experience at the conference as well as the guidance of their mentors. A few of their comments include:

Attending INANE 2014 was very valuable for my insight about what it takes and what it means to be an editor. It provided an overview of the role and challenges in the editorial world.

I met the other candidates who received the awards and I think, based on my modest experience as a researcher and future editor, that the awards were well-deserved.

The conference was very helpful. I adore my mentor–she has been extraordinary.

The Mentoring Editors Awards are supported by INANE members and others who have generously contributed to the Suzanne Smith Development Fund. While we have enough money to support this program for the immediate future, donations are always gratefully accepted. Click here to donate to the fund for 2014-2015 and be listed on the honor roll of donors!

If you are interested in applying for one of the Mentoring Editors Awards, here are a few important details:

  • Applications are open now and will be accepted until February 1, 2015. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2015.
  • Award winners will receive a complimentary registration to INANE 2015 (value $495) and are expected to attend the conference. Additional expenses, including travel, hotel, meals, and incidentals are the responsibility of the award winner.
  • The award is not transferable.
  • The program is designed for new or aspiring editors, authors, peer reviewers, and others who have an interest in dissemination of nursing knowledge through the published literature. Seasoned or experienced editors are not eligible. Note: if you are seasoned editor who would like to serve as a mentor, contact Leslie to express your interest!
  • Winners will be asked to provide a photograph and brief bio to be posted on the INANE 2015 website.

If you need more information, please contact me using the Contact Form or by email: Leslie@medesk.com

Thank you! We look forward to reading the applications in the coming months!

On behalf of the Mentoring Editors Awards Committee for INANE 2015,

Leslie Nicoll, Chair
Lucy Bradley-Springer
Susan Carroll
Jan Fulton

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