Workgroups are formed when there is an initiative that INANE members wish to pursue in the interest of furthering the mission of INANE. Below is a description of our current workgroups and a record of those who have volunteered for these groups.  See our “Workgroup History” page for a historical record of others who have volunteered for workgroups in the past.

Intitiatives  from 2014 Annual Meeting

EDITORIAls on Predatory Publishing

  • Sally Thorne, leader, with Peggy Chinn, Leslie Nicoll, Rita Pickler, Patricia D’Antonio, Cynthia Connolly, Annette Flanagin, Cindy Paternelj-Taylor, Dawn Welliver, Joy Don Baker

white paper on student papers

  • Shawn Kennedy
  • Jackie Owens

Annual Awards

Margaret comerford freda leadership award

The selection committee for the Margaret Comerford Freda Leadership Award is forming now.  This group will review nominations for the award and their selection will be announced at the 2014 conference. If you are interested in participating on this workgroup, please send a note through the contact page. Applications for the award will open in early 2015; information will be posted here.

Suzanne Smith mentoring Editors Awards

First introduced for the 2014 INANE meeting held in Portland, Maine, the Mentoring Editors Awards provide financial support, in the form of a complimentary registration, for four aspiring or new editors of nursing journals to attend INANE. Leslie Nicoll will be chairing the committee to select the awardees for 2015. If you are interested in volunteering for this committee, send a message to Leslie by clicking here. Those who have already expressed interest:

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

suzanne Smith Development Fund

The Suzanne Smith Development Fund was established in 2013 with a specific purpose o support the Suzanne Smith Mentoring Editors Awards. Beginning in 2017, the fund will also provide financial support to the Margaret Comerford Leadership Award. The fund is named after our colleague and friend, Suzanne Smith, who died unexpectedly in September, 2013. Members of this workgroup will assist with fundraising and careful stewardship of funds raised to date. If you are interested in participating in this effort, please contact Leslie by clicking here. Members at present:

  • Leslie Nicoll, Chair
  • Holly Jay Smith

Internet Resources Workgroup

The Internet Resources Workgroup is currently being re-organized due to the shifting work requirements of our new web site.  Leslie Nicoll and Peggy Chinn have assumed the lead in developing the new web site and mechanisms for coordination between all of our internet resources.  The specific areas for this workgroup in 2014-2015 are listed below, those who are assuming responsibility for these areas will be listed as they volunteer:

Website management

This team assumes responsibility for the ongoing maintenance of the content on the web site, re-design and improvements as needed, and management of the results of the forms that are available on the site.  2014 team: Leslie Nicoll (leader), Peggy Chinn, (others to be determined).

directory of nursing journals

The Directory of Nursing Journals, now housed at the INANE website, is a collaborative effort between Nurse Author & Editor and INANE. The directory was totally updated in the spring of 2014. Every journal on the list has been reviewed and vetted for its suitability for inclusion. We have an online submission form for new journals or updates to existing journals. If you are interested in being involved in the effort to maintain this list, please use the contact form to send us a note.

  • Leslie Nicoll, Editor, Nurse Author & Editor
  • Peggy Chinn, lead and contact for the Directory
  • Charon Pierson


This team identifies current topics related to the publishing of nursing knowledge, and plans regular posts on these topics.  The team also posts news items about INANE events and projects, information about new issues and resources, and general information of interest to nurses in leadership positions. When you volunteer for this team, you will become an author and will participate in publishing posts on the blog. Leslie Nicoll started the blog in 2009 and continues to serve as the lead contact.


  • Leslie Nicoll
  • Peggy Chinn
  • More are welcome…contact us to add your name to the list!

Yahoo Email List

The volunteers who manage the Yahoo email list work with those who manage the responses to our contact form to assure that people who request to be on the list are added to the list.

Facebook and Twitter

Volunteers who work with our Facebook page and our Twitter feed help to keep these resources active and interesting!  We have created albums on Facebook to archive photos from our past conferences; these photographs need to be reviewed and labeled to identify the people and places. We need volunteers to assist with this task–please contact us through the contact page if you would like to be involved.