Workgroups & Initiatives

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 ongoing workgroups and a record of those who have volunteered for these groups.

Annual Awards


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.


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


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.  Since 2012, 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 ongoing initiatives for this workgroup are listed below, those who are assuming responsibility for these areas will be listed as they volunteer:


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).

INANE Outreach

Established in 2017, this workgroup’s main purpose was to connect with all ot the journal editors listed in the “Directory of Nursing Journals” to be sure that they are aware of INANE resources.  This resulted in the development of a database that provided, for the first time, a “roster” of all nursing journal editors, past and present, and a system to make sure that we are reaching as many Editors as possible!  Leslie Nicoll has spear-headed this initiative, along with Shawn Kennedy, and others.


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
  • Alison Day


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!


Initially on Yaoo, the list is now hosted by google groups.  Use our contact form to  request to be on the list are added to the list.


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.