August 10, 2011, 10:12 pm

Totally INANE!

Boy, time flies when you’re not paying attention!

I had a fantastic experience, last week, and I’m just now blogging about it!!

I spoke on blogging at the annual conference of the International Academy of Nursing Editors.

Here is a picture with Shawn Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Nursing, taken by Peggy Chinn, Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Nursing Science, following the plenary session.

(I am so going to name drop here!)


You could say they are totally “INANE”! No, I did not just insult my audience, that is the acronym for the group. The INANE “About” page (linked above) describes a “non-organization” without formal officers, elections or dues, and with a mission of promoting “best practices in publishing and high standards in the nursing literature.”

So while the name hints at a great sense of humor about themselves, their journalism is serious business.


Transitioning to the online milieu in publishing and engaging readers via social media is challenging. Sessions were designed to guide members of INANE in the basics of blogging, Twitter and Facebook

While I covered blogs, Shawn’s enthusiasm for Twitter was contagious (she got this casual Tweeter using Tweetdeck); and Leslie Nicoll, Editor-in-Chief of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing is a master of connecting via Facebook.


I’m all about social media; I’m definitely all about blogging. Many nursing journals are already active in the blogopshere.

  • INANE’s blog, From the Editor’s Pen, is written by Leslie Nicoll who (a) loves Cherry Ames and (b) is a Kindle expert. My kind of gal!
  • Peggy Chinn writes the blog for Advances in Nursing Science, called Advancing Scholarly Discourse. I bookmarked this on first sight; it’s a definite need-to-read, as is the journal itself.


I believe there will always be a place for print media, particularly print journals.

Right now, as I am typing this, TweetDeck is scrolling, my email is “dinging”, and Facebook is telling me I have 6 notifications and 3 messages waiting. Online, a million things vie for your attention. Even turned off, there are a million temptations, a millions potential distractions at your fingertips.

But when I’m curled up with my latest issue of the JEN: Journal of Emergency Nursing, it has my full attention. No email, no Facebook, no Tweeps tweeting tweets to tweak my concentration.

Just a quiet read.

And speaking of JEN, I met Renee Holleran, Editor-in-Chief, and I’ll be writing a guest editorial on social media at the beginning of next year.

All in all, a most enjoyable, INANE afternoon!


  • RehabRN

    August 12, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Sounds like it was a great meeting for all!

    I really enjoy Off the Charts myself.

  • Shawn Kennedy

    August 16, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Great post, Kim. And you’re not late posting – I just did my own post-INANE blog on Off the Charts!

  • onlinenursing

    August 16, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Kim – You are so cool (and energetic)! Way to go presenting on social media! It sounds like a wonderful meeting that was quite thought provoking and idea generating.

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