Nominations open for 2017 Margaret Comerford Freda Award

I remember the first time I met Margaret Comerford Freda, I had been invited to a colleague’s house for a gathering, and Dr. Freda was sitting next to me. I knew her immediately, her reputation for excellence in the area of maternal-child health was well known, and I had spent many an hour perusing the MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing during my doctoral program. I was honored to be introduced, and after introductions were made she immediately put me at ease, and asked me about

Margaret Comerford Freda
Margaret Comerford Freda

myself, and my areas of interest. Not only did her genuine smile inspire sharing, but the warmth and true interest was readily apparent, so I found myself telling her about my program of research and plans for furthering my scholarship. Her follow up question of course was inquiring about when I was going to be submitting a manuscript to MCN. Given her expertise and stature in the area of maternal healthcare issues, and the fact that I was quite the novice, I was very flattered that she would even consider my work. However, what became more apparent as we talked, was her willingness to work with someone who was a novice writer, and help them to grow in their scholarship. Needless to say, in my mind there was a permanent impression of a professional who made a difference.

I was at the INANE conference when the award was first announced, “to recognize outstanding achievements or contributions by an editor in pursuit of excellence in nursing publication” (INANE webpage) . Immediately the memory of my first meeting with Dr. Freda flashed into my head, and at the same time, it occurred to me that Margaret Comerford Freda reflected the essence of INANE. In August, at the 2017 Annual INANE conference, the Margaret Comerford Freda award will be presented to an editor for outstanding achievements in pursuit of excellence in nursing publication. Nominations are currently being accepted for editors whose outstanding achievements reflect the standard established by the work of Dr. Freda. Please consider who you know, who might be deserving of the Margaret Comerford Freda Award, and submit a nomination form. You can see the past recipients of the award here.

Information about the award, criteria and instructions for nominations, and a link to the online nomination form for the MCF Award are on the INANE website. Applications are open now and must be received by April 15, 2017.

It is an honor for me to be chairing the awards committee this year. The committee members look forward to reviewing the applications for this outstanding award.

Julia Snethen


  • Don’t forget to register for the 2017 INANE conference in Denver, Colorado. Today is the last day to receive the todayearly bird rate, so hurry to get your registration submitted!!
  • Abstracts are due by January 31, 2017, please don’t forget to get your abstract submitted, the link for submission is provided on the INANE website:

The 2017 INANE conference is coming up August 3rd through the 5th in Denver, Colorado. The conference is being held at the Brown Palace in downtown Denver. As you are planning on heading to the INANE conference, be sure and pack your walking shoes as Denver is known as the mile high city, and has the fourth most walkable downtown according to the Brookings Institute. If shopping is your passion, there is a free shuttle bus that can facilitate a day of shopping along the 16th Street Mall. Among the notable sites to visit for shopping and dining while in Denver is Union Station or the LoDo Historic District, which have been developed to house many shops, restaurants, and taverns.

Given the many site-seeing opportunities in downtown Denver, consider arriving early or extending your trip to enjoy the museums or make a reservation for a tour of the U.S. Mint. There are multiple opportunities for enjoying the beautiful scenery available in Denver, including the mile high City Park, which has splendid views of the mountains.

The famous Brown Palace, and how to get there!

Registration is now open for the 2017 INANE conference being held in downtown Denver, Colorado. The conference is being held at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, located on 321 17th Street, in Denver, Colorado, 80202.  All the essential information you need is on the conference website, but this post sums it all up and gives a lot of useful information about where we will be and how to get there!

Accommodations: The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

The conference is being held at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, located on 321 17th Street, in Denver, Colorado, 80202. denver_co_hotels___the_brown_palaceThe Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, built in 1892, is an elegant hotel in downtown Denver Colorado. Known for fine dining and regal accommodations, the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa offer amenities focused on ensuring a restful and relaxing stay. The luxury hotel allows the guest to unwind in style, while also providing excellent services to address all of our meeting needs. No conference is complete without the added touch of a Spa and Salon in the facility, which allows you to relax and rejuvenate.



The Brown Palace provides an array of culinary opportunities, with 6 restaurants within the hotel, ranging from elegant fine dining to casual cuisine. Consider the opportunity to enjoy the spa, and then take part in a traditional afternoon tea complete with Devonshire cream with harps playing in the background at the Tea Room. Alternatively, if a champagne brunch is more in line with your idea of pampering, then the Ellyngton restaurant is where you will want to be. In addition to bison being grilled or the freshest of veggies, The Brown Palace has a variety of selections for your epicurean delight.


Denver is known for a vast array of museums, several of which are within easy walking distance from The Brown Palace Hotel. The Denver Art Museum presents a variety of international art throughout the year including traveling exhibits and displays. Art enthusiasts might find it even more intriguing to go to the Clyfford Still Museum, which is a tribute to the works of Clyfford Still, who is reported to be a controversial Abstract Expressionist. Another option is the History Colorado Center, which provides great insight for all members of the family, into Colorado history. Using an array of artifacts, media, and technology really helps bring the history of Colorado to life at the museum. Visits to Denver bring to mind the adventures of the well known Colorado native, Molly Brown. The Molly Brown House and Museum, in downtown Denver, provides a tribute to the  American philanthropist, socialite, and activist Margaret Brown. Finally, it would not be a trip to Denver without seeing the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which holds natural history exhibitions, IMAX, and planetarium shows.


Airport: Denver International Airport (DEN)

Options for transportation from the airport:

From the Denver International Airport (DEN) to Denver Union Station, a $9 airport fare (each way) will get you to and from The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa in 37 minutes. A Line trains depart every 15 minutes during peak and every 30 minutes otherwise.

With Denver Union Station being only a 7 min cab ride, 15 minute free MallRide down 16th Street Mall, or a 20 minute walk from The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, a stay with us has never been more convenient.

If you are planning on renting a car or driving to Denver, here are the driving directions:

Driving Directions From The Airport:

Denver International Airport is approximately 22 miles from the hotel and takes between 25 to 40 minutes driving time, depending on the time of day.

  • Exit the airport on Pena Boulevard.
  • Drive 10 miles to I-70 west.
  • Drive on I-70 west 7 miles to Colorado Boulevard (exit 276B).
  • Turn left on Colorado Boulevard.
  • Drive south on Colorado Boulevard 2.3 miles to 17th Avenue and turn right.
  • Drive west on 17th Avenue 2.5 miles.
  • (Note: As York street is crossed, 17th Avenue becomes 18th Avenue).
  • Continue heading west on 18th Avenue to Tremont Street.
  • Veer left on Tremont Street. The front entrance of The Brown Palace Hotel will be on the left.

Directions from the Rocky Mountains and I-70 West:

  • From the foothills take 1-70 East to 6th Avenue Exit Continue on 6th Avenue Freeway East for approx. 10 Miles Turn Left at Lincoln Street
  • Continue on Lincoln Street to 18th Avenue (turn Left) Take 18th to Broadway and soft Left on to Tremont Street (follow green signs above)
  • The Grand Entrance to the Brown Palace Hotel is on Tremont Street A Doorman will be at the entrance to assist with valet parking

See you at the Brown Palace in August!

Prepared by Julia Snethen on behalf of the planning team:

Hosts: Karren Kowalski and Patricia Yoder-Wise

Planning Committee Members:

Liana Comacho
Peggy Chinn
Edna Hull
Elaine Miller
Leslie Nicoll
Julia Snethe