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
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.