Art, Science, History, Shopping – Find It All in (and near) Denver!

We are now just about 7 weeks from our 2017 INANE conference!  Our venue is very special – the famous Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver – a city you will want to linger in for a few extra days to take in some of the special opportunities in the city and the surrounding areas!  Our hosts have provided a list of some of the highlights you might want to plan to visit while you are there!  As a former Denver resident myself, I can affirm that the many museums are among the most interesting I have ever visited, and the historical highlights open a window into the unique “wild west” Colorado culture. Access the list of highlights here!

Of course the main reason to be in Denver is to experience INANE in real life!  The program is once again packed with informative, even vital sessions examining some of the most pressing issues in journal publishing today – along with ample opportunities for networking, sharing and discussion.  Registration is still open, –  you will not want to miss this opportunity.

Preparing for that Rocky Mountain High!

There are now well over 100 of us registered for the 2017 INANE conference (and registration is still open!). This promises to indeed be a “high” experience – not only matching the high quality of our annual meetings, but putting us all in the dizzying atmosphere of 1 mile in altitude!  Here are some great “high latitude” tips sent to us by our conference hosts:

Denver really is exactly one mile high.

Don’t let anything you hear about the mile-high altitude scare you. The air is just thinner and dryer. In fact, many people with respiratory problems move to Denver for the benefits of the dry air. Just follow these simple tips and you will very likely not even notice the difference.

Drink Water

Before your trip to Denver, and while you are here, drinking plenty of water is the number one way to help your body adjust easily to our higher altitude. The low humidity in Colorado keeps the air dry, like the desert, so you need about twice as much water here as you would drink at home.

Monitor Your Alcohol Intake

In Denver’s rarified air, golf balls go ten percent farther… and so do cocktails. Alcoholic drinks pack more of a wallop than at sea level. It is recommended that you go easy on the alcohol in the mountains and in Denver, as its effects will feel stronger here.

Eat Foods High in Potassium

Foods such as broccoli, bananas, avocado, cantaloupe, celery, greens, bran, chocolate, granola, dates, dried fruit, potatoes and tomatoes will help you replenish electrolytes by balancing salt intake.

Watch Your Physical Activity

The effects of exercise are more intense here. If you normally run 10 miles a day at home, you might try 6 miles in Denver.

Pack for Sun

With less water vapor in the air at this altitude, the sky really is bluer in Colorado. But there’s 25 percent less protection from the sun, so sunscreen is a must. Denver receives over 300 days of sunshine each year (more than San Diego or Miami). Bring sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm… even in winter.

Dress in Layers

Two days before your trip to Denver, check the weather and use this information to pack appropriately. Because Denver is closer to the sun, it can feel much warmer than the actual temperature during the daytime, but then become very chilly after sundown, particularly in the spring and fall. It is best to layer your clothing.

HAVE FUN!

Denver Walk-Abouts!

Now that abstract submissions are in and we are closing in on all the details for our 36th Annual INANE meeting, we can turn attention to the program enhancements that are already planned!  Of course we have the Thursday interesting (and delicious) opening excursion to Castle Rock (included in your registration), the opening Gala on Thursday evening (also included), and the optional “High Tea” at the close of the conference on Saturday!

Then each morning I (Peggy) and Julia will be leading Denver Walk-Abouts for those who want to get up a bit early to enjoy the invigorating early morning mile-high air!  Denver is well-known as a “fitness” city – more opportunities for

16th Street Mall
16th Street Mall

physical activities than almost any other city in the U.S.!  The downtown city streets are very pedestrian-friendly and in fact one of the main thoroughfares – 16th Street – is completely dedicated to pedestrian and trolley traffic only.  We will take one of our walk-abouts along the 16th Street mall – which at 6 am will be mostly deserted, but will give you an overview of the many fun entertainment, browsing, eating and shopping opportunities line the mall.

The other path will take us to Confluence Park, which marks the area where a gold discovery in 1858 led to the founding of the city.  This Park is also the northern end of a 40-mile trail that parallels Cherry Creek, passing southeat through urban landscapes and parks, into the suburbs and ending at Cherry Creek State Park in Arapahoe County. Of course we will only have time (and energy!) for a bit of exploration of Confluence Park, but we will talk about the many attractions that are within reach along the trail as it wanders through the city just south of Confluence Park!

So bring your walking shoes – even if you do not plan to join us for the walk-abouts!  Denver is a very casually oriented city – you won’t need to dress up, and the weather will be very warm to hot once we step outside the hotel!  I will be wearing Teva sandals the whole time – so follow my lead and plan for comfort, whether you are walking, siting, or standing!

Peggy, on behalf of the planning group!

Hosts: Karren Kowalski and Patricia Yoder-Wise

Planning Committee Members:

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

One Week from Today! Early Bird Registration!

Indeed!  Early Bird registration for INANE 2017 in Denver closes one week from today – January 6, 2017 at midnight,earlybird Mountain Standard Time.  The early bird fee is only $395 – after midnight, this rate goes up to $495.  So do not delay –
get your registration in now and start planning for a dynamite INANE experience!

Register now for $395 and save $100 off the regular registration rate.

Have you registered for INANE 2017 yet? Now is the time!

earlybirdAs is our tradition, registration for our annual conference starts earlier than most, and this year is no exception!  Early Bird registration is only $395, and is available through January 6 at midnight Mountain Standard Time! After the January 6 deadline, the registration fee will put another #100 dent in your pocketbook, and after April 30, 2017, the price goes up to $595! So go to the registration page now and register now for this terrific savings!  If you are not able to click over to the registration page now, then put a note on your to-do list so that you do not miss this savings!

You may be asking – why so early?  The answer is simple – INANE is no ordinary group, and we have no ordinary way of financing what we do!  So to help finance the early arrangments that need to be set up, we ask people to register early!  We have no officers, no by-laws, no membership roster, no bank account!  We are simply a group of nursing journal editors and those who support our work – connected by our mutual dedication to providing the very best, reliable literature for all of the many nursing “audiences” who need what we produce.

Our annual conference has become even more vital than is was when INANE was founded in 1982 – publishing and the contexts in which scientific and professional journals are produced has changed in ways none of us could ever imagine.  Keeping up with the changes is almost impossible, and we can only do it with the support that INANE offers.

Our non-traditional form of non-organization is important, I believe, to maintain our independence from pressures and influences that could erode our commitment to editorial integrity. Our conferences provide access to information, discussion and careful deliberation of issues – shaped only by what we as nursing journal editors bring to the table.  This also means that we generate the financial resources to support our conferences – by attending the conference and registering early, we all provide the host team the resources needed to launch what happens on the ground in August!  We also do invite our publishers and other groups to support our conferences through sponsorships, but there are no strings attached!  We recognize their valuable contributions, but they ask nothing further in terms of our mission, our values or our deliberations.  All of this comes from us as nursing editors!

So plan to attend INANE 2017 in Denver, and register early!  We have a dynamite experience planned, and I know you will want to be a part of it!

Prepared by Peggy Chinn 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 Snethen

Welcome to the INANE 2017 Website and Blog!

You might have thought this could never happen, but once again, we have a dynamite program in place for the 2017 INANE conference in Denver, Colorado – Thursday, August 3 – Saturday, August 5th!  The venue is the historic Brown Palace Hotel in downtown Denver.  The conference begins with a lunch and tour of the Cherokee Ranch and Castle (included in your registration), followed by general and breakout sessions that offer ample opportunities to network, catch up with old friends and meet new ones, and most important – learn about the latest challenges and issues in the world of nursing journal publishing!

So take a few minutes to explore each of the pages of this site to learn all the details, and sign up to follow this blog to receive the latest conference information throughout the coming year. Most important, get your registration in early for both the conference and the hotel!  Here are important things to notice:

  • Early Bird registration of $395 is available through January 6th at midnight (Mountain Standard Time). After January 6th, rates go up, so register early and save!
  • The conference rate for the hotel, $189 (plus 14.75% sales and occupancy tax), is available from July 30 – August 8 as long as rooms are available, so book early!
  • The optional Brown Palace Afternoon Tea at the close of the conference on Saturday is very popular, so make your reservation early to be sure you can get a table!

The Keynote and General Session speakers have been set, as you can see on the Program Page. What fills in the program are the Breakout and Poster Sessions and for these, we rely on the expertise of our very own INANE members. The Call for Abstracts is open now–abstracts will be accepted until January 15, 2017. Start thinking about what you can share with your colleagues and submit an abstract for presentation. The final, complete program will be announced in February, 2017.

Once again, in memory of our dear friend, Suzanne Smith, we will be awarding four scholarships that will allow new editors (or those with an interest in editing) to attend INANE 2017 as a Mentoring Editor Awardee. Applications are now being accepted–click here to learn more about the awards program. Self-nominations as well as nominations by colleagues are both allowed.

On behalf of the hosts and planning committee, we look forward to seeing everyone in Denver!

Karren Kowalski and Patricia Yoder-Wise, hosts

Planning Committee:

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