Abstract Submission

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Submission Deadline
November 22, 2019, 23:59 (PDT). 

Presenters will be notified in February 2020.  

Abstracts must be submitted and presented in English only. 

Abstract Submission Information 

Tips and Guidelines on how to write an abstract

The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse in recognition of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. Our conference theme, “Envisioning Advanced Practice Nursing Beyond 2020:  Wider Reach, Bigger Impact” was deeply inspired by Florence Nightingale, who by today’s standards would have been the world’s very first advanced practice nurse.  As Florence once said, “For we who nurse, our nursing is something which, unless we are making progress every year, every month, every week, we are going back. No system shall endure which does not march.” Thus, our conference theme challenges us to look forward and to set the foundation for developing and expanding the reach and impact of the next generation of advanced practice nurses. Conference sub-themes build on ICN strategic priorities and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to illustrate progress and future directions for advanced practice nurses.

Conference Sub-Themes for Abstract Submission

Showcase the reach/impact of advanced practice nursing roles, interventions, or models of care on:

1. Health and well-being
i.e., reach/impact related to health promotion and public health; maternal/child health; aging populations; prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and management of communicable diseases; prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and management of non-communicable health conditions; or mental health and substance abuse.

2. Global health 
i.e., reach/impact related to reduction of harm from hazardous chemicals and air, water, and soil pollution; climate change; disaster planning and response; migration and shifting populations due to politics, poverty, or war/violence.

3. Human rights and equitable access to health
i.e., reach/impact related to social determinants of health; gender and sexual and reproductive health; Indigenous populations; palliative and end-of-life care; or influencing and advocating for healthy public policies and universal access to healthcare.

Strengthen the reach and impact of advanced practice nurses through:

4. Human resources for health
i.e., role delineation, standards of practice, and competencies; education for advanced practice nurses; regulation and optimizing scope of practice; funding and funding models; strategies to effectively design and integrate new or existing roles into health systems; or partnerships and collaboration.

5. Leadership and innovation
i.e., exemplary advanced practice nurse leadership; evidence-informed practice; quality improvement; disruptive innovations; use of technology such as informatics, digital health, genomics, robotics; or entrepreneurship.

6. Research to demonstrate value-added outcomes for patients, families, health care providers/teams, organizations, and health systems
i.e., health outcomes, patient and family health care experiences; nurses and other health care providers; patient safety; access, coordination, and quality of care; health care utilization, or costs and cost effectiveness.

Pre-Conference Workshop
Format: There are two format options:

  • Half day (3 hours including one 15-minute break) 
  • Full day (3-hour morning session including one 15-minute break, followed by a 3-hour afternoon session with one 15-minute break).

The workshop must be delivered by a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 6 speakers with demonstrated content expertise relevant to the topic.

Workshops are interactive forums designed to develop and apply knowledge and skills in one of the following areas: clinical practice; education; consultation and collaboration; leadership; research, evidence-informed practice, or quality improvement.

Concurrent Session Oral Presentation
Format: Total presentation time is 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion)

Concurrent Session Symposium Presentation
Format:  Total presentation time is 60 minutes which must include at least 15 minutes for questions and discussion. The presentation must involve a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 4 speakers who discuss a single topic or theme from different perspectives. Preference will be given to abstracts that demonstrate a strong interactive component with efforts to engage the participants. A total of 5 symposium abstracts will be selected.

Concurrent Clinical Workshop Presentation
Format: Total presentation time is 60 minutes. The presentation must involve a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 4 speakers with demonstrated expertise in the topic area. These interactive, “hands-on” workshops focus on the development of advanced clinical nursing competencies. Examples of topic areas include but are not limited to health assessment, diagnosis, clinical decision-making, and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapeutic interventions). A total of 5 clinical workshop abstracts will be selected.

Poster Presentation
Format:  Posterboard display or electronic poster. Once all abstracts have been reviewed, authors of the top-ranked abstracts will be invited to discuss their poster presented in an electronic format rather than a poster display board during a dedicated poster review session. 

  • Abstracts previously published or presented will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts MUST be submitted in English only.
  • All oral, symposium, workshop, and poster presentations MUST be delivered in English.
  • Abstract text limited to a maximum of 300 words excluding title and authors
  • There is a limit of two (2) abstracts per author, however, you can be a co-author of an unlimited number of abstracts. This limit does not include abstracts submitted for pre-conference workshops.
  • Abstract structure (headings):
    Methods or Approach
    Key Learnings or Results
    Significance (Impact and Reach)
  • Learning Objectives: List 2 to a maximum of 3 learning objectives that will be achieved through the presentation
  • Pre-conference workshops must offer a high-quality learning experience for participants through clearly articulated learning outcomes and creative use of varied teaching / learning strategies, and interactive approaches
  • Abstracts MUST be submitted in English only.
  • Workshop presentations MUST be delivered in English.
  • There is a limit of two (2) abstracts per author. This limit does not include abstracts submitted for Orals, Symposia, Clinical Workshops, and Posters.
  • Abstract text limited to a maximum of 350 words excluding title and authors
  • Abstract structure (headings):

    Highlight the importance of the topic

    Purpose of workshop

    Workshop Methods and Format
    Outline what the attendee can expect to happen and how the learning objectives will be achieved

    Outline what knowledge/skills/tangible resources participants can expect to take away from workshop

    Target Audience
    Identify target audience by level of training/role (i.e. student/APN/NP/CNS/faculty etc.) or by level of expertise (beginner/intermediate/advanced)
    Identify the ideal number of workshop participants

  • List 3 to a maximum of 5 learning objectives that will be achieved through the workshop. Use the SMART format:

    • Specific – State exactly what participant will be able to do
    • Measurable – Achievement of the objective can be observed by end of the workshop
    • Attainable for participants within the workshop timeframe
    • Relevant to the needs of conference attendees
    • Time-Framed – Achievable by the end of the workshop

All submissions are for poster board displays. Authors of select top ranked poster abstracts will be invited to present an electronic poster.

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