Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts

Guidelines and Submission Information

Abstract Deadline

Call for Abstracts Closed.

Selection Criteria

  • Evidence-based practice or quality improvement project aligns with conference theme
  • Demonstration of evidence-based project improvements, translational research methods, or initiatives
  • Significance of initiative/clinical or research question
  • Demonstration of synthesis of evidence supporting initiative or change
  • Significant results or conclusions for practice
  • Demonstration of application of clinical research methods in study design and completion or acceptable quality of process and evidence synthesis supporting initiative or change in the practice
  • Use of implementation strategies that resulted in a change in practice (if applicable)
  • Impact/results of change in practice, including measurement of outcomes
  • Influence on the future direction of nursing or clinical practice
  • In consideration of conference tracks, examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Interprofessionalism and Teamwork
      This track will focus on the application of evidence in interprofessional teams, new models, and exemplars of interprofessional translation of evidence, and processes and approaches that improved teamwork.
    • Leadership and Management
      This track will focus on the use of evidence in management and leadership to advance change; create positive work environments; empower nurses to practice at the full extent of their education; and support retention, recruitment, professional growth, and quality patient outcomes.
    • Clinical Application and Translation into Practice
      This track will address the use of evidence in specialty populations, the development and use of guidelines, and the measurement of patient/population outcomes and/or quality improvement

Only projects with complete data will be accepted for paper presentations. Projects with incomplete data should be submitted for a poster presentation.

Dean Janet Allan Distinguished Award

Two abstracts judged by a committee of reviewers to be "of exceptionally high scholarly merit" will be awarded either the Dean Janet Allan Distinguished Poster or Paper Award.

Benefits of this award:

  • The lead author will receive a $250 honorarium and a full scholarship to attend the conference (valued at $325).
  • The authors will be recognized during the Dean's Welcome on Thursday, April 12.

Review Process, Notification, and Acceptance

Abstracts will be judged through a blind review process based on the criteria above. Only the lead author will receive notification of abstract status via email by February 10, 2012. Your acceptance to present and a completed registration form must be received by February 24, 2012. Failure to register by the cut-off date constitutes a decline to present.


Presenters are expected to register to attend the conference on the day of their presentation. Lead authors for all accepted papers and posters will receive a discount on the registration fee.

Paper Presentations

Thirty-minute presentations will be scheduled from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Friday, April 13. There will be two presenters in each session during that hour. Presenters will have a total of 30 minutes including time for questions and answers.

Poster Presentations

The size of the posters should be no larger than 4' high by 6' wide and made to be displayed using pushpins, which will be available at the conference. Posters should identify programs or research projects by depicting concepts and context at a glance. Authors will have the opportunity to discuss materials and provide handouts.

Poster sessions will be held from 12:15-1:45 p.m. on Friday, April 13. Details will be sent to the first author with the acceptance letter.