Poster Presenter Information Call Detailed Notes

Thank you for presenting a poster at the APNA 30th Annual Conference! Here are the detailed notes from the Poster Presenter Information Call that took place on Wednesday, July 20th at 2pm Eastern.

Poster Size and Planning

  • Posters will be on 4 feet tall x 6 feet wide boards.
    • Recommendations for poster size: 3' tall x 5' wide, 3.5' tall x 5' wide, and 4' tall x 5' wide are the most common. This allows a little extra space on the board for posting up business cards, abstracts & objectives for people to take with them, extra references, etc.
    • You should include some references on your poster itself, but depending on how many you have, you could also have a separate sheet that you include with your poster.
  • Push pins will be provided.
  • There will be no tables or chairs.
  • Posters should be printed beforehand and then brought with you to the conference. Many poster presenters roll the poster up and put it in a traveling tube to transport it on the airplane.
    • Note: Because it is to be attached to the board with push pins, your poster should not be printed on foam board or anything too thick to roll up. Otherwise the pins won't be able to get through it to attach to the board.

Presentation Guidelines and Poster Tips 

Poster Templates in Powerpoint

  • This site has templates available for free – They include the size for which the template is designed (for example, 42” Tall x 60” Wide, which is a great size for our boards).
  • Order your poster to be printed online or have it printed at a store. Be sure to contact the store ahead of time to make sure they are able to print in the size you need.
  • Remember to cite the above website if you use a template!

Guides for Poster Creation

  • This site goes through recommendations for planning, focus, layout, headings, graphics, text, colors, etc.: Use the menu at the left to click into the different sections. If you use the information on this website, be sure to include the citation in your references: Hess, G.R., K. Tosney, and L. Liegel. 2014. Creating Effective Poster Presentations. URL=, visited <insert date you used site>.

Disclosures / Presentation of Content

  • Present current, clinically relevant, and evidenced-based information to meet your stated educational objectives.
  • Provide a balanced view of the topic area; be objective when reporting research; and disclose off-label use or potential of off-label use of drugs/products where applicable.
  • Discuss the safety and adverse effects of any drugs/products presented.
  • Support assertions and clinical studies, theories, models, etc. with references. Presenters are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of references.  Citations, citations, citations!
  • Obtain permission to reproduce any copyrighted materials. This includes any materials outside of the public domain:  graphs, charts, logos (including hospital or university logos), screenshots, cartoons, audio, movie clips, etc.  Cite permission on your poster and provide copies of correspondence granting permission where applicable.
    • What is public domain? Here is a resource to help:
    • You cannot use a university or hospital logo on your poster without providing documentation of the university’s/hospital’s permission. You can obtain permission by contacting your marketing department (emails are fine!). You can simply forward the email to Lisa Nguyen ( with the following information:
      • Primary presenter full name
      • Poster title
      • What the permission is for (even if stated in the email)
    • Additional copyright information can be found in the chart in the Presenter Guidelines.

Poster Pdf / Online Gallery and Judging

Online Poster Gallery: Abstracts of poster presentations given at the conference will be published in the Online Poster Gallery unless otherwise indicated by the presenter. Poster presenters will be asked to upload a pdf of their poster to be included in the gallery for attendee access during and after the conference. The inclusion of a poster pdf in the gallery is optional – it is not required for presentation at the conference, though highly recommended. 

  • Instructions for uploading your poster pdf will be sent in late August. There will be a quick turn-around time to upload your pdf once the announcement is sent, so please have it ready for the deadline. The Poster Pdf Upload Deadline is September 12, 2016.
  • The Online Gallery will re-open for pdf uploads at the end of September. This is for any poster presenter who wants to include their pdf in the gallery but missed the September 12th deadline for judging. The site will remain open for one week (tentative dates: September 26-30).

  • To see last year’s Online Poster Gallery, go to

Poster Judging: First and second place recognition will be awarded to posters in the categories of administration, education, practice, and research. One student poster will also be recognized. Poster judges will access the poster pdfs prior to the conference for scoring purposes.

  • Presenters will need to upload their pdfs by September 12, 2016 in order to be included in the poster judging process. The inclusion of a poster pdf in the gallery is optional – it is not required for presentation at the conference. However, your poster will not be included in the judging process if you do not meet the poster pdf upload deadline.
  • Judging Timeline: The plan is to announce the poster winners in mid October, before the conference. Winning posters will be announced to the membership via email and the website, as well as posted on-site with a ribbon on their boards when the Poster Presentation hours open on Thursday afternoon.  Presenters of the winning posters will receive a certificate acknowledging their award, which they can retrieve at the Registration Desk.
  • Judging Criteria: Criteria are different for Administration, Education, and Practice versus Research. Your poster will be judged in the category selected when your abstract was submitted.

Presentation at the Conference

  • This year’s Poster Presentations will be set up in the open areas of the Connecticut Convention Center, available for viewing throughout the day on both Thursday and Friday. Poster Presentations will open at 10:00am on Thursday and will close on Friday at 4:00pm.

  • All posters will be up for the entirety of the poster presentation time periods on both Thursday and Friday, but you will only be asked to stand with your poster on Friday from 10:30am – 11:30am. However, you are welcome to stand with your poster for as long as you like during the poster presentation times.

  • Your poster needs to be up for the entire time. This means that you will need to register for the full conference and/or arrange for someone else to put up or take down your poster at the designated times if necessary.
    • Per the Call for Abstracts: “As posters are available for viewing on multiple days, poster presenters must register for the full conference.”

Poster Presenter Set-up & Take-down

  • Set-up:  Any time before poster presentations open on Thursday morning. All posters must be set up by 9:30am on Thursday, October 20th.
    • We will email you your poster number (and instructions) a week before the conference so that you know where to put your poster.
    • The poster listing (with numbers that correspond to your assigned board) and a map will also be in the program book that you receive on-site. 
  • Take-down:  Friday, October 21st, 4:00pm-6:00pm. Posters not taken down by 6pm may be thrown away.

Student Presenters

If you are a student (or if you are presenting your poster on your thesis or capstone project), please respond to by August 8th with “STUDENT” and indicate the type of program (ex: “PhD” or “DNP”). Remember, this comes into play with the poster judging (award given to top student poster(s)). If you just graduated this year, you would still qualify as a student for these purposes.

Registration / Housing

  • The Presenter Registration Deadline is September 7, 2016. If you haven’t registered yet, be sure to do so soon! All presenters (including any co-presenters) must register for the conference, and only primary presenters will be able to register using the discount code that was emailed on 6.16.16. All other presenters will register online without a code. Primary presenters – if you need the information re-emailed, please contact Lisa Nguyen at
  • Registration is completed on the registration website, then you’ll be able to make your hotel reservation by clicking on the Book Hotel button on the confirmation page or in the confirmation email you receive when your registration is processed.
  • When your housing reservation is completed in this system, you will receive a hotel reservation acknowledgement email. Please use the acknowledgement number listed in this email when making any changes to your reservation.
  • Your housing reservation will be held in a database until approx. 2 weeks before the conference, when it will be released to the hotel. You will not receive any confirmation from the hotel directly until that time.
  • More information about the hotel options for this year:

Poster Presentations Evaluations

Each poster will be listed in the program book and on the online evaluations website with one learning objective. The poster will be evaluated based on that objective. Example screen shots:

Poster Evaluations Listing

Contact Hours Determination

Attendees will complete evaluations for the posters that they spend time viewing, then will record their contact hours earned based on the amount of time spent. There is no requirement that indicates the number of poster evaluations needed in order to achieve a certain number of contact hours. Quality wins over Quantity!

Questions about the conference or presenting?

Lisa Nguyen – and 571-533-1924
Pat Black – and 571-533-1922
Leslie Hoopengardner – and 571-533-1934

Registration Questions?

ConferenceDirect – and 888-408-8191

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