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APNA Annual Conference Call for Abstracts

The submission period is now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted!

Psychiatric-Mental Health RNs and APRNs from all areas of administration, education, practice, and research are invited to share their science-based insights, projects, and scholarship. Abstracts will be peer reviewed by the APNA Scholarly Review Committee and considered for a variety of presentation formats.


Health & Safety

APNA is excited to host its first in-person Annual Conference in two years and looks forward to bringing psychiatric mental-health nurses together in sunny Long Beach to connect and learn. We are putting thorough plans in place for your safety in Long Beach and are committed to providing education in a safe format. We are working closely with our partners in Long Beach, California, including the hotels, the convention center and other vendors to ensure that federal, state and local guidelines and followed. APNA Safety Statement/Duty of Care

Conference THEME

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses Activating Our Voices: Who We Are, What We Do, What We Need

Overall Conference Learning Outcome

Communicate 3 essential things that describe what you do as a psychiatric-mental health nurse in practice, education, administration, or research.


General Information Abstract Submission Acceptance & Notification
Abstract Publication Presenter Deadlines Submitter Toolkit

Acceptance & Notification

Regardless of acceptance status, an email notification will be sent to you on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

If you are selected to present, you are required to sign a presenter agreement which states that you will comply with the listed deadlines and presenter guidelines. Failure to meet the required deadlines and presenter guidelines may result in the cancellation of your presentation and/or loss of your presenter discount.

All selected presentations will be reviewed by an APNA Nurse Planner for adherence to ANCC Commission on Accreditation NCPD provider guidelines.

If your abstract proposal has been accepted, you must confirm your presentation via the online Presenter Agreement (link in notification email) by Tuesday, April 26th. If you do not respond by this date, the acceptance of your abstract proposal may be withdrawn.

** Note: As all communication, including official notifications, will be sent via email, please ensure that APNA and RQ emails are not sent to your junk mailbox. If you do not receive an email by the notification date, contact APNA directly regarding your abstract status. You will be required to confirm acceptance by 4/26/22.

General Information

Submissions from all levels of practice and areas of expertise are encouraged. Abstracts undergo peer-review by three members of the Scholarly Review Committee (SRC). Please carefully read the following instructions as incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. More Detailed Instructions

For each abstract you submit, please indicate your desired presentation format(s) in order of preference.

  • 2 hour pre-conference
  • 45 minute concurrent session
  • 20 minute mini concurrent session
  • Poster Presentation

You are welcome to submit for only one type of presentation format (i.e. poster or concurrent session) by selecting that format as your First Choice and then selecting N/A for the rest. Review the format descriptions and complete the online submission process for the selected type(s) of presentation as indicated on the abstract submission site. Abstract proposals must be submitted online by March 7 in order to be considered for review.

Each submission must include:

  • Abstract (250 word limit) – The abstract submission is divided by section into individual fields. You can include as many words as you like per section, but the total of all sections must not exceed 250 words.
  • Presentation Summary (50 words) – for printing.
  • Educational Outline Summary – Answering the questions “What will you present?” and “How will you engage the participants/learners in the presentation?”
  • One learning outcome for each abstract submitted (including poster presentations) – We recommend that you use Bloom’s Taxonomy action verbs for your outcomes.
  • Three evidence-based references to be submitted with your program materials in June.

Each listed author must provide:

  • Biographical information including credentials and educational background
  • Recording and Abstract Publication release forms
  • Disclosure Statement

Abstract Submission

All abstracts must be submitted via the APNA online submission site. You will need to log in with your APNA username and password to begin your submission. If you do not have an APNA account, click ‘Create Account’ on the login screen to create one. Once you are logged in, go to My Dashboard to begin your submission. Detailed Instructions

Final Submission Deadline

Monday, March 7, 2022, 11:59pm Eastern

Evidence-based references are required for all presentations.

When submitting your abstract proposal, be sure to: Indicate a unique choice for each presentation format. Your abstract will be reviewed based on your selections of first choice, second choice, and so on. Select N/A if you do not want your abstract reviewed under that presentation format. To submit for only one type of presentation, select that format as your First Choice and then select N/A for the rest.

To complete your abstract, press the Submit FINAL proposal button. Once your abstract proposal is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation of submission from APNA 36th Annual Conference ( If you do not see it, please check your junk mailbox.

Abstract Publication

  • Podium presentation (pre-conference session, concurrent session, or mini concurrent session) summaries will appear in conference materials. Only presenting authors listed in the submission site will be included. Authors not listed as “presenting author” will not be published in conference materials (this is related to nursing continuing professional development requirements).
  • Podium presentation abstracts may be posted on the APNA website.
  • Final podium presentations from the conference may be published in the APNA eLearning Center.
  • The Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (JAPNA) may publish podium presentation abstracts in one or more of its bi-monthly issues. All entered authors (presenting and not presenting) will be included.
  • Abstracts of poster presentations given at the conference will be published in the Online Poster Gallery. All entered authors (presenting and not presenting) will be included in the Online Poster Gallery.


  • March 7, 2022

    • Abstract Submission Deadline for Pre-conference Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, Mini Concurrent Sessions, Poster Presentation proposals
  • April 20, 2022

    • Notification emails sent to all submitters.
  • April 26, 2022

    • Presentation Confirmation Response Deadline for all accepted abstract proposals (Pre-conference Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, Mini Concurrent Sessions, Poster Presentations). Confirmation response will include completing the online Presenter Agreement (link in notification email).
  • August 8, 2022

    • Program Materials Deadline for presentation slides/handouts (including the necessary disclosure and permissions information), educational design form, multiple choice post test questions & answers, and rationale for correct answers. This is required in order to present for all pre-conference sessions, concurrent sessions, and mini concurrent sessions. Program materials are submitted via the abstracts submission site (including permissions for logos/images) Instructions will be sent in late June.
  • August 15, 2022

    • Poster Program Materials Deadline – Poster presenters must upload a PDF of their poster and appropriate permissions by this date in order to be reviewed for contact hours purposes and included in the poster judging process. Submit permissions for all images used on the poster. Posters without permissions cannot be included in the Online Poster Gallery. Instructions will be sent in mid-to-late July.
  • September 12, 2022

    • Early Bird Registration Deadline – Presenters Registration Deadline for all presenters (primary presenters and co-presenters) for pre-conference sessions, concurrent sessions, mini concurrent sessions, and poster presentations.