Annual Conference - Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts


APNA 32nd Annual Conference
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
October 24-27, 2018

Trusted Agents of Change: Nurses Balancing Inequities in Mental Health Care

APNA Annual Conference Call for Abstracts Deadline: March 5th

Nurses from all areas of psychiatric-mental health: You're invited to submit an abstract proposal to be considered for presentation at the APNA 32nd Annual Conference.

 

Submit an Abstract

Submitter Toolkit

 

Notification/Confirmation Publication  |  Dates/Deadlines

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 5, 2018 Notifications Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

Theme & Outcomes


This year’s conference theme is Trusted Agents of Change: Nurses Balancing Inequities in Mental Health Care. The overall conference learning outcomes are:

  • Increase awareness of barriers that prevent access to evidence-supported, affordable, culturally congruent mental health and substance use care for all people in need.
  • Examine and value innovations in mental health and substance use care that enable individuals and families to achieve full and healthy lives.
  • Identify strategies to fully integrate mental health and substance use care into whole health promotion models of care delivery using research, educational revolution, practice innovation, policy change and administrative action.
 

General Information
 

Submissions from all levels of practice and areas of expertise are encouraged. Abstracts undergo peer-review by 3 members of the Scholarly Review Committee (SRC). Please carefully read the following instructions as incomplete submissions will not be sent to reviewers for consideration.

Thoughtful Woman at the APNA Annual ConferenceDuring submission, indicate the presentation formats(s) under which your abstract will be reviewed. The options are:

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

Select all that apply and your abstract will be reviewed based on your selections of first choice, second choice and so on. You are welcome to submit for only one type of presentation (ie, poster or concurrent session) in the first choice dropdown, and it will be reviewed for that presentation type only. Review the format descriptions and complete the online submission process for the selected type of presentation. Presentation proposals must be submitted online by the deadline in order to be considered for review.

 

Each Submission must include:

  • An 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.
  • A 50-word Presentation Summary for printing
  • Educational Outline Summary of presentation - Answering the questions “What will you present?” and “How will you engage the participants/learners in the presentation?”
  • One learning outcome for all abstracts submitted (including poster presentations) - We recommend that you use Bloom's Taxonomy action verbs for your outcomes. Here is a handout which lists the different categories and possible verbs.

Each listed author must provide:

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

If you are selected to present, you will be expected 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 CE provider guidelines.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 

Women discussing at the APNA Annual Conference

Format Descriptions
 

Not sure which presentation format will work best for your proposed session content? If you have questions, contact APNA at pblack@apna.org.


Pre-conference Sessions (2 hours)
Pre-conference sessions are designed to offer an in-depth learning experience about select topics. “How to…” submissions are also encouraged. Format includes 2-hour sessions. The number of attendees is limited and attendance requires additional payment. Pre-conference sessions with more than one faculty must indicate a primary presenter. APNA will provide a $200 discount on full conference registration for one presenting author. This is most commonly the primary presenter, whose contact information is entered first. This cannot be combined with any other discount. Each presenter must register for the conference by the Early Bird Deadline of September 10, 2018.
 

Concurrent Sessions (45 minutes)
Concurrent sessions are designed for a presentation needing review or discussion of material. Presentations follow a 45-minute format that includes 10 minutes of audience discussion. APNA will provide a $100 discount on full conference registration for one presenting author. This is most commonly the primary presenter, whose contact information is entered first. This cannot be combined with any other discount. Each presenter must register for the conference by the Early Bird Deadline of September 10, 2018.


Mini Concurrent Sessions (20 minutes)
“Mini” concurrent sessions are 20-minute presentations (plus time for audience discussion), grouped by topic/theme/category with another mini concurrent session, and presented within one 45-minute time period. APNA will provide a $100 discount on full conference registration for one presenting author of each presentation. This is most commonly the primary presenter, whose contact information is entered first. This cannot be combined with any other discount. Each presenter must register for the conference by the Early Bird Deadline of September 10, 2018.


Collaborating presentations / presenters:  During the submission for a mini concurrent session, you will have the opportunity to enter the name of another submitting author with whom you would be interested in being grouped.
 

Poster Presentations
Poster presentations offer an opportunity for clinical and/or scientific presentations in an interactive environment. APNA will provide a $100 discount on full conference registration for one presenting author. This is most commonly the primary presenter, whose contact information is entered first. This cannot be combined with any other discount. As posters are available for viewing on multiple days, poster presenters must register for the full conference. Each presenter must register for the conference by the Early Bird Deadline of September 10, 2018.

 

Online Poster Gallery: Abstracts of poster presentations given at the conference will be published in the Online Poster Gallery for access during and after the conference unless otherwise indicated by the presenter. The inclusion of a poster pdf in the gallery is optional – it is not required for presentation at the conference, though highly recommended. However it is required that you submit your poster (and appropriate permissions) for CE review purposes by the poster pdf upload deadline of August 27, 2018.

Poster Judging: First and second place recognition will be awarded to posters in the categories of administration, research, education, and practice. 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 August 27, 2018 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.

 

Medical education supported posters (one poster per presenter) may be accommodated based on space available. These posters must be separate from the continuing education posters and will not appear in the Online Poster Gallery. Non-CE poster presenters will not receive the poster presenter discount.

 

Invited Interactive Panels (APNA Councils)
Interactive panels are not council meetings. Instead they are a venue for councils and committees to provide continuing education content specific to their domain. These are invited sessions, and are not open for submission. However, these invited speakers are required to submit their information and materials through the online submission process as well. Space is not guaranteed without presenter information and materials submission.

 

Industry Sponsored Symposium

Contact Leslie Hoopengardner for symposium guidelines and a submission application.
 


Evaluation Criteria
 

Abstracts in RESEARCH should address the following:Woman explaining poster at the APNA Annual Conference

  • Problem Statement
    • What was the problem that led you to conduct this study?
  • Theoretical framework
    • What theories or concepts were applied to create a frame of reference?
  • Methods and Design
    • What methods were used to collect and analyze the data?
  • Results
    • What do the data indicate?
  • Implications for psychiatric-mental health nursing practice
    • How does this research translate into practice?
  • Implications for future research

Abstracts in ADMINISTRATION, EDUCATION, or PRACTICE should address the following:

  • Purpose
    • Clinical topics: What is your purpose in addressing the topic/current trend to this audience?
    • Practice change: What problem/issue led to this intervention/practice/project?
  • Summary of evidence / Summary of evidence guiding the practice change
    • Clinical topics: What is the background and evidence related to the topic?
    • Practice change: What evidence led to the proposed change in administration, education, or practice?
  • Description of practice or protocol
    • Clinical topics: What are the current practices related to the topic?
    • Practice change: Include strategies for implementation and identify stakeholders
  • Validation of Evidence / Method of Evaluation
    • Clinical topics: How is the evidence validated by the literature or current practice?
    • Practice change: How did you measure outcomes or effectiveness?
  • Relevance to PMH Nursing / Results
    • Clinical topics: How does the topic and its current practices relate to PMH nursing?
    • Practice change: What were the outcomes of your intervention/practice/project?
  • Future implications

A submission is more likely to be accepted if it is original, innovative, and contributes to the scholarly practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing. Quality of work, clarity and completeness of the submitted materials will be considered. The Scholarly Review Committee receives more proposals than space available. Careful attention to these criteria is likely to increase the chance for acceptance. Click here for an example of the review form.

 

Submission
 
Final Deadline: Monday, March 5, 2018
 

For step-by-step instructions for submitting an abstract online, as well as tips, examples, and more in-depth information to help you develop your abstract, please see the submitter toolkit.

Submit an Abstract

**When submitting your abstract proposal, please be sure to:

Choose from the presentation options, selecting all formats for which you’d like your abstract to be reviewed: 2 hour Pre-conference, 45 minute Concurrent Session, 20-minute Mini Concurrent Session, Poster Presentation. Your abstract will be reviewed based on your selections of first choice, second choice and so on. You are welcome to submit for only one type of presentation (ie, poster or concurrent session) in the first choice dropdown, and it will be reviewed for that presentation type only.

To complete your abstract, be sure to press the “Finalize & Submit” button. Once your abstract proposal is successfully completed, you will receive an email confirmation of submission from Lisa Nguyen (noreply@precismail.com). If you do not see this in your inbox, please check your junk mailbox.

 

 

Notification & Confirmation
 

Man presenting at the APNA Annual ConferenceRegardless of acceptance status, an email notification will be sent to you on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

If your abstract proposal has been accepted, you must confirm your presentation via the online Presenter Agreement (link in notification email) by Tuesday, April 17th. If you do not respond by this date, the acceptance of your abstract proposal may be withdrawn.

** Note: All communication will be via email. Please make sure that APNA and Precis emails are not sent to your junk mailbox. If you do not receive an email by the notification date and time indicated, contact APNA directly regarding your abstract status. You will be required to confirm acceptance by 4/17/18.

 

Publication
 
  1. If your proposal is accepted and confirmed for a podium presentation (pre-conference session, concurrent session, mini concurrent session, or interactive panel), your presentation summary will appear in the 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 CE requirements).

  2. Podium presentation abstracts will be posted on the APNA website as a part of the detailed program schedule.

  3. 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.

  4. Final podium presentations from the conference may be published in the APNA eLearning Center.

  5. Abstracts of poster presentations given at the conference will be published in the Online Poster Gallery unless otherwise indicated by the presenter. All entered authors (presenting and not presenting) will be included in the Online Poster Gallery.

 

Dates and Deadlines
 

March 5, 2018
Submissions Deadline for Pre-conference Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, Mini Concurrent Sessions, Poster Presentations, Invited Interactive Panels

April 11, 2018
Notification emails sent to all submitters.

April 17, 2018
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 20, 2018
Program Materials Deadline for presentation slides/handouts (including the necessary disclosure and permissions information), educational design form, and post test questions & answers. This is required in order to present for all pre-conference sessions, concurrent sessions, mini concurrent sessions, and invited interactive panels. Program materials are submitted via the abstracts submission site (including permissions for logos/images) Instructions will be sent in late June.

August 27, 2018
Poster Pdf Upload Deadline
Poster presenters must upload a pdf of their poster by this date in order to be reviewed for CE purposes and included in the poster judging process. Submit permissions for all images used on the poster. Instructions will be sent in mid-to-late July.

September 10, 2018
Early Bird Registration Deadline – Presenters Registration Deadline
All presenters (primary presenters and co-presenters) for pre-conference sessions, concurrent sessions, mini concurrent sessions, poster presentations, and interactive panels must be registered by this date.

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