Annual Conference Submitter Toolkit

Welcome to your abstract submission guide for the APNA 34th Annual Conference! The following submitter tools are available for your information and reference throughout the submission process. And remember, you are always welcome to call APNA at 855-863-2762 if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing what great presentation ideas you have in store for this year's conference!

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Site Walkthrough  |  Evaluation Criteria  |  Presenters & Authors Outcomes  |  Format Descriptions  | 
Topics Listing  Review Form


Submission Site Walkthrough
Get detailed written instructions to help you navigate the abstract submission process.

Evaluation Criteria
Evaluation criteria and abstract submission are defined for Research vs. Administration, Education, and Practice abstract proposals. The abstract submission is broken out into individual fields for each evaluation criteria item. This allows both you (the submitter) and members of the Scholarly Review Committee (the reviewers) to better define what your study/intervention/practice/project is really about - and how you plan to present it to the conference attendees.

Presenters & Authors Info
It is common for multiple authors to participate in abstract submissions. This page breaks down how the various authors should be listed in the submission, and what is required for each.

Educational Learning Outcomes & Outline Summary
Two important parts of an excellent submission are well-defined, carefully worded learning outcomes and an educational outline summary. Learning outcomes are what conference participants will use to measure the effectiveness of your presentation, so be sure that your outcomes address the main points you'd like attendees to take away from your session.

Session Format Descriptions
There are several session formats available for your conference presentation: 2-hour pre-conference, 45-minute concurrent session, 20-minute mini concurrent session, and poster presentation. Depending on the depth and breadth of your study/intervention/practice/project, certain formats may be more appropriate. Not sure which presentation format will work best for your proposed session content? Contact APNA Associate Executive Director Pat Black at with questions.

Session Topics Listing
As a part of your submission, you'll select a category (Administration, Education, Research, Practice) and a Session Topic. These 30 topics have been identified as important issues in psychiatric-mental health nursing - but that doesn't mean we thought of everything! If your session doesn't seem to fit into one of the session topics listed, just select the one that is closest. You aren't judged/scored on the topic you choose... we collect this information because it helps us in placing accepted abstracts into the conference schedule. Check out these additional suggested topics from previous attendees and other psychiatric nurses.

Review Form
This online form is what the reviewers will use to score your abstract proposal. Sections include: Proposal Clarity / Completeness re: the Evaluation Criteria, Appropriateness of content to purpose/issue/problem, Contribution to psychiatric nursing scholarship, Originality, Objectives, Appropriateness of educational outline to the audience, Importance of this proposal being presented at the conference.


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