Annual Conference - Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts


APNA 33rd Annual Conference
Ernest N Morial Convention Center

New Orleans, Louisiana
October 2-5, 2019

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: The Whole Health Connection

APNA Annual Conference Call for Abstracts Deadline: March 4th

Notification/Confirmation Publication  |  Dates/Deadlines

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2019 Notifications Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Presentation Confirmation Response Deadline: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

 

The final deadline has now passed. If you submitted an abstract, it is being reviewed and the conference program is in development.

     

Theme & Outcomes


This year’s conference theme is Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: The Whole Health Connection. The overall conference learning outcomes are:

  • Explore the impact of human connections on mental health and whole health.
  • Examine how neuroscience informs the practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing.
  • Advance psychiatric-mental health nursing through the application of the unique skill sets that support the whole health of our patients and communities.  
 

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. You can also view a video walkthrough of the submission site here or get detailed written instructions here.

Woman Listening to Discussion at the APNA Annual ConferenceDuring submission, indicate your unique choice(s) for the presentation format(s) under which your abstract will be reviewed. The options are First Choice, Second Choice, Third Choice, Fourth Choice, and N/A for each of the possible presentation formats:

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

Select one choice (first, second, and so on) for each presentation format. Select N/A if you do not want your abstract reviewed under that presentation format. You are still welcome to submit for only one type of presentation (ie 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 of presentation. Presentation proposals must be submitted online by March 4 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 with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

 

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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 August 26, 2019.

 

Accepted pre-conference sessions will require the submission of program materials by the Program Materials Deadline of July 29, 2019. Program materials include: post test questions, answers, rationale as appropriate to the session type; educational design form; references; keywords / search terms; permissions for any logos, charts, diagrams, images, etc. within presentation materials; handouts, powerpoint presentation (in ppt format).

 

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 August 26, 2019.

 

Accepted concurrent sessions will require the submission of program materials by the Program Materials Deadline of July 29, 2019. Program materials include: post test questions, answers, rationale as appropriate to the session type; educational design form; references; keywords / search terms; permissions for any logos, charts, diagrams, images, etc. within presentation materials; handouts, powerpoint presentation (in ppt format).


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 August 26, 2019.


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.

 

Accepted concurrent sessions will require the submission of program materials by the Program Materials Deadline of July 29, 2019. Program materials include: post test questions, answers, rationale as appropriate to the session type; educational design form; references; keywords / search terms; permissions for any logos, charts, diagrams, images, etc. within presentation materials; handouts, powerpoint presentation (in ppt format).

 

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 August 26, 2019.

 

Accepted poster presentations will require the submission of program materials (poster pdf, permissions) by the Poster Program Materials Deadline of August 5, 2019.

 

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.

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. Poster presenters are not required to participate in the judging process.

 

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.

 

 

Industry Sponsored Symposium

Contact Leslie Hoopengardner for symposium guidelines and a submission application.
 


Evaluation Criteria
 

Abstracts in RESEARCH should address the following:Man presenting 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 4, 2019
 

The final deadline has now passed. If you submitted an abstract, it is being reviewed and the conference program is in development.

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

Indicate a unique choice for each of the presentation options, selecting the 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. Select N/A if you do not want your abstract reviewed under that presentation format. You are still welcome to submit for only one type of presentation (ie poster or concurrent session) by selecting that format as your First Choice and then selecting N/A for the rest.

To complete your abstract, be sure to press the “Submit FINAL proposal” button. Once your abstract proposal is successfully completed, you will receive an email confirmation of submission from APNA 33rd Annual Conference (inform@apna.org). If you do not see this in your inbox, please check your junk mailbox.

 

 

Notification & Confirmation
 

Two people look at a poster at the APNA Annual ConferenceRegardless of acceptance status, an email notification will be sent to you on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

If your abstract proposal has been accepted, you must confirm your presentation via the online Presenter Agreement (link in notification email) by Tuesday, April 16th. 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 4/16/19.

 

Publication
 
  1. If your proposal is accepted and confirmed for a podium presentation (pre-conference session, concurrent session, or mini concurrent session), 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 4, 2019
Submissions Deadline for Pre-conference Sessions, Concurrent Sessions, Mini Concurrent Sessions, Poster Presentations

April 10, 2019
Notification emails sent to all submitters.

April 16, 2019
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).

July 29, 2019
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, 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 5, 2019
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 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.

August 26, 2019
Early Bird Registration Deadline – Presenters Registration Deadline
All presenters (primary presenters and co-presenters) for pre-conference sessions, concurrent sessions, mini concurrent sessions, and poster presentations must be registered by this date.

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