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2017 Call for Abstracts

2017 Cone Health/AHEC Nursing Research Symposium: Leading the Way in Healthcare: Transforming Interprofessional Collaboration and Outcomes through Research, Evidence-Based Practice & Quality                         

Friday, November 17, 2017 - Greensboro-Marriott Downtown

The Cone Health Nursing Research Council invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2017 Annual Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Symposium in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 17, 2017.

Please read all rules and requirements prior to submitting your abstract. Abstract submissions cannot be saved in progress. Please be prepared to complete your abstract submission in its entirety.


The deadline to submit an abstract for 2017 has passed.


Abstract Submission Categories

Abstracts will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Research (featuring completed research)
    • Podium Presentations
    • Poster Presentations
  • Evidence-Based Practice/Quality Improvement (QI) projects  (featuring novel clinical practices)
    • Podium Presentations
    • Poster Presentations
    • Panel Presentations (3 people, 3 topics - 15 minutes each; 5 minutes for questions after each topic is presented.)

Abstracts are sought from nurses and other healthcare disciplines in all practice and specialty areas including clinical practice, nursing research, education, and administration.  Students are also invited to submit abstracts.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

Please read the following completely before you submit an abstract:

  • All abstracts must be submitted online via the link titled “Submit an Abstract” at the bottom of this page.  If your submission is successful, you will receive an email shortly after your submission.
  • Submission deadline is July 20, 2017. No abstracts will be accepted after the deadline.
  • Your abstract narrative cannot exceed 350 words.
  • The review of abstracts is blinded; please avoid the use of identifiers. For example, please use pronouns or titles vs actual health care provider names, locations, etc.
  • Abstracts for posters, podiums and panels that have been presented at other conferences will be considered. (1-2 years old) 
  • Research abstracts: It is desirable that your study be completed prior to abstract submission, however, if outcomes are completed prior to the symposium, it is permissible to submit the abstract for consideration.
  • Evidence-Based Practice/(QI) abstracts: Project must contain a literature review and have been implemented with evaluated outcomes.

Abstract Objectives

  • Please list at least two objectives for your poster or podium presentation. List 3 objectives for panel presentations - one objective per topic.

Abstract Authors

  • Communications about submitted abstracts will only be made with the first author.
  • Presenters must register for the conference and pay the registration fee.  If the presenter is unable to attend the conference, one of the other listed presenters may present. If your abstract is accepted for presentation, the primary presenter will receive a $50 discount off of his or her registration.

Poster Instructions

  • The full abstract does not have to be included on poster presentations.
  • Posters are not to exceed 4’x8’. Please ensure your poster will fit within those dimensions. Posters exceeding the size requirements will not be permitted.  No Trifolds please.
  • Poster set-up time is 7:00am-7:45am the morning of the symposium, Friday, November 17, 2017.
  • Posters will be set up in designated area of the conference center.  Poster presenters are required to be physically present with their poster during the poster viewing session. This time will be identified in the conference brochure.
  • Pushpins will be available. Poster presenters will be expected to provide any other special supplies needed for their poster display.  Due to space constraints, no tables will be allowed for the poster displays.
  • Please email or for any questions or change in contact information.

Abstract Review / Selection Criteria

Abstracts are selected by a blind review from an impartial panel and are considered according to the following:

  • All components of the abstract are complete and in the correct format.
  • RESEARCH abstracts are scored on scientific merit, clinical relevance, synthesis of the literature review, quality and implementation of the study design, and evaluation of findings. 
  • EVIDENCE- BASED PRACTICE/(QI) abstracts are scored on the scope and significance of the practice problem, the purpose, synthesis of findings from the literature, the implementation of the project, the evaluation plan, outcomes, and implications for nursing. 

Notification of Acceptance

Notification of selections will be emailed to the primary presenter by Friday, September 8, 2017. 

Registration and educational forms will be available on the Greensboro AHEC website (

Abstract Format Information

Abstract Format Information:

  • Background/ Significance: Why do we care about the problem? What is its scope and significance? Why is it important?
  • Purpose: Project aim and objectives/goals
  • Study Design (if research): Type of study, e.g. descriptive study, hypothesis-generating study, observational study, cross-sectional study, cohort study, field study, before-and-after implementation of a new protocol or guideline, survey sample, case-control study, randomized controlled trial, meta-analysis, etc.
  • Methodology/Procedure: Implementation of the project or study - How did you carry it out? What information was collected, measured, analyzed? What was the plan for the evaluation of outcomes?

Include Setting and/or Sample:

    • Setting: Where did the project take place? Was it a multi-center project or just at one hospital, school, community center, clinic, ED, ICU, etc.
    • Sample: How many participants were in the study or quality improvement project? What type of sampling technique was used? (E.g. this was a convenience sample of 88 older adults, age 65 and older.)
  • Results/Outcomes: What were the results or outcomes of your study/ project? Findings and lessons learned? How was success measured? Were the outcomes statistically significant?
  • Discussion/Conclusions: Synopsis of the most important things you learned from this project or study. What remains to be learned? What are the next steps or recommendations?
  • Implications:  What are the implications of your findings for nursing science, patient outcomes, practice, education, leadership, and/ or policy?

Submit an Abstract

The deadline to submit an abstract for 2017 has passed.

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