2014 Abstract Submission

The National Gerontological Nursing Association
invites you to submit an abstract for presentation
at the 2014 Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas
October 2-4, 2014.

Abstracts are sought from nurses and other disciplines that specialize in the care of older adults in all areas of clinical practice, administration, research, and education. Abstracts are welcomed from those working in hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living, home health, community health, hospice, schools of nursing, government and military, and industry.


Abstracts will be accepted in the following categories:
  • Concurrent Session Oral presentations: General topics 60 minutes in length;
  • Concurrent Session Research Oral presentations: Research reports 15-20 minutes in length;
  • Research poster presentations (featuring completed research), Optional: May be submitted for consideration for the Judith Braun Excellence in Research Award (see below for additional information);
  • Evidence-Based Practice poster presentations (featuring novel clinical practices), Optional: May be submitted for consideration for the Innovations in Practice award (see below for additional information);
  • Quality Improvement (QI)/Performance Improvement Projects (PIP), Optional: May be submitted for consideration for the Innovations in Practice award (see below for additional information)
  • Student Poster presentations (Call for Student Abstracts Coming Soon!)


Guidelines must be met in order for your abstract to be considered.
  1. Submit online via the NGNA website. Click on the link titled “Submit an Abstract” at the end of the procedures and guidelines to access the online form or visit
  2. Submission deadline is March 3, 2014. No abstracts will be accepted after the deadline.
  3. Abstract title cannot exceed 120 characters and your abstract narrative cannot exceed 3350 characters.
  4. You do not have to be an NGNA member to submit an abstract.
  5. Avoid the use of any symbols, special characters, or graphics within the abstract text.
  6. 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.
  7. The abstract is to be original work and NOT previously published as a paper in a journal or at another conference. Posters accepted and presented at another conference(s) are permitted.
  8. Typographical and grammatical errors are not acceptable.
  9. We recommend that you draft your abstract in a saved document, and copy and paste it to the online form. This will protect the wording of your abstract and will save you time in case of a server or website error.


  1. Originality and importance of the topic to the field of gerontological nursing
  2. Appeal to NGNA members
  3. Clarity of the proposal
  4. Quality of content addressing criteria for the type of presentation
  5. Application of the topic to a variety of settings
  6. Writing clarity, grammar, spelling, and punctuation accuracy


  1. Accepted abstract authors will be required to submit the following information for each co-author (First name, Last name, Email address, and Phone number). It is vital for the e-mail address to be current and accurate since all communication with NGNA will be delivered via e-mail. Please contact Courtney Devine at with changes in personal information.
  2. Communications about submitted abstracts will be made with the first listed author; co-authors will be recognized and are expected to have contributed substantively to the proposed presentation content or project/research.
  3. Discuss the abstract with your manager prior to submission with regard to your ability to attend the conference if your abstract is selected for presentation. All poster presenters (i.e. first authors) must register for the conference. If the first author is unable to attend the conference, one of the other listed authors may present the poster.
  4. All travel expenses are the responsibility of the author/presenter.
  5. NGNA requests that posters not exceed 4’x4’. The full abstract does not have to be included on the poster. Posters exceeding the size requirements will not be permitted.
  6. Posters will be set up in the exhibit hall and viewing will be open during the exhibit hall hours. The exhibit hall hours will be published in the conference brochure scheduled for distribution in May 2014.
  7. Authors will be required to be physically present with their poster during the poster viewing sessions. Presenters will receive the date and time of the poster sessions prior to the conference.
  8. In order to be eligible for Judith Braun Excellence in Research and Innovations in Practice Awards, the author’s attendance at the conference, as well as poster and podium presentations, is required.
  9. Each poster presenter receives a certificate of participation which is distributed at the completion of the judging. Additionally, NGNA recognizes the following awards:
    • Judith Braun Excellence in Research – Research poster presenters may choose to be considered for this award. Selected abstracts will provide a 10-15 minute oral presentation. Both the poster and oral presentations will be judged and the award will be presented during the Awards Luncheon.
    • Innovations in Practice – EEBP poster presenters may choose to be considered for this award. Selected abstracts will provide a 10-15 minute oral presentation. Both the poster and oral presentations will be judged and the award will be presented during the Awards Luncheon.


Abstracts are selected by a blind review from an impartial panel of NGNA members based on the following:
  1. Relevance to NGNA’s mission, vision, and values.
  2. All components are complete and in the correct format.
  3. RESEARCH abstracts are scored on scientific merit, clinical relevance, relevant literature cited, quality and implementation of the study design, and evaluation of findings. Research abstracts may focus on any aspect of the care of older adults. Abstract needs to address human subjects protection (IRB approval). Abstracts should describe the methods used to carry out the research, identify variables and sample size, identify protocols and instruments used for evaluation and describe data analysis, outcomes and conclusions. Research must be completed prior to abstract submission.
  4. EVIDENCE- BASED PRACTICE abstracts are scored on the scope and significance of the practice problem, the purpose, the implementation of the project, the evaluation plan, outcomes, and implications for nursing science, patient outcomes, practice, education, leadership, and policy-making. Evidence-Based practice abstracts can be submitted on a wide variety of strategies and practice innovations used to solve a difficult, unique, or interesting problems related to the care of the older adult. The evidence-based practice abstract should describe relevant literature cited, brief appraisal of evidence, problem, purpose, implementation with evaluated outcomes and implications.
  5. QUALITY IMPROVEMENT/PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT abstracts are scored on “the scope and significance of improving care in a specific clinical situation & specific to an identified problem or opportunity for improvement in the facility, and has clearly described Performance Improvement Methodology and Outcomes.” Muller, B. (2011). Quality Improvement / Performance Improvement Project (QI/PI) abstracts highlight grassroots “demonstration of measureable improvement in patient care.” Muller, B. (2011). The QI/PI abstracts should describe the scope of problem, relevant literature cited, brief appraisal of evidence, project goal, QI/ PI improvement method with plan, implementation and outcomes described based on a QI/PI method.


Notification of selections will be emailed to all abstract authors, and due dates of authors’ RSVPs and educational forms will be in April 2014. Specific due dates will be communicated with acceptance notifications.


Revised 09/18/2013
Abstract Format Suggestions:
  1. Background of the Problem/Clinical Significance: Why do we care about the problem? What is its significance? Why is it important? The purpose, question, theoretical model or framework and baseline measurement (if available).
    1. Relevant Literature:
    2. PICO Format Question: (P-problem I-experimental intervention C-usual or standard care comparison intervention O-outcome and how measured)
    3. EBP Model/Process
    4. Quality Improvement/Performance Improvement Project (QI/PIP) Method
  2. Methods:
    1. Project Design: Type of project? How did you design and carry it out?
    2. Sample: How many participants were in the EBP innovation, quality improvement project, & research project? What type of sampling technique was used? (E.g. this was a convenience sample of 88 older adults, age 65 and older.) How did you choose your population?
    3. Setting: Where did the best-practice project take place? Was it a multi-center project or just at one hospital, a nursing home, a rural or urban setting, community center, clinic, ED, ICU, etc.
    4. Procedures: Implementation of the project - What information was collected, measured, analyzed? What was the plan for the evaluation of outcomes?
  3. Outcomes/Results: What were the outcomes or findings of your project? Patient outcomes and lessons learned? How was success measured? Were the findings statistically significant?
  4. Discussion/Conclusions: What were the most important things you learned from this project?
  5. Implications for Nursing Practice: What are the implications of your findings for nursing practice? What remains to be learned? What are the next steps or recommendations?


Please click on the corresponding link to choose a category below.