2012 Call for Abstracts

October 4 - 6, 2012    |  Sheraton Inn Harbor – Baltimore, MD

(Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm PST March 15, 2012)

The National Gerontological Nursing Association invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2012 annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland, October 4 - 6, 2012.

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.

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Read the following guidelines completely before you submit an abstract

  1. All abstracts must be submitted online via the NGNA website. Click on Submit an Abstract at the end of this Call for Abstracts to access the online form or visit www.ngna.org.
  2. Submission deadline is March 15, 2012. No abstracts will be accepted after the deadline.
  3. Your 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 so 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 presented at an NGNA convention.
  8. Double check your abstract for typographical and grammatical errors.
  9. 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.


Abstracts will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Concurrent Session Oral presentations:  General topics 60 minutes in length. Topics can include but are not limited to community nursing, academia, acute care and long term care.
  • Concurrent Session Oral RESEARCH presentations:  Research reports 15-20 minutes in length;
  • Poster presentations featuring completed research:  Research poster presentation. See below for additional information about poster presentation competitions and awards.
  • Poster presentations featuring novel clinical practices: Evidence-based practice poster presentation. See below for additional information about poster presentation competitions and awards.
  • Student Poster presentations: Evidence-based practice and research topics presented as posters by students. See separate Student Poster Call for Abstracts for student eligibility as well as additional information and details.

Authors who are unsure in which category their abstract belongs, please contact Sarah Clements at sclements@ngna.org or via phone at 859-977-7453 to review and determine the appropriate category prior to submission.



  1. Originality and importance of the topic for 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



  1. Authors of accepted abstracts will be required to provide 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. If the presenting author contact and email address should change before the annual conference, he/ she needs to provide the updated contact information to the following email address:  sclements@ngna.org.
  2. Communications about submitted abstracts will be made with the first author; co-authors will be recognized and are expected to have contributed substantively to the proposed presentation content or project/research.
  3. 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. Expenses associated with the preparation, printing, delivery, and presentation of an abstract (poster and oral) is the responsibility of the author/presenter.  If accepted, the presenter is required to pay all fees associated with the meeting including, but not limited to, travel, housing accommodations, meeting registration, etc.
  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 2012.
  7. Poster Presentation Competition & Awards:
    • General Poster Competition & Awards
      1. Authors will be required to present their poster to the judges at a pre-determined time. Presenters will receive their assigned date and time prior to the conference.
      2. Each poster presenter receives a certificate of participation which is distributed at the completion of the judging.
      3. Awards will be giving in the following categories
        1. Best Research Poster – Complimentary STN Membership
        2. Best Evidence Based Practice Poster – Complimentary STN Membership
        3. Best Overall Poster – Complimentary Conference Registration for the following year
    • Additional Poster Competitions & Awards
      1. Judith Braun Excellence in Research – Poster presenters may choose to be considered for the Judith Braun Excellence in Research Award. Selected abstracts will provide a 10-15 minute oral presentation in addition to their poster presentation. Both the poster and oral presentations will be judged. The award recipient will be presented with a plaque during the Awards Luncheon. Please indicate on the submission form that you would like to be considered for this award category.
      2. Innovations in Practice – Poster presenters may choose to be considered for the Innovations in Practice Award. Selected abstracts will provide a 10-15 minute oral presentation in addition to their poster presentation. Both the poster and oral presentations will be judged. The award recipient will be presented with a plaque during the Awards Luncheon. Please indicate on the submission form that you would like to be considered for this award category.


Abstracts are selected by a blind review from a panel of NGNA members based on the following:

  1. Relevance to NGNA's mission, vision, values.
  2. All components are complete and in the correct format.
  3. 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.
  4. EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 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 science, patient outcomes, practice, education, leadership, and policy-making.


  1. Notification of selections will be emailed to all abstract authors by April 30, 2012.
  2. Authors RSVP of acceptance to present at the conference is due by May 15, 2012.



Research abstracts may focus on any aspect across the continuum of care of older adults. 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.  Research must be completed prior to abstract submission.



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 must contain a literature review and have been implemented with evaluated outcomes.


Provided below are a list of resources about how to draft an effective abstract. Please feel free to utilize these resources in preparation for your submission.



Abstract Format & Characters Limitations:

IMPORTANT NOTE – It is understood that abstracts submitted to the CONCURRENT SESSION ORAL PRESENTATION category may not include information for all the fields listed below. Therefore, please indicate “not applicable” in the field(s) that don’t apply and complete the sections that do apply to your topic. Each field is required, so in order for your submission to process something needs to be entered.

  1. Background/Significance/Purpose: Why do we care about the problem? What is its scope and significance? Why is it important? Project aim, objectives/or goals, and baseline measurement (if appropriate). 600 CHARACTERS
  2. Study Design: Type of study, e.g. descriptive study, hypothesis-generating study, observational study, cross-sectional study, multi-site 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. 100 CHARACTERS
  3. Setting: Where did the research or best-practice project take place? 100 CHARACTERS
  4. 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.) 150 CHARACTERS
  5. Procedures: Implementation of the project or study - How did you design and carry it out? What information was collected, measured, analyzed? What was the plan for the evaluation of outcomes? 800 CHARACTERS
  6. Findings/Results: What were the results or findings of your study/project? Outcomes and lessons learned? How was success measured? Were the findings statistically significant? 1000 CHARACTERS
  7. Discussion/Conclusions/Implications: Synopsis of the most important things you

learned from this project or study. What are the implications of your findings for nursing science, patient outcomes, practice, education, leadership, and/or policy? What remains to be learned? What are the next steps or recommendations? 600 CHARACTERS


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For more information contact:

Sarah Clements, Meetings and Convention Director
National Gerontological Nursing Association
3493 Lansdowne Dr, Suite 2
Lexington, KY 40517