Call for Abstracts

Abstract submissions are currently closed; please check back soon for information on our 2023 conference.

Students and faculty are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (excluding title and author sections) for consideration. Please submit a separate abstract for each proposed poster (abstracts with multiple authors need only one submission from a ‘primary’ author/designated contact).

Abstract Submission Deadline (2022)
Thursday, March 17, 2022

Abstract Formats
Use one of the following abstract formats: (A) Research; (B) Clinical, Programmatic, or Policy Intervention; (C) Literature Review; or (D) Quality Improvement/Evidence-Based Practice Scholarly Project. Please limit the body of your abstract to no more than 300 words (excluding title, authors, acknowledgments, and keywords).

FORMAT A – Research

  • Background: The study objectives, the hypothesis to be tested, or a description of the problem.
  • Methods: Methods used, or approach taken (e.g., research design, sampling, procedures);
  • Results: Specific results in summarized form (with statistical analysis when appropriate, promises such as ”to be completed” are not acceptable).
  • Conclusions: Description of the main outcomes of the study and their implications, including suggestions for future research. Concluding statements such as ”the results will be discussed” are not acceptable.

(Grant acknowledgments should appear, but literature references should not appear in abstracts.)

FORMAT B – Clinical, Programmatic, or Policy Intervention

  • Issue: A concise statement of the issue(s) or problem(s) addressed;
  • Description: A description of the project, experience, education/training, service and/or advocacy;
  • Lessons Learned: A summary of findings/outcomes which are supported by your observations or results (statistical analysis used to support the conclusions, where appropriate, should be included). Concluding statements such as ”the results will be discussed” are not acceptable.
  • Next Steps: Recommendations for future research, clinical or programmatic intervention, EBP/QI initiative, or policy change and assessment.

(Grant acknowledgments should appear, but literature references should not appear in abstracts.)

FORMAT C – Literature Review

  • Issue: A concise statement of the issue under investigation;
  • Description: Specify the rationale for the literature review, type of analysis of studies, what aspects of the topic were investigated, the types of studies reviewed (with search engine queries and inclusion/exclusion criteria, where appropriate);
  • Results: Specific findings;
  • Conclusions and Recommendations: A summary of findings and lessons learned, suggestions for future research, assessment/management/clinical practice protocols, or policy.

(Grant acknowledgments should appear, but literature references should not appear in abstracts.)

FORMAT D – Quality Initiative/Evidence-Based Practice Scholarly Project

  • Background: A description of the problem, clinical question, protocol, or other clinical issue and its significance/impact on clinical practice.
  • Purpose: Goal(s)/objective(s) of the project
  • Methods: Methods used, or approach taken (e.g., design, sampling, setting, measures, analysis);
  • Results: Specific results/findings in summarized form, with statistical analysis when appropriate (if not completed, anticipated results are acceptable).
  • Conclusions/Implications: Description of the main outcomes of the project and their implications for clinical practice (may include project limitations and suggestions for future research, practice, or policy changes).

(Grant acknowledgments should appear, but literature references should not appear in abstracts.)


Example of FORMAT A – Research

The Influence of Phonotactic Probability on Late Talkers’ Ability to Produce New Words

  • Background: The purpose was to examine the influence of phonotactic probability on late-talkers’ (LT) and typically developing (TD) toddlers’ speech production skills. Phonotactic probability influences children’s accuracy in word production. Less is known about the influence of phonotactic probability on word production in TD and LT toddlers.
  • Methods: TD and LT toddlers (24 months) were taught novel words, consisting of high or low phonotactic probability sequences. Toddlers were exposed to the novel words over ten trainings sessions. After the final session, the toddlers were asked to name the novel items. The speech sound accuracies of the toddlers’ productions were calculated.
  • Results: TD toddlers demonstrated sensitivity to the phonotactic composition of the novel words. They produced high probability forms with greater frequency and accuracy than low probability forms. LT did not show this preference. They produced both high and low probability forms with equal frequency and accuracy.
  • Conclusions: TD toddlers are sensitive to the phonological regularities in English and use these regularities to produce new words. LT did not take advantage of phonological regularities when learning new words. This may contribute to their difficulty producing new words.
  • Acknowledgements: This research was supported by the Doctoral Student’s Research Grant, CUNY Graduate Center.

Example of FORMAT B – Clinical, programmatic, or policy intervention

Corporations and Health Watch: A Resource for Changing Health Harming Corporate Practices 

  • Issue: Corporate practices that harm health are increasingly leading to negative health outcomes and widening health disparities. While advocacy groups have endeavored to expose these corporate practices and reduce the public health impact of the promotion, retailing, design and pricing of products contributing to negative health outcomes, little has been done to document and analyze this work.
  • Description: Tracking corporate practices that influence health in six major industries—alcohol, automobile, firearm, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and tobacco—the Corporations and Health Watch (CHW) project documents and analyzes advocacy campaigns that have successfully changed corporate practices and health policies. The CHW website serves as a forum for public health researchers, advocates, students and others to exchange information, identify resources, and establish partnerships. Our poster will summarize our activities and lessons over the last two years.
  • Lessons Learned: The CWH website provides a simple and effective vehicle for individuals across disciplines to communicate and collaborate in order to advance research and practice in this emerging field.
  • Next Steps: The CHW project prepares case studies, campaign profiles, industry reviews, and campaign building resources as a tool to improve health outcomes. Future plans for research studies, scientific meetings and courses are described.

Example of FORMAT C – Literature review

A Literature Review of the Effects of Magnet Designation on Reported Nursing Burnout, Job Satisfaction and Perception of the Work Environment

  • Issue: Although Magnet designation of facilities is considered a gold standard in quality of care, it is less clear if achieving Magnet status provides healthier working environments and decreases occupational burnout in nurses. This literature review addressed the following question: Among registered nurses, does working in a Magnet hospital compared to a non-Magnet or aspiring-Magnet hospital make a difference in the rate of reported nurse burnout, job satisfaction and views of work environment?
  • Description: This systematic search and limited review of the research literature was conducted using CINAHL, Medline and the Cochrane Database. Keywords used included burnout, magnet hospitals and job satisfaction. Results included a systematic review, five cross-sectional secondary data analyses, three descriptive studies, and one qualitative study.
  • Results: Key findings indicate that nurses in Magnet facilities compared to non-Magnet and aspiring-Magnet facilities reported lower rates of nurse burnout, increased job satisfaction and perception of better support from peer nurses, administration and physicians.
  • Conclusions and Recommendations: Nurses who work in Magnet hospitals experience greater job satisfaction and less burnout than nurses who do not. There are advantages for hospitals that make an effort to achieve Magnet status even if not earned immediately. Future research can include longitudinal studies on whether perceptions of nurses from Magnet facilities change over time, and whether higher job satisfaction improves patient outcomes and satisfaction. Quality improvement measures such as a structured equation model can be incorporated in the Magnet design as a standard measure for improving health care environments, staff satisfaction, and patient outcomes.

Example of FORMAT D – Quality Initiative/Evidence-Based Practice Scholarly Project

The Cluster Care Model: An Innovative Method to Decrease CLABSIs in PICUs

Background: Central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are hospital acquired infections that promote both negative patient outcomes and prolong hospital length of stay. Research studies have been conducted and CLABSI maintenance bundles were created and initiated. Review of the literature has identified frequency of line access as a potential risk factor for CLABSIs.

Purpose: The aim of this quality improvement initiative was to reduce the incidence of CLABSIs in the PICU, with the purpose of implementing an evidence-based cluster care model to support current CLABSI bundles and propose a change in practice to limit the frequency central lines were accessed daily.

Methods: An audit tool was used to measure compliance with CLABSI bundles. Gaps in knowledge were identified through pre – and post – test surveys. Staff were educated on identified barriers to compliance. PICU nurses were trained on incorporating the cluster care model into practice. A unit-based surveillance tool was used to measure CLABSI rates pre and post intervention.

Results: Decreased compliance in CLABSI maintenance bundles was noted. Post education data showed an increase in knowledge as well as compliance. The cluster care model was successfully incorporated by the nursing staff, limiting the frequency of line access. The surveillance tool found a decrease in CLABSI rates following this implementation.

Conclusion/Implications: A reduction of CLABSI rates post implementation of the cluster care model successfully demonstrated the positive correlation between frequency of line access and CLABSIs as well as the need for current CLABSI bundles to include methods for limiting line access.

For more examples, see last year’s abstract book.

Abstract Rubric
Refer to our abstract rubric for additional guidelines in preparing a quality abstract.


Poster Presentations
Presenters with accepted abstracts are invited to share their work in an online poster format. See our poster guidelines for instructions, examples, and a poster presentation rubric.

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