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The 3rd Annual NDNQI Data Use Conference (January 21 - 23, 2009),
in Dallas, Texas

The American Nurses Association is providing the annual National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®) data use conference on January 21-23, 2009, in Dallas, Texas at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion. The theme for this year's conference is New Frontiers in Quality Care. To receive a complete conference brochure as soon as it’s available, please e-mail: or visit


The deadlines to enter new abstracts and to edit existing abstracts have been reached.

  • Abstracts must be submitted online.
  • Abstracts can be submitted for only one presentation format: oral or poster
    • Abstracts submitted for oral presentations will be automatically considered for both oral and poster presentation
    • Abstracts submitted for poster presentations may not necessarily be considered for oral presentation
  • Abstracts can be submitted to only one track: research or innovative strategies.
  • Abstracts can be submitted to only one conference topic area
  • Abstracts will undergo blind peer review by topic committees
  • Notification will be sent to primary contact by August 8, 2008
  • Add to your address book in order to ensure you receive communication regarding your abstract submission.
  • If your abstract is accepted, you will need to respond to the invitation by the designated date in the invitation.
NDNQI® has been a leader in collecting nursing-sensitive indicators at the unit level since 1998. The database collects structure, process and outcome indicators from 1,300 participating hospitals throughout the United States. This unique conference provides opportunities to recognize new frontiers in quality care as it relates to addressing organizational performance to improve patient outcomes.

Conference Goals

  • Recognize how high reliability organizations undertake organizational change to improve quality
  • Identify how quality data are used to improve nurse staffing and patient outcomes
  • Describe changes in nursing processes that improve patient outcomes
  • Recognize how RN Survey data can improve the nursing work environment

Conference Topic Areas

Abstracts are being sought for presentations or posters in the following topic areas, which demonstrate:
  1. High Reliability Organizations
    • Organizational change processes used by high reliability organizations to improvement quality
    • Characteristics of high reliability organizations
  2. System Improvements
    • Changing the characteristics of the nursing workforce to improve patient outcomes
    • Organizational initiatives that improve the nursing work environment
  3. NDNQI Data Use
    • Integrating NDNQI data into staff nursing processes that improved patient outcomes.
  4. RN Survey
    • Using RN Survey data to improve RN job satisfaction and/or the practice environment.

General Abstract Submission Instructions

  1. Read Abstract Author Instructions below and gather required information
  2. Read Abstract Format Guidelines below and prepare each abstract section in compliance with Guidelines
  3. Click link "submit your abstract" link below
  4. Complete online submission form:
    • Enter the title of your abstract (Limited to 120 characters, including spaces. Should clearly indicate the specific nature of the study or project.)
    • Select oral or poster presentation format
    • Select research or innovative strategy track
    • Select conference topic area
    • Enter one or two learner objectives (Limited to 200 characters, including spaces.)
    • Enter author information
    • Enter each section of the abstract text in the spaces provided. (The sections differ between the two tracks and are described below.
    • You may NOT include any of the following in the abstract text
      • Charts
      • Graphs
      • Tables
      • Underlines
      • Bullet points
      • Indentations
      • References
  5. Submit abstract.
NOTE: Abstracts submitted with incomplete author information or violating any of the submission guidelines will not be considered.

Abstract Author Instructions

  • Up to five authors can be listed on each abstract
  • One author must be identified as the primary contact person. As all correspondence will be conducted via email with the primary contact person, email address must be valid. The primary contact person is responsible for communication with other authors and for ensuring compliance with copyright law.
  • You will be required to submit the following for each co-author:
    • first and last name
    • street address, city, state/province, zip code
    • email address
    • phone number (primary contact only)
    • Biographical data
      • Job title, description of present position
      • Institution, major, and graduation date for each degree
      • Brief (maximum 800 characters including spaces) description of work experience
      • The biographical data might be used to introduce a speaker, so please be complete in providing information requested.
    • Financial disclosure form (conflict of interest declaration)
  • If you have coauthors, but do not complete the co-author information, you will not be able to complete the abstract submission.
  • Presenters of accepted abstracts will be required to
    • Submit a speaker release form
    • Register for the conference, and assume costs related to travel, accommodations, and registration.

Conference Tracks and Abstract Format

Research track abstracts are limited to completed or nearly completed research. Research can be original or replicated studies. Research must focus on one of the conference topic areas. Preference will be given to research incorporating some aspect of NDNQI participation. Abstracts must describe the research purpose, significance, methods, sample, results, conclusions, and implications for practice. In addition, One or two measurable learner objectives must be identified.
Innovative Strategies tract abstracts focus on strategies implemented by nurses to address issues related to quality improvement, nursing administration, nurse staffing, nursing workforce, nursing practice, or patient care. Innovative strategy track abstracts must focus on one of the conference topic areas. Preference will be given to abstracts incorporating some aspect of NDNQI participation. Abstracts must include a description the purpose (i.e., issue or problem addressed), the innovative strategy implemented, an evaluation of the effectiveness, and implications for practice. In addition, One or two measurable learner objectives must be identified.
Research Abstract Review Criteria
  • Relevance to conference topic area selected
  • Scientific merit of completed or nearly completed research
  • Current "cutting edge" knowledge
  • One or two measurable learner objectives relevant to conference goals
  • Clarity
Innovative Strategies Abstract Review Criteria
  • Relevance to conference topic area selected
  • Creativity
  • Current "cutting edge" knowledge
  • One or two measurable learner objectives relevant to conference goals
  • Clarity
Elements of Research Abstracts
Section heading
300 Purpose
State the intent or goal of the study (i.e., what you wanted to learn).
500 Background/Significance
Describe the knowledge base you are building on, and the importance of the study goal
700 Methods
Identify the study design, sample, instruments, data collection procedures, and ancclytic approach used.
700 Results
Describe ancclytic findings.
300 Conclusions & Implications for Practice
Describe the meaning of your findings and specific practice implications.
Elements of Innovative Strategies Abstracts
Section heading
300 Purpose
Identify the issue addressed and goal of strategy.
300 Significance
Describe the importance of the issue addressed
1000 Strategy and implementation
Describe the innovation, and the process of implementation
300 Evaluation
Describe the effectiveness of the innovation, and how success was measured.
300 Implications for Practice
Identify specific practice implications
The online abstract submittal system will strictly enforce the abstract text format described above. Each element will be entered in a separate box in the order shown. Size limits are measured in characters, not words, and include spaces. Do not include section headings in the text you enter. (The headings will be rendered automatically by the abstract system when displaying what you have entered.)

Submissions Closed

Once you have submitted the title of your presentation you will automatically receive an email that includes a password-protected hyperlink. If you must interrupt the submission process before finishing it, you can resume at any time by clicking on the hyperlink in that email. For help in submitting an abstract online, email Tech Support.

Abstract submissions and revisions are no longer being accepted.

But you can still view your abstract. If you can find the confirming email mentioned above (from then you will have found a direct link to your submission.

If you know the ID# and password of the abstract you submitted, enter those codes below.
Abstract ID#       Password      

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