Nursing World

ANA 7th Annual Nursing Quality Conference ™
February 6 - 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia


Call for Abstracts
The American Nurses Association is pleased to provide its annual Nursing Quality Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme for this year's conference is Reaching the CORE of Quality. To receive a complete conference brochure as soon as it’s available, please e-mail: meetings@ana.org or visit www.nursingworld.org for more information about the conference. The web-site will be updated periodically with new information.

The deadline to begin or edit an abstract is June 5, 2012

  • Conference Goals and Topic Areas

    Conference Goals

    • Examine Various Innovative Models Used to Create and Sustain a Culture of Safety
    • Evaluate Effectiveness in Integrating New Technologies that Support Quality Improvement
    • Analyze Methods for Translating Research and Evidence into Practice
    • Illustrate and Analyze Strategies Designed for Patient Engagement in Quality

    Conference Topic Areas

    Abstracts are being sought for presentations or posters in the following topic areas. Abstracts must demonstrate one of the following:

      Examine Various Innovative Models Used to Create and Sustain a Culture of Safety
      • Describe innovations that promote staff involvement in the culture of safety
      • Employ a mission statement that includes quality and measures
      • Achieve staff buy-in for the need for quality improvement
      • Combine data from NDNQI and other discipline’s quality measures to create mutual quality goals
      • Evaluate frontline staff’s ‘Quality Literacy Levels’ to customize data sharing
      • Incorporate workflow considerations into quality initiatives
      • Recognize the crossroads of data related to CMS, NDNQI, Joint Commission, and Magnet standards
      • Build the business case for staffing and resources through use of data
      • Exemplify nursing as a performance center rather than a cost center

      Evaluate Effectiveness in Integrating New Technologies that Support Quality Improvement
      • Appraise the value of new technologies related to specialty areas
      • Compare and contrast QI solutions - including advantages and limitations
      • Illustrate safety and workflow considerations in examining new technologies
      • Build the business case for new technologies through use of data and data presentation strategies
      • Create a quality technology toolbox: matching the best tool to your problem
      • Identify and appraise technologies that enhance effective transitions of care and data sharing

      Analyze Methods for Translating Research and Evidence into Practice
      • Design a research project based on your QI initiatives
      • Construct a QI initiative based on QI research
      • Determine which research projects are most compatible with your organization
      • Integrate students and academic centers in your QI initiatives
      • Develop academic partnerships that create QI scholars in practice and academia
      • Learn from ‘Near Miss’ data
      • Demonstrate connections between frontline staff’s work, NDNQI data, and structure/process/outcomes

      Illustrate and Analyze Strategies Designed for Patient Engagement in Quality
      • Identify changes in the patient experience/satisfaction with NDNQI data use
      • Engage patients in reviewing outcomes and understanding their meanings
      • Demonstrate methods for sharing QI successes with consumers
      • Identify methods for using NDNQI measures to achieve positive patient outcomes
      • Compare consumer reporting measures to nursing sensitive measures
  • General Submission Instructions

    1. Read Abstract Author Instructions below and gather required information
    2. Read Abstract Format Guidelines (Abstract Format Tab) and prepare each abstract section in compliance with Guidelines
    3. Click link "submit your abstract" link
    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 preferred presentation format: oral, poster or virtual poster
      • Select research or innovative strategy track
      • Select conference topic area
      • Enter one or two learner objectives (Limited to 250 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 and deadlines.
    • 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
      • 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 for onsite or virtual presentation
      • Submit brief (200 character) statement in advance for moderator use during their introduction of your presentation
  • Conference Tracks

    RESEARCH TRACK ABSTRACTS
    Research track abstracts are limited to completed or nearly completed research. (Incomplete research will only be considered for poster presentations) 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 TRACK ABSTRACTS
    Innovative Strategies track 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 Strategies 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 and methods of completed
      or nearly completed research
    • Current "cutting edge" knowledge
    • One or two measurable learner objectives relevant to conference goals
    • Clarity of all Abstract Elements
    Innovative Strategies Abstract Review Criteria
    • Relevance to conference topic area selected
    • Rigor of Evaluation
    • Current "cutting edge" knowledge
    • Creativity/Innovation
    • One or two measurable learner objectives relevant to conference goals
    • Clarity of all Abstract Elements
  • Abstract Format

    Elements of Research Abstracts
    Size
    Limit
    (characters)
    Section heading
    Description
    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 analytic approach used
    700 Results
    Describe analytic findings and include actual evaluation data
    300 Conclusions & Implications for Practice
    Describe the meaning of your findings and specific practice implications
    Elements of Innovative Strategies Abstracts
    Size
    Limit
    (characters)
    Section heading
    Description
    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 analytic findings and include actual evaluation data to demonstrate success
    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).
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • Q: What is the submission deadline for the abstracts?
      A: The deadline for all abstracts is June 1, 2012. Submissions that are incomplete at this time will be withdrawn.
    • Q: How long can the abstracts be?
      A: Character counts are limited for each section of the abstract, and depend on what track you are submitting to. Click here for the specific character counts.
    • Q: When will I know if my abstract has been accepted?
      A: You will receive an e-mail in mid-July notifying you if your abstract has been accepted.
    • Q: I've already begun a submission, how do I return to it?
      A: When you began your submission, you should have received an email which contains a link directly back to your submission. Or, you can log into your submission on the right side of this page.
    • Q: I began a submission, but didn't receive any emails.
      A: Make sure that the email address entered on the title step is correct. Please also make sure that you've added ana@confex.com to your address book.
    • Q: I don't remember my login information.
      A: Click here and we will send you an email reminder.

Abstracts:

  • Must be submitted online.
  • Must not exceed 2200 or 2500 characters (depending on track). See Abstract Format requirements.
  • Can be submitted for a primary format: oral, poster or virtual poster.
  • Abstracts submitted for oral presentations will be automatically considered for oral, poster, and virtual poster presentation, unless otherwise specified by authors.
  • Abstracts submitted for poster presentations may not necessarily be considered for oral presentation.
  • Can be submitted to only one track: research or innovative strategies.
  • Can be submitted to only one conference topic area.
  • Will undergo blind peer review by topic committees.
  • Notification will be sent to the primary contact by mid July.
  • Add ana@confex.com 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.
  • Do not use acronyms unless they are spelled out initially; this includes titles.
  • Be sure to use Spell Check prior to your abstract submission.

The deadline to begin or edit an abstract is June 5, 2012

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