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Abstract Submission Guidelines

The call for abstracts is now closed. The original submission guidelines appear below.

  • Health and wellness of practice settings: This theme focuses on creating the best work environments for nurses. Practice settings that cause stress, burnout and dissatisfaction have a negative effect on quality patient care. Healthy workplaces include those that are free of bullying and violence, support sufficient staffing levels, embrace new models of care, respect cultural sensitivities, and help nurses manage change and adapt to new technology. Your abstract could include action-oriented approaches on how nurses individually and collectively can make a difference.

  • Intra-professional collaboration: Abstract submissions under this theme should focus on helping nurses make the most effective use of the knowledge, skills and talents of all four regulated nursing categories to achieve optimal patient and health system outcomes. Intra-professional collaboration (i.e., working with other types of nurses) is key to achieving interprofessional collaboration (i.e., working with other types of health-care providers). Your abstract might include topics such as models of care, scope of practice, advocacy, and strategies and resources to help nursing teams understand the roles of their colleagues.

  • Self-care: This theme is all about helping nurses help themselves so they can be their best for their patients. Submit an abstract for this theme if you want to share nursing insights on the journey to physical, emotional and mental well-being. Your abstract can focus on topics such as substance use, depression, physical health, as well as creating opportunities for reflection and dialogue.

  • Resilience in health systems and care settings: In this theme, abstracts should take a more systems-level approach to examine what happens when we build (or fail to build) resilient care settings that can cope with the high demands of modern care settings. Health-care systems that engage staff meaningfully tend to be those where nurses are enthusiastic and motivated about getting the best outcomes for patients and clients. They also tend to be among the most efficient, delivering services at lower cost. Your abstract might look at the impact of resilient settings on outcomes for patients, practitioners, teams or organizations.

Presentation formats

You can submit an abstract for any of the following types of presentations:

  • PechaKucha 20X20
    This dynamic and engaging format allows for 20 slides, each lasting 20 seconds, for a presentation of 6 minutes and 40 seconds. It is an efficient and energetic means to present on a topic in a short and concise manner. You are encouraged to put images on your slides rather than something the audience has to read. The session will be moderated and the room will be equipped with a projector, screen and computer.

  • Solution labs
    Each solution lab is an oral presentation 20 minutes in length followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Your presentation should have a coherent structure and a clearly stated purpose. It should provide descriptive information, including necessary contextual detail, and report on research findings, evaluation results, lessons learned and best or promising practices. The room will be equipped with a projector, screen and computer.

  • Panels
    Panels should include a minimum of two and a maximum of three presenters addressing a common issue or topic from different perspectives followed by an interactive discussion. Each panel must also provide a moderator. These sessions are 90 minutes and must include a minimum of 30 minutes for interactive discussion. Panelists and moderator should be listed as co-presenters. The room will be equipped with a projector, screen and computer.

  • Innovation stations
    Innovation stations are posters. Material is mounted on a poster board (approximately 4 feet/122 centimetres high by 8 feet/244 centimetres wide). We will schedule a time for you to be available at your station to give attendees an overview of your project and answer questions. Abstracts should be informational and should report on work that has been completed, not in progress. No audio-visual equipment will be provided for innovation stations.

Submission form requirements

You can cut and paste your abstract text from any software into the online abstract submission form. To ensure anonymous review, do NOT include names of authors and organizations in the abstract text.

You will require the following information to complete your abstract submission:

  • Title (should be brief and reflect the content of the abstract)
  • A two-sentence description of your presentation
  • 50-word biography for each presenting author, including title(s), credentials and organization(s), which will be used for introductory purposes. Do not include list of authors in your abstract text.
  • Primary contact person (only this person will receive correspondence)
  • Presentation format — (select only one of the four formats available)

Abstract submission guidelines

All abstracts will go through a blind peer review and will be selected according to how well they meet our submission criteria.

  • Only standard abbreviations should be used and kept to a minimum.
  • Abstracts may be submitted and presented in English or French and, if accepted, will be presented in the language of submission. (Simultaneous interpretation will be provided on a limited basis.) 
  • Abstract submissions must be structured as follows:
    • Learning objectives
    • Activities, methods, innovations
    • Outcomes, results, lessons learned
    • Conclusion
  • Maximum word counts (not including abstract title or other information)
    • PechaKucha 20X20 presentations, solution labs and innovation stations: 150 words (950 characters, including spaces); longer abstracts will not be reviewed
    • Panel presentations: 400 words (approximately 2,500 characters, including spaces); longer will not be reviewed
  • All submissions will receive an e-mail confirmation receipt. If a confirmation is not received, please contact CNA at nhammude@cna-aiic.ca or 1-800-361-8404 (ext. 207). Abstract submissions received via e-mail, fax or mail will not be accepted.

Review criteria

Your abstract, which should be of interest to a broad range of nurses, will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Abstract themes — clearly addresses at least one of the four abstract themes
Clarity — clearly states what other nurses can learn from the presentation or display
Relevance — explains how the abstract reflects the convention theme and/or abstract themes
Quality — evidence-based, quality of intent, spelling and grammar
Application — describes how the outcomes are applicable to nursing policy or practice
Innovation — displays originality, innovation and nursing leadership
Knowledge translation — addresses strategies to disseminate findings and information (e.g., via partnerships, stakeholder engagement)

If your abstract is accepted

  • You will be notified by mid-February 2020.
  • You must register and submit the appropriate fee by March 30, 2020, to be included in the convention program and eligible to present.
  • You will be responsible for your conference registration fees and all related expenses such as accommodations and travel.
  • Your abstract will be posted on the CNA convention website. Abstracts will be published as they are received and will not be edited.

Important dates

November 15, 2019

Online abstract submissions opens

January 6, 2020 (midnight ET)

Abstract submission deadline

Mid-February, 2020

Notification of selected abstracts

February 3, 2020

Convention registration opens

March 31, 2020

Deadline for presenters to register to have their name included in the convention program distributed on-site

June 23-24, 2020

CNA Convention

For additional information please contact:

Nada Hammude
Governance & Leadership Coordinator
Tel.: 1-800-361-8404 (ext. 207)
E-mail: nhammude@cna-aiic.ca