Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: 1 September 2021

Open opportunities are available to submit abstracts for Creating Healthy Work Environments. Abstracts are invited that demonstrate a direct link to the theme "Collaborate to Engage, Sustain, and Advocate" and to the overall outcomes of the program.


Collaborate to Engage, Sustain, and Advocate

Program Outcomes

  • Recognize three tactics on how professional collaboration can aid in the creation of healthy work environments
  • Articulate two successful strategies to actively engage, sustain, and/or advocate for healthy work environments

Topics for Submission

  • Enhancing Professional Well-Being
  • Implementing Standards (i.e. AACN Healthy Work Environment, Pathways to Excellence)
  • Engaging in and Promoting Interprofessional Collaboration
  • Moral and Ethical Strategies and Solutions
  • Advocating for the Workforce and Work Environment
  • Optimizing Healthy Work Environments for Patient Outcomes
  • Translation of Evidence for a Sustained Healthy Work Environment

Guidelines for Electronic Abstract Submission

As you prepare for submitting, please keep the following items in mind.
Please read through each section carefully prior to submitting an abstract. If you have further questions, contact

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Please note: Peer reviewers will be using a rubric to review your abstract submission. See the abstract rubric for more information.

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General Information
  • Completed work or projects may be submitted for either oral, poster, or PechaKucha presentation. If the work or project is not yet complete, the abstract may only be submitted as a poster or PechaKucha presentation.
  • If successfully reviewed, final abstract acceptance will be conditional upon registration by the presenting author.*

*Please see the Sigma Presenter Acceptance Policy regarding accepted presenters who do not present. Accepted presenters who do not attend will be sent a follow-up letter explaining the policy for “no-shows.”

  • Presenters assume all costs related to travel, accommodations, and other expenses for their presentation.
  • The primary presenting author should be listed first in the order of authors. All communication will be directed to the primary presenting author only.
  • In addition to the abstract, a profile for each author (contact and biographical information) and conflict of interest form are required. All required forms are available online through the abstract submission system.

Please remember to include any and all members of your team or anyone who you may wish to give credit to for the work you are submitting. Once the abstract submission deadline has passed, you may not be able to add authors/presenters to the abstract.

  • Abstracts, presentation slides, and author information will be uploaded to the Sigma Repository with the authors’ permission.
  • Sigma is committed to worldwide collaboration. Please include global implications as relevant to your work.
Submission Process
  • Abstracts and references should only be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts should be between 300-500 words. The title, presenter information, and references should not be included in the body of the abstract. In-text citations, however, are appropriate. These citations will be included in the overall word count. Full references are required in an additional field.
  • The use of a word processing program, rather than the submission form, is recommended for composing the abstract. Please check spelling, word count, and conformation to the guidelines prior to copying the abstract onto the submission form.
  • All abstract and presentation materials must be in compliance with international copyright laws. 
  • Abstract title, abstracts, and presentation focus should be original (not previously published or presented). We recognize that a study, project, or work may yield multiple findings and subsequently several original publications or presentations. To be eligible to present, submissions must contain an original title, abstract text, and subsequent presentation content (i.e., different view, perspective, or focus).
  • Submission Due Date:  Submit all abstracts no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 1 September 2021.
  • An email with submission ID # and a password will automatically be sent to the email included on the first page of the submission once the first page has been submitted. The link within this email can be used to access the submission at any time prior to the submission deadline. The ID # will be used for uploading the presentation file if the abstract is accepted for presentation.
  • An individual may submit more than one abstract; however, if successfully reviewed, only one oral, one poster, and one PechaKucha submission will be accepted for presentation.
  • Abstract submissions that are incomplete after the submission deadline will not be eligible for presentation and will no longer be accessible by the authors.
  • Email confirmation of completed abstract submissions will be sent to the primary presenting author only upon receipt of the complete submission.
  • Email notification of abstract acceptance will be sent only to the primary presenting author by the end of October 2021
  • The author’s failure to return the “intent to present” information will disqualify the abstract from presentation. Only the primary presenting author is required to complete this form.
  • Presentation files must be uploaded by the identified deadline. No audiovisual (A/V) capability will be available for any presentation that is not uploaded by the deadline.
Submission Guidelines

A complete oral or poster presentation submission includes the following:

Title Step

  • Title (Maximum of 15 words)
  • Submitter's Email Address
  • Abstract Describes (Select “Completed Work/Project” or “Ongoing Work/Project”)
  • Preferred Presentation Format
    This is the format in which the author prefers to present.
    • Poster (only option if ongoing project)
    • Oral (only eligible completed projects)
    • Either (only eligible completed projects)
    • PechaKucha
  • Preferred Presentation Platform
    This is the presentation platform in which the author prefers to present.
    • In Person
    • Virtual
    • No Preference
  • Preferred Presentation Category
    This submission is applicable to the following category:
    • Clinical
    • Academic
    • Students
    • Leaders
    • Researchers
  • Abstract Summary (Please provide a brief description of the educational activity. This will be for use in promotional materials, such as event brochures or marketing materials, if the abstract is accepted. This should be a short [minimum of 25 words, maximum of 50 words], compelling description of the abstract that describes what participants should expect by attending the session.)

Subject Matter Step

  • The abstract pertains to:
    • Academic
    • Non-Academic Education/Professional Development
    • Patients
    • Patient Families
    • Clinical
    • Other
  • Depending on the response to the subject matter question, additional questions will be asked to clarify the abstract content.

Abstract Text Step

  • The abstract should be a minimum of 300 words and not more than 500 words.
  • We suggest that abstracts be developed in a word processing program before accessing the online submission form. Use the spell check and word count features of your word processor to check the text of the abstract before submitting it. There is no need to shorten lines so that they fit inside the box; the text will wrap automatically to fit.
  • Please remove all references to the title and author information in the abstract text before completing the submission.
  • Authors should review the information submitted very carefully for spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. It will not be possible to change any information in the abstract once it is uploaded and posted to the Sigma Repository.

Bibliographic References Step

  • Provide a minimum of one scholarly reference (e.g., science journal articles, books). References should be recent and/or appropriate for the abstract (references should be no older than five years, unless they are a seminal work). A clear, consistent format (i.e., APA, Harvard, MLA, etc.) with less than one error should be used. It is recommended to copy and paste from a word processing program to maintain formatting. If no references are available or used, please list “N/A” in this field.

Author Step

This is the step where all authors or contributors should be listed. Additional authors cannot be added after the submission deadline.

  • Search by email address of first author.
  • If email address found, click the radial button next to the appropriate name and click "select" to choose or "select and edit" to choose and edit the information currently in the system.
  • If email address is not found, input all author information as follows:
    • Given and Middle Name or Initial (If using an initial include a period after the letter)
    • Surname/Family Name
    • Degrees and Credentials (List the highest degree per discipline. If you have more than one degree in a single discipline, list only the highest degree. If you are a student nurse and have not completed a degree at this time, please put “SN” in this field.)
    • Education
      • Diploma
      • Associate's
      • Baccalaureate
      • Master's
      • Doctorate
      • I am not a nurse or midwife.
    • Email Address (Should already be completed with the address input to search for author)
    • Alternate Email Address (Not required, but helpful if there are any issues with receiving email on the first email address from a bulk mail server)
    • Sigma Chapter (If you are a member, please select your primary chapter only.)
    • Author Summary (Provide professional expertise as a speaker introduction. This would be read aloud prior to the session or printed in brochures or marketing materials and should be written in third person. This should include what you would want your audience to know about you that relates to the educational content you are about to provide. Your summary should be short [minimum of 25 words, maximum of 75 words] and specific to your professional background.)
    • Institution/Organization Name
    • Position Title
    • Department/Group
    • Address (two lines available)
    • City
    • State/Province
    • ZIP/Postal Code
    • Country
    • Phone Number
  • If additional authors are needed, click the "Add New Person" button under the table where name is shown and repeat the above steps.

Participant Agreement Step

  • This is the standard form that should be completed by the primary presenting author only.
  • Based on past questions staff have received, the statement regarding original work is applicable only if the title and abstract being submitted are different from what has been previously published or presented.

Disclosure Step

  • Each author must complete a conflict-of-interest disclosure form.
  • A link to complete the form will be sent to each additional author when added as a contributing author to the email address provided to the system.
  • Do you have a conflict or perceived conflict based on information provided on the screen? Respond yes or no. If response is yes, a table appears for completion to explain the conflict.
  • All disclosures must be completed to be considered a complete submission.
  • Click “Save and Continue” to complete the submission.

Confirmation Step

  • This step is a confirmation of all the materials that were put into the system.
  • Nothing is required on this page, but it may be printed for authors’ records.
Submit a Presentation

Sessions provide the opportunity for nurses to showcase success strategies, techniques, and leadership models to bring together the academic and clinical settings to enhance health globally. Through the presentation of research, projects, and programs, nurses will further scholarship in the nursing profession.

Presentation options include the following:

Oral Presentations:

Individual abstract (20-minute presentation)
To be included in a group of up to three abstracts around a similar topic grouped together by the program committee from individual abstracts accepted for presentation. A concurrent session is allotted 15 minutes for individual abstract presentation with five minutes for audience questions.

Submit individual abstract

Poster Presentations:

A traditional poster session is a single abstract presentation by an individual or representatives of teams with an academic or professional focus. The work is peer-reviewed and presented on a large, usually printed placard, bill, or announcement, often illustrated, that is posted to publicize. It can also be a visual display of completed or in-progress work. An electronic version of the poster will be requested for use in awarding continuing professional development contact hours to attendees as well as included in the Sigma Repository.

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PechaKucha Presentations:

What is a PechaKucha presentation?
PechaKucha (Petch-aa Koo-chaa) is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Slides are set up to automatically advance after 20 seconds. In other words, you have 400 seconds to tell your story, with visuals guiding the way. PechaKucha means "chit chat" in Japanese. This creative outlet began as nighttime get-togethers in Tokyo in 2003 by two renowned architects. Since then, three million people have attended PechaKucha events worldwide.

20 slides. 20 seconds of commentary per slide. That's it. Simple. Engaging. Spurring authentic connections.

PechaKucha is the ideal tool to share passions and drop some knowledge. Global innovators use the PechaKucha format to create powerful, visually-compelling stories that move audiences in less than 7 minutes. View this video to see an example of how a PechaKucha is created.

Learn more about the PechaKucha presentation format and see an example of how to create a PechaKucha.

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