Convention 2019
Convention 2019
Convention 2019

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Submission Deadline: Extended to 19 December 2018

Connect. Collaborate. Catalyze.

Open opportunities are available for submitting abstracts for the 45th Biennial Convention.

Abstracts of translational research, evidence-based clinical projects, and leadership initiatives are invited. Abstracts must demonstrate a direct link to the convention theme above.

For information on submitting an abstract or for suggested topics and submission guidelines, please select one of the session types below.

Convention Outcomes

  • Propel innovative and collaborative research and evidence-based practice strategies that connect colleagues to improve global health outcomes
  • Promote scholarly connections and collaboration among nurses and midwives in practice, education, and research globally
  • Activate knowledge transformation and create synergies for professional development within practice and education

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 abstracts@sigmanursing.org.

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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
  • Note: Peer reviewers will be using a rubric to review your abstract submission. See the abstract rubric for more information.
  • Completed work or projects may be submitted for either oral or poster presentation. If the work or project is not yet complete, the abstract may only be submitted as a poster presentation.
  • If successfully reviewed, final abstract acceptance will be conditional upon registration by the presenting author.*

*Please see Sigma's 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 related to their presentation.
  • The presenting author should be listed first in the order of authors. All communications will be directed to the presenting author only.
  • In addition to the abstract, a profile for each author (contact and biographical information) and conflict of interest form is required.
    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.
    • Enhanced abstracts, presentation slides, and author information will appear in a compiled Conference Proceedings electronic file which will be uploaded to Sigma’s Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.
    • Sigma is committed to worldwide collaboration. Please include global implications as relevant to your work.
Submission Process
  • Abstracts can only be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts should be between 300-1,500 words. The title, presenter information, learning objectives, and references should not be included in the body of the abstract. In-text citations, however, are appropriate. 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, content, 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. (2359) Eastern Time on 19 December 2018.
  • An email with submission ID # and a password will automatically be sent to the email address 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 PowerPoint presentation if the abstract is accepted for presentation.
  • An individual may submit more than one abstract; however, if successfully reviewed, only one oral and one poster submission will be accepted for presentation in a given category.
  • 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 presenting author only upon receipt of the complete submission.
  • Email notification of abstract acceptance will be sent to the presenting author only by 13 February 2019.
  • The authors’ failure to return the “intent to present” information will disqualify the abstract from presentation.
  • PowerPoint presentation 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/Category
    • This is the format in which the author prefers to present.
      • Poster (only option if ongoing project)
      • Oral
      • Either
    • 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.)

Content Outline Step

  • The content outline step should include a detailed outline of the content to be included in the presentation. A sample content outline is available here and on the submission page of the abstract system.

Keywords Step

  • Enter three (3) keywords or phrases that relate to the topic, practice setting, and/or target audience. 
  • Three (3) keywords are required.

Abstract Text Step

  • The abstract should be a minimum of 300 words and not more than 1,500 words, recommended 750-800 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 on the abstract 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 Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.

Bibliographic References Step

  • Recommended references should include more than five scholarly references (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. No additional authors can 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
    • Surname/Family Name
    • 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
      • Undergraduate student
      • Diploma
      • Associate's
      • Baccalaureate
      • Master's
      • Doctorate
      • I am not a nurse.
    • 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.)
    • Professional Experience (For ANCC accreditation purposes, please describe your expertise and years of training specific to this educational activity. [If the description of expertise does not provide adequate information, the Nurse Planner for the program may request additional documentation.] Please include at least 25 words, but no more than 150 words. Separate each entry with a line break. No special formatting is allowed or supported in this box.)
    • 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
    • Fax Number (if applicable)
  • 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 all authors complete.
  • 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 entered into the system.
  • Nothing is required on this page, but it can be printed for authors’ records.

Submitting Your Abstract

After reading the Submission Guidelines, please choose a category below to submit your abstract.

Clinical Practice Sessions

Showcase your innovative professional accomplishments with colleagues from around the world at the 45th Biennial Convention. Clinical Practice sessions are designed to provide opportunities to present original symposia, oral presentations or poster presentations.

Suggested Topics for Submission

Promoting Clinical Outcomes

  • Health and wellness advances in patient care
  • Patient-centered care
  • Disease and symptom management strategies
  • Patient and family education, engagement, and activation

Complementary Health Practices

  • Evidence-informed integration of alternative and complementary health practices in the clinical setting
  • Emerging alternative/complementary treatment modalities to augment conventional nursing interventions
  • Thinking outside the box to incorporate a variety of health interventions for symptom management

Health Promotion/Disease Prevention

  • Initiatives that address the sustainable development goals or social determinants of health
  • Interventions that promote health and wellness of individuals and communities
  • Efforts that reduce or prevent chronic diseases and other co-morbidities
  • Genomics/Genetics

Technology in Practice

  • Development or utilization of technical innovations which represent progressive advances within nursing and midwifery
  • Integration of technology in clinical practice
  • Data management and informatics

Workplace Culture

  • Diversity initiatives that address the health and well-being of healthcare professionals
  • Healthcare systems and organizational development
  • Interprofessional collaborations that promote positive workplace culture
  • Promoting healthy work and learning environments

Submit a Presentation

Presentation options include the following:

Oral Presentations:

Individual abstract (20-minute presentation)
To be included in a group of two or 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

Symposium Concurrent Session (45-75-minute presentation)

A symposium is a group of at least three (3) individual abstract presentations coordinated by a submitting lead author (organizer) concerning a common topic of interest. Each symposium session is scheduled for a total of 45-75 minutes. Three (3) individual presentations are followed by questions at the end of the concurrent session. Symposia provide an opportunity to present one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.

Submit symposium presentation

Poster Presentations:

A traditional poster session is a single abstract presentation of research, evidence-based, or translational science information by an individual or representatives of research 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.

Submit poster presentation

Research Sessions

In a diverse and changing world, Sigma is striving to connect nursing scholarship and practice through dissemination of research findings. Research sessions will serve as a networking forum to bring together researchers, educators, administrators, clinicians, and policy makers to address the global health of the world’s people. Through the presentation of research findings, nurses can further the scholarship and healthcare of the populations of the world.

Suggested Topics for Submission

Cultural Context and Care

  • Culturally competent initiatives and practices
  • Initiatives to address cultural and health equity
  • Healthcare environment and provider well-being

Complementary Health Practices

  • Evidence-informed integration of alternative and complementary health practices in clinical environments
  • Emerging alternative/complementary treatment modalities to augment conventional nursing interventions
  • Thinking outside the box to incorporate a variety of health interventions for symptom management

Global Health Issues and Ethics

  • Integration of global health perspectives in curricula and educational environments
  • Innovative research or infrastructure development to address global health goals identified by the World Health Organization or United Nations: Sustainable Development Goals
  • Diversity initiatives focused on issues that address the health and well-being of healthcare professionals and global populations

Interprofessional and Global Collaborations

  • Partnerships to enhance local and global health or educational outcomes
  • Intra or interprofessional collaborative relationships
  • Networking and partnership development
  • Addressing United Nations: Sustainable Development and World Health Organization goals

Emerging Technologies

  • Development or utilization of technical innovations which represent progressive advances within nursing and midwifery
  • Integration of technology in clinical, education, research, or leadership
  • Data management and informatics

Promoting Clinical Outcomes

  • Health and wellness advances in patient care
  • Patient-centered care
  • Disease management strategies
  • Patient and family education, engagement, and activation

Submit a Presentation

Presentation options include the following:

Oral Presentations:

Individual abstract (20-minute presentation)
To be included in a group of 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

Symposium Concurrent Session (45-75-minute presentation)

A symposium is a group of at least three (3) individual abstract presentations coordinated by a submitting lead author (organizer) concerning a common topic of interest. Each symposium session is scheduled for a total of 45-75 minutes. Three (3) individual presentations are followed by questions at the end of the concurrent session. Symposia provide an opportunity to present research or evidence-based practices on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.

Submit symposium presentation

Poster Presentations:

A traditional poster session is a single abstract presentation of research, evidence-based, or translational science information by an individual or representatives of research 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.

Submit poster presentation

Leadership Sessions

Leadership sessions are designed to enhance leadership talents and skills in a variety of professional situations. Concurrent sessions will present practice ideas drawn from current knowledge and best practices in leadership. Emphasis will be on practicality, innovation and forward thinking.

TRANSLATING SCIENCE INTO NURSING EDUCATION AWARD

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Suggested Topics for Submission

Leadership Initiatives

  • Global leadership endeavors/initiatives
  • Innovative leadership strategies
  • Healthcare systems and organizational development
  • Initiatives to promote development of future leaders

Emerging Technologies

  • Development or utilization of technical innovations which represent progressive advances within nursing and midwifery
  • Integration of technology in clinical, education, research, or leadership
  • Data management and informatics

Interprofessional and Global Collaborations

  • Partnerships to enhance local and global health outcomes
  • Intra or interprofessional collaborative relationships
  • Networking and partnership development
  • Addressing United Nations: Sustainable Development and World Health Organization goals

Workforce Planning and Development

  • Diversity initiatives that address the health and well-being of healthcare professionals
  • Healthcare systems and organizational development
  • Academic-practice partnerships supporting transition to practice

Submit a Presentation

Presentation options include the following:

Oral Presentations:

Individual abstract (20-minute presentation)
To be included in a group of 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

Symposium Concurrent Session (45-75-minute presentation)

A symposium is a group of at least three (3) individual abstract presentations coordinated by a submitting lead author (organizer) concerning a common topic of interest. Each symposium session is scheduled for a total of 45-75 minutes. Three (3) individual presentations are followed by questions at the end of the concurrent session. Symposia provide an opportunity to present research or evidence-based practices on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.

Submit symposium presentation

Poster Presentations:

A traditional poster session is a single abstract presentation of research, evidence-based, or translational science information by an individual or representatives of research 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.

Submit poster presentation

Evidence-Based and Translational Science Sessions

Sigma invites submission of successful evidence-based and translational science projects. We are looking for projects that integrate the current best evidence with clinical expertise to guide practice as well as projects where nursing evidence has been used to solve a problem and gain better patient outcomes.

TRANSLATING SCIENCE INTO NURSING EDUCATION AWARD

This educational award will be presented at the 45th Biennial Convention in 2019 during the Sigma/CENE pre-conference. See how you can qualify!

Learn more »

Suggested Topics for Submission

Evidence-Based Nursing Implementation

  • Global health and clinical applications of evidenced-based care
  • Health policy and healthcare best practices
  • Translating knowledge/ evidence into action

Interprofessional Evidence-Based Solutions

  • Interprofessional competency development
  • Interprofessional team environments that improve patient outcomes
  • Interprofessional guidelines and frameworks to enhance patient safety

Nurse-Sensitive Indicators

  • Evidence-based projects that link nurse structures with patient outcomes
  • Assessment and measurement of the effectiveness of nurse sensitive indicators
  • Relationships and impacts of nurse sensitive outcomes and quality health status

Emerging Technologies

  • Development or utilization of technical innovations which represent progressive advances within nursing and midwifery
  • Integration of technology in clinical settings
  • Data management and informatics

Submit a Presentation

Presentation options include the following:

Oral Presentations:

Individual abstract (20-minute presentation)
To be included in a group of 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

Symposium Concurrent Session (45-75-minute presentation)

A symposium is a group of at least three (3) individual abstract presentations coordinated by a submitting lead author (organizer) concerning a common topic of interest. Each symposium session is scheduled for a total of 45-75 minutes. Three (3) individual presentations are followed by questions at the end of the concurrent session. Symposia provide an opportunity to present research or evidence-based practices on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.

Submit symposium presentation

Poster Presentations:

A traditional poster session is a single abstract presentation of research, evidence-based, or translational science information by an individual or representatives of research 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.

Submit poster presentation

Education Sessions

Education sessions are designed to highlight teaching/learning strategies in both clinical and academic environments as well as student experiences and education implementation practices. Concurrent sessions will present ideas drawn from current knowledge and best practices in education.

TRANSLATING SCIENCE INTO NURSING EDUCATION AWARD

This educational award will be presented at the 45th Biennial Convention in 2019 during the Sigma/CENE pre-conference. See how you can qualify!

Learn more »

Suggested Topics for Submission

Emerging Technologies

  • Development or utilization of technical innovations which represent progressive advances within nursing and midwifery
  • Technology-mediated instruction
  • Data management and informatics

Advances in Education

  • Interprofessional educational initiatives
  • Professional development for educators and staff
  • Faculty preparedness, mentorship, and retention
  • Innovative teaching and learning strategies in nursing and midwifery
  • Instrument development and psychometric analysis
  • New theoretical or conceptual models pertaining to teaching and learning

Submit a Presentation

Presentation options include the following:

Oral Presentations:

Individual abstract (20-minute presentation)
To be included in a group of 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

Symposium Concurrent Session (45-75-minute presentation)

A symposium is a group of at least three (3) individual abstract presentations coordinated by a submitting lead author (organizer) concerning a common topic of interest. Each symposium session is scheduled for a total of 45-75 minutes. Three (3) individual presentations are followed by questions at the end of the concurrent session. Symposia provide an opportunity to present research or evidence-based practices on one topic, often from multiple perspectives, providing a coherent set of papers for discussion.

Submit symposium presentation

Poster Presentations:

A traditional poster session is a single abstract presentation of research, evidence-based, or translational science information by an individual or representatives of research 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.

Submit poster presentation

Creative Arts in Nursing Poster Submissions

Creative Arts in Nursing explores nurses’ creative sides through expressive and creative artwork, such as poetry, music, art, drama, dance, photography, quilting, etc., that symbolizes an aesthetic expression. Selected submissions will be showcased as poster presentations at the 45th Biennial Convention.

Abstracts invited in the following categories:

  • Written
  • Visual
  • Performance

Regardless of category, all accepted abstracts will be poster presentations. The abstract should explain the context of the artwork (e.g., what led to the creation of the art, how and when the art was created, and what impact the art has on others).

The actual artwork (poem, photo, video, etc.) should be in a file that you can upload into the online submission system, NOT in the abstract.


Submit a Presentation

Presentation options include the following:

Poster Presentations:

A traditional poster session is a single abstract presentation of research, evidence-based, or translational science information by an individual or representatives of research 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.

Submit poster presentation

Contact Us

For more information, please contact abstracts@sigmanursing.org or call 888.634.7575 (US/Canada toll-free) or +1.317.634.8171 (International).