How to Submit an Abstract

Planning to submit an abstract for the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly or another conference?

Do you want to make sure your objectives and abstract have the best chance of being accepted?

Resources available from HPNA include:

HPNA offers an e-learning course, “Crafting a Compelling and Competitive Abstract,” presented by Maryjo Prince-Paul, PhD, APRN, ACHPN. The course is free for HPNA members. To access this and the other courses free for HPNA members, log in and click on the “E-Learning” button on the member’s homepage.

Writing a Better Abstract

  • Start with a good idea
    • Address the “so what” question
    • Answer the “who cares” question
    • Show how your information addresses a common problem or important gap
  • Grab at the get-go
    • Orient (don’t confuse) the reader with the title
    • Set the stage with the first sentence
    • Put the punch right up front with a strong significance statement and/or strong purpose statement
  • Then don’t smother it
    • Use clear, crisp, precise sentences
    • Stick with action language
    • Be careful about using acronyms
    • Provide data, not promises
    • Give enough information to make the reader want more
  • Cover four areas of content
    • Introduce the problem
    • Describe your novel approach
    • Summarize your amazing results
    • End with an insightful comment
HPNA Award-Winning Abstracts

2012 Winner

Palliative Care Needs in Rural Complex Chronic Illness
Joy Buck, RN, MSN, PhD

2011 Winner

“Dane County End-of-Life Coalition: Building Partnerships to Improve Care”
Jennifer Kowalkowski, RN, MSN

2010 Winner

Readability of Hospice Materials to Prepare Families for Death
Karen Kehl, RN, PhD, ACHPN

2009 Winner

Bereaved Parents and Siblings Continue Bonds with Children Who Died of Cancer
Terrah L. Foster, PhD, RN, CPNP

2008 Winner

End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes is Gradually Improving
Suzanne Prevost, RN, PhD

2007 Winner

“Nurses Assessment of Pediatric Care: A Hospital-Wide Survey”
Gina Santucci, RN, MSN

Listen to Betty Ferrell on Writing an Abstract

Dr. Ferrell is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has over 270 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts.

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