Abstract Submission Resources

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


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Abstract Submission Information

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:

Betty Ferrell, PhD, FAAN, Writing An Abstract, recorded teleconference (MP3)
Betty Ferrell, PhD, FAAN, Writing An Abstract, transcript
HPNA Helpful Hints for Writing Educational Objectives

Find out more information on poster presentations:  How to Create a Poster that Attracts an Audience

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

The NINR is one of the 27 Institutes that make up the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Its purpose is to support clinical and basic research to establish a scientific basis for the nursing care of individuals across the life span. Click here to download a document of valuable links from the NINR.