Abstracts

2015 Call for Abstracts

2015 Submissions open September 1, 2014 and close November 10, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST

If you submitted your abstract before November 10, but did NOT receive a confirmation email, please contact Peggy Rynearson, Meeting Planner, at PRynearson@pcna.net at your earliest convenience.

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Highlights:

  • Mentoring is now available (pre-submission) for abstract authors. Contact Peggy Rynearson, Meeting Planner, at prynearson@pcna.net if you are interested in being connected with a mentor.
  • Two outstanding written abstracts will be selected for oral presentations and published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
  • Six outstanding posters will be published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.
  • All presenters and winners will be recognized during PCNA General Sessions on Friday, April 10
  • All submissions will be eligible for selection to participate in a Moderated Poster Session at the PCNA Annual Symposium. Those chosen to participate in the moderated session would each be allotted 5 minutes to present their work and 5 minutes to answer questions.

INVITATION: We invite healthcare professionals involved in original data-based research or quality improvement/innovative projects related to cardiovascular risk reduction & disease management to submit an abstract. Only original abstracts will be considered (not previously published or presented prior to submitting to PCNA). Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author to present a poster if accepted. Poster Presentations will take place 5:00 – 6:30 pm Thursday, April 9 during a special reception at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel. All posters will be randomly numbered by PCNA and displayed together in the foyer outside of the exhibit hall.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the poster session is to present original research findings and share new and innovative ideas for successful approaches to cardiovascular risk reduction and disease management. PCNA is proud to provide a forum for members and colleagues to share their ideas and best practices.

AWARDS & PUBLICATION:

1) Two outstanding written abstracts (one in each category) will be selected for oral presentations. Winners will receive a $250 award and deliver a 10-minute oral presentation to participants during general sessions.

2) During the Symposium, a first, second, or third place ribbon will be placed on winning posters. A $250 award will be given to the most innovative and significant poster presentation in two categories:  
    
1.  Data-Based or Original Research  2. Quality Improvement/Innovation in Patient Care

3) Both presenters and all first, second and third place winners will be recognized during PCNA General Sessions on Friday, April 10, and published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

4) Everyone who has a poster is eligible to be selected to present at the Moderated Poster Session on Thursday afternoon, April 9. This small group session will be moderated by a PCNA board or committee member. Each presenter would be allotted 5 minutes to present their work and 5 minutes to answer questions.

5) Everyone twhat has an accepted poster will be offered the opportunity to share their poster on the MyWikiCare.org website. This is an online platform which was developed by an organization called Integrated Care Leadership Network (ICLN) so that individuals who are not at the symposium can still benefit from the completed research and the programs implemented.

SELECTION PROCESS: Each presenting author must submit two forms of their abstract: the first must list all authors and the second must be “blinded,” excluding author information. The PCNA Abstract Review Committee will make selections using a blind review process.  In order to be accepted for review, abstracts must adhere to the guidelines set forth in this Call for Abstracts and must be received via the PCNA online submission form no later than November 3, 2014. Authors will be notified by December 15, 2014 of acceptance. 

Grading Criteria for Each Category

Data-Based or Original Research
Including research that reports data from existing data sets or original basic, clinical, or population-level research.

Quality Improvement/Innovation in Patient Care
Including, but not limited to, quality and process improvement projects, patient education/counseling programs, and creative approaches to patient and system-focused programs

  1. The investigation should be based on original concepts and provide important new data.
  2. The topic should be relevant to the theme of the meeting and/or mission of PCNA.
  3. The study design and methodology of the research project should be appropriate.
  4. The abstract should include complete data (mentioning that the results will be presented at the meeting is unsatisfactory).
  5. The findings should be factual, unique, useful, and appropriate to the PCNA audience.
  6. The conclusions should be valid.
  7. The abstract should be well written (i.e., clear and easy to understand).

The following components are required in each abstract:

  • Background summary
  • Statement of specific objectives/study aims
  • Description of design & methods, including measurements
  • Summary of the results obtained
  • Statement of the conclusions
  • Implications for practice
  1. The innovative project/program should be based on original concepts and provide new insights into efficient, effective patient care strategies.
  2. The topic should be relevant to the theme of the meeting and/or mission of PCNA.
  3. The description/design and implementation of the project/program/innovation should be clearly presented. 
  4. The abstract should include complete information or outcomes (mentioning that the results will be presented at the meeting is unsatisfactory).
  5. The outcomes should be innovative, feasible, clearly described, and appropriate to the PCNA audience.
  6. The evaluation and implications should be valid.
  7. The abstract should be well written (i.e., clear and easy to understand).

The following components are required in each abstract:

  • Background summary
  • Purpose/problem being addressed
  • Description of the design/implementation of the project/program/innovation
  • Evaluation and outcomes
  • Statement of the conclusions
  • Implications for practice

General Submission Guidelines

  • Only original abstracts will be considered (not previously published or presented prior to submitting to PCNA).
  • Submission of a poster abstract constitutes a commitment by the author to present a poster at the PCNA Annual Symposium if accepted.
  • The abstract itself may not exceed a word count of 300, including tables.  The 300 word limit does not include title or author(s) information.
  • Preferred style: Examples of winning abstracts are included on the following pages.  Abstracts must include the following section headers:
    • Data-Based or Original Research headings: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions
    • Quality Improvement/Innovation in Patient Care headings: Background, Purpose, Design/Implementation, Evaluation/Outcomes, Implications for Practice
  • Arial font, 10 point minimum is required.
  • Do not indent the title, and be certain that it is completely CAPITALIZED, but do not use capitals or underline for emphasis within the body of your abstract (this will be lost in the electronic transfer).
  • In the full abstract (non-blinded version), please list full name followed by degrees/credentials, employer, and city/state for each author.
  • Be sure that street address, zip code, and grant support are NOT listed in abstracts.
  • Any author may not be first author on more than two submissions.
  • Any investigator may not present more than two posters.
  • Industry representatives (i.e. from device/pharmaceutical/food companies) cannot be first author on any submitted abstracts to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
  • When using abbreviations, spell out in full the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
  • Do not squeeze letters or lines.
  • Left-hand border must be perfectly straight.
  • Check accuracy of spelling, grammar, and punctuation: Your poster abstract will appear in print exactly as you submit it; thus any errors, misspellings, incorrect hyphenations, or deviations from good grammatical usage will appear in the published abstract.
  • Deadline for submission is 11:59 pm on November 3, 2014. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted for review.
  • If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation within 24 hours after submitting your abstract online, it is your responsibility to contact the PCNA National Office to make sure we have received your submission.