Call for Star Search Participants

Each year ANPD holds a Star Search competition at our Annual Convention. The purpose of Star Search is to encourage aspiring speakers to compete for an opportunity to present a concurrent session at the next annual convention. Star Search is a great opportunity for novice speakers to develop their professional skills!

The call for Star Search participants is now open! For 2018, four convention attendees will be selected to participate in Star Search on Thursday, July 19 from 4:45 – 5:45 PM. Each participant has 10 minutes to give a brief presentation that is judged by members of the ANPD Convention Content Planning Committee (CPC) and the audience. The CPC score constitutes 75% of the total score and the audience score constitutes 25% of the total. The participant who receives the highest score is invited to present a 60-minute concurrent session at the 2019 Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ and receives one complimentary convention registration. Please click here to view the 2019 convention dates:

You must be logged in to your ANPD account to submit an abstract for Star Search. If you are not an ANPD member please click here to create a guest account before submitting your Star Search abstract.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Never presented at ANPD (or former NNSDO) annual convention
  2. If selected, must register for full 2018 convention at own expense

Selection Criteria

Candidates must submit abstract that includes:

  1. Clearly stated measureable outcome of educational session
    1. Example: The learner will integrate gaming technology into learning.
  2. Minimum of one current reference (within 5 years)
  3. Brief description of topic (limit 100 words)

Criteria for abstract selection for presentation include:

  • Relevance of topic to current challenges in nursing professional development
  • Relevance of topic to 2019 convention theme, "Aspire to Lead"
  • Identification of professional practice gap
  • Clarity of description of the content and presentation methods
  • Content reflects current best evidence
  • Content consistent with outcome
  • Learner engagement
  • Applicable to a variety of settings
  • Absence of typographical or grammatical errors
  • Absence of commercial content (no use of brand names of any commercial product)

Presentation Criteria

Presentations are judged on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance to 2019 theme, Aspire to Lead
  2. Relevance to practice (innovative, addresses current challenges/needs of NPD practitioners)
  3. Content criteria
    -Outcome statement
    -Organization of content
    -Teaching strategy/learner engagement
    -Adherence to 10 minute time frame
  4. Presenter criteria
    -Professional appearance
    -Presentation skills (articulation, use of AV if any, exhibits content expertise)

Instructions for submission: Please be prepared to enter each of the following sections in your abstract submission

Session Description (100 words, maximum)

  • Short, compelling description of session
  • Describes what participants should expect by attending your session

Outcome Statement (minimum of one)

  • Learner-oriented (i.e., describes what the learner will accomplish through participation in the presentation)
  • Measurable

Abstract Body

  • Limit 250 words
  • Addresses essential components of the presentation
  • Concise and cohesive

References (minimum of one)

  • Examples: evidence-based practice/peer review journals, clinical guidelines, best practices
  • Current (no older than 5 years) unless classic works such as: Benner, P. (1984). From novice to expert: Excellence and power in clinical nursing practice. Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley.

Speaker Introduction (limited to name, title, and organization)

Other Instructions

  • Spell out abbreviations, acronyms or initials with first use
  • Proofread submission carefully to ensure correct spelling and grammar

The ANPD Content Planning Committee reviews proposals anonymously. 

For questions, call the ANPD National Office at (312) 321-5135.

330 N Wabash Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL  60611

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