From Rough to Polished: Writing a Stellar Abstract - May 2020

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From Rough to Polished: Writing a Stellar Abstract

Submitted by Jillian A. Russell, MSN, RN, NPD-BC

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As nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners, we are at the forefront of research, evidence-based practice, and innovations in professional practice. We influence and inform change­, but how do we tell our story with the goal of presenting to a professional audience?  An abstract, defined as an “original, concise statement or summary of work” (Ickes & Gambescia, 2011, p.493) or a “textual signpost that begs conference peer reviewers to choose this project for an oral or poster presentation” (Freysteinson & Stankus, 2019, p. 107), is the vehicle to share that story.

You are invited to polish your abstract writing skills just in time for the abstract call for Aspire to Inclusivity in Atlanta, GA, April 20 - 23, 2021. To access this recently added webinar recording–From Rough to Polished: Writing a Stellar Abstract, presented by ANPD’s Director of Nursing Professional Development, Mary Harper, PhD, RN, NPD-BC and ANPD Board Director and former Convention Content Planning Committee Chair, Sheila St. Cyr, MS, RN, NPD-BC–visit the Online Store today!


Freysteinson, W. M., & Stankus, J. A. (2019). The language of scholarship: How to write an abstract that tells a story. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 50(3), 107.

Ickes, M. J., & Gambescia, S. F. (2011). Abstract art: How to write competitive conference and journal abstracts. Health Promotion Practice, 12, 493-496.

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