Abstract Submission Instructions

2021 Annual Convention: Aspire to Inclusivity
August 3 - 6, 2021 | Chicago, IL

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Submission Closes: June 28, 2020 at 11:55 pm PDT (2:55 am EDT)

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You are invited to submit a proposal for a concurrent session or poster presentation for the ANPD Annual Convention to be held August 3-6, 2021 in Chicago, IL. The 2021 ANPD Convention Content Planning Committee welcomes abstracts on research, evidence-based practice, and new, innovative, and practical approaches that can be used in a variety of NPD settings.

Presenters are responsible for all convention registration costs (no discounts are provided). All presenters and co-presenters are required to register for the full convention during the early registration period.

The theme for the 2021 Annual Convention is Aspire to Inclusivity. The convention goals are to:

  • Inspire nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners to incorporate best practices and research evidence, creative strategies and solutions, and outcomes measurement into practice 
  • Enhance NPD practitioners’ use of environmental scanning to forecast and anticipate future trends and needs 
  • Empower NPD practitioners to act as role models and leaders whose innovative approaches, inclusivity, outcomes, and dedication to patient advocacy exceed the expectations of their stakeholders
  • Cultivate diversity of thought, participation, and experience, equipping NPD practitioners to lead initiatives aligned with the future of healthcare

The ANPD Convention Content Planning Committee reviews proposals anonymously. Abstracts may be submitted for 60-minute concurrent sessions and poster presentations.

Concurrent sessions may be in the following formats; other formats are also welcome:

  • Lecture with active learner engagement strategies such as group work, gaming, polling, discussion, etc.
  • Case Study: Present participants with realistic, complex, and contextually rich NPD situations
    • Audience considers scenarios in small groups
    • Debrief
    • Discuss key learning points
  • Simulation: Sessions that rely on imitating or estimating how an event, process, skill, or behavior might occur in a real-life situation
    • Presenters prepare scenario prior to session
    • Live simulation during session
    • Debrief
    • Discuss key learning points
  • Panel Discussion: Presentation of two or more views on a topic in debate-like format with moderator and two or more panelists.
  • Other formats encouraged!

Criteria for selection for presentation include:

  • Relevance of topic to current challenges in nursing professional development based on needs assessment data, ANPD strategic goals, and expert opinion
  • Professional practice gap clearly identified
    • Concurrent session: practice gaps relate to the NPD practitioner as the learner who attends the session at the convention
    • Poster session: focuses on practice gaps from organizational setting that led to project/initiative
  • Measurable outcome described
    • Concurrent session: relates to the NPD practitioner as the learner who attends the session at the convention
    • Poster session: focuses on measurable outcome from organizational setting that led to project/initiative
  • Clarity of description of the content
  • Content reflects current best evidence
  • Content consistent with outcome
  • Effective methods to engage learners
  • Learner engagement methods align with outcome achievement
  • Feasibility of application to a variety of practice settings
  • No typographical or grammatical errors
  • No evidence of product promotion 

Instructions for Submission:

Educational Tracks

  • Onboarding/Orientation
    • Sessions describe innovative onboarding/orientation processes. Onboarding is the fluid process of hiring, orienting, socializing, and integrating an employee to the organization with a focus on retention and growth. Orientation is one facet of the onboarding process and is comprised of an individualized program to guide the new hire towards job competency. 
  • Competency Management
    • Sessions describe innovative/transformational competency management processes. Competency management is a dynamic process designed to support ongoing assessment and evaluation of performance. 
  • Education
    • Sessions describe strategies used to improve professional practice (nursing and interprofessional continuing education) and the provision of quality patient care. Content may relate to any component of the educational design process including identification of professional practice gaps, gap analysis, content development, teaching strategies - including use of technology, and outcomes measurement. 
  • Role Development
    • Sessions describe identification and development of strategies to facilitate a continuous process of maturation through lifelong learning. This type of development allows for role transition, role integration, skill acquisition, and mastery as learners advance from novice to expert in their professions and specialties. (Examples: Preceptor development, mentorship, succession planning, certification, career coaching, charge nurse development, etc.)
  • Collaborative Partnerships
    • Sessions describe mutually beneficial relationships between two or more individuals, groups, or organizations that work jointly toward common goals. These may include (but are not limited to) academic/practice partnerships, interprofessional continuing education, community partnerships with emergency medical services and public/community health departments to address threats to population health or disaster management, and collaboration with other organizations promoting population health. 
  • Research/EBP/QI
    • Sessions describe participation in research, evidence-based practice (EBP), and quality improvement (QI) activities related to nursing professional development practice. 
  • Leadership
    • Sessions describe how the NPD practitioner influences the interprofessional practice and learning environments, the NPD specialty, the profession of nursing, and healthcare. 
  • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Sessions describe professional development activities (e.g., competency management, onboarding/orientation, etc.) executed through a diversity and inclusion lens. Content may encompass any aspect of the human identity and/or experience (e.g., social determinants, population health, etc.). Inclusivity is incorporated into the assessment of practice gaps, identification of learning needs, educational interventions, and outcomes. 
  • Healthy Work Environment (HWE)
    • Sessions describe activities for promoting a HWE, which is defined by the World Health Organization (2010) as "one in which workers and managers collaborate to use a continual improvement process to protect and promote the health, safety and well-being of all workers" (p.11). Content may address the facilitation of positive practice and learning environments through prevention of burnout, clinician suicide, violence, incivility, and bullying; health and safety of all staff; and evidence-based programs to promote resilience and self-care of all staff, including NPD practitioners. 


                    World Health Organization. (2010). Healthy workplaces: A model for action. Retrieved from                                                    https://www.who.int/occupational_health/healthy_workplaces/en/

Session Description

  • Limit 175 characters, including spaces (approximately 22 words)
  • Short, compelling description of session
  • Describes what participants should expect by attending your session
  • For use in promotional materials such as convention brochures if accepted


  • Limit 1750 characters, including spaces (approximately 250 words)
  • Contains no personal or organizational identifiers (abstracts that contain identifiers are disqualified and not eligible for selection)
  • Addresses essential components of the presentation (reviewers should be able to evaluate the content of the presentation)
  • Concise and cohesive

Identification of Professional Practice Gap

  • Specify the change in practice, problem in practice, or opportunity for improvement
    • Describe the current state:
      • Example: NPD practitioners struggle to engage Millennial learners in educational activities.
    • Describe the desired state:
      • Example: NPD practitioners will incorporate social media into educational activities.


  • Measurable: Describes and quantifies indicators of performance.
  • Learner-centered: Describes what the learner will be able to do as a result of participating in the activity.
    • Concurrent session: This statement applies to the NPD practitioner attending this session at the convention (not the outcome of the program within the practice environment).
      • Example: As a result of participating in this session, the learner will incorporate one creative teaching strategy into practice.
    • Poster session: Focuses on outcome from organizational setting that was desired result of project/initiative
      • Example: Newly licensed nurses will demonstrate competence in medication administration.
  • Aligns with the content of the learning activity.

Learner Engagement Methods

  • Methods and instructional strategies to be used to engage learners during your presentation or poster
  • Congruent with desired outcome and content

Speaker Introduction

  • Needed for each speaker in group
  • Limit 700 characters total, including spaces (approximately 100 words)
  • For use at convention if presentation selected

References (suggest 2-3 for concurrent session)

  • Examples: evidence-based practice/peer review journals, clinical guidelines, best practices
  • Current (no older than 5 years) unless classic work such as: Benner, P. (1984). From novice to expert: Excellence and power in clinical nursing practice.Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley.
  • Contain complete publication information in a format such as APA (Resource: Purdue OWL)
  • All content must be based on the latest evidence and free from product/company promotion.

Description of Novice to Expert Tracks

  • Novice
    • New to nursing professional development (NPD)
    • Practicing in NPD for 2 years or less
  • Competent
    • Certified or working towards certification
    • Analyzes educational needs of individuals, organizations, or communities
    • Identifies desired NPD outcomes
    • Establishes and implements plans to achieve NPD outcomes
    • Evaluates progress toward attainment of outcomes
  • Expert
    • Provides mentorship to novice and competent NPD practitioners
    • Role models for the specialty
    • Advanced skill or knowledge in leading NPD practice
    • Develops tools, theories, skills, and knowledge to advance the practice of the NPD specialty
    • Considered an expert by others
    • Integrates all roles of the NPD practitioner into practice

Conflict of Interest

  • Conflict of interest disclosure must be completed for each speaker. If you have more than 6 presenters for your session please contact speakers@anpd.org for instructions. If you have 6 presenters or less you will be prompted to complete the conflict of interest disclosure as part of your submission.

Other Instructions

  • Spell out abbreviations, acronyms, or initials with first use
  • Proofread submission carefully to ensure correct spelling and grammar (points are deducted for misspelled words and incorrect grammar)

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