Abstract Submission Instructions

2022 Annual Convention: Aspire to Trailblaze
March 22-25, 2022 | San Antonio, TX

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Submission Closes: August 22, 2021 at 11:55 pm PDT (2:55 am EDT)

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You are invited to submit a proposal for a concurrent session, rapid-fire session, or poster presentation for the ANPD Annual Convention to be held March 22-25, 2022 in San Antonio, TX. The 2022 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 2022 Annual Convention is Aspire to Trailblaze. The convention goals are to:

  • Inspire nursing professional development (NPD) practitioners to innovate, incorporate, and develop best practices and research evidence, innovative strategies and solutions, and outcomes measurement into practice 
  • Enhance NPD practitioners' use of environmental scanning to forecast and anticipate future needs and set future trends 
  • Empower NPD practitioners to act as role models and leaders whose innovative approaches, outcomes, and dedication to patient advocacy exceed the expectations of their stakeholders
  • Cultivate and role model 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 concurrent sessions, rapid-fire sessions, and poster presentations.

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions are 60-minute presentations that may be presented 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!

Rapid-Fire Presentations

Rapid-fire presentations are a fast-paced oral presentation style. The presenter has five minutes to present the highlights of their work, followed by five minutes for Q&A.

Poster Presentations

Poster presentations are visual representations used to disseminate research, evidence-based practice, and new, innovative, and practical approaches that can be used in a variety of NPD settings. 

Refer to the podium scoring rubric or the poster scoring rubric for criteria selection. Concurrent and rapid-fire sessions are scored using the same rubric.

Abstract Submission Criteria:

Each convention presentation is categorized based on an educational track. In your abstract submission, you will be prompted to identify which track best suits the content of your presentation. The nine educational tracks are described below. 

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.
  • 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 outlined in the nursing professional development (NPD) Scope & Standards of Practice.
  • Role Development
    • Sessions describe identification and development of strategies to facilitate a continuous process of professional growth as learners advance from novice to expert. This type of development allows for role transition, role integration, skill acquisition, and mastery.
  • Collaborative Partnerships
    • Sessions describe mutually beneficial relationships between two or more individuals, groups, or organizations that work jointly toward common goals. These relationships may take place both within and outside of the organization.
  • 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 executed through a diversity and inclusion lens. Content may encompass any aspect of the human identity and/or experience.
  • Healthy Work Environment (HWE)
    • Sessions describe activities for promoting a HWE. Content may address the facilitation of positive practice and learning environments that "protect and promote the health, safety, and well-being of all workers" (World Health Organization, 2010, p.11).


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


  • 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

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

Level of Intended Audience

  • 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

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 multi-generational learners in educational activities.
    • Describe the desired state:
      • Example: NPD practitioners will incorporate a variety of teaching strategies 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 teaching strategies to be used to engage learners during your presentation or poster
  • Congruent with desired outcome and content

References (suggest 2-3)

  • 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. 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.

Other Instructions

  • If you have more than 6 presenters for your session, please contact speakers@anpd.org for instructions.
  • Spell out abbreviations, acronyms, or initials with first use
  • Proofread submission carefully to ensure correct spelling and grammar.

Downloadable Resources

Click the links below for downloadable copies of the abstract submission instructions, poster presentation scoring rubric, and the podium presentation scoring rubric:

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Calendar: ANPD Events Calendar
Type: Public
Title: 2022 Abstract Submission
Group: ANPD Staff
Owner: Regina Camacho [ANPD Staff]
Start: Jul 21, 2021 11:50 AM America/Eastern
End: Aug 23, 2021 12:55 AM America/Eastern
Link: https://www.anpd.org/e/sx/tk/eid=45