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2017 Research and Evidence Based Practice
Call for Abstracts

36th ASPAN National Conference
April 30 - May 4, 2017,  Indianapolis, IN

Deadline for Abstract Submission:  October 15, 2016.

ASPAN’s 36th National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, will feature abstracts/posters displayed in two categories:  the Research and Evidence Based Practice category and the Celebrate Successful Practices (CSP) category. There are very specific guidelines and requirements for each grouping. It is the members’ responsibility to select the appropriate category and to meet the appropriate calendar deadline for submission.

2017 Research and Evidence Based Practice Abstract Submissions
MUST be emailed by October 15, 2016

The ASPAN Research Committee provides active perianesthesia nurses with an opportunity to present previously completed, unreported, original research findings from studies pertaining to all phases of perianesthesia nursing. A choice of oral and/or poster format may be selected for the 2017 National Conference presentations. Oral papers will be presented during the “Oral Research Presentations” session. Poster display and poster grand round dates have yet to be determined. Dates will be posted when the schedule is finalized. Poster presenters are required to be in attendance to answer questions during grand rounds.

A copy of the Institutional Review Board approval letter must be submitted for research abstracts. The evidence based practice format may not require such approval. Those submitting oral and poster abstracts are given the opportunity to have their abstracts published in the June issue of the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Past issues of JOPAN may be helpful for abstract development. Other helpful resources are available in the Research section of ASPAN’s Web site. Click here to read the Research/EBP Abstracts that were presented at the 2016 National Conference.

If interested in presenting research and/or evidence based findings at the 36th National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, please carefully follow the guidelines for abstract submission and submit an abstract for anonymous peer review. Research and evidence based practice evaluation tools are posted on the ASPAN website. Acceptance of abstracts is based on scientific merit and strict adherence to submission guidelines. All project contributors receive a participation certificate.

Important Dates

  • Submissions for Oral Paper Presentation and Poster Display Presentation MUST be EMAILED by October 15, 2016. Any submissions received after this date will be returned and not reviewed.
  • Applicants will receive notification from the reviewers by February, 2017.
Abstract Information Form
  • Presenter(s) must be identified on the Required Information Form and at least one identified presenter must be a current ASPAN member.
  • List the individual that ASPAN should contact with any questions and notification of acceptance.
  • Be sure to check off Poster or Oral and Poster preference.
Required Format for RESEARCH Abstracts:
  • Title for the research presentation
  • Primary Investigator(s) name and credential
  • Institution/Hospital affiliation for the research, city and state 
  • Co-investigator(s) name and credentials
  • Body of the abstract to include the following:
    • Introduction
    • Identification of the problem
    • Purpose of the Study
    • Methodology
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • Implications for perianesthesia nurses and future research
  • Sample of how Research Abstract should be formatted
Required Format for EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE Abstracts:
  • Title for the evidence based practice presentation
  • Primary Investigator(s) name and credential
  • Institution/Hospital affiliation, city and state
  • Co-investigator(s) name and credentials
  • Body of the abstract to include the following:
    • Identification of the problem - Overview
    • EP Question/Purpose
    • Methods/Evidence
    • Significance of Findings/Outcomes
    • Implications for perianesthesia nurses and future research
  • Sample of how EBP Abstract should be formatted
Submitting your Abstract
  1. Complete the Research/EBP Abstract Required Information Form.
  2. Use the following guidelines for formatting and submitting your abstract:
    1. Abstracts should be single-spaced. Please use a 12-point font. The following margins must be used:  top 1 inch; bottom 1 inch; left 1 inch; right 1 inch. Accuracy is critical.
    2. The title should be printed in BOLD CAPITAL LETTERS, followed by the primary investigator’s name, credentials, and institution. You may list more than one primary investigator. Only the TITLE of the abstract should be in all capital letters.
    3. The primary investigator(s) must be clearly identified. The first name, last name, and credentials should be included. Institution, city and state should follow the primary investigator’s name. List co-investigators including their first name, last name and credentials. 
    4. Leave two spaces before the body of the abstract. The body is not to exceed 350 words. The demographic information and topic headings do not count into the body word count.
    5. Submit two copies of the abstract:  one copy must be anonymous for peer review purposes and one copy must have complete identification, indicating the primary investigator(s) and all co-investigators. Include credentials. All information will be printed as submitted. 
    6. Submissions will only be accepted via email.  
    7. Email: Attach both copies of the abstract and your Information Form and email to Eileen Zeiger at the ASPAN National Office, ezeiger@aspan.org. Please be sure to include the words “Research Abstract Submission” or "EBP Abstract Submission" in the subject line of your email. Only acceptable formats for emailing include .doc, .docx, or .rtf. 
    8. Research submissions must include the IRB Approval letter. IRB Approval letters may be mailed if not available electronically. If emailed, IRB letters may be in pdf format.
  3. After submitting your abstract via email, you will receive a return email confirming receipt. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 48 hours, please resubmit. 
The ASPAN Research Committee looks forward to receiving your abstract via email by October 15, 2016. Thank you in advance for your interest, participation and support in perianesthesia research.

Information Form and Sample Abstracts
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