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Call for Abstracts and Speakers
The APSNA Annual Program Committee is seeking applications to present at the
22nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association:
"Sailing to New Horizons” commencing on Monday, April 29 and concluding
Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Marco Island, Florida, USA.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Posters - closed
CALL FOR TOPICS/SPEAKERS: General Sessions and Oral Presentations –

We invite healthcare professionals involved in innovative projects/case studies/reports or original evidence-based research related to pediatric surgical nursing to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation to share at the APSNA Annual Scientific Conference. Only original abstracts will be considered (not previously published or presented prior to submitting to APSNA). Submission of an abstract constitutes a commitment by the author to present a poster OR oral presentation, if accepted. Poster presentations will take place on Monday, April 29—May 2, 2013, during our Welcome Reception and throughout the conference at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa Conference Center, Marco Island, FL. All posters will be displayed together in the exhibit area. Further information regarding the date for oral presentations will be provided, when accepted. Keep in mind that oral presentations will be time limited and should be contained to 10 minutes or less.

We ALSO invite speakers to present at our general sessions. Preference is given to novel topics that are supported by a strong needs assessment or gaps in knowledge. Speakers are expected to be an expert on the topic presented, provide evidence-based practice, and conform to the speaker guidelines supported by the APSNA Board of Directors.

The purpose of the poster session, short oral presentation, and general sessions is to present original evidence-based, research findings and/or share new and innovative ideas for successful approaches and clinical application to pediatric surgical nursing and/or related areas. APSNA is proud to provide a forum for members and colleagues to share their ideas and best practices.

We encourage submissions which focus on the care of the pediatric surgical patient from both novice and seasoned members. If you are involved in a project or have an interest in a particular area, this may be an opportunity to share with your colleagues and perhaps find others to work on a project with you. The topic should be relevant to the theme of the meeting and/or mission of APSNA, and the findings/outcomes should be factual, unique, useful, and appropriate to the APSNA audience.

Member needs assessment from previous Annual Scientific Conference Evaluations and Special Interest Group/Listserve Discussions has identified the following gaps in knowledge:

  • Wound, Ostomy, Continence Care
  • Drains and Tubes: Gastrostomies, Chest Tubes, Penrose Drains, TLS Drains
  • Chest Wall Deformities
  • Congenital Lung Lesions
  • Trauma
  • Health Care Reform
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Urological Conditions
  • Care of the Post-operative Patient
  • Pain Management
  • Pectus Excavatum/Carinatum Care
  • Ethical Care of the Neonate
  • Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn’s Disease
  • Intestinal Atresias
  • Biliary Conditions
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease
  • Transplant Care
  • Bowel Management

MENTORING is now available (pre-submission) for abstract authors. Contact Raquel Pasarón at if you are interested in being connected with a mentor.

Evidence-Based or Original Research

Including research that reports data from
existing data sets or original basic, clinical,
or population-level research.

Innovation in Patient Care/Case Studies/Reports

Including, but not limited to, quality and process improvement projects, patient education/counseling programs, case study, and creative approaches to patient and system-focused programs.

The following components are required
in each abstract:

  • Background summary
  • Statement of specific objectives
  • Description of design & methods, including measurements
  • Summary of the results obtained
  • Statement of the conclusions

The following components are required
in each abstract:

  • Background summary
  • Purpose/problem being addressed
  • Description of the design/implementation of the project/program/innovation/case study
  • Evaluation and outcomes


  • Only original abstracts will be considered (not previously published or presented prior to submitting to APSNA).
  • The abstract itself may not exceed a word count of 300, including tables. The 300 word limit does not include title or author(s) information.
  • Preferred style: Examples of winning abstracts are included below. An acceptance criteria rubric is found at this link. Abstracts must include the following section headers:

>> Evidence-Based or Original Research headings:
Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions

>> Innovation in Patient Care/Case Study/Reports headings:
Background, Purpose, Design/Implementation, Evaluation/Outcomes,
Implications for Practice

  • Arial font, 10 point minimum is required.
  • Do not indent the title, do not use capitals or underline for emphasis within the body of your abstract.
  • Please list the full name followed by degrees/credentials, employer, and city/state for each author.
  • Be sure that street address, zip code, and grant support are NOT listed in abstracts.
  • Industry representatives (i.e. from device/pharmaceutical/food companies) cannot be first author on any submitted abstracts to avoid a potential conflict of interest.
  • When using abbreviations, spell out in full the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses.
  • Do not squeeze letters or lines.
  • Left-hand border must be perfectly straight.
  • Check accuracy of spelling, grammar, and punctuation: Your poster/oral presentation abstract will appear in print exactly as you submit it; thus any errors, misspellings, incorrect hyphenations, or deviations from good grammatical usage will appear in the published abstract.
  • Presenters are responsible for all conference fees, travel, lodging, and cost of presentation material.
  • Deadline for submission is 11:59 pm on October 15, 2012. Submissions received after this date will not be accepted for review.Now Closed.
  • Please submit with your abstract and the completed Biographical Data/Conflict of Interest Formand the Educational Design Formto Raquel Pasarón, APSNA Program Chair, at
  • These forms are found: Please follow the examples listed on APSNA’S Guidelines on How to Complete Educational Forms link here and also attached below.
  • Presenters for general sessions, please submit your topic to Raquel Pasarón, APSNA Program Chair, at
  • For questions or additional information please contact Raquel Pasarón at 786-412-1409.
  • If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation within 24 hours after submitting your abstract online, it is your responsibility to contact the APSNA Program Chair to make sure we have received your submission.

 ANCC Bio Form Conflict of Interest Criteria

 ANCC Education Design Form Live Criteria

 APSNA Abstract Evaluation Rubric 2013

 APSNA Poster Guidelines 2013

 APSNA Poster Sample 2013

 Call for Abstracts 2013

 Guidelines on How to Complete Forms