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Please join us for the First APSNA Pre-Conference Workshop!!

"Publishing, Posters, Presentations: Where to Start and How to Get to Your Goal”

Monday May 26, 2014 2:00-5:00 pm

Registration Cost $50.00 (includes refreshments)

"Would you write an article for publication? Would you speak at this year’s conference? How about a poster this year?” These questions are guaranteed to cause stress! As professional nurses specializing in pediatric surgery and perioperative care, opportunities to spread our knowledge are endless. Despite this, opportunity to do so is often pushed to the bottom of the list. The goal of this workshop is to simplify the writing experience and expose it for what it is: a straightforward task when approached by knowledgeable professionals in an organized manner. Below are topics to be covered along with workshop presenters. Please bring your current or "hope to” project and join us for a session filled with practical information, mentors to support you, and lots of fun!


Opening Remarks: Nancy Browne
Introduction: Lynne Farber                                                                                                                    
2:00 pm - 2:05 pm

Writing for Publication -- Kim McIltrot, DNP, CPNP, John Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD                                
2:05 pm - 2:35 pm
  • Types and styles of writing
  • Writing process
  • Ethics
  • Organizing and time management
  • APA and AMA styles
  • Mentorship
  • Resources

Presentations at Podium (PPT) -- Jeannette Zerpa, MSN, ARNP, PNP-BC, Miami Children’s Hospital, FL         

2:35 pm - 3:05 pm
  • Topic
  • Audience
  • Types of presentations
  • PowerPoint tips
  • Flow of presentation
  • Performance tips                                                                                                                                                                                        
BREAK       3:05 pm - 3:15 pm

Poster Presentation -- Rajashree Koppolu, MS, RN, CPNP, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Topic
  • Format
  • Review

Submitting for Publication/Presenting Opportunities -- Pam Pieper, PhD, ARNP, PNP-BC, Peds Surgery NP/Clinical Associate Professor, University of Florida, College of Nursing, Jacksonville, FL

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm
  • Call for abstracts
  • How to write an abstract
  • How to send a query letter
  • Journal submission
  • Follow-through with an editor
  • Peer reviewing a manuscript

PANEL DISCUSSION with 4 presenters moderated by:                                                                                                        

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm


· Nancy Browne, MS, PNP-BC, CBN, Pediatric Surgery Consultant, Falmouth, ME

· Lynne Farber, MSN, CPNP, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

· Carmel McComiskey, DNP, PCPNP, CPNP-AC, Director, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland Medical Center

Early flights from major U.S. cities allow enough time for attendees to reach Phoenix and the Workshop at the Conference Center. The workshop will have separate registration; there will be a nominal fee for attendance. Attendees will receive Contact Hour credit upon completion.

For further information:

Nancy Browne (
Lynne Farber (

The pre-conference is accredited for 3 NAPNAP CE hours, per the NAPNAP Continuing Education Guidelines.