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2018 Call for Abstracts

Updated 10-24-17

Posters, Podium, Round Table Discussions and General Session

APSNA’s mission is to promote excellence in pediatric surgical nursing practice through educational offerings, nursing research, professional collaboration, and peer support. APSNA members and colleagues support this mission.

The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association’s Program Committee is seeking abstract applications for the 27th Annual Scientific Conference beginning on April 30, 2018 and concluding on May 3, 2018, in Palm Desert, California, USA.


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 the poster, podium/short oral, round table discussion, or general session to present at the 27th Annual Scientific Conference. All submissions undergo blinded peer-review by 3 members of the Program Committee.

Further information regarding the date for podium, round table discussions, and general sessions will be provided after abstract acceptance.

What is a Poster Session?

A poster session provides a presentation mechanism that facilitates brief communications between the presenter and many of his/her current and future colleagues, allowing for a greater participation of all attendees. A poster is an illustrated summary of the key points about a project/case study/evidence based project/research. The poster should stand alone. Poster sessions do not use any other audio-visual or technology needs.

  • Poster presentations will take place during our Welcome Reception and throughout the conference at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California, USA.
  • All posters will be displayed in the conference area.

What is a Podium/Short Oral presentation?

Podium/Short Oral presentations are intended to be 15-20 minutes in length with time for active question and answer period.

What is a Round Table session?

A round table session is a form of small-group discussion with an identified presenter who introduces the topic, provides the latest research/practice/innovation in a brief, conversational format, then leads a cooperative discussion so that everyone has an opportunity to speak and learn. The presenter will conclude with a review of main points of the research/practice/innovation. There are no audio-visuals or technology used in these sessions.

What is a General Session?

A main session during the conference schedule. These sessions are intended to be 30-60 minutes in length.


The purpose of these 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 abstract submissions that focus on the care of the pediatric surgical patient from both novice and expert members/clinicians. 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. The findings/outcomes should be factual, unique, useful, and appropriate to the APSNA audience.

Member Needs Assessment

Member Needs Assessment from previous Annual Scientific Conference evaluations and discussion forums have identified the following learning needs:

  1. Nurse led interventions/projects impacting care of the surgical patient
  2. Leadership and professional development
  3. Educational interventions/programs to support ongoing education of nurses
  4. Development of patient and family education programs/materials
  5. Billing and reimbursement
  6. Interesting cases, specifically highlighting the role of the nurse
  7. Early Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)
  8. Pharmacology
  9. Trauma - concussions, including long term follow up
  10. Inflammatory Bowel Disease - Crohn, Ulcerative Colitis
  11. Appendicitis - current management and future possibilities
  12. Global Health
  13. Transplantation - intestinal and liver
  14. Pneumothorax - discuss causes, evaluation, management
  15. Pathologies of the biliary tree
  16. Neonatal surgical problems – Anorectal Malformation, Esophageal Atresia/Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  17. Description of specific surgical procedures with videos (if possible)
  18. Sepsis management - include Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), fluid management, common etiologies in postoperative patient

> Abstract Submission Instructions

This webpage was created to guide you thru the abstract development and submission process.

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Call for Abstracts has closed.

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