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Updated 8-18-20

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The American Pediatric Surgical Nurses Association, Inc. (APSNA) mission is to be the voice that shapes pediatric surgical nursing through advocacy, collaboration, mentorship and leadership. Based on a foundation of research, education and innovation, we will transform care delivery for pediatric surgical patients. APSNA members and colleagues support this mission.

The APSNA Program Committee is seeking abstract applications for the 30th Annual Scientific Conference.

 Opening Abstract Submission  June 5, 2020
 Closing Abstract Submission  September 28, 2020
 Notification of Acceptance  December 7, 2020


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 30th Annual Scientific Conference. All submissions undergo blinded peer-review by 3 members of the Program Committee.

ABSTRACT submissions should focus on the care of the pediatric surgical patient. 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 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. The findings/outcomes should be factual, unique, current, and appropriate to the APSNA audience.

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



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 throughout the conference.
  • All posters will be displayed in the conference area.


Podium/Short Oral presentations are intended to be 10-15 minutes in length with time for active question and answer period.


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.


A main session during the conference schedule. These sessions are intended to be 30-40 minutes in length.

Please contact the Shelly Losinski for questions related to the Annual Scientific Conference, Abstract Submission, or other content on this page.