Call for Abstracts

Celebrating the Future of Nursing: A Graduate Nursing Student Summit

August 13-14, 2020
655 K Street NW ▪ Washington, DC

The Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) invites abstract submissions that characterize the conference theme. Of particular interest are poster presentations that reflect innovation and address key elements from the conference objectives including:

  • Leadership development
  • Nursing innovation
  • Mentoring
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Research
  • Practice
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Education
Preparing Your Abstract for Submission
Abstract Content

  • The abstract should include background information and address methods, programs, or practices. Submissions must reflect the conference theme or abstract themes. It also should include summary recommendations for others who may be considering a similar approach.
  • Abstracts may highlight original research, quality improvement projects, evidence-based practice, or programmatic innovations. Formatting of the abstract should be consistent with the type of project being presented. 
  • Abstracts may have been presented elsewhere or published within the past two years. If this is the case, please update the material and make it specific to this event.
Presentation Format

  • All abstracts will be submitted for a poster presentation. 
  • Projects in progress may be considered for a poster presentation.
  • Poster presentations are presented on double-sided poster boards holding two (2) posters per side. All posters should be oriented in portrait format and must not be any larger than 48”H x 48”W.
Submission Requirements
  • Submitters are allowed a maximum of two (2) abstract submissions.
  • Presenters are asked to identify any potential conflict of interest related to the content to be offered (e.g., commercial interest, affiliation with a vendor, and/or receipt of royalties) and affirm that their abstract presentations will not be used to sell a particular product or service. AACN exerts the right to rescind the acceptance of an abstract due to any conflict of interest discovered after the fact.
  • The primary author will be the point of contact for all communication with AACN.
  • Primary authors on all accepted abstracts must register for the conference and present the abstracts. 
  • Presenters are responsible for their own expenses, including the conference registration fee, travel accommodations, and other expenses.

Please click here for poster recommendations.

Submission Guidelines
  • All abstracts must be submitted electronically through AACN’s submission website by creating an account to upload an abstract.
  • Only a complete submission is eligible for review; ensure that a completed abstract is evident in your submission.
  • A confirmation email will automatically be sent to the email provided for the primary author once the abstract has been fully submitted. 
  • Submissions must include:
    1. Title
    2. 100-word description
    3. 1-2 learner objectives (e.g., “Identify strategies for…”)
    4. Contact information for primary author
  • Submitters may access the site as often as they like to modify the document until the final submission deadline, Friday, May 1, 2020. Submitters have control over when the abstract is finally submitted.

Submit An Abstract Here

Due Date
  • All abstracts are due on or before 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, May 1, 2020.
  • Once the abstract is finally submitted (by hitting “submit & review changes” then “finalize” on the website), the submitter will receive an email message confirming receipt of the abstract. If an email confirmation is not received, the abstract was not entered into the system, and the submitter will need to go back and submit fully.

Submit An Abstract Here

Review Process
  • Each abstract is peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers.
  • Reviews are blind; hence, reviewers do not see names of submitters or school affiliations. 
  • To increase the probability of an abstract being selected, please read the scoring rubric the reviewers follow.

Abstract Rubric

Acceptance Notification
  • Authors will be notified about the status of their submission(s) via email no later than Friday, June 26, 2020. This is sufficient time to meet the conference registration deadlines and the July 14 hotel cutoff date.
  • The primary presenting author is required to either accept or deny the presentation invitation form.
  • The author’s failure to return the “intent to present” information will disqualify the abstract from presentation. 


Please direct questions to Marta Okoniewski at or 202-463-6930 ext.220.