This blog was written by the WOCNext Abstract Chair, Mary Montague-McCown, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC, CWOCN
Have you successfully managed a complicated clinical challenge in your practice? Have you completed a research study, process improvement project or developed an innovative program related to the wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) specialty? How about a series of case studies with successful outcomes? If so, submit an abstract for WOCNext 2020 in Cleveland, OH.
Submitting an abstract is an easy process and a great way to share your knowledge and skills with your peers. Additionally, for each poster presented, the poster author is eligible to receive 10 professional growth points (PGP) for use toward WOCNCB recertification.
A successful abstract is pertinent to WOC practice, clear, concise and well written. The abstract is a summary of the information to be shared on the poster. Abstract categories include research, case studies, and practice innovation. Guidelines to assist in the development of an abstract are available here. You may also want to review previously accepted abstracts to see what your colleagues have successfully submitted in the past.
If the abstract is accepted, you will present your poster at WOCNext 2020 during the always popular and exciting poster session. You could even win an award! The abstract will also be published in a supplement to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) and will be available on the WOCNext website.
The electronic poster (ePoster) format will be offered again this year. If your abstract is chosen for this format, it will be displayed on a monitor in the Poster Hall. A paper poster will not be needed. The ePoster feedback from the last two events has been very positive and favorable.
More information on ePosters can be found here.
All abstracts are blindly reviewed and rated by peer members of the WOCN Society using a valid and reliable tool. When evaluating abstracts, reviewers look for posters that will add to or enhance the body of knowledge pertinent to our specialty practice. Both the submission and review processes are online. Selected research abstracts will be presented orally at the event.
Tips for success:
- Review the abstract submission process slideshow before starting your submission.
- The deadline is the deadline.
- Do not use names of individuals or facilities in the abstract.
- Use generic names, not name brands, in the abstract and on the poster.
- Cite the references used for your project in the abstract and on the bottom of the poster.
- Only submit completed work. Work in progress will not be accepted. Wait until next year.
- Follow the clear instructions!
- The 300-word limit for the abstract does not include the title or authors.
- Email or call the abstract chair with any questions. We want you to succeed and will answer any questions to the best of our ability. Someone has asked the same question before, so don’t feel embarrassed. Everyone was a novice poster presenter at one time.
- The quality of our abstracts is phenomenal and most submissions are accepted. Follow the guidelines and go for it!
- Remember, everyone doesn’t know your work. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or expert WOC clinician. Sharing your knowledge and expertise will keep our specialty strong. You will be so glad you did!