This blog was written by the WOCNext Abstract Chair, Jody Scardillo, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN.
Do you have a complicated clinical challenge from your practice that you managed successfully? 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 cases with successful outcomes?
If so, consider submitting a poster abstract for WOCNext, the WOCN® Society’s annual conference, in Nashville, TN, from June 23-26, 2019.
If the abstract is accepted, you will present your poster in Nashville at the always exciting poster session. You may even win an award! All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) and will be available on the WOCN website. It is an easy process that is a great way to share your knowledge and skills with your peers. The poster presenter is eligible for 10 PGP (professional growth points) for WOCNCB recertification for each poster that is presented.
Some accepted abstracts will be offered the option of presenting electronically (ePoster) on a monitor in the poster hall instead of developing a paper poster. Feedback about the ePoster option from the WOCN Society’s 50th Annual Conference was very positive.
A successful abstract is pertinent to WOC practice, clear, concise and well written. The abstract is the summary of the information to be shared on the poster. There are guidelines to assist in development that are available here. Another way to familiarize yourself is to review the abstracts from the supplement in the JWOCN. This will give you an idea of what colleagues have successfully presented in the past.
The abstract is blind reviewed by peer members of the WOCN Society. Reviewers evaluate the abstract in the categories of research, case studies and practice innovations. When evaluating abstracts, researchers look for posters that will add to or enhance the body of knowledge of our specialty practice. Both the submission and review processes are electronic. The abstracts are reviewed and rated using a valid and reliable tool. Selected research abstracts will be used for oral presentations at the conference.
Tips for success
- Read the tutorial before starting your submission.
- The deadline is the deadline.
- Do not use names of individuals or facilities on the abstract.
- Use generic names vs. name brands on the abstract and poster.
- Cite the references used for the project in the abstract and on the bottom of the poster.
- Only submit completed work. Work in progress will not qualify as a successful submission. Wait until next year.
- Follow the clear instructions!
- The 300-word count 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 we can.Someone has asked the same question before you, so don’t feel embarrassed. Everyone was a novice poster presenter once.
- The quality of our abstracts is phenomenal and most submissions are accepted. Follow the guidelines and go for it!
- Remember, just because you know something or have solved a clinical problem, doesn’t mean everyone else knows. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or expert WOC clinician. Share your knowledge and help keep our specialty strong. You will be so glad you did.