CFP: Baccalaureate AACN Conference

American Association of Colleges of Nursing | CALL FOR ABSTRACTS | 2012 Baccalaureate Education Conference

Changes and Challenges in Baccalaureate Nursing Education | November 15-17, 2012, Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, TX

 Abstract Presentations: Friday, November 16, 1:30 – 5:45 pm

Poster Presentations: Thursday, November 15, 5:15 – 6:45 pm; Friday, November 16, 7:15 – 8:30 am; Saturday, November 17, 7:15 – 8:30 am

 The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) invites abstracts describing programs, courses, initiatives, or evaluation strategies that characterize the conference theme: addressing the many changes and challenges in baccalaureate and other professional entry-level programs. Of particular interest are abstracts that highlight:

  •  innovations for RN-to-BSN and accelerated programs
  •  enhancing professionalism and civility in nursing students
  •  innovative ways to integrate new curriculum to meet changing needs of society
  •  successful academic partnerships with post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs

Detailed information about the 2012 conference program will be available in late August. The abstract should include background information and a description of methods, programs or practices. It also should include summary recommendations for others who may be considering a similar approach. Abstracts should describe original, unpublished work and can include work in progress. Selected abstracts are allotted either a 25-minute time slot (20 minutes presentation with 5 minutes questions and answers) or a poster presentation. Submitters are asked to indicate which format they prefer, although reviewers may suggest a different format to selected submitters.

 Submission Process:

AACN has implemented an electronic abstract submission and review process which is much easier. Nothing needs to be mailed. Submitters access the site to create a log-in and password and to input their abstract and contact information. Abstracts are formatted automatically and have approximately a 500-word limit (one page). Submitters may access the site as often as they like to modify the document until the final submission deadline, and have control over when the abstract finally is submitted. This is a blind review process, and reviewers do not see submitters’ names or school affiliations.

 To submit your abstract visit:

Due Date: Each abstract is submitted electronically on the Website, due on or before September 24, 2012. Once the abstract is finally submitted (by hitting “save and complete” on the Website), the submitter will receive an email message confirming receipt of the abstract.

Acceptance Notification: Authors will be notified about the status of their submission(s) via email no later than October 9, 2012. This will be sufficient time to meet the conference registration deadlines and the October 23rd hotel cutoff. If you do get accepted as an abstract (podium) presenter, you will need to submit your PowerPoint presentation on the abstract Web site by November 2, 2012. Additional instructions on how to submit will follow if you are accepted.

 NOTE: All presenters must be registered for the conference in order to present. Presenters are responsible for their own expenses, including the conference registration fee. To register for the conference visit:

 Questions? Contact Conference Coordinator, Taren Wagner at  or at 202-463-6930, ext. 232


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