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Sharing the Journey:  Culture Changes Within Nursing

Sharing the Journey
Culture Changes Within Nursing  2006
Call for Abstracts
Guidelines & Submission Information

Deadline: July 31, 2006
Extended Deadline: August 15, 2006

Download Abstract Submission Form here:
.pdf format
MS Word format

Submit as email attachment or FAX to:
(941) 917-6868

Completion of Forms

Please complete the call for abstracts form in its entirety. Abstract text must be typed and should not exceed 250 words. We will accept electronic submissions only using the form provided. Incomplete or faxed submissions will not be considered for review.

Criteria for Selection

  • Adherence to guidelines
  • Clarity of Abstract
  • Relevance to one or more conference objectives
  • Potential for contribution to knowledge and/or practice

Review Process, Notification, and Acceptance

A blind review process will be conducted the last two weeks of June based on (1) significance and innovation, and (2) overall quality and program balance. Only the lead author will receive notification of abstract status. You will receive an accepted or rejected notification via email on or around July 1st 2006, or possibly before. Your acceptance to participate must be received within one week of notification. Failure to do so will constitute a decline to present. All authors listed on the original abstract will be listed in program materials.


Presenters are expected to register to attend the conference on the day of their presentation and to pay for their own expenses associated with the conference. Your completed registration form must be received on or before June16, 2006. Failure to register by the cut-off date will constitute a decline to present.

Guidelines for Your Presentations

Poster Presentations

Posters visually identify programs or research projects by depicting concepts and context at a glance. Authors will have the opportunity to discuss materials and provide related handouts. The poster session will take place during a .lunch from 12:00 noon –1:30 pm on Friday, Sept 15th, in the Sarasota Memorial Auditorium, Waldemere Building. This will encourage ample networking. Posters should be hung by the author on the prepared stands between 9:00am and 9:30 am that day. The size of the posters should be no larger than 4’ by 8’ and made to be hung using push pins, which can be provided.

Tips to writing an Abstract

Source: From Study to Abstract: The Art of Describing the Essence of a Study.

  • Follow directions provided in the Call for Abstracts!
  • The abstract must be well written; the clarity of the writing mirrors your thinking.
  • Create an attractive, catchy title that captures the essence of the study.
  • Choose verbs carefully; aim for passionate phrases using concise language.
  • Write a good introductory paragraph which situates the study historically.
  • Provide some concrete details of the study to entice the reader to want to learn more.
  • List primary sources.
  • Historical research emphasizes conclusions.
  • Interweave research into today.
  • Have colleagues read the abstract before submission.

The Abstract Review Committee of SMHCS uses a score sheet that emphasizes:

  • Clarity and focus
  • Manageable for presentation
  • Relevance for nursing conference
  • Richness, complexity and depth of analysis
  • Appropriateness of sources regarding interpretations
  • Adequacy of abstract
  • Originality of idea

Registration Fees
Sarasota Memorial employees and students attend free; non-SMH, $50 non-refundable; A $10 late fee will be charged after Sept 1.

Please send registration form with checks made payable to Sarasota Memorial Hospital to:

Attn: HealthLine
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239-3555
Master Card or Visa accepted by phone only.
On-site registration on the day of the event will be permitted if space is available.
Call (941) 917-7777 to register by phone or for more information.
Print mail-in brochure/registration form here:
Sharing the Journey: Culture Changes Within Nursing 2006