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2019 Call for Abstracts

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Program Planning Committee Call for Abstracts is now open.  NANN and the Program Planning Committee invite you to submit an abstract during the 2019 Annual Conference, October 9-12, 2019, in Savannah, GA. Deadline to apply is January 7, 2019.

The planning committee and Education Provider Committee, have identified the need to cover a wide range of topics that will appeal to both the novice and expert neonatal nurse. As a result, we have provided a list of topics and areas of interest in order to make the application selection process less cumbersome and more diverse to better meet the educational needs of the conference attendees. The list below is not inclusive and is only meant to serve as a guide when submitting your abstract. We encourage you to suggest your own ideas, present your own research findings, or share your knowledge on a topic of interest. Please keep in mind that application submissions should focus on nursing, be state-of-the-art, evidence-based and challenge neonatal nurses at all levels of expertise.

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General Priorities

  • Developmental Care
  • Affordable health care
    • Effect on the NICU
    • Assisting families in navigating the system
  • Relationships in the workplace
    • Workplace violence
    • Bullying
  • Staff empowerment
  • Innovation and Education, including educational outcomes
    • Challenges and innovations in providing orientation and training in low resource setting practices
    • Challenges and innovations in providing orientation and training to smaller nurseries
  • Resuscitation and Stabilization
  • Medication Safety
  • Maternal/neonatal collaboration
  • Patient safety/risk reduction and quality care
  • Nursing Shortage
  • Difficult to manage clinical issues
  • Advances in research
  • Patient and family experience
  • Pharmacology
  • Transformational leadership
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Certification review topics
  • Performance improvement: Implementation of Evidence Based Practice
  • Neuroprotection
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Necrotizing Enterocolitis
  • High-frequency Jet and Oscillatory Ventilation
  • Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant
  • Surgical
  • Cardiac
  • Pain Management

Specific Priorities

  • Nutritional requirements of the newborn
  • Adaptation to extrauterine life
  • Endocrine and metabolic issues
  • Fluid and electrolyte management
  • Physical assessment with focus on specific organ system
  • Radiologic interpretation
  • Skin and wound care
  • Transport issues/safety
  • Cue-based feeding, breastfeeding support, donor milk program issues
  • Evidence based infection control

Abstracts submitted through the application process may be considered for a concurrent, paper, or poster session. We have provided a brief overview of the different types of presentations and what each presentation type entails, so that you may be able to choose which one best fits your submission.


  • Presentations must avoid any semblance of commercialism: those constituting promotion and advertising are prohibited.
  • The submission process involves writing a 250 word (or less) abstract. The abstract should provide an accurate, succinct, and informative representation of the content you plan to present and be relevant to neonatal nursing.
  • All presentations are limited to one presenter.


  • 60 minute educational session (including time for questions) and is limited to one presenter.
  • Speaker reimbursement consists of the following:
    • One day complimentary registration
    • A $700 flat stipend to be disbursed onsite at the 2019 conference (see registration booth). This stipend can be used to offset the cost of expenses related to your attendance at the conference (i.e. travel, lodging, food, conference fees, etc.)


  • 30 minute session
  • Paper presenters are responsible for all expenses relating to their presentations, including, but not limited to:
    • Air & ground travel
    • Lodging
    • Meals and incidentals
  • Presenter must register for the day they present their paper(s) and are responsible for related registration fees.


  • Poster presenters are assigned various times during the conference (approximately 2-3 hours cumulatively) to be present at their poster to answer questions. Posters must be displayed for viewing for the duration of the conference during all scheduled exhibit hours.
  • Poster presenters are responsible for all expenses relating to their presentations, including, but not limited to: air & ground travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals. Poster presenters must register for the entire conference and are responsible for related registration fees.
  • Poster dimensions are not to exceed 3.5'Hx7.5'L.

What is the difference between Evidence-Based Practice Projects, Clinical Research Studies and Educational Issues?


Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Projects involve reviewing and critically evaluating existing research studies to determine the quality of evidence available to justify or support the implementation of a specific practice change to improve patient care. An EBP may involve creating and developing a clinical practice guideline or implementing a practice recommendation in a particular setting utilizing the available evidence. The description of an EBP project should include: the background and significance of the problem, how research evidence was obtained and evaluated, steps taken to implement the practice change, barriers to implementation, analysis of nursing and patient outcomes, and recommendations for next steps related to practice, education, or future research. Outcomes of an EBP project applied to a clinical setting should be compared to what research has previously found in a more controlled environment. Institutional Review Board (IRB) review may be necessary for an EBP project to be accepted for submission if the outcome data was collected from human subjects. Abstracts should be formatted to include the following underlined headings: Background of Problem, Purpose of Practice Change, Supporting Research Evidence, Practice Change Methods, Results, Comparison to Research, Recommendations.

Clinical Research Studies are guided by a conceptual framework and are intended to generate new knowledge or add to and strengthen the existing body of knowledge as it relates to a clinically relevant nursing problem. Most research projects have a hypothesis to be tested and involve answering a research question. The description of a research project would include background and significance, methodology (design, sample, setting, valid and reliable data gathering strategies, and data analysis), interpretation of results and implications for nursing practice and future research. Institutional Review Board (IRB) review is mandatory for submission to be accepted. Abstracts should be formatted to include the following underlined headings: Background and Significance, Purpose, Supporting Research Evidence, Research Questions, Methods (Design Sample, Setting, Instruments), Analysis/Results, Implications for Practice and Research.

Educational Issues are generally topics that relate to patient education, staff development/continuing education of practicing nurses (methods/strategies or an in-depth examination of a particular health condition), and formal nursing education (controversies, regulatory or policy issues). The description of the educational session should include a statement of purpose for the session, a description of the background and importance of the topic, a description of what will be covered, and future directions.

Abstracts should be formatted to include the following underlined headings: Stated Purpose for the Session, Background and Importance of the Topic, description of What Will be Covered, and Future Directions.

The application process is a blind review (i.e., the reviewers are unaware of the applicant's identity). Therefore, applicants should be careful not to disclose their identity when describing their qualifications to present on their particular topic. Applications to present at the 2019 conference will be selected based on level of expertise of the presenter and evidence of an advanced level of knowledge. Notification for acceptance of abstracts for Concurrent Sessions will be made in March of 2019. Notification for acceptance of Paper and Poster Presentations will be made in April of 2019. If you have any questions, please contact

We hope you have found the above explanations helpful and look forward to reading your abstract submission. Deadline to apply is January 7, 2019.

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