Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines

AACN invites you to submit a poster abstract for presentation at the National Teaching Institute (NTI), including Advanced Practice Institute (API) and Critical Care Exposition. NTI is AACN’s premier clinical education program for critical care nurses and advanced practice nurses.

NTI/API covers a wide range of topics related to critical care nursing practice, professional development and trends in healthcare. The program features the latest advances in research, practice, technology and healthcare delivery and offers five full days of learning opportunities and collaborative exchange.

General Poster Abstract Information

  • AACN members and nonmembers may submit a poster abstract using the online system.
    • New nonmember customers are prompted to register prior to beginning the online Poster Abstract submission process.
  • The process is fully automated and easy to follow.
    • Each poster abstract is submitted individually. 
  • Accepted Research poster abstracts will be published online in the American Journal of Critical Care.
    • Evidence-Based Solution poster abstracts will be published online in Critical Care Nurse.
  • Post-NTI accepted Research and Evidence-Based Solutions Posters are posted in the Virginia Henderson International Library online searchable database.

General Poster Abstract Criteria

  • All poster abstracts are required to convey relevance to AACN’s mission, vision and values.  
  • Poster abstract content are required to support AACN’s priority agenda topics such as research, evidence-based practice, leadership, ethics, public policy and advanced practice. 
  • All Research and Evidence-Based Solutions poster abstracts must have been completed with documented outcomes prior to online submission.
    • No exceptions.
  • AACN uses different criteria to evaluate Research and Evidence-Based Solutions poster abstracts. The abstract is reviewed as submitted. AACN is unable to transfer information between the templates due to different criteria for each poster category.  If uncertain which category, please contact prior to submission. 
  • Before writing your abstract please read this entire document and review the online submission form. AACN highly recommends you then write, proof and save your abstract in a Word document first. This will save you time, ensure the character count and spelling are correct and will avoid your browser timing out of the session, causing you to start over. Then copy and paste from your Word document into the appropriate fields on the form.
  • Poster abstracts are not edited for content.
    • Be sure to double-check your poster abstract for typographical or grammatical errors before submitting.
  • Please avoid the use of all capital letters when completing the submission form (turn off the Caps Lock feature).
  • If you experience any difficulty with the fields in the abstract submission form not working properly, it may be the browser you are using. If you are using Internet Explorer, you may want to try a different browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

    Research Poster Abstract Criteria

    Research poster abstracts may focus on any aspect of the continuum of critical care, including but not limited to patient care, nursing practice, nursing management or nursing education. The research may be original or replicated studies.

    Prepare Research poster abstracts to include the following key elements:

    1. Purpose — What was the intent or goal of the study? What did you want to learn? (Limit 500 characters, including spaces)
    2. Background/Significance — What was the problem and why was it important? What knowledge are you building on? (Limit 500 characters, including spaces)
    3. Method — What was the design? What was the sample? What instruments were used? How was data collected and analyzed? (Limit 700 characters, including spaces)
    4. Results — What were the findings? (Limit 700 characters, including spaces)
    5. Conclusions — What do the findings mean? (Limit 500 characters, including spaces)

    Evidence-Based Solutions and CSI Poster Abstract Criteria

    An Evidence-Based Solutions or CSI poster abstract may be the result of an organizational process that, when applied across the continuum of critical care, achieves a desired outcome or meets or exceeds a benchmark for a standard of nursing practice. An Evidence-Based Solutions or CSI poster abstract in acute and critical care nursing can be submitted on a wide variety of processes, strategies and practice innovations.

    Prepare Evidence-Based Solutions and/or CSI poster abstracts to include the following key elements:

    1. Purpose — What was the intent/goal of the project? What problem was addressed by the evidence-based solution? (Limit 500 characters, including spaces)
    2. Description — What was the evidence-based or CSI solution? How was it developed and implemented? Cite the research for the evidence implying how you made a clinical decision based on the best available current research or literature, your own clinical expertise or patient's needs to change a process to improve nursing practice.  Do not submit an actual reference/bibliography list.  (Limit 1,250 characters, including spaces)
    3. Evaluation and Outcomes —What were the outcomes of the project? How was success measured? (Limit 700 characters, including spaces)

    AACN Chapter Best Practice Poster Abstract Criteria

    The submission process for Chapter Best Practice is changing for 2016 and will open in September.  Watch for new guidelines online in mid-August. 

Web-Based Poster Abstract Submission Instructions

  • The online submission form accepts only basic text.
    • Please avoid entering special characters, symbols, charts or graphics within the abstract text.
  • When entering your poster abstract information, note the text character limits indicated for each section.
    • If your poster abstract is financially funded, please assure you enter this information on the application form where indicated.
  • Notification of acceptance or regrets will be delivered via email to the Primary Author of each poster abstract by the first week of January of the NTI year.
    • The decision of reviewers is final.

Poster Abstract Author Requirements and Required Documents

  • Poster abstracts are limited to a maximum of 4 authors, including the primary author.
  • Primary authors may not transfer their status to a co-author once the poster abstract has been submitted.
  • AACN utilizes an online facilitator materials database where all authors are required to submit their CV and financial disclosure during the Call for Abstract submission process.
  • Research supported by NIH or any other government agency or organization is required to have a funding disclosure. Funding disclosures are listed after abstract online in the journals.
  • All primary and co-authors for all poster abstracts are required to submit the required documentation via the Step II process by the submission deadline.
    • No additional authors can be added after this date.
  • All primary and co-authors are required to sign Release and Disclosure documents.
  • Release and disclosure documents validate: 
    • Material is original.
    • Does not copy or otherwise infringe on the copyright or other proprietary rights of another party. 
    • The author has participated sufficiently in developing the work in order to take public responsibility for the content (in the case of multiple poster author/presenters, all should certify this aspect).
    • The abstract has not been previously published; and permission for AACN to publish the abstract in AACN conference materials and/or journal and/or in any electronic format, via internet or intranet and provide to third-party research libraries such as The Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library for online access.
  • Please assure that all email addresses for both primary and co-authors are accurate.
    • This is the sole means of communication from AACN regarding your poster abstract(s).
  • Should any email addresses change prior to NTI, please provide the updates to
  • If AACN does not receive all requested information by published deadlines, the poster may be withdrawn from NTI.

NTI Registration Fee Discount

  • The primary author of an accepted poster abstract receives a $75 discount on NTI registration fees for the main conference only.
  • Primary authors of multiple accepted poster abstracts are eligible for only one $75 reduction in NTI registration fees for the main conference.
    • This cannot be combined with Chapter discounts and is non-transferrable to another co-author. 
  • If the primary author is presenting a live educational session (Sunrise, ExpoEd, Concurrent, Mastery, API) and a poster presentation, the facilitator honoraria awarded  replaces the $75 discount.
    • In this case, the $75 discount may be transferred to one co-author.
  • Expenses associated with the preparation, delivery and presentation of the poster abstract is the responsibility of the primary author.
    • If accepted, the primary author is required to pay all fees associated with the NTI conference, including but not limited to: travel, housing accommodations and registration.

Research Poster Award Winners

  • Four (4) research poster abstracts are selected to receive the Research Abstract Award.
    • This award recognizes the primary author whose abstract reflects outstanding original research, replication research or research utilization.
  • Each of the award recipients presents his/her findings at one of the Research Oral Poster live sessions.
  • Each oral live education session is limited to 30 minutes, including a 5 to10-minute Q & A section.
  • The 30 minute live education session should include a brief overview of the research project with an emphasis on its clinical implications.
    • Minimal focus on method and data analysis is recommended.
  • AACN schedules two 30 minute live Poster Award recipients within one NTI designated 60 minute time frame. Because there is limited time allotted per poster presenter, AACN recommends only the primary author present the findings.  Any additional authors may be present in audience to assist with Q & A.
  • Primary facilitator is encouraged to use a slide presentation program to add visual interest and enhance data sharing.
  • Research poster award recipients will receive an honorarium of $1,000 for NTI expenses, including registration, hotel and travel.


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