Poster Abstracts: General Information and FAQs

We are delighted that you are interested in presenting your work at NTI. The following information will provide you with preparation guidelines and general NTI information.

General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Presentation Materials / Equipment

Poster presentations are graphically illustrated, self-explanatory presentations of the findings from the research study or evidence-based intervention.

Authors illustrate their findings by displaying graphs, photographs, diagrams and text on a 4-feet-tall x 8-feet-wide poster display.

No product information or promotion may take place during your presentation or on your poster and no product materials may be at the poster display.

Application Requirements

Abstracts are required to be relevant to the acute, critical care nursing and/or patients.

Only completed research and evidence-based solution projects are eligible. Research and evidence-based solution projects are required to have results and be completed prior to submission.  No exceptions.

AACN will not accept abstracts that have been previously published. AACN reserves the right to decline poster abstracts which have been published in any journal including online materials.

Submission of an abstract constitutes the author's commitment to present the abstract if accepted.

Abstracts can be submitted only via the AACN website.

Submission Dates & Deadline

Program planning for the conference begins approximately nine months before the event and thus requires potential presenters to submit their abstracts by a predetermined deadline.

Submissions that fail to meet these deadlines will not be considered. 

Correcting a Submission

Revisions to poster abstracts may be made while the Call for Abstracts is open.

Using your submission number (abstract ID), log into the Research and Evidence-Based Solution online application.

You will see your list of abstract(s) already submitted.

Click on the title of the abstract that you wish to edit.

Make any changes within the content and resubmit abstract in full by selecting "Finish."

You will see a confirmation page with amendments.

Withdrawing Your Abstract

During the Call for Poster Abstracts, you may cancel or void an abstract(s) any time during the open submission period.

Log into the online application using your submission number.

You will see a list of your abstract(s) already submitted.

Click on the cancel area in front of the abstract you wish to void.

The voided abstract still appears in your list..

Selection Process

Submissions are evaluated and selected using the following criteria:

Evidence-Based Solution abstracts are scored on creativity and/or innovation, clinical relevance and replication in nursing practice.

Research abstracts are scored on scientific merit, clinical relevance and data analysis.

Chapter abstracts are scored and selected based on creativity, clarity, relevance to chapters and to key chapter initiatives of Certification, Healthy Work Environments or the Beacon Award for Excellence. 

Notification Letters

Notification of selections will be emailed to the submitting author no later than the first week of January of any given year. 

NTI Registration

All oral and poster presenters must register for the conference.

If you are presenting a live NTI session AND  a Research, Evidence-based Solution and/or Chapter poster, the registration discount of $75 does not apply.

Because NTI facilitators for live education sessions receive complimentary registration, the primary author may transfer poster registration discount to one additional author of the abstract.

Accreditation Statement

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

AACN Provider Number 0012.

AACN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP1036.

AACN programming meets the standards for most other states requiring mandatory continuing education credit for relicensure.

AACN Contacts

AACN Staff are available for assistance for questions related to the Poster Abstracts at the following email address:


Can I ship my poster to the convention center ahead of time?

There is no staff available to accept personal shipments at the convention center.

We suggest that you have it shipped to your hotel and then carry it to the convention center.

Hotels are usually good with holding preshipped items as long as you write your name and arrival date on the package.

We recommend using FedEx or UPS so that it can be traced –— referencing on your package your arrival date and complete name.

Do I need to arrange for someone to introduce my oral presentation?

AACN will be providing individuals to introduce the oral presenters.

How do I know that my abstract submission was received?

All primary authors will receive an email confirmation of the abstract submission including the abstract number.

You may review and edit your abstract until the Call for Poster abstracts closes. After closure, no further changes are allowed.

How many copies of the poster handout should I bring?

We recommend several hundred copies.

We recommend distributing a small amount per day rather than all at once to have enough for duration of conference.

We also recommend distributing handouts during Meet and Greet author sessions.

Average NTI attendance is 7,000 nurses.

If a colleague has a poster abstract accepted for presentation at NTI, can we request to present side-by-side?

You may submit your request to  However, due to the size of the meeting and the number of presentations there is no guarantee AACN can honor your request.  All special requests are required to be submitted no later than the 2nd Monday in December preceding NTI.

Can I sell an interactive DVD of my presentation at my poster?

No product information or marketing materials may be at the poster presentation.

Is there a text limit on the length of my Poster Abstract?

The text limit includes characters with spaces and is indicated within the submission template. 

Why do I receive an "Incorrect Username or Password" message when I try to log in?

You may have changed your password.

If you have forgotten your password, you can go to the main login screen (click onto the blue tab located at the upper left that says "Login") and select the "Password Help" button. Your user name and password will be emailed to you.

Why can't I submit table/graphs/charts/borders/bullets in my abstract?

The on-line database does not accommodate tables, graphs, charts, borders and/or bullets.

Why do I have to use my own AACN member/customer number when submitting my abstract?

AACN's on-line database holds a record of the submitting (primary) author only. As a result, correspondence and the reduction discount for NTI registration is related to the primary applicant only.

Why is my email address listed at the bottom of the abstract?

Your email address is provided so that interested colleagues may contact you after the conference with any questions regarding your abstract.

Will there be a table to place my handout materials?

Due to the size of the conference and number of presentations, we suggest poster authors provide hand-outs to attendees during the "Meet and Greet" session.  Any handout materials must be pre-approved by AACN. 

I have completed my disclosure but it still shows "Pending." Why?

If you have disclosed any affiliations or financial involvements, your status will show "Pending." This tells AACN to review your disclosure, but it does not affect your abstract submission.

What format should citations be written in?

AACN uses American Medical Association (AMA) format.

May I list my organization in the text of the abstract?

You may list nonprofit or government organizations, non-healthcare companies, and healthcare facilities which are non-commercial-based. Colleges and universities may also be listed on actual poster.

Can a "thank you" to a company that donated a product for trial be included on the poster?

Yes, you can include a thank you on the poster. No product information may be included on the poster.

Will I receive a confirmation email after I've checked the box that all the associated co-authors are registered to the website?

No, this action tells us all your co-authors have completed their documentation.

I'm a chapter member and completed an evidence-based project in my hospital.  Do I submit the abstract under chapters or evidence-based solutions?

Submit as evidence-based solution. Chapter abstract submissions are reserved for management and key initiatives which occurred within the chapter itself.

I am not sure if my abstract should be submitted as research or evidence-based solution.  What is my next step?


Additional Information

For more information, view our Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines or email

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