• 35th Annual Conference Call for Abstracts Opens: May 28, 2024
  • Deadline for Abstract Submissions: August 12, 2024
  • Applicants notified of status: Fall 2024
Submit Your Abstract

Submission Tracks

Pre-licensure nursing students

Pre-licensure nursing students will be judged under a separate student track. At least one of the offered tracks will still need to be applicable to the submission. Licensed nurses can be included with pre-licensure nursing students in the submission.

Clinical Practice

This track describes new approaches to care, unusual cases, patient and/or family education, or literature reviews of best practices with a summary of the evidence.


This track describes innovative strategies used in educating nurses, in either academia or the practice setting.

Evidence-based Practice (EBP)

This track describes the process and outcomes resulting from the critical appraisal and use/translation of the best and most relevant research evidence related to a clinical question that directly influences pediatric nursing practice.

Quality Improvement (QI)

This track describes the process improvements and clinical quality outcomes resulting from the use of improvement science methodology that directly influences pediatric nursing practice.


This track describes systematic investigations designed to create new pediatric knowledge.

Leadership and Management

This track describes innovative projects/initiatives related to management of nursing staff or transformational leadership at all levels of nursing.

Information Technology

This track describes the application of systems for storing, retrieving, and sending information as applied to pediatric nursing.


This track describes new approaches to promote and improve the health and healthcare for all children and their families through advocacy.

Submission Resources

Tips for Writing a Successful Abstract:

Despite appearing intuitive, these guidelines address common issues observed.

1. Familiarize yourself with the specific criteria outlined in the provided rubric.

2. Follow all the provided instructions.

3. Avoid identifying specific organizations; instead, use terms like “organization” or “medical center” whatever term describes your setting.

4. Ensure that all scored areas are addressed in your abstract. If a specific area is unavailable, address it.

5. Allow adequate time to carefully proofread your abstract and consider having it reviewed.

Review the webinar Abstract Writing and Movie Trailers: What Hollywood Can Teach You About Writing Successful Abstracts in the SPN Learning Center. The webinar provides the opportunity to learn key components of a successful abstract, how to avoid common mistakes and leave the abstract reviewers wanting to learn more.

[pdf]  Abstract Criteria
[EXCEL] Abstract Reviewer Grading Rubric
Example Abstract
[Recorded Webinar] How to Submit a Successful Abstract