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Poster Presentations
Innovative Poster Presentation and Submission Information

Poster presentations for the MN Section AWHONN conference must be original work that pertains to
completed clinical education, leadership change, or evidence-based practice projects
related to women’s health, obstetric and/or neonatal practice, education or administration. 

Submissions are due for review by March 1, 2021.

Submission Process

You will be asked to provide the following electronically.

  • Title: The title should spark interest, yet still clearly reflect the content. It should be a concise statement of the main topic.
    • Sample titles:
      • An Animal Assisted Therapy Intervention for High Risk Antepartum Women 
      • Changing Nursing Practice to Incorporate Evidence- Based Practice for Skin-to-Skin Care
  • Brief Description: This is 2-3 sentences, and no more than 75 words, intended for posting on the conference website or other program materials to let attendees know what the poster is about and to encourage them to come view your poster.
    • Sample descriptions:
  • Research has supported the benefits of animal assisted therapy (AAT) in a variety of populations. The literature suggests that the high risk antepartum population is at an increased risk for boredom and anxiety. This poster explores the effects of AAT on boredom and anxiety in pregnant women in the hospital who are at high risk for early labor.
  • National and professional organization policies and recommendations are calling for skin-to-skin care beginning immediately after an infant’s birth and continuing until after the first feeding is complete, but implementing this recommendation is a dramatic change to current practice. Maternity nurses at a Midwestern hospital addressed the challenge through a translation research project: documenting current practices, delineating the barriers, developing bench marks to monitor outcomes, provided staff education. Successes and outcomes of the project will be presented.
  • Three Behavioral Objectives. After viewing your poster the learner should be able to: 
    • Sample objectives:
      • Identify patterns of intrapartum maternal fluid intake in relation to delivery type.
      • Describe the implementation sequence of a research study with maternal/newborn dyads.
      • Describe the relationship of maternal intrapartum fluid intake to newborn weight loss, urine and stool output.
  • Bibliography: Reviewers want to see the scientific or academic basis for your presentation, the sources for your assertions. You will be asked to provide at least five (5) references, preferably from peer reviewed journals. At least three (3) of them must be current as of the last five (5) years. The bibliography should not be included in the text of the abstract.
    • Sample bibliography:
      • Burkman, R., Grimes, D., Mishell, D., & Westhoff, C. (2006). Benefits to contraception to women's health: An evidence-based perspective. University of Southern California: Dialogues in Contraception, 10(3), 15-24.
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2008). Estimated pregnancy rates by outcome for the United States, 1990-2004. National Vital Statistics Reports, 56(15), 77-90.
      • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2005). Fertility, family planning and reproductive health of US women: Data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. Vital and Health Statistics, 23(25), 55-80.
      • Corbett, P., Mitchell, C., Taylor, J., & Kempainen, J. (2006). Emergency contraception: Knowledge and perceptions in a university population. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18,161-168.
      • Finer, L. & Henshaw, S. (2006). Disparities in rates of unintended pregnancy in the United States, 1994 and 2001. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 38(2), 90-96.
  • Author Information: You will be asked to provide contact information, credentials and affiliations for all presenters. 
  • CV/Resume: All presenting authors must submit a current CV or resume.
Criteria for Selection (Evidence-Based Practice Project)
  • Project reflects evidenced based practice relevant to women’s health, obstetrics, or neonatal nursing practice
  • Explanation of current practice and proposed change is succinctly written
  • Guidelines used are evidence-based, and clearly described
  • Design/procedures is appropriate for the evidence-based guideline selected
  • Implementation strategies are clearly delineated
  • Sample/subject is appropriate
  • Data analysis is appropriate and related to the problem
  • Discussion/interpretation/evaluation of outcomes is clear
  • Content is free of commercial bias
  • Topic has implications for women’s health, obstetrics or neonatal nursing practice, education or research
On-Site Details
  • Selected poster presenters will be provided with a table. Posters must be capable of self-standing (examples of formats include foam board formatting, tri- fold formatting, etc.). No easels, mounting boards, tape, or Velcro will be available. Posters may not be taped to walls. 
  • Posters are put on display in a room or foyer adjacent to the exhibit and conference rooms.  Because we offer contact hours for poster review, posters cannot share space with exhibitors.
  • Presenters are expected to be at their posters and available for questions during specified times. Contact information must be included either in the conference syllabus, or at the table when the presenter is not available.
  • A maximum of two people may present a poster.
  • Presenters will be responsible for their own travel and all expenses related to their poster presentation.
  • Presenters are required to register and attend the conference and are eligible for discounted registration.
Submissions or Questions?

To submit your original poster for consideration or for additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Webb

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