Call for Abstracts

2024 Knowledge and Innovation


University of Phoenix and Omicron Delta

Virtual Conference

 SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  JUNE 10, 2024

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2024 Knowledge and Innovation Conference!

Please note that all conference sessions will be recorded.

These recordings will be made available for CE credits to our Omicron Delta members and student/faculty at the University of Phoenix.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this conference is to promote communication about nursing research, education, practice, and leadership, and to enhance research collaboration throughout nursing’s scholarly community.

CONTINUING EDUCATION 

Omicron Delta is providing continuing education credit for this conference. Omicron Delta is a preferred provider (CEP #16709)  of the California Board of Registered Nursing. Regulations (CCR 1456 Continuing Education Courses) require the courses (4) Contain curriculum that includes the understanding of implicit bias pursuant to Section 2736.5 of the code, unless the course is dedicated solely to research or other issues that does not include a direct patient care component. 

§ 1450. Definitions.

(h) “Implicit bias” means the attitudes or internalized stereotypes that affect our perceptions, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. Implicit bias often contributes to unequal treatment of people based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, and other characteristics.

(i) “Direct patient care” means the provision of health care services directly to individuals being treated for or suspected of having physical or mental illnesses. Direct patient care includes preventative care.

If your presentation will include a direct patient care component, be sure to address implicit bias in your presentation. 

PROCEEDINGS

Proceedings are published electronically, and a link will be available for all in attendance. The proceedings will not be copyrighted. You may publish the paper or abstract elsewhere; we request, however, that you include the notation that the paper or poster was presented at the University of Phoenix and Omicron Delta 2024 Knowledge and Innovation Conference.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods research, or innovative evidence-based projects are eligible for podium or poster presentation.

  • Research must be completed by the time of submission to be eligible for podium presentation. 

  • In-progress and completed research are eligible for poster presentation.

  • Innovative projects must be implemented or completed to be considered for podium presentation.

  • Innovative projects currently without reportable outcome evidence are eligible for poster presentation only.

  • Eligible presenters are: members of Sigma chapters, faculty, current nursing students, or other interested nurse clinicians, researchers and scholars.

NOTIFICATION 

The first author of accepted presentations and posters will be notified by July 30, 2024.  If your abstract is accepted, you will need to respond to the invitation and register to attend the conference by August 6, 2024

SELECTION CRITERIA: Abstracts will be blind reviewed using the requested selection criteria below:

RESEARCH ABSTRACTS: 

Quantitative Research podium, PechaKucha, and poster presentations will be selected based on assessment of the following abstract components:

  • Specific aims or objectives of the study;

  • Rationale or background for the study;

  • Research methodology including design, sample, procedure and instrument (reliability & validity);

  • Data analysis used;

  • Research findings or results;

  • Implications or significance of findings to nursing.

Qualitative Research podium, PechaKucha, and poster presentations will be selected based on assessment of the following abstract components:

  • Phenomenon of interest;

  • Description of methodology;

  • Description of participants;

  • Knowledge gained from study;

  • Implications or significance;

  • Recommendations for future studies.

Mixed Methods Research podium, PechaKucha, and poster presentations will be selected based on assessment of the following abstract components:

  • Aim or objective;

  • Rationale or background;

  • Research questions clearly stated and appropriate for mixed methodology;

  • Quantitative Sampling procedure;

  • Instruments;

  • Data Collection procedures;

  • Quantitative data analysis procedures;

  • Tradition clearly identified or easily inferred (Qualitative Data Collection);

  • Qualitative data analysis procedures consistent with the tradition;

  • Findings/Results;

  • Strength of the study enhanced with inclusion of both data types;

  • Implications or significance.

INNOVATIVE ABSTRACTS:

Innovative Evidence-Based Projects (problem analysis, case study, QI evaluation, systematic review, etc.) podium, PechaKucha, and poster presentations will be selected based on assessment of the following abstract components:

  • Statement of the problem;

  • Method used to address the problem;

  • Description of any innovation and resulting change, if appropriate;

  • Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions and/or strategies to address how unintended biases in decision making may contribute to health disparities (if a direct patient care topic- see definitions above)
  • Implications and significance of the project findings for research, practice, leadership or education;

  • Recommendations or future problems/questions.

ABSTRACT FORMAT INSTRUCTIONS

*Read carefully - only abstracts that conform to the Abstract Format will be accepted.

Submit a one-page Word document file which must fit one side of one 8/5” x 11” paper. The file should be named with the author’s last name in upper case then first name and title of presentation in lower case (e.g. LASTNAME_Firstname Title of Presentation.doc)

Margins must be one inch on all sides and be typed in 12 point Times New Roman font.  The body of the abstract must be single spaced with two (2) spaces between paragraphs. Left justify all paragraphs; do not indent to begin a paragraph. Left justify and bold all headings such as Objective, Background, Methodology, etc.

Center the TITLE in upper case regular type. Title must fit on one line. Double space and indicate Name of First Author, License, Degree in regular type, Centered with Upper and Lower case. Single space and indicate email address of first author in regular type, centered.  Single space and indicate Name of Second Author, License, Degree in regular type, Centered with Upper and Lower case. Double space and begin body of abstract.   The following is an example:

TITLE (in caps-- must fit on ONE line!)

Name of First Author, License, Degree

email address

Name of Second Author, License, Degree

The body of the abstract should address all components of the selection criteria listed on the previous pages, depending on the type of abstract being submitted.

If the research or project was supported in full or part by a grant, cite the grant number and granting organization at the bottom of the abstract.

Submit a second copy of the abstract that includes the TITLE with no other identifying information, such as authors, funding information, etc. This copy will be submitted for blind peer review. The file should be named with the Title of the Presentation only.

Submission Deadline

Abstracts must arrive on or before June 10, 2024.  The first author of accepted presentations and posters will be notified by August 30, 2024.

 

Submission of Abstracts (Word document only - do not submit in pdf form):

Click on this link to the Abstract Submission Form. Complete the abstract information specified and attach your abstract and blinded abstract as instructed in the form. Respondents will be required to sign in to Google in order to upload files. If you don’t already have a google account, you can create one by going to gmail.com. 

The abstract file must follow this format: LASTNAME_Firstname Title of Presentation.doc; the blinded abstract file should be submitted with only the Title of the Presentation.doc

When you have completed the form and attachments, click on  submit. Please contact marilyn@omicrondelta.net if you have questions related to your abstract.

Important Note: Please contact marilyn@omicrondelta.net if you do not receive a confirmation email of receipt of your application as there may have been a problem with its transmission.

*Presentation Format:

  • Podium:  Presenter will be introduced by moderator. Presenter will have 15 minutes to present using a PowerPoint presentation. Questions will be reserved for the end of the session after all presentations have been completed.

  • PechaKucha:  PechaKucha (Petch-aa Koo-chaa) presentation is a storytelling format where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Slides are set up to automatically advance after 20 seconds. In other words, you have 400 seconds to tell a story, with visuals guiding the way. PechaKucha means “chit chat” in Japanese. This creative outlet is used by global innovators to create powerful, visually compelling stories that move audiences in less than 7 minutes.  Presenters will self-introduce as part of the presentation. Video about preparing a PechaKucha presentation here.

  • Poster:  Presenter will have 5 minutes to present as their poster is displayed. Presenters will self-introduce as part of the presentation. Questions will be reserved for the end of the session after all presentations have been completed.