ONS CONGRESS

The Oncology Nursing Society's Annual Conference


May 16 - 20, 2018
Washington, D.C. -Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Submit an Abstract

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GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION AND DEADLINES

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to submit your abstract now for the ONS 43rd Annual Congress, May 17-20, 2018, in Washington, DC.

Abstract presentations are focused in areas of administration, education, research, leadership development, advanced practice, quality improvement, and clinical/evidence-based practice projects. Selection of abstracts will be based solely on a blind peer review. Abstracts may be selected for oral presentation sessions or ePoster presentations, and all accepted abstracts are published in the online Oncology Nursing Forum .

Please note: accepted abstracts cannot be edited after acceptance and will be published as received. Pay close attention to spelling, grammar, names, and credentials. Primary authors many submit more than one abstract but only one may be accepted for each presentation format.

  1. IMPORTANT DEADLINES

    • Abstract Submission Opens: Monday, August 21, 2017
    • Abstract Submission Deadline: Thursday, September 28, 5 pm EST
    • Notification Letters Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2017

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  2. Guidelines for Abstract Submission

    1. All abstracts must be submitted by the Primary Author electronically.
    2. Authors (including students) or institutions should not submit multiple abstracts on the same topic or from the same topic. If data are from a multi-site study, however, each site can submit one abstract.
    3. The components of the abstract are divided into sections to help authors assure that they have included all the required information based upon the scoring criteria. Authors are encouraged to write the abstract in a word processing file (e.g. MS Word) and then cut and paste the appropriate sections into the abstract system.  Please be sure to ensure special characters used pasted correctly.  No edits can be made prior to publishing.
    4. The final abstract (body of abstract) must be no more than 375 words (excluding the title and authors’ names/institutions). Abstracts that contain more than the specified number of words will not be reviewed. Check the word count of your abstract in a word processing program prior to cutting and pasting the sentences into the online submission form.
    5. The abstract cannot be submitted unless all required fields are completed.
    6. The abstract title should clearly indicate the nature of the subject. Acronyms should not be used in the title and should be written out on first mention.  A quantifiable objective must be submitted and the body of the abstract should be in paragraph form, using complete sentences, and avoiding special characters. Abstracts should include, no more than six authors' names (first and last names), credentials, and institution or place of employment’s name, city and state. Abstracts should have all funding sources written out completely if applicable.
    7. For abstracts with more than one author, the primary author will be considered the contact person.
    8. The abstract must be approved by the authors’ employing institution(s).
    9. No previously published or presented (aka encore) abstracts will be accepted. Secondary analyses are acceptable.
    10. Abstracts MUST be submitted by 5 pm EST, on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

  3. Authorship

    Primary authors must be either a registered nurse, a licensed healthcare professional from another discipline (physician, pharmacist, physical therapist, etc.), or a doctorally-prepared individual.

    For abstracts with more than one author, the primary author is the sole contact person and presenter. A primary author may only submit one abstract for consideration. Institutions or groups submitting more than one abstract with common authors must designate a different primary author for each abstract. Abstracts may not have more than six total authors.

    Authors (including students) or institutions cannot submit multiple abstracts on the same topic or from the same topic. If data are from a multi-site study, each site may submit one abstract.

    Abstracts submitted must be of the author’s own completed work, work in progress, or work previously presented at the local or regional level. However, abstracts may not be submitted that contain information that has been previously published or presented to national or international oncology nursing audiences.

    All abstract submitters will need to complete the following forms order to meet the ONS CNE Provider Unit requirements. These forms are available in the abstract submission system.

    • Full Disclosure/Conflict of Interest
    • Financial relationships are relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g. stocks, stock options, or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual fund(s), or other financial benefit. Financial relationships can also include “contracted research” where the institution gets the grant and manages the funds and the individual is the principal or named investigator on the grant. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ANCC considers relationships of the person involved in the CNE activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or significant other. A relevant financial relationship is any relationship in any amount occurring in the past 12 months (as of the date that the form is completed) that creates a conflict of interest.  There is a lot of press recently on commercial influence over continuing education in medicine and nursing.  It’s important to identify potential conflicts to the planning team as well as to the audience. Without this information, there is not full disclosure. Without full disclosure there is the implication there is information to hide and bias is inherent in hiding information.

    • Warranty & Indemnity Form
    • Warrant that you are the author of your presentation, that the presentation is original, except for such excerpts from copyrighted material included with the permission of the copyright owner and that you indemnify or release ONS against any and all liabilities, claims, or damages that would arise. You agree that the presentation is your own work, excerpts of copyright of materials are used with the expressed permission of the owner, presentation has not been developed as part of another presentation, and that it may be included within the ONS marketing materials.

  4. The Review Process

    1. Upon receipt, the abstract will be reviewed for compliance with the abstract instructions and assigned a number to ensure anonymity.
    2. Three ONS member volunteers with the appropriate experience in in leadership, management, education, clinical/evidence-based practice or research will blind review all abstracts.
    3. Reviewers will use one of the following sets of scoring criteria, depending on the abstract’s content area. Each item is scored on a scale of 1-5 grading scale (1=not at all; 5=high).
    4. The conference planning team will rank order abstracts for presentation at the conference.

CLINICAL PRACTICE, ADVANCED PRACTICE, AND LEADERSHIP/MANAGEMENT/EDUCATION ABSTRACTS

  1. Abstract Presentation Formats

    Oral Abstracts

    Abstracts accepted for oral presentations are offered in a session with four to six other abstracts and grouped by related category to be delivered for presenta¬tion. Speakers generally have 10-15 minutes to present their abstract and should include time for questions and answers. Only ONE AUTHOR (primary or first author) may present the oral presentation session. Primary authors of abstracts selected for a podium presentation will be asked to submit a PowerPoint presentation.

    ePoster Abstracts

    The submitter’s prepared poster will display the process and outcome of a scientific or professional project. All presenters will submit their electronic poster directly to the ePoster vendor. Further directions and ePoster specifications will be provided after acceptance. ePosters are available for viewing before, during, and after Congress. Authors of accepted ePoster abstracts MUST be present at the assigned presentation monitor during their assigned session at the conference to allow for dialog with participants.

  2. Abstract Scoring

    Abstracts will be scored using a 1-5 ranking on the following seven criteria.

     Significance and Background

    1. Is the topic significant, important, or relevant to oncology nursing practice?
    2. Is unique role or contribution of nursing described?
    3. Is the background of the problem summarized?

     Purpose

    1. Does the purpose clearly describe the project or activity?
    2. Is the rationale for the topic logical and supported by the information presented?

     Interventions

    1. Does the intervention or practice describe how the purpose was accomplished?
    2. Are the interventions or practices described appropriately for the clinical topic?
    3. Are nursing-sensitive patient outcome interventions described if appropriate?

      Evaluation

    1. Are the project goals evaluated according to specific measures?
    2. Are the outcomes applicable to oncology nursing?

      Discussion

    1. Are the implications for oncology nursing practice identified?
    2. Are the suggestions for using the information included?

      Presentation

    1. Is the abstract well written?
    2. Are the ideas clearly communicated?

      Innovative

    1. Is this an innovative/cutting edge topic?

RESEARCH ABSTRACTS

  1. Abstract Presentation Formats

    Oral Abstracts

    Abstracts accepted for oral presentations are offered in a session with four to six other abstracts and grouped by related category to be delivered for presentation. Speakers generally have 10-15 minutes to present their abstract and should include time for questions and answers. Only ONE AUTHOR (primary or first author) may present the oral presentation session. Primary authors of abstracts selected for a podium presentation will be asked to submit a PowerPoint presentation.

    ePoster Abstracts

    The submitter’s prepared poster will display the process and outcome of a scientific or professional project. All presenters will submit their electronic poster directly to the ePoster vendor. Further directions and ePoster specifications will be provided after acceptance. ePosters are available for viewing before, during, and after Congress. Authors of accepted ePoster abstracts MUST be present at the assigned presentation monitor during their assigned session at the conference to allow for dialog with participants.

  2. Abstract Scoring

    Abstracts will be scored using a 1-5 ranking on the following six criteria.

     Topic Significance and Study Purpose/Background/Rationale

    1. Is the significance/importance/relevance to oncology nursing practice clearly stated?
    2. Is there clear description of nursing's unique role or contributions to the study or of collaborative team work by nurse clinicians, nurse scientists and other healthcare professionals?
    3. Is there a concise summarization of the problem's background and existing evidence from the literature?
    4. Does the purpose emphasize clinical rationale?

     Purpose

    1. Does the purpose clearly describe the project or activity?
    2. Is the rationale for the topic logical and supported by the information presented?

     Methods, Intervention, and Analysis

    1. Are the design, sampling procedures, and/or interventions clearly explained?
    2. Are outcomes and their measurement processes/tools described?
    3. Are strategies used to facilitate reliability and validity (quantitative studies) or rigor (qualitative methods)?
    4. Is the general data analysis plan briefly described and does it relate to the study purpose?

      Findings and Interpretation

    1. Are major findings from data analysis and/or outcome measurements reported?
    2. Are study findings and implications compared with current literature and current practice?

      Discussion and Implications

    1. Are the implications these findings have on current practice described?
    2. Are strategies described to suggest future studies by collaborative teams?
    3. Are strategies listed to suggest application of findings into oncology clinical practice, patient and/or clinician education, or future oncology studies?

      Presentation

    1. Is the abstract well written?
    2. Are the ideas clearly communicated?

      Innovative

    1. Is this an innovative/cutting edge topic?

INDUSTRY-SUPPORTED ABSTRACTS

  1. Information

    Industry-supported abstracts are identified as projects that the researcher or presenter are employees of a pharmaceutical or related company. Also, any project that has been solely funded or directed by a company would be considered industry supported. Projects that have received unrestricted grant funding in which the researcher or principal investigator maintained full control over the project would not be considered industry supported.

    Pharmaceutical company or industry employees may submit an abstract featuring their employer’s products or services if they fully disclose their employment and/or financial involvement. Abstract presentations may not be sales presentations and must not imply the Society’s endorsement of said products or services. The individual making the presentation must clarify this point during the presentation. All pharmaceutical or industry sponsored abstracts are strongly encouraged to address nursing role, implications for nursing research, or clinical practice.

    Researchers wishing to submit an abstract containing data related to a clinical pharmaceutical or industry trial conducted at their institution, must provide full disclosure of the presenter’s affiliation with the company, any financial gains (honoraria, travel reimbursement etc.) received, research support obtained, or involvement of the company in the research, as well as a complete list of all contributors (physicians, statisticians etc.) on the abstract submission. Failure to provide such disclosure will result in the automatic rejection of the abstract. The member is expected to add a nursing dimension to the existing clinical trial data to make such data interesting and applicable to the conference attendees.

    Primary authors may decline acceptance or withdraw presentation of an abstract selection by emailing absquestion@ons.org. The accepted abstracts will be presented as ePosters in the Learning Hall during exhibit time. No CNE will be awarded for these abstracts due to ANCC guidelines stating that content must be free of commercial influence.

  2. Abstract Presentation Formats

    ePoster Abstracts

    The submitter’s prepared poster will display the process and outcome of a scientific or professional project. All presenters will submit their electronic poster directly to the ePoster vendor. Further directions and ePoster specifications will be provided after acceptance. ePosters are available for viewing before, during, and after Congress. Authors of accepted ePoster abstracts MUST be present at the assigned presentation monitor during their assigned session at the conference to allow for dialog with participants.

  3. Abstract Scoring

    Abstracts will be scored using a 1-5 ranking on the following seven criteria.

     Significance and Background

    1. Is the topic significant, important, or relevant to oncology nursing practice?
    2. Is unique role or contribution of nursing described?
    3. Is the background of the problem summarized?

     Purpose

    1. Does the purpose clearly describe the project or activity?
    2. Is the rationale for the topic logical and supported by the information presented?

     Interventions

    1. Does the intervention or practice describe how the purpose was accomplished?
    2. Are the interventions or practices described appropriately for the clinical topic?
    3. Are nursing-sensitive patient outcome interventions described if appropriate?

     Evaluation

    1. Are the project goals evaluated according to specific measures?
    2. Are the outcomes applicable to oncology nursing?

     Discussion

    1. Are the implications for oncology nursing practice identified?
    2. Are the suggestions for using the information included?

     Presentation

    1. Is the abstract well written?
    2. Are the ideas clearly communicated?

     Innovative

    1. Is this an innovative/cutting edge topic?

BEGIN A SUBMISSION

ADVANCED PRACTICE

Submissions Open August 21st, 2017

CLINICAL PRACTICE

Submissions Open August 21st, 2017

INDUSTRY-SUPPORTED

Submissions Open August 21st, 2017

LEADERSHIP / MANAGEMENT / EDUCATION

Submissions Open August 21st, 2017

RESEARCH

Submissions Open August 21st, 2017