Call for Abstracts

The 2017 Call for Abstracts is Closed


All conference presenters must be AAHN members.

Tips on Abstract Preparation

Source: From Study to Abstract: The Art of Describing the Essence of a Study.
Panel Presentation at 13th Annual AAHN Research Conference, October 12, 1996.
Panel: Barbara Brodie, Wanda Hiestand, Judith Stanley, JoAnn Widerquist; Patricia D'Antonio, moderator.

      • Follow directions provided in the Call for Abstracts!
      • The abstract must be well written; the clarity of the writing mirrors your thinking.
      • Create an attractive, catchy title that captures the essence of the study.
      • Choose verbs carefully; aim for passionate phrases using concise language.
      • Write a good introductory paragraph which situates the study historically.
      • Provide some concrete details of the study to entice the reader to want to learn more.
      • List primary sources.
      • Historical research emphasizes conclusions.
      • Interweave research into today.
      • Have colleagues read the abstract before submission.

The Abstract Review Committee of AAHN uses a score sheet that emphasizes:

      • Clarity and focus
      • Manageable for presentation
      • Relevance for nursing history
      • Richness, complexity and depth of analysis
      • Appropriateness of sources regarding interpretations
      • Adequacy of abstract
      • Originality of idea


Bibliography on Abstract Writing Compiled by
JoAnn Widerquist, RN, DMin, MA


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Tibbo, Helen R. Abstracting, Information Retrieval and the Humanities: Providing Access to Historical Literature. Chicago and London: American Library Association. 1993.

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