Call for Abstracts

The 2017 NICHE Conference is a four-day event to highlight advances in evidence-based practices and innovations in geriatric nursing drawn from the network of NICHE member organizations. Below are this year’s conference topics: 

  • Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN): Roles, Responsibilities, Implementation Strategies, and Clinical and Organizational Outcomes
  • The NICHE Program and Age-Friendly Hospital Initiatives: Designing the Path for the Future
  • Integrating NICHE Principles and Practices Across the Care Continuum: Clinical to Community-Based Organizational Integration
  • What’s New in Advanced Care Planning and Palliative Care
  • Nurse-Driven Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Models
  • Innovations in Delirium and Dementia Care
  • Health, Wellness and Successful Aging
  • Building the Business Case for NICHE: From the Bedside to the Executive Suite
  • Interdisciplinary Geriatric Clinical Quality Improvement Initiatives: Nurses at the Frontline Driving Results

Submission Categories

Speakers will present for the following session formats:  Partner Summit, Podium, Roundtable, or Poster presentations.

  • Partner Summit: Partnership summits showcase collaborative programs and/or clinical improvement initiatives carried out by NICHE member organizations and professional associations in the field of geriatric care. Abstracts should include a short description of the partnership. Representatives from the NICHE member organization and the professional association are required to attend the session.
  • Podium: Podium presentations feature completed research studies, program evaluations, descriptions of clinical practice innovations, or quality improvement initiatives. Each podium presentation session is comprised of a panel of three speakers from NICHE member organizations. During each 90-minute podium presentation session, each speaker will have approximately 24 minutes to present with an 18 minutes for the Question and Answer period.
  • Poster: Poster presentations highlight pilot projects, clinical-practice partnerships, education initiatives, or other promising projects focused on developing clinical practice, improving nursing unit efficiency, or achieving changes in nurses’ knowledge or attitudes about older adults. Poster presentations will be featured during a two-hour session. Poster boards are 8 ft. wide by 4 ft. tall (the usable space is approximately 7½ x 3½ ft).
  • Roundtable: Roundtable discussions are informal presentations designed to share innovative geriatric care models, including implementation best practices. Each roundtable presenter will host three groups of 10-12 participants over the course of the 90-minute session.

Submission Guidelines

Format: The content of each abstract must be organized under separate headings, according to one of the formats listed below. During the submission process, you will be prompted to choose one of the conference topics that best fits your work. Abstracts must not exceed 2,500 characters including spaces (approximately 300 words). Abstract must be submitted in 12pt Times New Roman font, single spaced in Word Document form. Abstract must include submitter’s contact information, author(s)’s name(s), presenter(s)’s name(s), abstract title, and topic area.

Save the document in the following format: Title of abstract_Author name_Organization

Research projects generate new knowledge or insights about clinical practice or the organization and delivery of nursing care.  Research studies use theory to develop and test hypotheses and follow the scientific method.

Abstracts for Research projects should include the following sections:

  • Brief Description
  • Background/Purpose/Research Question(s)
  • Theoretical Framework
  • Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis)
  • Results
  • Conclusions and Implications

Quality Improvement projects are designed to improve unit or organizational performance by reducing variation through a process of systematic analysis and change.

Abstracts for Quality Improvement projects should include the follow sections:

  • Brief Description
  • Introduction (Why did you start? Information about the baseline performance)
  • Methods (What did you do?)
  • Results (What did you find?)
  • Discussion (What does it mean?)
  • Other (Funding)

Submission, Review, and Notification Process

Submission: Completed abstracts are due September 26, 2016 at 11:59PM EST.  You will receive a confirmation email that your submission has been received and submitted for review. Any submissions received after the deadline will not be reviewed.  Abstracts cannot be edited after they are submitted.

Review Process: All submissions will be blind reviewed. In the case of ongoing research studies where results may be incomplete, authors are encouraged to describe the specific elements to be examined and their importance to geriatric nursing.

Notification: The lead author/presenter will be notified by email about the Review Committee’s decision by November 11, 2016 and must confirm their participation by December 1, 2016.

For any questions about the Call for Abstracts, please contact

Call for Abstracts: Closed

Download the 2017 NICHE Conference Abstract Guidelines:

abstract guidelines