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CNL Summit: Leveraging CNLs in a Time of Change
February 25 - 27, 2021


The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) invites faculty, nursing administrators, practicing CNLs and students to submit abstracts that showcase initiatives and innovations in either CNL education or practice. Of particular interest are abstracts that reflect innovation and highlight:
  • CNL practice in a time of crisis and change
  • How the CNL has impacted care during the pandemic
  • How have CNLs addressed wellness and resilience for themselves, patients and those they lead
  • Using the CNL skillset across the continuum of care
  • Impact and value of the CNL role in achieving the Quadruple Aim: improved cost, quality, and service outcomes as well as healthcare provider work life
  • Making the business case for the CNL
  • Innovative CNL curriculum models that highlight emerging trends in healthcare and nursing education (e.g. implementation of the 2017 Recommended CNL Practice Experiences, transition into practice models for all CNL graduates but particularly the Model C graduates)

Presentation Formats:
  • Poster Presentation: Due to COVID-19 and the need to transition to a virtual conference, opportunities for poster and podium presentations have been expanded. Posters are presented on a virtual one-page slide. In addition, poster presenters have the option and are strongly encouraged to upload a brief two-minute pre-recorded video summarizing their poster. Specific directions will be sent to authors after they are accepted.
  • Podium Presentation: A select number of abstracts will be chosen for podium presentations. Selection will be based on author preference, topic, and appeal to an extended audience. Podium presentations will be in the form of 15-minute pre-recorded videos with a scheduled time for live questions and answers.

Preparing Your Abstract for Submission:
    Abstract Content:
    • The abstract should include background information and address methods, programs, or practices and outcome data as applicable. It also should include summary recommendations for others who may be considering a similar approach. Abstracts are formatted automatically and have a 300-word limit.
    • Abstracts may have been presented elsewhere or published within the past two years. If this is the case, please update the material and make it specific to this event.

    Submission Requirements:
    • Submitters are allowed a maximum of two (2) abstract submissions per conference. If more than two abstracts are submitted per author, only the first two submissions will be reviewed and eligible for acceptance.
    • Abstract submissions that are incomplete after the submission deadline will not be eligible for presentation nor will they be considered for review.
    • Presenters are asked to identify any potential conflict of interest related to the content to be offered (e.g., commercial interest, affiliation with a vendor, and/or receipt of royalties) and affirm that their abstract presentations will not be used to sell a particular product or service. AACN reserves the right to rescind the acceptance of an abstract due to any conflict of interest discovered after the fact.
    • Submitters may access the site as often as they like to modify the document until the extended submission deadline, December 13, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. EST. Once the abstract is finally submitted (by hitting “submit & review changes” then “finalize” on the website), the submitter will receive an email message confirming receipt of the abstract. If an email confirmation is not received, the abstract was not entered into the system and the submitter will need to go back to submit fully.

Review Process:
Each abstract is reviewed by at least two individuals and the process is blind; hence, reviewers do not see names of submitters or school affiliations. To increase the probability of an abstract being selected, please consider the following criteria:
  • Relevance to overall theme of conference and topics listed above
  • Clear connection to Clinical Nurse Leader education or practice
  • Quality of the abstract
  • Novelty of the topic (e.g., the topic addresses a new question or problem or approaches traditional questions from a novel perspective. This is not a requirement but may give your submission an advantage.)
  • All abstracts will be reviewed using this scoring rubric. To ensure that your abstract receives the highest score, please review the rubric before submitting your abstract.

Acceptance Notification:
  • Authors will be notified about the status of their submission(s) via email no later than January 13, 2021. This is sufficient time to meet the conference registration deadlines.
  • If you are accepted as an abstract (poster or podium) presenter, you will need to submit your PowerPoint Poster and Video on the submission website by Monday, February 8, 2021. Additional instructions on how to submit will follow if you are accepted.
NOTE: All accepted presenters (including co-presenters) are required to register for the conference. All registered attendees are provided conference materials that will include a copy of the original abstract submission.

Poster Award Process:
  • Awards will be given for first place and honorable mention
  • Awards are ONLY given to poster presenters

You will be using this submission site to provide your contact information and your required submission details for review. Please read instructions on how to complete your submission here. Then click Join Now below to begin.

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Questions? Nursing Education Coordinator: Krisi Yosifova -