35th Annual Conference
Branson, Missouri
June 12-17, 2015

2015 Conference Proposal Solicitation for

All 2015 Workshops, Research Papers and Poster Presentations are now set.
Please check back in August 2015 to submit Proposals for the
2016 Conference, coming to Bonita Springs, Florida.

Branson, Missouri 
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AHNA invites you to submit proposals for the 2015 Annual Conference 
•Poster Abstracts and Research Papers and Panels presenting study results on selected topics will be accepted until Monday, December 1, 2014 11:59 pm

*All proposals must address the Purpose, and at least one of the conference objectives. 

The purpose of this conference is to enable participants to integrate the historical foundations of holistic nursing into the creation of strategies designed to support the transformation of contemporary healthcare into a practice grounded in holism.

Conference Objectives
1. Explore the historical development of the discipline of nursing 
2. Examine the philosophy and wisdom traditions that are the foundations of holistic nursing.
3. Probe the meaning of holism and the evolution of contemporary holistic  nursing.
4. Examine the Scope & Standards and the Core Values of holistic nursing through the lens of history. 
5. Explore the relationship of historical roots to holistic nursing praxis (practice, education, research, aesthetics). 
6. Value the importance of holism in healthcare. 
7. Apply historical knowledge to the creation of grassroots movements and evidenced  based strategies designed to transform healthcare. 
8. Engage in self-reflection to enhance personal awareness and appreciation of the impact of our holistic roots on our current practice. 
9. Develop a personal action plan to contribute to healthcare transformation through the integration of holism into practice. 

Topics should address holistic nursing in one or more of the following areas
•Personal & Professional Development

Research Papers   3 papers are presented per 1.5 hour paper sessions - 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for Q & A per paper (12-15 papers will be selected)
Research Panels/Symposia

Research presentations that are linked by a common topic or thread.  Panels/Symposia applicants are encouraged and we ask that you complete in Proposal Space under Research Paper each presenters paper/topic separately for the submission and mention the title of the other papers that will be considered with your submission as a Panel.  DO NOT list the other presenters by name in the text of your submission, just include the titles of their presentations to facilitate the Blind Review process.
Poster Sessions

 Poster Sessions

 Are held at various times during the conference.  Authors are expected to be with their posters for approximately -4 hours of designated viewing times in order to talk with participants and answer questions. (20 each will be selected)

Guidelines for Submission
1. Access Proposal Forms using the link www.proposalspace.com 
2. Complete Proposals
• Pre-Conference & Workshop Proposals by Wednesday, October 15, 2014 11:59 pm • Posters (Research & Non-Research) & Research Panels by Monday, December 1, 2014 11:59 pm
3. Additional information may be requested from review committee prior to selection.
4. Limit of 3 proposals per person/group
5. Direct questions to: education@ahna.org or 1(800) 278-2462 Ext. 17

 NOTE:  Proposal Space is the vendor AHNA uses for submission of Conference Proposals in all categories.  You must register for a LOG IN on the Proposal Space site in order to submit a proposal (your AHNA website log in WILL NOT WORK ON THIS SITE).  This allows you to register all your demographic information, establish a password so that as you are submitting proposals (up to 3) you can save them and go back and edit them before the final submission deadline.  Again, Proposal Space will not accept your AHNA Member Log-In, you must specifically register at their site separately unless you have previously registered and submitted a proposal in 2012 or 2013. 
Review & Selection Process
• Only fully completed proposals will be reviewed
• All proposals undergo a BLIND peer-review
        *In order to ensure no bias in the review process you submission MUST:
             -Be titled with only the presentation name. DO NOT include your name in the
             -The content of the proposal  MUST NOT contain references to ANY 
• Additional information may be requested

 Proposal Forms
(click on link below for the type of proposal you want to submit)

• Pre-Conference Workshops
• Conference Workshops
• Research Papers and Panels/Symposia (Note: for Panels/Symposia, see special instructions above)
• Research Posters
• Non-Research Posters

In addition to filling out one of the above applications at Proposal Space, we also ask that you download and fill out the:

Educational Activity Planning Table for AHNA Conference Proposals

Research Sample - quantitative
Research Sample qualitative
Sample Educational Activity Planning Table for AHNA Conference Proposals

Notice of acceptance: Pre-Conference and Conference workshops will be notified via email on or before Monday, December 1, 2014

Notice of Acceptance: Posters (research & Non-Research, Research papers and Panel presentations will be made, via email, on or before Sunday, February 1, 2015. Instructions regarding preparation of presentation for the conference will be included with the acceptance notice.


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