36th Annual Conference
Bonita Springs, Florida
May 31 - June 5, 2016

2016 Conference Proposal Solicitation

AHNA invites you to submit proposals for the 2016 Annual Conference 
•Pre-Conference and General Conference Workshop Proposals are no longer being accepted.
•Poster Abstracts and Research Papers and Panels presenting study results on selected topics will be accepted until Tuesday, December 1, 2015 11:59 PM

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

The purpose of this conference is to further define and incorporate the concept of interconnectedness within holistic health care innovation, interventions and education.

Conference Objectives
1. Examine advances in the development of health care interventions that foster and support human interconnectedness for the purpose of health promotion and healing. 
2. Explore ancient teachings and wisdom traditions that support the concept of interconnectedness.
3. Examine the evolving understanding of consciousness.
4. Explore your role as a holistic nurse in an interconnected global healthcare environment. 
5. Discuss strategies designed to integrate the concept of interconnectedness to clinical practice as an APRN, APHN-BC. 
6. Develop undergraduate and graduate nursing curricula grounded in the philosophy of holism. 
7. Compare and contrast the application of evidenced-based practice and practice informed evidence into all areas of holistic nursing. 
8. Integrate research that describes and defines interconnectedness into holistic nursing practice. 
9. Discuss holistic self-care practices that enhance the nurse’s interconnectedness to their internal and external environment. 
10. Explore the healing benefits of creative expression.
11. Promote the development of an interdisciplinary network of holistic practitioners committed to healthcare transformation.

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

Pre-Conference Workshops •Full-day


6 hours in length with time for breaks and lunch. (4 or 5 will be selected)

3.5 hours in length (8-12 will be selected)

Conference Workshops
1 hour (16-20 will be selected)
1.5 hour (16-20 will be selected)
Research Papers   3 papers are presented per 1 and 1.5 hour paper sessions - 15-20 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

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 Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:59 pm • Posters (Research & Non-Research) & Research Papers by Tuesday, December 1, 2015 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 2014 or 2015. 
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 Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Notice of Acceptance: Posters (research & Non-Research, Research papers and Panel presentations will be made, via email, on or before Monday, February 1, 2016. Instructions regarding preparation of presentation for the conference will be included with the acceptance notice.


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