37th Annual Conference
Rancho Mirage, California
June 5 - 10, 2017

2017 Conference Proposal Solicitation

AHNA invites you to submit proposals for the 2017 Annual Conference 
•Pre-Conference and General Conference Workshop Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2017 Conference.

•Poster Abstracts and Research Papers and Panels presenting study results on selected topics will be accepted until Thursday, December 1, 2016 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 skills, concepts and knowledge of the science of health and wellness into innovative, transcendent models of healthcare, grounded in the philosophy of holism.


Twenty-first century healthcare presents an opportunity to not only transform current, largely ineffective illness models of care, but to transcend these, shifting attention toward a focus on health, wellness and well-being. This dramatic paradigm shift requires healthcare practitioners that are innovative, willing to envision possibility and committed to the caring foundation from which all healthcare must rise. Seminal among these healthcare practitioners are 21st century Holistic Nurses. Holistic Nurses are ‘grounded-visionaries’. Experts in the science of health and wellness, Holistic Nurses use evidence-based holistic and conventional nursing interventions in an integrated practice, applied within the context of Holistic Nursing core values. Through the integration of science, theory and the art of caring, Holistic Nurses support people on their healing journey.

During this conference, participants will explore the 21st century Holistic Nurse. Educational sessions will include a myriad of opportunities for all Holistic Nurses to consider in the shaping of 21st century healthcare. Ideas about innovative models of care, strategic resource management, mindful use of technology, interprofessional collaboration, diversity within the healthcare team, and enhancing the consumer’s ability to have voice in their care are among the topics that will be offered. Holistic self-development continues as integral to Holistic Nurse self-care. During this conference, a forum will be created where Holistic Nurses can dialogue about professional practice issues such as Advanced Holistic Nursing Practice, Educational and Legislative mandates, and barriers to Holistic Nurses practicing to the full extent of their education and training.

Conference Objectives
1.  Examine the concepts of the science of health and wellness. 
2. Explore the Holistic Nursing Scope & Standards of Professional Practice and the Holistic Nursing Core Values within the science of health and wellness.
3. Value the importance of holism as the foundation for the transformation and transcendence of contemporary healthcare models.
4. Create a forum to dialogue about professional practice issues and the opportunities and barriers for all Holistic Nurses to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
5. Explore innovative models of healthcare.
6. Discuss strategies designed to enhance resource utilization and the mindful use of technology to promote positive healthcare outcomes.
7. Compare and contrast evidence-based and evidence-informed integrated practices.
8. Promote the development of an interprofessional network of healthcare practitioners committed to 21st century healthcare transformation and transcendence.
9. Examine educational and legislative implications aligned with the paradigm shift toward health and wellness.
10. Explore your role as a 21st century Holistic Nurse, a ‘grounded-visionary’, committed to reshaping health and wellness.
11. Develop a personal action plan to contribute to the transformation and transcendence of healthcare in the 21st century.
12. Engage in self-reflection to discover and appreciate the importance of your personal holistic self-development.

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

Pre-Conference Workshops •Full-day


6 hours in length with time for breaks and lunch. (3 or 4 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.
Guidelines for Submission
1. Access Proposal Forms using the link www.proposalspace.com 
2. Complete Proposals
• Pre-Conference & Workshop Proposals by Saturday, October 15, 2016 11:59 pm • Posters (Research & Non-Research) & Research Papers by Thursday, December 1, 2016 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 2015 or 2016. 
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 Thursday, December 1, 2016.

Posters (Research & Non-Research), Research Papers and Panel presentations will be made, via email, on or before Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Instructions regarding preparation of presentation for the conference will be included with the acceptance notice.


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