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Now accepting proposals for the 2022 Conference!

Read page fully as we have included more informative guidance on creating conference proposals!

NEW: AHNA Conference Proposal Tips Webinar

Created by: Marian Long, RN, MSN, AHN-BC, HWNC-BC; Linda Thomas, PhD, NPD-BC, CCRN, CHTP/I, HTAP; and Sharilee ‘Kiwi’ Hickey, BSN, RN-BC, HNB-BC
These three experienced AHNA Conference Nurse Planners have gotten together to create this wonderful resource for any person wanting to submit a proposal for the AHNA 2022 Conference in Albuquerque, NM. This webinar will highlight common mistakes that diminish a proposals chance at being selected, explain frequently misunderstood proposal criteria, and go over the proposal creation, submission, and review process. This webinar is a great resource for both people who have never submitted a conference proposal for AHNA and people who have submitted multiple times in the past!

2022 Conference Workshop Concept Ideas/Examples

Below are some ideas for concepts and values that will reflect the conference's purpose, theme and objectives.

Holistic nursing practice, education, and research present opportunities to transform the current illness models of care and transcend them, shifting attention to health and wellness for our clients. These paradigm shift ideas can be submitted to inspire and educate holistic nurses and other health professionals to be innovative and committed to holistic caring. 

Presentations incorporating self-care and reflection, supporting the rebirthing and transformation of respect for human vulnerability and dignity, being nonjudgmental and accepting, providing an avenue for self-awareness in creating a holistic approach to support interprofessional and inter-racial collaboration and mentorship is also requested. 

Discussions on how Holistic Nurses, experts in using evidence-informed holistic and conventional nursing interventions in the integrated practice arena, utilize the art and science of health, healing, wellness, and the Holistic Nursing core values to transform the caring process are being solicited for the conference.  

Additional workshops being solicited can include diverse evidence-informed models of care, strategic resource management, mindful use of technology, interprofessional collaboration, equity, and inclusion of the consumer’s voice within the healthcare system. Holistic nursing practice, education, and research concepts presentations, which present opportunities to transform the current illness models of care and transcend them, shifting attention to health, wellness, and well-being can be submitted. These paradigm shift presentations will inspire practitioners to envision possibilities that will educate holistic nurses and other health professionals to be innovative and committed to holistic caring and are encouraged to be developed and submitted.


How can we honor and protect cultural wisdom and relationships?

● Threads of wisdom/indigenous cultures/energy/elders

● Creating healing spaces as a response to environmental concerns

● Creative expression - music- art- dance - poetry

● Holistic Nursing’s role in taking a stand for inclusion, equity, and respect

for all people


How can we revitalize our global relationships through our caring?

● Holistic Nursing leadership

● Developing community & connection

● Self-care practices

● Coaching & wellness


How can we enhance our caring relationships through shared knowledge, experience, and research?

● New knowledge & experiences

● Integration of advanced practice certified HN into practice/nursing care

● Holistic Nursing innovations & how to intro into nursing curricula/health care institutions

● Evidence-informed practice 

● Global HN research

Proposal Content Requirements & Expectations

1. Title - No more than 10 words

2. Length of Presentation (Pre-Conference & General Conference Workshops Only)

3. Learner Outcomes & how they will be addressed in the presentation

4. Intended Audience (Educator, Practitioner, Staff Nurse, etc.) (Pre-Conference & General Conference Workshops Only)

5. Content Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

6. Areas of Nursing Addressed (Practice, Education, Research, etc.) (Pre-Conference & General Conference Workshops Only)

7. Description & Purpose (This will be used in the registration brochure & guidebook, so please proof before submitting) (Pre-Conference & General Conference Workshops Only)

8. Abstract Summary (Proof before submitting)

9. Content Outline (Include topics & content - how the program content will unfold and how the learner will be engaged in the content delivery) (Pre-Conference & General Conference Workshops Only)

10. Reference/Resource List (Important Note: Must include updated content from the last 5-7 years!)

Research Papers & Posters only question - does your research have IRB approval?
Papers & Posters - Abstract must be in the correct format & follow the abstract criteria provided

Presenter Information Requirements & Expectations

1. Name - Exactly how you would like it to appear - including credentials)

2. Sole Presenter or Co-Presenter (Co-presenters need one Contact Presenter - this is the only presenter AHNA will communicate with regarding proposals/presentations - they will be responsible for communicating the information with other co-presenter(s))

3. Contact Information (E-mail, Phone, Address)

4. Presenter Expertise (Expertise & Training specific to proposal)

5. Presenter Bio (Please proof)

6. Headshot (High-resolution, 300 ppi, jpeg or png)

7. Conflict of Interest, Potential for Bias, Content Integrity - read thoroughly before answering or initialing - ANCC expressly prohibits solicitations and marketing to nurses during any educational activity and all Conflicts of Interest must be acknowledged and resolved)


Review Criteria & Rubric

Click image below to see the full Rubric the Peer Reviewers use to review conference proposals.