46th Annual Conference (June 21 - 25, 2014)

2014 Call For Abstracts

The WOCN® National Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit an abstract describing a research study, case study, or practice innovation in the areas of professional practice, wound, ostomy or continence.

Case Study and Practice Innovation abstracts are eligible only for poster presentations.

Research abstracts are eligible for oral or poster presentation.

Abstract Submission Deadline and Process
Abstract submissions are accepted starting Tuesday, September 3, 2013 through Tuesday, November 12, 2013 (midnight PST).

All abstracts should be submitted by clicking the links to the left.

All submissions must be completed electronically. No hard copies will be accepted. The system is very user-friendly and information about technical assistance is available. Please read the following instructions carefully before clicking on the links to begin an abstract submission.

Sage Products, Inc. will provide WOCN® Society with an unrestricted educational grant to provide a limited number of travel scholarships to support first-time abstract presenters with a focus on Preventative Practices for Wounds. If your submission meets this criteria, you should check off the first-time presenter button and make sure you choose Preventative Practices under the Wound category.

Abstract Topics

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Topics for submissions include but are not restricted to:


  • Dermatological Management/Issues
  • Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Management of Complex Wounds
  • Nutritional Issues in Wound Healing
  • Preventative Practices - NEW CATEGORY
  • Product Selection and Innovations
  • Psychosocial and Quality of Life Aspects


  • Clinical Outcomes
  • Continent Diversion Issues
  • Evidence-Based Interventions
  • Product Selection and Innovations
  • Psychosocial and Quality of Life Aspects
  • Stomal/Peristomal Complications


  • Assessment Techniques
  • Complications of Incontinence: Dermatological Issues; Urinary Tract Infection; Renal Deterioration
  • Continence Clinics
  • Evidence-Based Treatment and Management
  • Issues in Bladder and Bowel Continence Management
  • Management of Intractable Incontinence
  • Psychosocial and Quality of Life Issues


  • Clinical Practice Outcomes; Standards of Care; Clinical Pathways
  • Computer Software Applications: Database Programs; Statistical Packages; Educational Resources
  • Implementing a Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program
  • Marketing Strategies to Staff, Administrators, Peers
  • Restructuring in Health Care Settings, Strategies for Survival
  • Role Justification Issues: Data Collection; Cost/Benefit Studies; CQI Programs Specific to the WOC Nurse Scope of Practice
  • Satisfaction Measurement

General Information

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All "Research" abstracts submitted are intended for oral or poster presentation at the 2014 WOCN® Annual Conference. The top five "Research" abstracts that have been designated by the author for an "Oral Presentation" will be considered for an oral presentation during the Research Paper General Session at the Conference. In addition, the reviewers will select top "Research" abstracts to be presented during several Concurrent Sessions identified by the Conference Planning Committee. Those "Research" abstracts not chosen for an oral presentation will also be considered for poster presentations.

The author must submit abstracts of COMPLETED work. Previously presented research is acceptable for submission and must be disclosed. Duplicate abstracts published in previous JWOCN® Scientific and Clinical Abstracts will not be accepted.

Abstract submission implies that the primary/corresponding author has the consent of all authors and has obtained necessary institutional clearances. All authors must complete the online verification and credential information. ALL AUTHORS MUST BE ADDED AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION. Please keep in mind that if the abstract is accepted it is published in a supplement of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing.

Policy on Commercial Support

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Presentations must avoid commercialism and should conform to the Standards on Commercial Support: Use of GENERIC name of products is allowed in the body of the abstract and in the poster/oral presentations. If mentioned in titles, the GENERIC names of products is to be used. Brand names and company names may be identified only once in an acknowledgement section. Presentations that constitute promotion and advertising, including pervasive or inappropriate use of logos will not be accepted. No company product information may be displayed or disseminated in conjunction with the oral or poster presentation. If the cost of a presentation has been underwritten to any extent, a disclosure stating the support and identifying the source will be required at the time of the abstract submission and will be required with the oral or poster presentation (e.g., "The support of [Corporation or Institution] for this project is gratefully acknowledged."). Statements should not be viewed as or considered representative of any formal stance or position taken on any subject, issue, or product by the WOCN® Society.


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Please provide appropriate symbols and references and secure all permissions if dealing with copyrighted material and/or patents. This is solely the author(s) responsibility to secure these permissions. The WOCN® Society has no responsibility whatsoever in securing these permissions.


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Please give credit to all references used in the development of the abstract/poster. Oversight of reference may result in abstract/poster rejection.

Submission Instructions

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Please provide all information requested on the on-line submission form. Noncompliance with the instructions will result in immediate rejection. Please keep in mind the following:

  • All authors are required to submit verification of credentials and authorship. Only authors who undergo this process may be included and listed authors on the abstract and subsequent poster.
  • A title for the presentation that informs the reader of the subject matter.
  • Limit the abstract to 300 words, single-spaced. Please be sure that your abstract describes the work performed.
  • A minimum of three (3) patients are required (unless the case is complex or a unique situation and/or a unique technology is used) for all "Case Study" abstract submissions.
  • Images or photos will not be accepted at the time of abstract submission.
  • The abstract will be blind-reviewed, so please make sure that neither author(s) name(s) nor facility affiliations appear in the body of the abstract.
  • References may be submitted. The number of references is restricted to no more than five (5). There is a separate area to provide references.
  • Disclosure of all sources of support is mandatory. There is a separate area to disclose support. BRAND NAMES CANNOT BE INCLUDED IN YOUR ABSTRACT- NO EXCEPTIONS. Please note only the generic term in the body of the abstract.

The Review Process

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The review process is completed by individuals from the 2014 WOCN® National Conference Planning Committee and content/research experts. Abstracts are blind reviewed (meaning that the person who reads and rates an abstract does not know the name of the author(s)) and then accepted or rejected based on an average of several scores.

The numerical rankings for the different criteria of an abstract are then averaged and used to decide to accept or reject the abstract. Only research abstracts will be considered for oral presentations.

All abstracts are reviewed for compliance with the above instructions. The abstract reviewers will use the following criteria to score each abstract:

  • For Research Abstracts

    1. Topic: is the topic significant to wounds, ostomy, continence, and/or professional practice?
    2. Purpose: is the purpose/objective clearly stated?
    3. Methodology: are the methods described and appropriate?
    4. Statistics: have appropriate statistical methods been used?
    5. Results: are the results presented in sufficient detail to address the research questions or aim?
    6. Conclusion: are conclusions supported by data presented in the abstract?
    7. Clarity: is the abstract well written? Are ideas clearly communicated?
  • For Practice Innovation Abstracts

    1. Topic: is the topic significant to wounds, ostomy, continence, and/or professional practice?
    2. Purpose: is the purpose clearly stated? Is a description included that identifies the need for the practice innovation?
    3. Objective: is the objective clearly stated? Is a summary of the purpose and objectives for the practice innovation included?
    4. Outcomes: are the outcomes included that relate to the problem and objective(s)? Are the key measures or indicators used to evaluate the outcomes described?
    5. Clarity: is the abstract well written? Are ideas clearly communicated?
  • For Case Study Abstracts

    1. Statement of Clinical Problem: is the clinical problem/challenge clearly articulated and relevant to WOC nursing practice? Are relevant clinical data included (age, gender, primary related diagnosis, and relevant comorbidities)?
    2. Description of Past Management: is the duration of the clinical problem stated? Are past management approaches and patient response described?
    3. Current Clinical Approach: is the management plan and any changes made to it described along with rationale?
    4. Patient Outcomes: is the patient response described, including time frame for response, objective and subjective data?
    5. Are there are least 3 patients included unless a very specific or unusual case or technology is used?
    6. Conclusions: are clinical implications identified along with limitations? Has the author limited conclusions to this case only, without generalization to general population?

Case Study and Practice Innovation abstracts receiving the highest scores will be accepted for poster presentations only. Notification will be sent by January 10, 2014.

The top five Research abstracts will be presented in a General Session. In addition a selection of abstracts will be presented in Concurrent Sessions. Authors who have research abstracts presented orally will have the option of presenting their work as a poster (the author’s expense) to be displayed in the exhibit hall.

Primary authors of the abstract selected for oral presentation will be notified by January 10, 2014.

Upon notification of acceptance, authors are required to respond within the required timeframe with intent or refusal to present. Only abstracts with intention to present at conference will be published in the JWOCN. The presenting author(s) will have a deadline of February 15, 2014 to register for conference. If the presenting author fails to register the paper will be withdrawn from the supplement and from the conference.

All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN), which will include each abstract’s author and author affiliation. The email address of all author(s) will also be included.

Before publication in the supplement all abstracts are reviewed for content. The WOCN® Society reserves the right to make minor edits to the abstract; such as, the correct use of the term WOCN® Society and WOC nurse. If there are more complex changes that need to be made the primary author will be notified.

The WOCN® Society invites all authors to submit their abstract (not mandatory) in the form of a manuscript to the JWOCN for later publication. Information regarding the process for manuscript submission to the JWOCN can be found on the WOCN® website under the WOCN® Library Section (in the top right-hand corner). This is not a requirement that must be fulfilled before presenting at the Annual Conference.

Oral Presentations:

The top 5 accepted Research abstracts will be invited to present their work during a general session at the 2014 WOCN® Annual Conference. Additional top Research abstracts will be presented in Concurrent Sessions. Only the primary author will make the presentation unless another author is approved by the 2014 WOCN® Abstract Chair. Time for oral presentations will vary and will be communicated to authors well in advance of the date of the presentation.

Poster Presentations:

Authors of accepted poster abstracts must install and dismantle their poster per the abstract schedule (located on the back of the poster guidelines). All authors must be at their posters on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 11:45 am – 3:15 pm. Awards for the top abstract in each category will be announced at 1:00 pm.

Handouts are encouraged. No audiovisual equipment will be available. Please note the maximum size of the poster cannot be larger than the board provided at the conference center which is 4’ x 8’. Supplies for mounting posters will be available. Notification will be sent as to the location of the poster session and the times for set up in advance of the Annual Conference. Guidelines will also be available on this site.

Onsite poster review

Posters will be reviewed by the 2014 WOCN® Abstract Chair/designee and judges. Infractions that violate these published guidelines could result in a poster being temporarily altered or even removed from display. Please follow the guidelines carefully to avoid these scenarios.

If an abstract is accepted for poster presentation, specific information about layout, including a tutorial on poster layout/development will be available post notification of acceptance.

At least one author must register to attend the WOCN® Annual Conference by February 15, 2014.

Thank you for submission of your work!

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