In keeping with our “Reaching New Heights” theme we encourage everyone to consider submitting an abstract that describes a research study, practice innovation or case study in wound, ostomy, continence care or professional practice.  

At the “pinnacle” of our WOCN practice is our tradition of learning from one another and we are all strengthened by sharing our wisdom, knowledge and innovations.  There will be awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, however it is important to all of us that we learn from the work you will share with your colleagues.

Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.

Submission Deadline is September 1, 2017.

Please click on Submit below to start the process. You will be asked to create an account and the upload a Word document.

Abstract Guidelines - 2017 - Abstracts should be limited to 300 words.

Include the following in your poster abstract:

Ø  Title of poster

Ø  Name and title of presenter(s)

Ø  Name of facility and location

Ø  Research question, Purpose/objective, or Clinical problem/challenge identified Methods, Measures, or Management identified

Ø  Outcomes and Conclusions identified

Ø  Reference list (not included in the 300-word limit.)

 See “Criteria for Judging Abstracts” below

NOTE: Product trade names may not be included in the title, abstract body, or poster. Use generic names only followed by an asterisk (*), then list the trade name at the end of the abstract or poster. Authors will be notified of acceptance shortly after the deadline.


1. Topic is significant to wounds, ostomy, continence, and/or professional practice.

2. Clarity: abstract is well-written and ideas are clearly communicated


1. Purpose/objective is clearly stated.

2. Methods are described, appropriate and clearly stated.

3. Appropriate statistical methods have been used.

4. Results and conclusion are presented in sufficient detail to address the research questions or aim.


1. Purpose is clearly stated, including a description that identifies the need for the practice innovation.

2. Measures/indicators used to accomplish the purpose/objective are described.

3. Outcomes and conclusions are presented in sufficient detail to address the purpose/objective.


1. Clinical problem/challenge is clearly stated, including past treatments and patient responses.

2. Management plan used to address the clinical problem/challenge and any changes made to it are described, along with the rationale and relevant clinical data (age, gender, primary related diagnosis and relevant co-morbidities).

3. Outcomes and conclusions are presented in sufficient detail to address the clinical problem/challenge, including time frames, and objective/subjective data. Conclusions are limited to this case, without generalization to the general population. Clinical implications and limitations are identified.

Poster Guidelines

Size: No larger than 4 x 8 feet

Construction: Thin poster paper, cardboard, poster board, tri-fold board, etc.

Do not display company or product information within the poster.

Do not use company logos.

References to company and brand names may be placed in the right lower corner in either a footnote or acknowledgment section.

Suggestions for arranging materials:

Ø  Title, author and affiliation should be at the top of your poster with lettering at least one inch high.

Ø  An introduction should be placed at the upper left and a conclusion at the lower right, in type large enough to read at 2 feet or more.

Ø  The poster should be self-explanatory

Ø  Written materials should be arranged in columns.

Ø  Arrows may be used to indicate the flow of the poster.

Ø  The sequence of illustrations should be indicated with numbers or letters at least one inch high.

 Follow the established schedule for set-up and teardown times.