The 2011 National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) Annual National conference is planned for Baltimore, Maryland, on March 10 to 12. This year's theme, "Clinical Nurse Specialist: Your Clinical Innovation Expert," demonstrates the breadth and depth of clinical nurse specialist (CNS) practice and leadership at multiple levels in organizations and in health care. We are excited about changers in the conference format for this year! We are including more abstract podium presentations and adding symposium presentations on selected topics. These changes will provide conference attendees with additional opportunities for information and networking.
The abstracts are juried, and with more than 160 abstracts submitted for review (exceeding last year's submissions), there was plenty of high-quality submission. There were 66 abstracts that were selected for podium presentation, 6 for symposium, and 44 for poster presentation through peer review. This list does not include the student poster presentations! Abstracts emphasized patient safety, quality care outcomes, leadership, CNS education, evidence-based practice, and new ways and innovations to shape CNS practice in all 3 practice domains as described in the Spheres of Influence Framework for CNS Practice. For purposes of the conference, the abstracts are organized for presentation into 4 tracks-clinical practice, research, education, and entry-to-practice.
The NACNS and the journal are pleased to publish the abstracts as a way of disseminating the outstanding contributions CNSs make to health outcomes. Sharing this new knowledge with those unable to attend the conference promotes networking and innovation beyond the conference. In reading each abstract, appreciate the intellectual talent, clinical scholarship, and new innovations of your CNS colleagues who are advancing the practice of nursing and contributing to the health of society through improved outcomes for patients and health care organizations. We encourage you to contact individual presenters to network, collaborate, consult, or share your thoughts and ideas on their abstract submissions. Watch for next year's call for abstracts and consider submitting for presentation at the next NACNS Annual Conference scheduled for March 8 to 10, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.