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INAUGURAL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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The Academy of Forensic Nursing is conducting its First Annual Conference.  Proposals will open on February 8, 2021 and close on March 8, 2021. All completed submissions will be peer-reviewed and the AFN Educational Program will be announced March 20, 2021.

The Academy is inviting abstract proposals to be considered for presentation at our Inaugural Virtual Conference to be held on June 9 & 10, 2021, Advancing the Footprint of Forensic Nursing: Informing an Evidence Based Future.  This 2-day virtual conference promotes excellence in Evidence Based Practice (EBP) to both novice and advanced practice forensic nurses which inspire innovative techniques, and research which informs a multi-disciplinary approach to teams working with victims of trauma across the lifespan.

 

This virtual conference is open to healthcare providers, forensic nursing and medical professionals, law enforcement, attorneys, court and judiciary staff, and advocates.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for both novice and expert forensic providers, nationally and internationally, to highlight innovative EBP.

SEEKING ABSTRACT PROPOSALS FOR PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS

We are seeking abstract proposals for presentations and posters that meet our conference objectives, which include:

  • Improve the response to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse, and gender-based crimes.

  • Enhance collaboration among criminal justice and community professionals through a multi-disciplinary approach.

  • Utilize and apply research that creates strong evidence based practice models for Forensic Nurses.

Abstracts will be chosen regionally for the following track:

  • International (Outside US)

  • Eastern

  • Central

  • Mountain

  • Pacific/Alaska/Hawaii

 
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SUBMIT AN ABSTRACT PROPOSAL

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT PROPOSAL & IMPORTANT INFORMATION NEEDED
 

  1. Please COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING ABSTRACT PROPOSAL COVER SHEET (click link below).  Include information on abstract proposal title, primary presenter, presenter information, proposal abstract, learner objectives and resources/references.  Please provide the indicated information in the highlighted sections of the cover sheet below.
     

  2. If you have more than one presenter, please include their information.  
     

  3. When your package is completed, please forward to the Academy at education@afnmail.org.
     

  4. ALL INFORMATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MARCH 8, 2021 for your abstract to be considered. 
     

  5. Applicants will be notified the week of March 20, 2021 as to whether their abstract is accepted.
     

  6. Presentation and any polling questions (if applicable) are due to the Conference Planners NO LATER THAN JUNE 1, 2021 and should be emailed to education@afnmail.org.  

 

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SUBMIT A POSTER PROPOSAL

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR POSTER PROPOSAL & IMPORTANT INFORMATION NEEDED
 

  1. Please COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING POSTER PROPOSAL COVER SHEET (click link below) to provide us with information on poster title, primary presenter, presenter information, poster proposal abstract, learner objectives and resources/references.  Please provide the indicated information in the highlighted sections of the cover sheet below.
     

  2. If you have more than one poster presenter, please include their information.  No more than 4 poster presenters per submittal.
     

  3. When your package is completed, please forward to the Academy at education@afnmail.org.
     

  4. ALL INFORMATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MARCH 8, 2021 for your poster to be considered.
     

  5. Applicants will be notified the week of March 20, 2021 as to whether their poster has been accepted.  

 
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FIND ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

CALL FOR PRESENTATION PROCESS

Q. Who should submit an abtract proposal?

A.

  • Forensic Nurses

  • Healthcare Providers

  • Education & Researchers

  • Students

Q. When does the Call for Abstract Proposals open for the AFN Conference 2021?

A.

The Call for Abstract Proposals opens on February 8, 2021.  You can access the Submission Forms below.

Q. What is the deadline for submission?

A.

All proposals must be received by March 8, 2021.  Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Q. What topic(s) should I submit for consideration?

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We are seeking Abstract Proposals for Presentations that meet our conference objectives:

  • Improve the response to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse, and gender-based crimes.

  • Enhance collaboration among criminal justice and community professionals through a multi-disciplinary approach.

  • Utilize and apply research that creates strong evidence based practice models for Forensic Nurses.

Q. What information is required within a submitted proposal?

A.

  • Abstract Title/Title of Presentation

  • Speaker/Presenter Name(s) 

  • Speaker/Presenter Organization(s)

  • Speaker/Presenter Title(s)/Position(s)

  • Short Abstract Presentation Description 

  • 2 to 3 Learning Objectives

Q. What should I provide for Learning Objectives?

A.

Learning objectives should be learner-oriented, observable, and measurable.  Describe the knowledge, skill, and/or attitudinal change you expect learners to demonstrate because of their participation (for example, At the end of this session, the learner will be able to……).  Please use action verbs (Blooms Taxonomy is a way to describe these learning outcomes).  The goal is to help measure how the learner obtains knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.  Here is a link that may be of assistance. 

Q. What is learner engagement?

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Learner engagement refers to how you will present information.  Our goal is to move beyond “straight lecture” as we wish for speakers to “fire the learners brain cells”.  For example, single speaker vs. panel, polling questions to clarify group understanding, discussion, case studies, Q&A sessions, use of chat for individual dialoguing, and how the audience experience will occur - is this interactive or not.

Q. What audience(s) should I indicate?
A.

We are targeting forensic nurses, advanced practice nurses, nurses, law enforcement, advocacy, legal and other interested parties.

Q. How do I submit my proposal?
A.

All completed Abstract Proposals should be emailed to education@afnmail.org.

Q. What are the review criteria for presentation?

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The AFN Education Committee will review blinded presentations for content, applicability to general versus advanced topics, and designed to highlight work that is being done in different regions in the United States and internationally.

Q. When do the presentations take place?

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Submission of a proposal is a commitment that speakers will be available to speak on any conference day and time as assigned by AFN Staff.  The first conference day is reserved for general topics, and the second day has been reserved for advanced topics.  Presentations will also be chosen based on the following regions and will occur in the following order starting at 08:00 (EST).  Presentation Session are 90-minutes each with a 15-to-30-minute break between each session:
•    International (Outside US)
•    Eastern
•    Central
•    Mountain
•    Pacific/Alaska/Hawaii

 

Q. If accepted for a presentation proposal, how much time will I have to present?

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Presentations should be 90-minutes, including time for Q&A and polling questions at the start of the presentation if desired.

 

Q. If not accepted for a presentation proposal, can I be considered for a poster presentation?

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Yes!  Please review the poster information.

 

Q. If accepted for a poster presentation, how much time will have I have present?

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As this is a virtual conference, your poster will need to be recorded as an MP4 (5-10 min maximum). We recommend that you use your poster as a static file that you include a voiceover on.  There are several ways to do this and you can email education@afnmail.org if you need assistance or ideas on how to do so.  PowerPoint, Prezi, Screencast-O-Matic, Emaze, Flipgrid are a few examples of options for doing screen recordings. 

 

Q. How are posters being presented virtually?

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We will have a space on the Conference App that will allow conference attendees to view the videos developed by the poster presenters. 

 

Q. Can I promote any products or services during my presentation?

A.

No.  AFN does not allow the promotion of products and/or services during educational sessions. Speakers may talk about products and/or services that have been used to solve a problem or address the presentation topic.  If doing so, you must also suggest alternative products and services as well. We will be using a conference application to offer an opportunity for promotion of products and services.

Q. When will I know if my presentation or poster has been accepted for the AFN 2021?

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The submitter(s) will receive confirmation/notification from the Education Committee the week of March 20, 2021.

Q. If my proposal is accepted, will I receive any compensation for presenting?

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The AFN does not pay speakers or reimburse for expenditures.  

Q. If my proposal is accepted, will I receive complimentary registration for AFN 2021?

A.

Submission of a proposal is a commitment to be a registered participant of the conference.  AFN will waive registration fees for presentation presenters, although not for the poster presenters. 

Q. How will I be presenting in this Virtual Conference?

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We will be using Zoom Webinar for the Conference, as well as a separate Conference App.  We will arrange an optional 15–30-minute face-to-face session prior to the conference for each presenter.  You will have moderators to assist throughout the presentation for background technical assistance, chat, polling, and Q&A monitoring. You will need to have access to consistent internet, have downloaded the Zoom Application, and be able to commit to the time you will be presenting.  We also recommend use of headphones/microphone for best audio capture.

Q. I have never presented at an AFN Conference before.  What is expected of me?

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AFN Members invest a considerable amount of time and expense to attend the conference.  For these reasons, AFN works hard to ensure each event at the Conference realizes its full potential. It is expected that:

  • Presenters will prepare for their event prior to arrival.  If time is needed to practice using Zoom, we will make that available in the two weeks prior to the Conference.

  • Presenters have a significant knowledge and expertise of the subject area and have sufficient presentation skills to effectively communicate.

  • Presenters will engage the audience.  Successful presentations inspire audiences and leave them “buzzing with thoughts and ideas”.  Engage your audience as quickly as possible.

  • Presenters will not engage in commercial presentations of their organization.

  • Presenters will be conscious of the time limitation of their presentation.

  • Presenters will not simply read directly from written statements.

  • We encourage presenters to share contact information with attendees at the end of their session.

  • Standardized evaluation questions will be utilized for all presentations.

Q. I don't see the answer to my question listed here?

A.

If you do not see your question answered above, please contact the Education Committee Chair directly at education@afnmail.org.

 

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