The Call for Abstracts is now closed.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline:   Monday, February 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm MT

Notification Date: Friday, March 2, 2018

Conference Dates/Location

May 9-11, 2018 

Edmonton Marriott at River Cree Resort
300 E Lapotac Blvd
Edmonton, AB  T7X 3Y3

Conference/Abstract Themes

Shifting Reality – In this decade, the world of healthcare is changing at an amazing pace, faster than ever before. New legislation and emerging technologies challenge Licensed Practical Nurses and other health professionals, regulators, and employers on a regular basis. Integrating these variables and the impact on health system policy into daily practice requires professionals who are flexible and multi-skilled.

This two day event provides opportunity for learning and networking as we scan the multifaceted current and future reality of nursing and healthcare, examining key trends, exploring the authentic reality in each of us, and looking closer at emerging and future realities as we prepare for tomorrow.

Abstracts for oral presentations are invited from a personal, team, and organizational focus, in the following areas:

  • Theme 1:  Authentic Reality
    Authentic reality sessions showcase genuine approaches in education, care and clinical practice. From professional performance to relational practice to health and wellness and the art of caring.
  • Theme 2: Emerging Reality
    Emerging reality in areas such as new legislation and trends affecting practice are the focus for these sessions. Medical cannabis, medical assistance in dying, virtual and augmented reality and an enhanced focus on cultural awareness are category topics.
  • Theme 3: Future Reality
    Future reality is technology based innovations, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, genetic health, genome research, personalized health services and self-diagnostics. These realities may result in new ways of being with opportunities for entrepreneurship, case management, health coaching and life-long learning.


Abstracts will be subject to peer review, with members of the organizing committee participating in the review process.  The primary author of all abstract submissions will be contacted via email by Friday, March 2, 2018 with the results of the review.

Abstract Format

Please use the following guide to help structure your abstract (headings are not mandatory):

  • Introduction / Objective
    A short description of the initiative, program or idea and what need it addresses.
  • Process
    Include a detailed outline of how the initiative, program or idea was developed and carried out.
  • Conclusions
    Provide a summary of the conclusions or key findings. Are there any implications for policy or nursing practice? Next steps?

Abstract Form Submission

Submissions must be completed online, by clicking here. You will be asked to create a profile before submitting your abstract. Once your profile has been created, you may submit any number of abstracts.

1. Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the online submission form.1. Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the online submission form.
2. Please use standard abbreviation. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parenthesis after the full word when it appears for the first time.
3. Errors, misspellings and incorrect abbreviations will not be corrected.
4. Minimize the use of charts as this detail is not used to evaluate the merit of your abstract and may not format properly on the online submission form.
5. The online submission form does not accept image uploads. Please remove these from your abstract.
6. Abstracts must not exceed 350 words (excluding the abstract headings, if used).
7. An individual may submit more than one abstract.
8. There is no fee to submit an abstract.
9. Edits to submitted abstracts may be made up to Monday, February 19, 2018 by resubmitting the form.

Presentation at the Conference

  1. There are several options for oral presentations. The conference committee is considering multiple options for presentation types. Literally anything goes this year! Please specify your preferred presentation type. Some options being considered include :

PechaKucha presentation (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each, grouped with four presenters, Q&A at end);

Multiple 20 minute presentations (grouped with other presenters, includes  Q&A at end);

Traditional single presenter (40 minutes with Q & A at end).

2.Presenters who wish to take part in the conference require registration for the days in which they wish to take part. Abstract presenters only available to attend the concurrent session for their presentation will be provided with a limited time conference pass.

Copyright Permission

By submitting an abstract to the conference, submitters authorize, upon acceptance, permission to reproduce their abstract and/or presentation material in the conference syllabus and on the conference website.

By submitting an abstract to the conference, submitters authorize, upon acceptance, permission to reproduce their abstract and/or presentation material in the conference syllabus and on the conference website.

For More Information

2018 CLPNA Conference
c/o BUKSA Strategic Conference Services
Suite 307, 10328 – 81 Ave
Edmonton, AB T6E 1X2
Tel: 780.436.0983 ext. 229
E-mail: CLPNA@buksa.com