Call for Poster Proposals General Overview

Are you interested in presenting a poster session at AWHONN 2023? 

Contribute to AWHONN’s mission to “empower and support nurses caring for women, newborns, and their families through education, research, and advocacy” by submitting a proposal for poster presentation at the Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA, June 17 - 21, 2023.

The 2023 convention theme of Get Ready for What’s Next requires nurses to move forward into a new normal with all that has occurred both in healthcare and across the world over the last several years. New challenges and changes are arising at a rapid rate. Healthcare providers must not only keep up, but stay ahead of the game. Convention proposal submissions should be timely, relevant, and evidence-based topics that feature best practices in education, research, clinical practice, and leadership intended to engage our participants and assist AWHONN nurses to thrive in today’s ever-changing, global health care environment.  

Convention Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop pioneering methods to address current and diverse challenges in education, research, practice, and leadership.
  • Construct methods of translating diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts into education, research, practice, and leadership globally.
  • Appraise methods to address injustices that impact health and wellbeing through use of interprofessional collaboration.

Public Health Information:

We are actively monitoring the pandemic emerging variants. Health protocols will be in place in accordance with expert guidance from the CDC. As such, we ask that you recognize and agree to the following:

If selected to participate in the Convention, you agree to:

  • Provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 booster if appropriate based on vaccination booster timeline
  • Wear an approved mask (KN95, N95, or double mask) over nose and mouth at all events
  • Wear a color-coded indicator (wristband and/or lanyard) indicating your comfort level of congregating within six feet of other participants
  • Reconsider participation in the event should you feel sick or are experiencing COVID-like symptoms prior to traveling to or while onsite in New Orleans, LA

For more details on our safety measures please visit 2023 AWHONN Convention COVID-19 Information – AWHONN Convention

Poster Presentation Categories

You will be asked to select only one of each category that best fits your presentation. 

To START a proposal and learn more about the submission requirements, click on the title of the appropriate presentation category listed below. Note: A completed education, practice, or leadership project may or may not include a formal quality improvement process (e.g., Lean, Six Sigma, etc.), but a proposal should include relevant information if a formal process was used.

  • Educationevidence-based content that promotes inclusive educational programs and processes for women, birthing people of diverse gender identities, newborns, families, or nurses.
  • Practiceevidence-based clinical content related to inclusive nursing care provided for women, birthing people of diverse gender identities, and newborns. A completed project may or may not include a formal evidence-based practice process (e.g., Iowa Model, Johns Hopkins, etc.).
  • Leadership - evidence-based content related to advocating for resolutions that impact inclusive nursing care of women, birthing people of diverse gender identities, and newborns.
  • Research -Original research related to women’s health, obstetric and/or neonatal practice, education or administration. For studies currently undergoing data collection or analysis, a clear plan and timeline should be addressed as well as any preliminary findings. Timeline should account for completion of the research study by the time of submitting final presentation slides.


  1. How do I know in which category I should submit? Read the criteria for the categories and pick the one that best fits your submission.
  2. Can I submit the same proposal in more than one category? No, you cannot submit the same proposal in more than one category. Select the category that best fits your submission.
  3. How many proposals can I submit? There is no limit.
  4. Can I re-submit a proposal that I submitted previously? Only if the proposal was not presented previously at the national AWHONN Convention.
  5. How are the proposals selected for presentation? Education, Practice, and Leadership are reviewed by members of the Convention Program Committee. Research proposals are reviewed by members of the Research Advisory Panel. All proposals are scored using standardized criteria outlined in the detailed descriptions of each category.
  6. How can I optimize chances of having my proposal accepted? Follow the directions while paying close attention to the criteria; fill out the on-line forms carefully, correctly and completely. When completing the bibliography, use references that are up to date (within the last 5 years) from peer reviewed journals and when possible, from nursing literature.
  7. When will I hear whether my proposal was accepted? Notifications will be sent in January 2023. 

Technical Assistance:

For help in submitting a proposal online, email Tech Support

Additional Information

All presenters are eligible for a $75 discount off full convention registration fees.

Presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

Questions or Concerns

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact Sarah Perret-Goluboff, by phone at 202-261-1470 or by email at

All submissions must be completed no later than 11:59pm (Eastern time) on Monday, October 17, 2022.

Notifications of the Program Committee's decisions will be sent in January 2023.

Technical Assistance:

For help in submitting an test abstract online, email Tech Support