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Congratulations to the accepted abstract authors of WOCNext 2020!

To review the 2020 poster guidelines, please click here

If you are looking for a poster printing service, this year we have partnered with Call4Posters. If you are interested in utilizing this service (not required), please click here to order through Call4Posters and have your poster printed and shipped directly to WOCNext 2020.

Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to submit your abstract now for WOCNext, June 7-10, 2020 in Cleveland, OH. 
Before starting your submission, please review the abstract submission process slideshow for common questions. 

WOCNext is accepting abstracts in the following categories:

  • Research

  • Case Study

  • Practice Innovation

All submissions must be completed electronically. No hard copies will be accepted. Selection of abstracts will be based solely on a blind peer review. All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing (JWOCN).

Please provide appropriate symbols and references and secure all permissions if dealing with copyrighted material and/or patents. This is solely the author(s) responsibility to secure these permissions. The WOCN® Society has no responsibility whatsoever in securing these permissions.

Please give credit to all references used in the development of the abstract/poster. Oversight of reference may result in abstract/poster rejection.

Please note: Accepted abstracts cannot be edited after acceptance and will be published as received. Pay close attention to spelling, grammar, names, and credentials.



  • Abstract Submission Opens: Tuesday, September 3rd

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, November 1st, 11 am EST

  • Notification Letters Sent: Mid-December

Other Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Jody Scardillo, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN, National Conference Planning Committee Abstract Chair at

Click here to view the 2019 accepted abstracts.

Please provide all information requested on the online submission form. Noncompliance with the instructions will result in immediate rejection. Please keep in mind the following:

  1. All authors are required to submit verification of credentials and authorship. Only authors who complete this process may be included and listed authors on the abstract and subsequent poster.

  2. The title for the presentation should inform the reader of the subject matter.

  3. Limit the abstract to 300 words, single-spaced. Title and author are not included in the word count. Please be sure that your abstract describes the work performed.

  4. A minimum of three (3) patients are required (unless the case is complex or a unique situation and/or a unique technology is used) for all "Case Study" abstract submissions.

  5. Images or photos will not be accepted at the time of abstract submission.

  6. The abstract will be blind-reviewed, so please make sure that neither author(s) name(s) nor facility affiliations appear in the body of the abstract.

  7. References may be submitted. The number of references is restricted to no more than five (5). There is a separate area to provide references.

  8. Disclosure of all sources of support is mandatory. There is a separate area to disclose support. BRAND NAMES CANNOT BE INCLUDED IN YOUR ABSTRACT- NO EXCEPTIONS. Please provide only the generic name in the body of the abstract.

The review process is completed by individuals from the WOCN® Society National Conference Planning Committee and content/research experts. Abstracts are blind reviewed (meaning that the person who reads and rates an abstract does not know the name of the author(s)) and then accepted or rejected based on an average of several scores. The numerical rankings for the different criteria of an abstract are then averaged and used to decide to accept or reject the abstract.

Only Research abstracts will be considered for oral or poster presentation at WOCNext. Authors of top ranking Research abstracts will be invited to present their findings during a General Session. In addition, the reviewers will select other top Research abstracts to be presented during several Concurrent Sessions identified by the National Conference Planning Committee. Those Research abstracts not chosen for an oral presentation will also be considered for poster presentations.

All abstracts are reviewed for compliance with the above instructions.

Non-CE Posters are accepted abstracts submitted by an author with a relative conflict of interest in association with an industry organization. Industry support does not exclude abstracts from being accepted, displayed as a poster at WOCNext 2020 or able to win a merit award, it simply means that no CE will be awarded for these abstracts due to ANCC guidelines stating that content must be free of commercial influence. These posters will be displayed in the Non-CE section of the Poster Hall.

The abstract reviewers will use the following criteria to score each abstract:

Research Abstracts

  1. Topic: is the topic significant to wounds, ostomy, continence, and/or professional practice?

  2. Purpose: is the purpose/objective clearly stated?

  3. Methodology: are the methods described and appropriate?

  4. Statistics: have appropriate statistical methods been used?

  5. Results: are the results presented in sufficient detail to address the research questions or aim?

  6. Conclusion: are conclusions supported by data presented in the abstract?

  7. Clarity: is the abstract well written? Are ideas clearly communicated?

Practice Innovation Abstracts

  1. Topic: is the topic significant to wounds, ostomy, continence, and/or professional practice?

  2. Purpose: is the purpose clearly stated? Is a description included that identifies the need for the practice innovation?

  3. Objective: is the objective clearly stated? Is a summary of the purpose and objective(s) for the practice innovation included?

  4. Outcomes: are the outcomes that relate to the problem and objective(s) included? Are the key measures or indicators used to evaluate the outcomes described?

  5. Clarity: is the abstract well written? Are ideas clearly communicated?

Case Study Abstracts

  1. Statement of Clinical Problem: is the clinical problem/challenge clearly articulated and relevant to WOC nursing practice? Is relevant clinical data included (age, gender, primary related diagnosis, and relevant comorbidities)?

  2. Description of Past Management: is the duration of the clinical problem stated? Are past management approaches and patient response described?

  3. Current Clinical Approach: is the management plan and any changes made to it described along with rationale?

  4. Patient Outcomes: is the patient response described, including time frame for response, objective and subjective data?

  5. Are there are least 3 patients included, unless a very specific or unusual case or technology is used?

  6. Conclusions: are clinical implications identified along with limitations? Has the author limited conclusions to this case only, without generalization to general population?

Oral Presentations

Only the primary author will make the presentation unless another author is approved by the WOCN® Society National Conference Abstract Chair. Time for oral presentations will vary and will be communicated to authors well in advance of the date of the presentation.

Poster Presentations

Authors of accepted poster abstracts must install and dismantle their poster per the abstract schedule (located on the back of the poster guidelines). All authors must be at their posters on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Awards for the top abstract in each category will be announced at 1:30 pm.

Handouts are encouraged. No audiovisual equipment will be available. Please note the maximum size of the poster cannot be larger than the board provided at the conference center which is 4' x 8'. Supplies for mounting posters will be available. Notification will be sent as to the location of the poster session and the times for set up in advance of WOCNext 2020. To review the 2020 poster guidelines, please
 click here.

We will be presenting a select number of posters in electronic format (ePoster) again this year. The abstract submission process is the same for both traditional paper posters and ePosters. If your poster is chosen for an ePoster, more instructions will follow. Please mark your interest to be considered for this exciting new option on the Title page of the submission process.
Click here for more information on ePosters.

Posters will be reviewed by the WOCN® Society National Conference Abstract Chair/designee and judges. Infractions that violate these published guidelines could result in a poster being temporarily altered or even removed from display. Please follow the guidelines carefully to avoid these scenarios.

If an abstract is accepted for poster presentation, specific information about layout, including a tutorial on poster layout/development will be available post notification of acceptance.

At least one author must register to attend WOCNext in Cleveland, OH, by Friday, February 14, 2020.

Sessions within this conference awarded advanced practice and pharmacology credit. 

Attendees were able to earn one nursing Contact Hour for every hour of education time. Learners had to complete an evaluation to receive Contact Hours. 

  • WOCNext 2020 Reimagined was hosted through the WOCN Society's CEC,, and was live from  May 29 - June 23. Archived WOCNext 2020 Reimagined sessions are now available in the CEC. Click here to learn more.

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