The abstract submission site is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone that chose to submit!


Your abstract should describe one of the following:  

Research Study           Case Study          Practice Innovator

In this poster category, author(s) will present original research focusing on wound, ostomy, continence, foot care, or professional practice.

In this poster category, author(s) will present THREE cases that present a clinical challenge managed with a unique solution that pertains to wound, ostomy, continence, or foot care. 

In this poster category author(s) will present innovative practice changes that demonstrate a new way to approach a problem that pertains to wound, ostomy, continence, foot care, or professional practice. Quality Improvement projects will be presented in this category.


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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. Lack of appropriate citation 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.


Registration to WOCNext 2024 by the presenting author is required for all accepted abstracts.


  • Abstract Submission Opens: Tuesday, September 5, 2023

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: Wednesday November 1, 2023, 11:00 am EST / 8:00 am PST

  • Notification Letters Sent: December 2023

  • Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2024

  • ePoster Upload Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2024

Other Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Carole Bauer, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN, National Conference Planning Committee Abstract Chair at abstracts@wocn.org

Need More Help? 
Sometimes novice and other authors may have difficulty assimilating ideas into the abstract/poster format. WOCN will connect those who may desire some support by connecting them with seasoned abstract/poster authors to review the abstract/poster content in progress or to answer questions. If interested in this opportunity, please send an email to abstracts@wocn.org. Please be sure to indicate what area in which you are seeking assistance: 1) development of content, 2) turning content into a poster, 3) distilling the story, or 4) something else. Kindly note: Taking advantage of any mentoring opportunity does not guarantee abstract acceptance of any work for the WOCNext 2024 abstract program.

Click here to view the 2023 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. Only authors who have completed work on the project may be included. All authors must be submitted at the time the abstract is submitted. Authors not listed at time of abstract submission may not be added to the poster presentation.

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

  3. Limit the abstract to 300 words, single-spaced. Title, author, and references 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 are mandatory. Please list 3-5 references in AMA citation format. The number of references is restricted to no more than five (5).There is a separate area to provide references.

  8. 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 selected for their content/research expertise. 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.

The highest scoring abstracts will be considered for oral presentation at WOCNext. Authors of top ranking Research abstracts will be invited to present their findings during a General Session. Those top scoring abstracts not chosen for an oral presentation will still be considered for poster presentations.

All abstracts are reviewed for compliance with the above instructions.

All posters in the meeting abstract site/displayed in the Poster Hall at WOCNext 2024 will be Non-ANCC Contact Hour posters. This means that no ANCC Contact Hours will be awarded for any abstracts/posters in 2024. 

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

Research Abstracts

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

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

  3. Process/Replication in practice: does the description provide clear details that would allow replication in practice?

  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 responses 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 at 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 the general population?

Oral Presentations

If the abstract is chosen for oral presentation, only the primary author will make the presentation. Time for oral presentations will vary and will be communicated to authors well in advance of the date of the presentation.

ePoster Presentations
All abstracts will be presented in electronic format (ePoster) with each author being able to choose to also present their work in a traditional format (paper poster). At the time of acceptance, the author must declare their intent to present in a traditional format. 

Click here for more information on creating an ePoster. 

To review the 2024 ePoster guidelines, please click here.

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. To review the 2024 ePoster guidelines, please click here.


Merit Awards

All submitted abstracts undergo a rigorous peer review process to determine acceptance for presentation at the conference. The top scoring posters in each category are then peer reviewed during the event to determine Merit Award winners for the categories of Case Study, Practice Innovation, and Research. Merit Awards will be announced during the Abstracts General Session on Monday, June 10, 2024 from 9:55 am – 11:25 am.

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 2024 by Thursday, February 15, 2024.