Conference presentations: a guide to writing the abstract
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Conference presentations: a guide to writing the abstract

Brenda Happell Professor of contemporary nursing, Department of Health Innovation, Mental and Psychosocial Health, CQU Healthy Communities, Centre for Social Science Research, Engineering and Health, Central Queensland University, Queensland, Australia

Brenda Happell explains the role of the abstract in conference presentations and provides a practical guide to help nurses through the process of writing one. She also gives tips on what to avoid

Conference presentations have been acknowledged as a potentially effective strategy to encourage the dissemination of nursing knowledge (Ashworth 1996, Cleary and Walter 2004, O’Neill and Duffey 2000) and to assist in overcoming the apparent reluctance of nurses to write for professional and refereed journals (Mee 2003, Mulhall 1996, Stepanski 2002).

Nurse Researcher. 15, 4, 79-87. doi: 10.7748/nr2008.

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