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A guide to crafting and submitting research abstracts

Anne Howard and Niki Konsta 20 Jun 2024

This blog aims to dispel fears that nurses may have around submitting research abstracts. We aim to empower nurses by providing a comprehensive guide on how they can confidently put together abstracts and contribute to the advancement of nursing knowledge. 

Nursing professionals play a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of healthcare through their research and evidence-based practices. Despite their significant contributions, many nurses may feel apprehensive about submitting research abstracts, however, nurses possess a wealth of hands-on experience and insights gained from their daily interactions with patients. 

 This blog aims to dispel those fears, providing a comprehensive guide on how nurses can confidently put together abstracts and contribute to the advancement of nursing knowledge. 

Submitting a research abstract can also be an amazing step in a nurse's career journey that can enhance professional development, share knowledge, increase visibility, and create networking opportunities within the nursing community. 

Embrace this opportunity to share your knowledge and enhance your skills. Your research has the potential to influence healthcare practices, policies, and, most importantly, the well-being of the individuals you care for. 

If the prospect of submitting a research abstract feels overwhelming, consider starting with a smaller-scale project. This could be a case study or a review of existing literature. As you gain confidence and experience, you can progressively take on more extensive research projects. 

Crafting a research abstract:

1. Structure matters

Organise your abstract following the standard structure of introduction, methods, results, and conclusion. Each section should provide essential information about your study, allowing readers to grasp its scope and significance quickly. Remember to include relevant keywords that accurately reflect the content of your research abstract, making it easier for readers to find your study in databases or search engines.

2. Title and introduction - Define your message

Clearly articulate the main message or purpose of your research. What question are you trying to answer, and why is it relevant to nursing practice? So, begin by providing a brief background of the topic and clearly state the research question or objective of the study.

3. Methods

When writing your methods, describe the methods used in the study, including the study design, sample size, data collection procedures, and any statistical analysis performed

4. Findings/results

Summarise the main findings of the study, including any significant outcomes or trends observed. Present key data points or statistics to support your findings. Emphasise the direct implications of your research on nursing practice. How can your findings inform or improve patient care, policies, or procedures?

5. Conclusions

Discuss the implications of the study results and how they contribute to the existing body of knowledge in nursing. Highlight any recommendations for future research or practice.

6. Collaborate and seek support

Don't hesitate to collaborate with colleagues or mentors who have experience in research. Seeking support from those who have navigated the abstract submission process can provide valuable guidance and boost your confidence.

In conclusion, by following these guidelines and ensuring clarity and conciseness in your writing, you can create a well-structured research abstract that effectively communicates the key aspects of your study to the nursing community.

Understanding the significance of your work, embracing your expertise, and following a structured approach to abstract writing, you can overcome any fears or apprehensions. 

Remember, starting a new project or learning process can feel overwhelming at first due to uncertainties and doubts. However, once you push past the initial challenges and gain momentum, progress becomes easier, and the path ahead becomes clearer.

It’s the beginning that is often the most challenging.

Good luck!

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Anne Howard and Niki Konsta

Fertility Nursing Forum committee members

Deputy Director of Nursing and Head of Nursing, Peppy Health and Kings Fertility

Both Anne and Niki lead teams of nurses to provide patient care during fertility patient journeys.

Page last updated - 20/06/2024