2018 Annual Research Conference


Join us in Cleveland, OH for the 42nd Annual Research Conference. The theme for the 2018 conference is "The Future of Nursing Research: Economic Realities and Creative Solutions". The objectives for the conference are:

  • Identify strategies that engage stakeholders to advance nursing research and the preparation of nurse scientists
  • Discuss emerging realities and challenges in nursing research across environments
  • Examine creative solutions for sustaining nursing research

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Keynote Speakers for the Conference

MNRS is pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 42nd Annual Research Conference: 

Dr. Melanie Dreher, Nurse and Anthropologist, Dean Emeritus Rush University College of Nursing and Immediate Past Board Chair Trinity Health, will present at the Opening Keynote Session on Friday, April 13th.

Dr. Mary Kerr, Dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, will present at the Closing Keynote Session on Sunday, April 15th.

Call for Abstracts:

We have moved to a new Abstract Collection Site for 2018. Please click here for the site. Click "Join Now" to create a login, then proceed to submit your abstract. You may change your temporary Access Key in the "Your Profile" tab. Abstracts should only be uploaded once by the presenting author. Please check the dates that each submission type is accepting abstracts. 

Only MNRS Members are eligible to submit an abstract. The primary author of all abstracts must be an MNRS member.

NEW THIS YEAR: Each author within your abstract must submit a Disclosure Form before your abstract may be submitted. Details available in the "Author" tab on the abstract submission site.

In order for MNRS to keep membership costs and meeting registration fees down and remain on the cutting edge of science and technology, we will now be charging a nominal fee of $25 to submit an abstract for the Competitive Abstracts and Late Breaking Abstracts.

All of these sessions have been scheduled for the 2018 conference:

  • Guaranteed Symposia Abstracts  
  • Competitive Symposia Abstracts
  • Pre-Conference Workshops
  • Special Sessions

Competitive Abstracts - The abstract collection site is now CLOSED. Notification will go out to the abstract primary author in late December after the review process is complete.

Did you miss out on submitting a Competitive Abstract this year?

This year MNRS will be offering a Late Breaking Poster Session. 


The Call for Late Breaking Research will go out in January. Authors may submit Research and Evidence-based practice projects using the same criteria as for Competitive Abstracts. See below for Guidelines and Tips.

Authors will be notified by the end of February after the review process is complete in time to register for the conference.

More details will be posted soon.

Research & Evidence-Based Practice Abstracts may be submitted for all 19 RIGs. A list of MNRS RIGs is located here. Only 1 submission per group will be accepted. Please submit your abstract to the new online abstract collection site (CadmiumCD).

Abstract Guidelines
The body of the abstract (see abstract submission guidelines for required elements) may not exceed 350 words. Abstract titles should be short but descriptive in addressing the key concepts of the proposed presentation. Only the primary/submitting author will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract and is responsible for notifying co-authors of receipt confirmation.

Abstract Review Procedures and Key Dates

  • Online submission site opens: Monday, August 14, 2017
  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Abstract submissions are peer-reviewed
  • Confirmation emails of accepted papers & posters in mid-December 2017

Abstract Guidelines and Tips

Student Poster Abstracts
The site will be open from October 6 - November 10, 2017.

Deans will receive the Call for Student Poster Abstracts in early September. Students are nominated to participate by their Deans. Criteria for Student Posters can be viewed here and students will upload their abstracts directly to the abstract collection site between October 6 - November 10th. Students who submitted an abstract for the Competitive Abstract Call are not eligible for submission as a Student Poster.

Deans must provide a list of students selected for poster sessions here by Friday, October 27, 2017.

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Thank You to Our Host School

Case Western Reserve University - Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Thank You to Our Co-Host Schools

Academic Partners
Cleveland State University
Kent State University
The Ohio State University
University of Cincinnati
University of Toledo
Ursuline College

Clinical Partners
Cleveland Clinic
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
MetroHealth Hospital
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center