Conferences and Presentations

Case of the Year at NANN's 40th Annual Conference

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts due April 8, 2024 at noon Central Time.

The National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), in collaboration with Vermont Oxford Network (VON), invites you to submit an abstract to be considered as the Case of the Year and present at the 40th Annual Conference taking place September 18-20, 2024 in Orlando, Florida! This interactive presentation will explore a complex and unique clinical case. The case will challenge the attendees’ critical thinking skills and encourage attendees to think outside the box. The diagnosis will be revealed at the end of the presentation, and the attendees will receive education on the diagnosis. The goal of this session is that attendees will be better prepared to recognize this time sensitive diagnosis and improve outcomes in their unit.

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explore a complex clinical case with multiple competing diagnoses
  2. Construct a differential diagnosis based on a clinical scenario
  3. Recognize clinical abnormalities and their significance

Mandatory Elements to be Included in your Abstract

  • Abstract is clean and “camera ready” for presentation. Proofread carefully for spelling, punctuation, and grammar. The abstract word count cannot exceed 750 words.
  • Case information includes gestational age, chronological age, birthweight and relevant background.
  • Pertinent positives from maternal history are highlighted.
  • Infant’s clinical presentation is briefly described (history, physical, laboratory, radiology, and other diagnostic information).
  • Differential diagnostic possibilities are listed.
  • Diagnostic work-up and clinical findings are described. Please do not use local abbreviations (i.e.., chem 1, chem 7, etc.) when describing diagnostic tests performed.
  • Method for confirmation of final diagnosis is stated.
  • Treatment and complications are described.
  • Unique features of this case are outlined.
  • Implications for clinical practice are addressed.
  • Review of literature for primary diagnosis, and relevant diagnoses excluded, highlighting clinical controversies and scientific rationale for practice (in bibliography form for abstract).
  • Post-discharge outcome data is included (i.e. Bayley, school performance, developmental issues, family integration).

Additional Submission Considerations

  • The abstract should be submitted in standard case report style and conveyed in a mystery format (narrative presentation, audience participation/feedback, final case reveal) within 45 minutes with 15 minutes post reveal for additional Q&A.
  • When applicable, the abstract should address cultural humility, sensitivity, or inequity in case examples or describe how issues of cultural diversity, equity and inclusion are considered in specific aims or narrative of proposed content to include impact of proposed topic or research on underrepresented and underserved populations.
  • The case should fall into one of the following categories:
    • An atypical presentation or outcome of a common disease
    • An unusual disease process or diagnostic challenge
    • An ethical challenge
    • A transport challenge
    • A patient safety-related case
  • Must obtain proper written family permission/consent upon abstract submission (a consent form template will be available within the submission platform).
  • Presenters are required to register for the full conference. Presenters receive a $100 discount off full conference registration. (Cannot be combined with any other discount, one discount per registrant). Presenters are responsible for all expenses relating to their presentations, including, but not limited to: air & ground travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals.

Abstracts successfully submitted for review will undergo a blind review (i.e., the reviewers are unaware of the applicant’s identity). Therefore, applicants should be careful not to disclose their identity when describing their qualifications to present on their particular topic. Notification for acceptance will be emailed to the abstract submitter in April 2024. If you have any questions, please contact