Blacksburg, VA, October, 2015 – LewisGale Regional Health System is inviting all nurses in Southwest Virginia to attend its 7th Annual Nursing Research Day “Committed to the Care and Improvement of Human Life: Integrating Research into Practice,” to be held December 9 at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke.

“It is important that the nursing care we deliver to our patients is evidenced based and responsive to changes in the healthcare environment,” said Loressa Cole, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE and Chief Nurse Executive for LewisGale Regional Health System. “This year’s research day will focus on creating processes and work environments that enable nurses to always question the ‘status quo’, and to seek the most current and evidence-based approaches to patient care.”

As part of the one day conference, nurses will hear from nursing research experts, have the opportunity to submit their own research projects, and receive contact hours upon approval. This activity has been submitted to the Virginia Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Virginia Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Attendees who are also interested in sharing their own research projects, should submit their poster abstracts directly to Diane Gully,, no later than October 30. Applicants will be notified by November 13 if they have been selected to participate in the poster display.

For an evidence based practice literature review, include the following categories in the abstract:

  • Purpose
  • Current Practice
  • Review of literature

Summary (Implications for practice/practice change recommendations)

For a research project, include the following categories, as headers, in the abstract Background (purpose and review of literature)

  • Design (variables, data collection)
  • Findings
  • Conclusions

Abstract Guidelines:

  • Abstracts should provide a concise and clear overview of the project or study.
  • Title should be an accurate description of the work. Between 10-12 words is the general guideline.
  • Author information should follow the following criteria: the first author should be the person presenting the full work (such as poster or publication). Subsequent authors should be listed in order of significance or their contributions to the work. Every author listed should have made significant contributions to the project. The hospital affiliation should be listed for each author. If all are from the same hospital, then the line following the author line can be used.
  • References, if included, should be minimal. The abstract should be a reflection of the author’s work. If something is necessary to be referenced in an abstract (such as specific theoretical influence), then it should be cited with author and year in the text of the abstract, with a full citation at the end of the abstract.
  • 1 page maximum; 200 word minimum, 300 word maximum
  • 1 inch margins; 12 point Times New Roman font; single spaced
  • Participants are responsible for spelling and grammar and typographical errors that occur during transmission.
  • Limited wall space is available for presentations. Participants should use tri-fold poster boards if possible. Tables will be provided.

The event will be held December 9 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Virginia Western Community College, Fralin Center, 3094 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia. To register, all Non-HCA employees should call Consult-A-Nurse at 877-242-2362. HCA employees should register on HealthStream.

The cost for the conference is $50 nurses and $25 for students. The registration deadline is December 1. Conference includes program, light breakfast and lunch. For any questions, contact Diane Gully at or 540-443-3932.