Successful design and delivery of a professional poster

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Poster presentations are increasingly popular for dissemination of scientific and clinical knowledge at professional conferences. Contemporary conference planners tend to schedule more poster sessions than oral sessions, as this is an efficient way to provide more opportunities for professionals to present creative works (American College of Physicians [ACP], 2016). Instructions on how to design and create posters are essential for professional development of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), students, and faculty (Bindon & Davenport, 2013). This professional skill is generally absent from APRN curricula; therefore, acquisition of the skill must occur in other arenas. The purpose of this article is to promote professional development by educating APRNs, students, and faculty on the essentials of poster development and presentation, to be achieved by discussing types of posters, advantages and disadvantages, content and design, and some of the dos and don'ts of these presentations. What is known on these topics is summarized but emphasis is placed on professional conduct because many authors and organizations have published information on the actual design and creation of professional posters (ACP, 2016;, 2017; Purrington, 2016). The process of knowledge dissemination at professional meetings generally begins with submission of an abstract describing the work in response to a conference call. The submitted abstract subsequently goes through a competitive review process. See Pearce et al. on page — of this issue for details on creating an abstract. This article emphasizes the steps of poster development and actual presentation once an abstract has been accepted.

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