Developing a Paper Presentation


  • Linda L. Pierce MSN RN C CRRN,

    Former clinical nurse specialist, currently assistant professor, Corresponding author
    1. rehabilitation at MetroHealth Center for Rehabilitation in Cleveland, OH.
    2. Medical College of Ohio School of Nursing in Toledo, OH.
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  • Mary McNamee Gregg MSN RN

    Clinical nurse specialist
    1. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, IL.
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Medical College of Ohio, PO Box 10008, Toledo, OH 43699.


The purpose of this article is to provide suggestions for developing and presenting papers at an educational conference or other professional meeting. The authors offer suggestions on how to write an abstract, deal with rejection or success, develop an outline, construct a lecture, select audiovisual materials, and use public-speaking skills. The practical strategies described in this article are intended to enable rehabilitation nurses and other readers to develop and/or enhance their paper presentations.