MNRS 2020 Annual Research Conference – VIRTUAL

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In response to the rapidly changing circumstances associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the MNRS Board of Directors has made the decision to move the in-person conference to a virtual experience. 

In doing so, the Board carefully weighed the risks to attendees and their families, colleagues, and students.  As the premiere society that develops scholars, drives science, and leads innovation to improve the health of all people, the Board feels strongly that MNRS must continue to fulfill its mission in the face of COVID-19.  The science needs to be shared, student work needs to be fostered, and nursing researchers need a place to share ideas, innovations, and methodologies.   We must be flexible while acknowledging this global health issue.

First and foremost, the Board of Directors would like to thank the Program Planning Committee (PPC), the PPC Chair, Dr. Susie Breitenstein, and the Host Schools for their work in coordinating the 2020 Annual Research Conference.  It takes more than a year of planning to ensure all the details and science for the conference and we want to thank each and every person and organization that has dedicated time and expertise to make this year's conference possible.

Please be sure to reference the updates below for the latest information regarding the virtual 2020 Annual Research Conference:

Conference Attendees:
The MNRS 2020 Annual Research Conference will transition from an in-person meeting to a virtual experience.  We will send all conference attendees information regarding meeting attendance including links and calling instructions the week of the conference.  Please be sure to check your email for daily conference emails regarding changes to the schedule and updated links.

For additional presenter information, please see the:
Attendee Instructions
Attendee User Guide and FAQ


Continuing Education:
MNRS will offer continuing education credits to all conference attendees who purchased the option during registration.  After the conference, all attendees will be asked to evaluate the conference and attest to the sessions they attended. If you would like to purchase continuing education credits for the 2020 Annual Research Conference, please contact the the MNRS Executive Office at


The conference itinerary planner is the most up-to-date resource for the conference schedule and access to presenter information and abstracts.  Please be sure to reference the itinerary planner, mobile app, and the online program book throughout the conference. As the conference was plan to CENTRAL time, all times listed in the program book, mobile app, and itinerary planner are listed in CENTRAL time.  

Please note that the conference will proceed as planned with minor changes to the schedule.  The Emerging Scholars Network session will continue as a panel presentation, "Global Opportunities for Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice".  Lunch will not be served.  We also want to thank the ESN sponsors:


The virtual conference will occur over the same dates and will follow the same schedule as originally planned.  We will be sending all presenters their Zoom links the week of the conference.

To facilitate this process:
1) Please confirm your participation during your previous scheduled time by logging into this link and completing the form by noon on Tuesday, March 17.

2) Make sure you upload your slides by Friday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. CDT. Upload instructions and credentials have been emailed to you.  Please note this is a hard deadline and we will not have onsite upload options once the conference begins.

Please note that during the conference the attendees will see your prepared slides and hear your voice.  Additionally, you will be sharing your presentation on your computers and advancing your own slides.

For additional presenter information, please see the:
Presenter Instructions
Presenter User Guide and FAQ 


Poster Discussion Format:
Since we do not have the opportunity to showcase physical posters within the poster discussion, we request that each poster discussion presenter upload a slide with a digital version of your poster and will have 3 minutes to introduce your work for the first 30 minutes of the session. The remaining 60 minutes will include a moderated discussion. We will be following up in the next couple of weeks with information on presenting virtually through Zoom.

MNRS will continue to host the two poster sessions as advertised in the schedule:

        • THURSDAY, APRIL 02, 3:15 - 4:45 PM
          Poster Session 1 & Student Poster Competition Featuring BSN & MN/MSN
        • FRIDAY, APRIL 03, 1:15 - 2:45 PM
          Poster Session 2 & Student Poster Competition Featuring PhD & DNP

To facilitate the online poster sessions:

1)           Please confirm your participation during the poster session as scheduled by logging into this link and completing the form by noon on Tuesday, March 17.

2)           Upload your e-Poster. All poster presenters are required to have their e-Posters uploaded to the site by March 28th. To begin your e-Poster upload, log into the MNRS Submission Dashboard. After logging in, click the e-poster upload button on your dashboard to begin the process.

The E-poster site offers presenters the opportunity to share their work online using high quality graphics, and also allows conference attendees to browse through a gallery of posters that are being presented. The E-poster site has been developed with security in mind, protecting against downloading, copying, or printing of your work.

We encourage all poster presenters to include a personal Zoom meeting room link or email address in the submission.  This allow attendees to ask questions and discuss your science during your scheduled poster session time. Please see below for steps to create your own personal Zoom meeting room.

For additional poster presenter information, please see the:
Poster Presenter Instructions

Student Poster Competition:
The Student Poster Competition will transition to the virtual format.  If you are a student nominated by your university or college participating in the student poster competition, please be sure you upload your e-poster by March 28th. To begin your e-Poster upload, log into the MNRS Submission Dashboard. After logging in, click the e-poster upload button on your dashboard to begin the process.

Student work will be judged online using the e-poster uploads and winners will be announced via a conference wide email during the schedule session times.

MNRS will share a list of the 2020 Annual Research Conference by email and within the Online Program Book.  We will provide contact information for questions and discussions.  We encourage you to ask questions and touch base with the exhibitors during the exhibit hours by email or personal Zoom meeting rooms.

Networking is an essential part of the MNRS Annual Research Conference.  Please be sure to schedule collaboratory meetings and discussions throughout the conference by inviting attendees to join you in a personal Zoom meeting room.  If you do not have a personal Zoom meeting room, MNRS will provide instructions for creating and accessing one.  

Career Center:
Did you know that MNRS offers a job board?  If you are looking to fill a position or looking for open positions, please be sure to visit the MNRS Career Center.


RIG Meetings:
MNRS values the Research Interest Groups (RIG) and the RIG Meetings at the Annual Research Conference.  Please be sure to watch for more information from your RIG Chair regarding the date and time for your 2020 RIG meeting.


Foundation Fundraising:
The Foundation raffle and reception are not transferable to the virtual conference experience.  Please note that we will ask for donations from the attendees during the conference in lieu of raffle tickets.  The MNRS Foundation needs your partnership to budding nursing researchers have the funding to launch their science. If you would like to donate now, please CLICK HERE.


Zoom Personal Meeting Room:
Creating a Zoom personal meeting room is free and easy:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the blue box in the top right side of the screen “Sign-Up. It’s Free”
  3. Enter your email address
  4. Wait for the confirmation email and activate your account
  5. Login and view your profile to see your personal meeting room link.



Many thanks to the 44th Annual Research Conference Host and Co-Host Schools: