Nursing Science Professional Governance ConferenceRudy Dela Vega, Anqelique Silva & Melaney Stricklin, presenting the “Best of the Best” podium presentations at the 2022 NSPG Conference.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Mixed In-Person & Virtual | CE units offered
Hosted by: Center for Nursing Science and the EBP & Research Council

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The 5th annual Nursing Science and Professional Governance Conference was held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, during Nurses Week. This event showcased the evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and research accomplished by nurses and interdisciplinary teams at UC Davis Health. Our schedule features a variety of presentations and activities, including, a Keynote Address, Podium Presentations, Ignite! Sessions, Poster Presentations and Workshops.

This year's program featured a Keynote Address by Sharon Tucker, Ph.D., A.P.R.N.-C.N.S., N.C.-B.C., E.B.P.-C., F.A.A.N. who is the Director of the Implementation Science Core, Fuld National EBP Institute, College of Nursing at the Ohio State University. Her presentation focused on her expertise in implementation science as it pertains to evidence-based practice.

The full conference schedule is provided below.

2023 keynote speaker-Aron King & Jason RamosAron King & Jason Ramos presenting their Best People & Practice Environment Podium

2023 keynote speaker-Julie ChouJulie Chou presenting her Best Financial Stewardship Podium

2023 Conference Schedule

Time Presenter Room
7:00-7:30 [EBP Mentors Only] EBP Mentor Breakfast, Check-In and Q&A NA 1001
7:30-8:00 Mingle with the EBP Mentors, Coffee and Networking Session NA 1001
8:00-8:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks NA 1001
8:15-10:15 Keynote Address and Implementation Science Panel: Sharon Tucker NA 1001
10:15-10:50 EBP Fellowship Symposium NA 1001
BREAK (15 mins)
11:05-11:50 Morning Poster Concurrent Symposium: Purple and Green NA 1001
and NA 1115
5 min Room Change
11:55-12:15 Nursing Recognition and Morning Wrap Up NA 1001
12:15-13:00 LUNCH (30 mins), Sac Republic Swag and Stretch Wellness Break NA Courtyard
5 min Room Change
13:05-13:45 Ignite! Concurrent Symposium 1 and 2 NA 1001
and NA 1115
5 min Room Change
13:50-14:35 Afternoon Poster Concurrent Symposium: Teal and Orange NA 1001
and NA 1115
BREAK (15 mins)
14:50-16:00 Best Abstract Award Podium Presentations: Best Quality, Patient Experience, People and Practice Environment and Financial Stewardship NA 1001
16:00-16:30 People's Choice Poster Award and Closing Remarks NA 1001

2023 save the dateEBP & Research Council Members with Keynote Speaker, Christine Pabico, at the 2022 NSPG Conference

  • Promote the advancement of nursing science and practice.
  • Share results of research, evidence-based practice, and quality improvement projects at UC Davis Health.
  • Increase your knowledge of clinical research methodologies and resources.
  • Foster partnership and collaborations among clinicians, researchers, educators, and leadership.
  • Stimulate inquiry to identify new nursing research and evidence implementation questions to advance clinical practice and patient outcomes.

Hosted by: UC Davis Health Center for Nursing Science and the EBP & Research Council.

For more information and questions, contact:

DEADLINE: Abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2023. 

The abstract submission portal is NOW CLOSED!

Presentation Guidelines:   

Project Types:

  • UC Davis Health clinicians and nurses from other health systems may submit an abstract using this online system in one or more of the following categories: Research, Evidence-based Practice, Research or Innovation.
  • Multidisciplinary work is welcome, but a nurse must be part of the project team, if not the team leader/principal investigator. 
  • Project work must be current and ideally, completed prior to the 2023 conference.

Project Topics:

  • We seek topics related to all nursing roles and patient populations, clinical systems, and professional practice.  
  • UC Davis Health EBP Fellows and Unit-based Practice Councils (UBPC) are each required to submit a conference abstract.
  • Individual projects, graduate school projects, and projects presented at external conferences during the year are encouraged to submit an abstract. Please note if you are submitting a project for which you have already created a poster presentation.
  • Podium presentations must consist of original work and cannot be duplicate of work presented at a prior UC Davis Health conference.

Authors may submit more than 1 abstract.

Submission Instructions:

Abstract Submission:

  • Abstract sections should include details related to the following (details provided below):
    • Background (Why): This section should be no more than five sentences, explaining the importance of the study or project and how it will add to the state of the science and/or clinical practice.
    • Purpose (What): This section provides a brief description of the study or project.
    • Methods (How): This section should succinctly describe the methods used to complete the project or study. For a research study, include the design, setting, population/sample, measurement tools, and analysis approach.  For projects, include the setting, the composition of your team, the participants with whom you worked, your project intervention, and evaluation strategy.
    • Results (So what): This section describes the results of your study or project. Limit information provided to the facts. This should flow directly from the methods and be consistent with the purpose/aims/questions. If you conducted a research study, include final sample size and composition, basic demographics, and primary results. If you conducted a project, describe the result of the intervention and what the evaluation showed.
    • Conclusion (What next): This final section of the abstract should summarize the result of your project and describe implications for further study or next steps.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 500 words.
  • Do NOT include references in your abstract.
  • For projects in process, report in the results section the status of the project to date, any preliminary results available, and outcomes you will be evaluating. No scores will be allotted for blank sections.   
  • Abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the UC Davis Health Evidence-Based Practice and Research Council.
    • Authors of selected presentations will be notified in the first week of March 2023.


Honors and Awards: 

  1. Abstract submissions with the best score in each of the following categories will be selected to give a podium presentation in the following 'Best' categories:
    • Best People & Practice Environment
    • Best Patient Experience
    • Best Quality 
    • Best Financial Stewardship
  2. A 'People's Choice' Poster Award will be presented on the day of the conference based on attendee voting.

Biographical Information & Conflict of Interest Statement: 

Presenters will be required to provide this information during their submission.

Conference Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: North Addition Auditorium 1001 / Virtually via Zoom

Registration: No longer available

Accreditation: Nursing contact hours will be awarded to UC Davis Health nurses by completing conference and presentation evaluations on the day of the event.

Costs and Attendance: 

  • UC Davis Health
    • Individual Presenters
      • Unless pre-arranged with your Manager, costs associated with conference attendance and presentation will be the responsibility of the presenter.
    • UBPC Presenters
      • Conference attendance and final presentation must be approved by your Manager. 
    • Attendees may request professional leave (PL) time to attend the conference.

  • Externally-affiliated individuals
    • Costs associated with conference attendance and presentation will be the responsibility of the presenter.

View Conference Posters HERE

Encourage your colleagues to view the poster website to vote for their favorite poster! Voting begins on May 1, 2023 and closes on May 10, 2023 at 2 p.m..The “People’s Choice” for Best Poster will be announced at the end of the day.

The winner of the “People’s Choice” award for this year went to the Main OR UBPC for their poster on “Caregiver Updates During Surgery: Reducing Stress and Improving the Surgical Experience”.

Wendy Willson congratulating Jennifer Sturges Wendy Willson congratulating Jennifer Sturges for the People's Choice Award for Best Poster presented to the Main OR UBPC

Nursing contact hours will be awarded to UC Davis Health nurses and previously approved external participants attending the conference in person. Please complete conference and presentation evaluations on the day of the event for those presentations attended.