Monday 16 March 2020



The University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), also known as the Graduate Nurses Association of Nigeria (GNAN) will hold its 20th National Professional Conference and Scientific Update from Monday 5th October to Friday 9th October, 2020 at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. UGONSA cordially invites all Nursing & Midwifery Professionals to submit an abstract in research, project, dissertation, thesis, or theoretical/conceptual framework to be considered for presentation at the conference. Please, note that project papers should include best evidence-based practices.

THEME: Collaborating with Nigerian Nurses  & Midwives For a Contemporary Healthcare Education and Practice Dynamism: Who, How, When?

TAG: The conference shall be tagged “NURSING EDUCATION REFORMATION SUMMIT” 
Submission Deadline
Materials should be received by UGONSA no later than 12 Midnight on Friday July 31, 2020 as extension may not be granted. Materials should be submitted electronically, in Microsoft words format, through the UGONSA official email address,

Abstract Review and Selection Process
After the submission deadline, all completed and eligible abstracts will be made available to UGONSA Abstract Reviewers (AR) for blinded review, vetting and scoring following satisfaction of originality index test. Final decision will be made by the programme committee in late August, 2020.
Abstracts will be evaluated and scored solely on their scientific merits.

Incomplete Abstracts will not be reviewed.

Likewise, any material that fails the originality index test will be regarded as a plagiarized work and will accordingly, be rejected.

Acceptance/Rejection Notification
Notification regarding acceptance or rejection of abstracts will be sent to the presenting author in early September, 2020 by email; consequently, an accurate email address is critical. If your abstract is accepted, the email will specify whether it is accepted for presentation at the plenary session or whether it has been selected to be published in our journal and online on our website only.  If you submitted an abstract and did not receive any notification at this specified time, you should send us an email via or visit our site,, and fill the contact form.
If after completing your submission, you did not receive a confirmation email from UGONSA within 72 hours, you should contact us as stated above.

Abstract Submission Fee: Not Applicable

Conference Registration fee and Accommodation
The Conference schedule and registration modalities will be on the conference posters and fliers that will be published by August 2020. Registration fee is N10, 000 (ten thousand naira) for Graduates and N5000 (five thousand naira) for undergraduates. The fee shall cover the conference T-shirt, bag, Book of Abstract, Materials, and meals (breakfast and lunch) only. Accommodation shall be paid for by each of the participants. UGONSA shall bargain and arrange for decent and affordable hotel accommodation in Abakaliki within the price range of N2000 (two thousand naira) to N7000 (seven thousand naira) per night to make the cost of lodging minimal and considerate for participants.

Conference Programme
The onsite printed programme will include the specific time for each abstract presentation and the name of the moderator for each session. Abstracts may list multiple study authors.

Presentation at the Conference
The presentation at the conference must reflect submitted abstract. In particular, the abstract title, authorship, and scientific content of the presentation at the conference must match the submitted abstract, although updates on results may be added.

Guidelines for Paper Presentation at the Conference
Paper must not exceed 15 pages in Microsoft word, including tables and references, and should be typed double line spaced (Times New Roman font size 14) on A4-sized paper.
APA referencing format, 7th edition, should be used.
UGONSA shall make hard copies available to participants during the conference. Paper should include a cover page with title, author’s/authors’ name(s), institutional affiliation, and email address.

Each submitter will be notified about the programme committee’s decision on acceptance of an abstract. Each author shall be asked to accept the invitation to present. Presenters must take very seriously their commitment to make presentations, except in cases of true emergency. In such a case, UGONSA shall publish an errata sheet to be distributed with the proceedings indicating the names of individuals and their abstract titles that have been listed for presentation but would no longer be presented at the conference.  If a scheduled presenter failed to show-up for reasons other than the aforementioned, such shall attract blacklisting which shall cause UGONSA to refuse to accept subsequent works from the affected author in the future.

Abstract Withdrawal
Once an abstract is accepted, a written request to withdraw should be submitted no later than September 15th 2020 through if the author decides to withdraw the abstract for any reason. Abstracts may not be withdrawn after this deadline.
UGONSA reserves the right to withdraw abstracts that are in violation of the Association’s policies and guidelines, such as those that have failed the originality index test for plagiarism, or have been deemed scientifically unsound, or have been found to include inaccurate data, etc.

For further inquiry, kindly contact:
University Graduates of Nursing Science Association (UGONSA), CAC/IT/69387
C/O Ag. National Secretary
O & G Theatre Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki,
Ebonyi State Nigeria.
Phone: +2348063477661

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