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Creating a Poster Presentation. Health Sciences Centre Nursing Research Committee. Where To Start. A poster presentation can be used to display a research or quality improvement initiative, a unique program or an approach to a clinical topic. Where To Start .

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Creating a Poster Presentation

Health Sciences Centre

Nursing Research Committee


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Where To Start

  • A poster presentation can be used to display a research or quality improvement initiative, a unique program or an approach to a clinical topic


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Where To Start

  • Begin by making a list of the ideas you would like to present in the poster

  • Talk with your colleagues or your Nurse Educator about ideas to include in the poster

  • Contact an external resource like a member of the Nursing Research Committee (see Nursing Leadership Council website for membership list) or Biomedical Communications for assistance


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How Do I Decide the Format?

  • Poster presentations usually are presented in one of 2 formats – one single sheet design or individual pieces of paper mounted on mat board

  • The single sheet design will require the work of Biomedical Communications (BMC) and the cost will be higher than the mat board format

  • Mat board format can be done in a program like PowerPoint and the pieces of paper can be printed on a color printer and then mounted – by yourself or at BMC


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Components of the Poster Display

  • A title or a header board

  • A brief description of the research project or the program/approach

  • Visual images like pictures or graphs

  • Information about the project or program/approach (may need more than one)

  • Any conclusions or recommendations

  • Most mat board posters have a maximum of 12 boards


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Visual Materials

  • For each board try to follow the 6 by 6 rule – 6 or fewer lines per board with 6 or fewer words per line

  • Use short phrases

  • Be consistent with the template used

  • Title fonts should be 38 or 40 and text minimum of 24


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More About Getting Started

  • Make a list of all possible information you would like to include

  • Draw up draft boards to determine how many you have

  • Decide if you need to decrease or increase the number of boards

  • Decide about pictures or graphs


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Visual Impressions

  • Remember, people may be reading this from a bit of a distance so keep the font size easy to read

  • Try not to make the poster “too busy”

  • You can give contact information if people want more information