Education – The Foundation of NTI

The National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, featuring the Advanced Practice Institute, is AACN's premier clinical education program providing high acuity and critical care nurses six days of learning and collaborative exchange. The NTI features the latest advances and research about practice, technology and healthcare delivery in high acuity and critical care practice, professional development, current issues and emerging trends

NTI and API session topics include adult, pediatrics/neonatal, progressive care, emergency, leadership and pharmacology. The NTI capitalizes on facilitated classroom learning and self-directed poster displays, self study pavilion, technical exhibits and professional exchange among colleagues.

Learning Objectives
Faculty
Teaching/Learning Methods
Curriculum and Session Summaries
Level of Education Content
Session Formats
Educational Content
Continuing Education Credit
What are CERPs?
CE/CERP Certificates

Learning Objectives

  • Validate and expand knowledge of current practice standards.
  • Examine the impact of issues and trends on care delivery and practice.
  • Refine clinical judgment and critical thinking skills through case analysis of issues in patient care and healthcare delivery.
  • Develop a professional network of colleagues and associates from practice and industry.
  • Explore ways to ensure healthcare systems driven by patients' needs, where nurses make their optimal contribution.
  • Stimulate inquiry in clinical practice, education, research and leadership.

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Faculty

NTI/API faculty members are selected based on proven effectiveness in primary area(s) of expertise and presentation ability.

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Teaching/Learning Methods

NTI faculty use instructional methods to facilitate interaction and exchange among adult learners. Instructional methods include lecture with question-and-answer dialogue, case study discussions, roundtables, group dialogue, debates, panel presentations, open forums, poster presentations, interactive learning laboratories and computer assisted learning.

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Curriculum and Session Summaries

The NTI/API curriculum offers breadth and depth of content suitable for novice and expert nurses who care for patients with critical or complex health problems. The NTI/API presents the latest in practice and addresses healthcare within national and global contexts.

Content descriptions and learning outcomes for each session are published in the Session Summaries section of the program book provided on-site to participants. When provided by faculty, session summaries with key points and bibliography are posted online. Please contact individual faculty to request PowerPoint files and other session materials. Faculty e-mail addresses are listed in the faculty roster behind the Faculty Index tab of the program book.

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Level of Educational Content

As a guide for participants, NTI/API learning sessions are assigned one of the learner levels listed below. Participants may attend sessions at any level. Each session summary indicates a session's level.

Beginner: New to the field or topic or to the care of acute and critically ill patients.

Intermediate: Has worked in the field and is proficient in skills, research and practice pertaining to care of acute and critically ill patients.

Expert: Has special knowledge or ability and performs skills that exceed a proficient nurse at intermediate level.

Advanced Practice: Has acquired advanced preparation for expanded clinical practice with minimum of a master's degree. Clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives are considered advanced practice nurses.

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Session Formats

NTI learning opportunities offer the following formats:

Preconferences: Offered on Saturday and Sunday before the NTI/API main conference begins. Three- or six-hour sessions provide broad coverage of a topic reflecting focused state of the art content (e.g., pain management, shock, trauma, patient-focused care, pharmacology). Content may not be specific to a product. Faculty allow one-third to one-half time for interactive exchange. Pre-registration required.

SuperSessions: Large sessions for all participants that feature national speakers. These challenging and motivating presentations are geared toward professional success, future trends and/or national and global issues. SuperSessions held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Concurrent Sessions: Concurrent sessions are offered each day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Sessions may be 45 or 75 minutes.

Mastery Sessions: Mastery sessions offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Sessions are 165 minutes with one 15-minute break.

Sunrise Sessions: Early morning breakfast sessions offered before Tuesday and Wednesday concurrent sessions. Sessions are 60 minutes, include breakfast and are funded by unrestricted educational grants from corporate supporters.

Pharmacology Content: Sessions are designated as category "RX" for the convenience of advanced practice nurses who requires this content for licensure and/or recertification. Educational sessions meeting pharmacology content requirements receive continuing education designation in pharmacology.

Poster Presentations: Posters displayed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the Resource Center. Posters report a wide range of completed research and practice innovations by nurses in challenging, unique and interesting situations.

E-Learning and Mobile Resources Lab: The new E-Learning and Mobile Resources Lab offers hands-on use of AACN's e-learning resources.

NTI Voices : Every print issue of NTI's daily newspaper includes a clinical article awarding 1.0 contact hour of continuing nursing education (CNE) credit. Look for copies at the convention center and major NTI hotels. You can also view NTI Voices without the CNE article online.

ExpoEd Exhibitors Education: ExpoEd sessions in the Critical Care Exposition are 30-minute educational and inservice-style learning opportunities on topics relevant to high acuity and critical care. ExpoEd sessions are listed in the ExpoGuide given on-site to all participants and presented in exhibitor booths, special education stages and the ExpoEd classroom in the exhibit hall.

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Educational Content

NTI and API offer facilitated learning in classroom settings, lectures, panels, technical exhibits, poster sessions and self-study. Classes are categorized for convenience, but any registered attendee is welcome to attend any session. You can pursue areas of specialized content and professional development in these categories:

  • Advanced Practice
  • Certification
  • Chapter Sessions
  • Clinical Systems:
    • Cardiac
    • Emergency/Trauma
    • Medication Management
    • Multisystems/Neuro
    • Pain
    • Pulmonary
    • Renal
    • Other
  • Education
  • Ethics/Legal
  • Healthy Work Environments
  • Leadership Development
  • Palliative Care/End-of-Life
  • Patient Safety
  • Pediatric/Neonatal
  • Pharmacology
  • Progressive Care
  • Research
  • Technology/Informatics

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Continuing Education Credit

AACN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the State Boards of Nursing of California (#01036) and Louisiana (ABN12). AACN programming meets the standards for most other states requiring mandatory continuing education credit for relicensure. Continuing education credit — calculated on a 60-minute contact hour — is determined by the number of sessions a participant attends. Typically, participants earn from 25-30 contact hours at NTI.

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What are CERPs? 

A continuing education recognition point (CERP) equals 60 minutes of continuing education. By awarding CERPs instead of traditional Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit, Sunrise and ExpoEd sessions can offer a wider range of learning activities. CERPs are recognized by the AACN Certification Corporation, AACN's credentialing arm, to encompass a wide spectrum of continuing education activities performed by nurses in high acuity and critical care. State boards of nursing and other certification organizations also may recognize CERPs as meeting continuing education requirements. AACN recommends consulting with the state board or other credentialing organization before submitting CERPs to fulfill continuing education requirements.

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CE/CERP Certificates

Track your evaluation of every NTI, ExpoEd and Sunrise session you attend on the session evaluation worksheets at the back of the schedule booklet provided on–site to each participant. Follow the online prompts to enter your program and session evaluations and print your certificate. You must complete both program and session evaluations to receive CNE and/or CERP credit.

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