AACN News—September 1998—NTI Work Group Concentrates on 6 Educational Tracks

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Vol. 15, No. 9, SEPTEMBER 1998


The 1999 National Teaching Institute™ will have a new look, with content that focuses on six educational tracks.

Scheduled May 16 through 20 in New Orleans, La., the NTI will offer an “institute-within-an-institute” format in which curriculum is geared to advanced practice, adult critical care, continuum of care, leadership, pediatrics, and trauma. The adjustment in programming, which is similar to the Advanced Practice Institute offered for the first time in 1998, responds to feedback from past participants regarding how the NTI could best serve their needs.

In preparation, the 1999 NTI Work Group, chaired by Nancy A. McLaughlin, RN, MSN, CCRN, met in Costa Mesa, Calif., in July to review more than 600 speaker proposal abstracts and select those that will be presented in 1999. The work group is actively involved in the NTI on site. In addition to conducting orientation sessions, group members are on hand throughout the NTI to assist participants with scheduling and other needs.

Members of the 1999 NTI Work Group were selected, based on their areas of expertise, to represent the various tracks planned around interest areas. For example, McLaughlin, RN, MSN, CCRN, is a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) in the surgical ICU at the University of Alabama Hospital, Birmingham.

Other members of the group are: Sharon Shimandle, RN, MS, a CNS in critical care at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, Ohio; Jayne A. Barry, RN, BSN, MA, a charge nurse at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Phoenix, Ariz.; Jennifer L. Bjerk, RN, BSN, CCRN, a staff nurse in the surgical-trauma ICU at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Tex.; Nancy T. Blake, RN, MN, CCRN, CNAA, director of critical care at Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif.; LeAnna Miller, RN, MN, CCRN, CEN, APPN, a consultant for the JCAHO/Educational Consultant Emergency Center, Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, Ga. Mary D. Kracun, RN, PhD, CCRN, investigational clinician at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, Calif., is the AACN board liaison to the group.