Survive and Thrive at NTI

Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned NTI veteran, these tips can help you survive and thrive at NTI 2015.

Navigating NTI

  • Buy a pair or two of comfy shoes.
    • Don’t forget to break them in before the conference.
  • Meeting room temperatures often fluctuate, so dress in layers and bring a lightweight jacket or sweater to the convention center.
  • It’s not easy to grab a snack when you’re rushing from one NTI activity to the next.
    • Bring along nutritious snacks such as fruit, granola or nuts and a bottle of water in case you need a boost during the day.
  • Visit the Host Chapter Booth for information about things to do around San Diego, and while you are there select from more than 80 complimentary ribbons in a rainbow of colors to show your accomplishments to others.
  • Conference news, alerts and late-breaking session updates and schedule changes are available real-time on NTI Network.


  • AACN’s knowledgeable staff team at the registration desk in the Resource Center can answer all of your registration questions or help you sign up for ticketed events that still have availability, such as the Certification Celebration.

Finding Food

  • Inside your attendee bag you will receive a Participant Map, which includes a Food Locater that identifies food locations and their hours at the Convention Center.
  • Stop by Restaurant Reservations — located in Lobbies B1 and E — to pick up a Dining Guide and get personal suggestions from knowledgeable staff.
  • The Gaslamp District is just across the street from the Convention Center. Blocks of options ranging from fast food to trendy upscale restaurants are sure to please every palate!

Resource Center/Bookstore

  • The official NTI 2015 T-shirt can be purchased for $20 each in the bookstore.
  • Most bookstore products can be ordered and shipped for free via the in-store computer stations, and you don’t pay sales tax unless you are a California resident.
  • Instead of carrying home your materials from the Critical Care Exposition, fill a packing box and ship it home from the NTI Mail Home Service in the Resource Center.

Navigating the Critical Care Exposition

  • The Critical Care Exposition is big.
    • Exhibits alone cover an area larger than two football fields.
    • It’s best not to try to do it all in one day.
    • The exhibit hall is open nearly 14 hours over three days, with 10 hours being dedicated exhibit time.
  • Include ExpoEd — Education on the Exhibit Floor — in your NTI education plan.
    • Most sessions offer .5 CERP points each with speakers and topics listed in the ExpoGuide.
  • Consider hot topics from your workplace.
    • Use the category listings and exhibitor guide in the ExpoGuide to find relevant products, services and other resources.
  • Even if you’re not job hunting, compare job opportunities and benefits.
    • It’s a great way to benchmark and bring best practices back to your workplace.
  • Exhibitors want to interact with you, hear your questions, suggestions and concerns about their products and services.
  • Pace yourself and include food and rest breaks — maybe even a seated massage!

Emergency Care

  • In the event of an emergency or serious health issue, Scripps Mercy Hospital — 4077 5th Ave., (619) 294-8111 — is the closest hospital to the Convention Center.
  • Pharmacies located in close proximity to the Convention Center include:
    • CVS Full Service Pharmacy: (619) 234-5900; 645 Market Street; open until 10 p.m.
    • Ralphs Full Service Pharmacy: (619) 237-7660; 101 G Street; open until 9:30 p.m.

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