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 2014.

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 Denver, 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 our website or on your mobile device.


  • 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 Food Finder locater with food locations and times available at the Convention Center and adjacent restaurants.
  • Stop by the Visitor Information Center — located in Lobby A, across from the Blue Bear — to pick up a Dining Guide and get personal suggestions from knowledgeable staff.
  • Just two blocks from the Colorado Convention Center is the 16th Street Mall, a 1.5-mile-long Pedestrian Street that runs through the center of the city.
    • The Free Mall Ride gives easy access to the hundreds of restaurants along the Mall, ranging from fast food chains to trendy upscale restaurants — choices sure to please every palate!

Resource Center/Bookstore

  • The official NTI 2014 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 12 hours over three days, with eight 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, Denver Health —777 Bannock Street, (303) 436-6000 — is the closest hospital to the convention center.
  • Pharmacies located in close proximity to the convention center include:
    • Walgreens Full Service Pharmacy: (303) 571-5316; prescriptions, (303) 571-5314; 801 16th Street – Stout and 16th Street Mall; open until midnight.
    • Rite Aid Full Service Pharmacy: (303) 534-7824; 750 16th Street; open until 9 p.m.

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