April Update: NTI Notes

My sincere wish is that you all have an opportunity to attend NTI 2013 in Boston, May 18-23 — and that our paths cross while we are there. 

As you know, NTI is as much about replenishing our passion for our careers as it about great educational opportunities to continue to grow professionally. Networking with each other is one sure way to get reinvigorated. This Update will highlight NTI networking opportunities you won’t want to miss.

We also want to draw your attention again to the new AACN evidence-based practice resources being launched this spring. We know you will want to share them with the educators, clinical nurse specialists and colleagues in your unit as you continue your quest to provide the best care possible for patients and their families.

I hope you are experiencing that sense of renewal that comes with spring, invigorating us with its promise of great things to come (like NTI). I know I am.

See you in Boston.

Melinda

NTI Networking Opportunities

Just walking through the convention center at NTI this May in Boston or participating in a SuperSession or checking out the booths in the Critical Care Exposition presents nonstop opportunities to network with your nursing colleagues and AACN staff.

But, NTI also offers invaluable unique opportunities to take your networking to another level. Consider adding these special networking options to your NTI To-Do List (you’ll be glad you did): 

Ambassadors Best Practices Session — May 22

Wake up particularly pumped on Wednesday, May 22, when you kick off your day with the interactive, invigorating and informative Ambassadors Best Practices — Dare to Share What Works. The session, facilitated by Angela Benefield, will be from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

The relaxed, intimate environment provides the perfect setting for Ambassadors to share and hear each other’s stories of success and struggle in promoting AACN initiatives in their facilities. The goal of the session is to showcase and disseminate best practices and strategies to implement key AACN initiatives. 

The sharing of specific goals, action plans, outcomes and lessons learned will make this an invaluable networking experience that will send you home with new ideas of your own — and an understanding of the resources and tools available to help you put those ideas into actions.

AACN Community Forum — May 21

The AACN Community Forum at NTI allows you to join in the conversation with AACN’s elected and volunteer leaders to better understand our organization’s major initiatives and future direction — so you can share the big picture of AACN with your colleagues back home. 

The forum, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, is your opportunity to ask questions and offer feedback as an engaged member of AACN’s community. The more voices, the richer the conversation so grab a few colleagues at NTI to attend the forum with you. 

Certification Celebration — May 21

Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to network and celebrate with other certified nurses at the Certification Celebration Reception and Dinner from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. (Cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m..)

Invite other nurses from your unit — especially newly certified colleagues — to join you. Tickets may be purchased with advance NTI registration or on site.

Also, be sure to visit the Certification Oasis at NTI to find certification resources, meet other certified nurses and staff from AACN Certification Corp. This is your chance to learn what is new in certification and ask any questions you have about the process.

NTI Network

Want an easier way to connect with your colleagues at NTI? Then check out NTI Network, our new online NTI community.  

You can use NTI Network to:

  • Connect with other Ambassadors through the Ambassador Group page, a great place to also receive updates of things to look forward to at NTI.
  • Identify NTI attendees with similar interests and receive suggestions on other connections you should make.
    • Create a contact list of people you want to connect with at NTI.
  • Find NTI attendees with whom you are already connected through other social media sites, like Facebook or LinkedIn.
  • Network on the go through your smartphone or tablet.

NTI Network also is designed to help you better plan your week at NTI and stay organized while you are there. It allows you to browse the NTI program for facilitators, session summaries and learning objectives to create a personalized schedule now and then continue to plan on the go on your smartphone or tablet during NTI. You also can use it to sign up for free ticketed events, like a Sunrise Session or the Patient Safety Summit.  

Look for an email invitation to join NTI network after you register for NTI.

How you can help:

  • Remind your unit colleagues who are attending NTI to take advantage of these opportunities.
    • While at NTI, ask these colleagues to join you at the Ambassador Best Practices, AACN Community Forum or Certification Celebration.
  • Become familiar with NTI Network so you can talk up the advantages of using it.
    • Share what you like the best and how you are using it.

More Evidence-Based Practice Resources

To provide you with more evidence-based practice resources to better serve acute and critically ill patients, AACN this spring continues to roll out its new monthly webinar series and will publish new Practice Alerts.

AACN Critical Care Webinar Series

A second topic and date have been added to AACN’s new series of live, evidence-based practice webinars, which focuses on contemporary clinical topics in acute, critical and progressive care.

The second webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 10 a.m. PDT. The topic is “Sepsis Update: Early Identification and Management,” presented by Thomas S. Ahrens, RN, PhD, FAAN. It will discuss recent improvements in understanding, identifying and treating sepsis and will feature updates from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign.

As discussed in the March Ambassador Update, the first webinar is Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m. PDT, and the topic is “Evidence vs. Tradition: Examining the Science of Bathing Critically Ill Adults.” It will be presented by author and educator Kathleen Vollman, RN, MSN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN. She will discuss the role of bathing in the care of critically ill adults, debunking traditional bathing methods and providing evidenced-based practices.

Developed with the needs and busy schedules of nurses in mind, the webinar series offers monthly 30-minute presentations by nationally recognized speakers on evidence-based clinical topics, all free of charge and accompanied by ready-to-use implementation tools.

Ideal for groups of nurses as well as individuals, each webinar offers 0.5 hour of CNE credit and unlimited access to archived event recordings. 

AACN Practice Alerts

The topic of the first new AACN Practice Alert to be released this spring will be “Bathing the Adult Patient.” It is scheduled for release April 18 and will complement the April 18 bathing webinar described above.

AACN Practice Alerts, which reflect AACN standards of care, provide free, time-saving access to reliable evidence-based information. They are developed by subject matter experts who distill the research for you and translate it into everyday solutions.

A second Practice Alert on alarm management is scheduled for release in May.

How you can help:

  • Highlight the webinar and Practice Alert educational opportunities to nurse educators, nurse managers and Clinical Nurse Specialists in your facility.
  • Promote these opportunities directly to your unit colleagues.
  • Organize a group yourself to participate in a webinar.

Dates to Remember

April 22:       Last day to vote in 2013 election
May 18-23: NTI 2013 in Boston
May 31:         Last day to file nominations for 2014 election
Mid-June: Due to all of our special NTI commitments, the next issue of the Ambassador Update will be a combined May–June issue. You will receive it in mid-June.
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