April 2014 Ambassador Update: NTI Opportunities

I hope you will be at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) May 17–22 in Denver — and that I get to see you there. Whether or not you are attending, please share the NTI opportunities outlined in this Update with your colleagues.

Each year when I get my first glimpse of the NTI brochure, I am amazed once again at the vast range of educational offerings, networking opportunities and inspirational moments packed into six days — a real “Rocky Mountain High,” to quote John Denver.

It is a lot to digest (in a very good way) no matter how many times you review the conference webpage or take another glance at your NTI brochure. Hopefully, the NTI 2014 overview provided in this Update will help you and your colleagues plan your conference schedule.

As spring begins, here’s to experiencing a great sense of renewal — not only at NTI, but every day as we strive to grow personally and professionally.

Melinda

PS: 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.

NTI 2014: Opportunity After Opportunity

Your NTI 2014 experience offers:

Unmatched educational opportunities. Up to 35 hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours through more than 300 sessions and hundreds of exhibitors at the Critical Care Exposition.

SuperSessions: Be the one who organizes your colleagues and other ambassadors to sit together at the SuperSessions Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to share the guaranteed moments of laughter, celebration and pure inspiration — and make them even richer. Brainstorm afterwards to capture key concepts from the keynote addresses that you don’t want to forget.

Innovative special sessions. Moral Distress Isn’t Going Away: Confronting Reality is a half-day summit Wednesday, May 21, featuring moderated conversations with experts to understand how to address moral distress when faced with bullying, workarounds and disaster situations.

Flexible self-study options. Begin award-winning online AACN programs and certification review courses on your own computer or in our Self-Study Pavilion, and complete them at your own pace for a limited time after the conference.

A conference experience on-site and online. Social networking and scheduling through NTI Network makes it easy for you to plan and personalize your learning experience.

Conversation with AACN’s elected and volunteer leaders. Attend the AACN Community Forum Wednesday, May 21, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to join in the conversation with AACN’s leaders and other NTI attendees to discuss AACN’s major initiatives, progress toward organizational goals and our community’s future. The forum will be in the Four Seasons room in the Convention Center (bring some colleagues along).

Nurses Night Off. Now it is time to just have fun with your colleagues as you explore the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Nurses Night Off on Wednesday, May 21. Relax and enjoy the people who make up our community of extraordinary nurses.

There is still time to register for NTI.

NTI 2014: Certification Events

Certification Celebration. Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate your professional achievements and those of your colleagues at the NTI Certification Celebration, our annual reception and dinner Tuesday, May 20, exclusively for nurses who hold credentials from AACN Certification Corporation and its partners. Invite other nurses from your unit — especially newly certified colleagues — to join you. Tickets may be purchased with advance NTI registration or on site.

Certification Oasis. Take advantage of the Certification Oasis to spend a quiet moment between sessions, network with certified colleagues and learn what’s new in certification and certification renewal and have your questions answered by certification experts.

Certification exams. You have until April 18 to preregister to take paper-and-pencil exams for CCRN, CCRN-E, PCCN, ACNPC, ACNPC-AG, CCNS and CNML specialty certification and CMC and CSC subspecialties. Applications must be postmarked by April 18. Encourage your colleagues who have been preparing for certification to use this opportunity. Review courses for adult CCRN/CCRN-E, PCCN and CCNS will be offered at NTI Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18.

Vote Now: April 21 Election Deadline Nears

We are down to the wire on the 2014 election and need your help to encourage as many members as possible to vote.

Before voting ends on Monday, April 21 (11:59 p.m. ET) please cast your ballot and personally ask AACN members on your unit or in your facility to do the same. A personal email from you or a face-to-face conversation with you that stresses how much each member’s voice counts could be the nudge your colleagues need to help us get the 5% response necessary to close the election.

Call for Nominations. Looking ahead to the 2015 election, nominations are now being accepted for the FY2016–2018 AACN Board of Directors and the FY2016 Nominating Committee (fiscal year is July 1 through June 30). Encourage AACN members on your unit and in your facility to have an impact on the future of our AACN community and the future of nursing by submitting their nominations; deadline is May 31. Accountabilities and leadership requirements, available positions and nomination forms are posted online.

For more information on the 2014 election or the Call for Nominations for 2015, contact volunteers@aacn.org.