Education — The Foundation of NTI

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Educational sessions offered at NTI 2018 will be available online in November.

NTI and the Advanced Practice Institute (API) feature the latest innovations in practice, technology and healthcare delivery, evidence-based practices and research. Update your knowledge, refine your skills or learn something new by participating in hundreds of educational sessions designed to meet the needs of the adult learner.

Learning Objectives

  • Validate and expand knowledge of current practice standards.
  • Examine the impact of issues and trends on care delivery and practice.
  • Refine clinical judgment and critical thinking skills through case analysis of issues in patient care and healthcare delivery.
  • Develop a network of colleagues and associates from practice and industry.
  • Explore ways to ensure a healthcare system driven by patients’ needs, where nurses make their optimal contribution.
  • Stimulate inquiry in clinical practice, education, research and leadership.
  • Learn the latest evidence-based practice from the foremost nursing experts in our community. 

Successful Completion

Learners must view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.

Curriculum Categories

NTI/API offers clinical and professional practice topics in the educational classroom area.

Clinical topics include: Behavioral/Psychosocial, Cardiovascular, ECG, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Hematology/Oncology, Hemodynamics, Infectious Disease, Medication Management, Monitoring, Multisystem, Neurology, Pain Management, Palliative / End-of-Life Care, Pharmacology (API only), Pulmonary, Renal, Sepsis, Skin/Wound Care, Trauma.

Professional Practice topics include: AACN Local Engagement, Beacon Journey for Excellence, Certification, Cultural Diversity, Education, Ethics, Evidence-Based Practice, Family-Centered Care, Healthy Work Environment, Leadership & Career Development, Legal, Motivational & Personal Growth, Patient Safety, Public Policy, Publishing, Research, Technology, TeleHealth.

Learning Facilitators

Facilitators engage NTI participants to collaboratively contribute to interactive and dynamic presentations. NTI facilitators promote professional development by using learning facilitation methods that enhance critical thinking and encourage a shared accountability for learning.

Teaching/Learning Methods

NTI/API facilitators use adult learning facilitation methods such as lecture with question-and-answer dialogue, case study discussions, roundtables, debates, panel presentations, open discussion forums, poster presentations, interactive hands-on learning laboratories, audience response systems and self-study.


Whether you are an advanced beginner, proficient or an intermediate or expert in the field of high acuity and critical care nursing, the NTI/API curriculum offers in-depth content using the latest evidence-based guidelines and practice standards to assist nurses caring for patients with complex health problems. NTI/API curriculum also offers education to enhance professional development.

Level of Educational Content

As a guide for participants, NTI/API educational sessions are assigned one of the learner levels listed below and indicated on the session summaries. Participants may attend any session regardless of the level. For all levels, content is beyond basic knowledge, generalizable regardless of the participants' employer and enhances professional development or performance of nurses.

Advanced Beginner: Has been in the field of nursing approximately one to three years and/or is new to role or topic. Able to recognize meaningful educational components in each session.

Proficient: Has worked in the field of nursing for extended period and is proficient in nursing skills, practice and/or research pertaining to high acuity and critically ill patients.

Expert: Has special knowledge or ability and performs skills, practices independently and effortlessly. Relies on background experience of clinical situations to determine appropriate actions.

All Levels: Applicable for learners at any level.

Session Formats

NTI learning opportunities offer the following formats:

Preconferences: Offered Sunday before the API/NTI main conference begins. Three or six hour sessions provide in-depth coverage of a topic reflecting focused state-of-the-art content (e. g., advanced 12-lead ECG interpretation, evidence-based practice changes, healthy work environments, hands-on simulation labs and review courses). Content may not be product-specific. Facilitators allow one-third to one-half time for interactive exchange. (Fee required) CE contact hours

SuperSessions: Large sessions for all participants featuring national speakers and AACN leaders, geared toward professional success, future trends and/or national and global issues. Presented Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. CE contact hours

Concurrent Sessions: More than 300 sessions offered Monday through Thursday. Sessions may be 60 or 75 minutes. Content may not be product-specific. CE contact hours

Mastery Sessions: Two and a half hour, more in-depth evidence-based sessions offered Monday through Thursday. Content may not be product-specific. CE contact hours

Pharmacology Content: Classroom sessions with a minimum portion of pharmacotherapeutic content on drug specific information, safe-prescribing practices, safe medication administration and prescribing methodologies. Designed based on requirements for APRN licensure and/or certification renewals. Search features are provided to identify these sessions. Content may not be product-specific. Pharmacology hours based on the percentage of content pertaining to pharmacology

Sunrise Sessions: Early-morning breakfast sessions Tuesday and Wednesday funded by unrestricted grants from corporate supporters. Sessions are 90 minutes with approximately 75 percent clinical and 25 percent product-specific content. Limited seating, reservations required through My NTI. CERP only

ExpoEd Education: Product-specific educational and in-service style learning in the Critical Care Exposition hall. CERP only

Posters: Self-viewing Beacon Journey for Excellence, Chapter Best Practices, CSI Academy Innovation, Evidence-Based Solutions and Research poster displays are available Monday through Wednesday. Content may not be product-specific. CE contact hours

NTI Voices: Every print issue of NTI’s daily newspaper includes a clinical article. Copies available at the convention center and major NTI hotels. CE contact hours

Continuing Education (CE) Contact Hours

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing California Provider number CEP01036 (50 min contact hour).

AACN educational sessions meet the standards for most states requiring mandatory CE contact hours for RN license renewal. CE contact hours are calculated on a 60-minute contact hour and are determined by the number of sessions that a registered NTI participant attends. Participants can earn up to 37.5 CE for NTI 2018.

Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs)

CERPs are recognized by the AACN Certification Corporation, AACN’s credentialing arm, to encompass a wide spectrum of continuing education activities performed by nurses in high acuity and critical care. One CERP equals 60 minutes of continuing education. AACN recommends consulting with your state board or credentialing organization before submitting CERPs to fulfill continuing education requirements for license or certification renewal. 

CE/CERP/Pharmacology Certificates

Track your evaluation of every NTI/API, Sunrise, ExpoEd and Poster session you attend. Follow the online prompts on our website to enter your session and program evaluations and print your CE certificate. Certificates must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the date of the educational activity.

Copies of CE/CERP/Pharmacology certificates issued are maintained at AACN in a secure, password-protected file for a six-year period. AACN reserves the right to perform random audits of participant’s CE/CERP/Pharmacology certificates to confirm NTI registration and validity of the completed activities.