AACN Critical Care Conference Brings Together Thousands of Nurses for Education, Inspiration

May 24, 2021

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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses presents 2021 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition as a fully immersive, interactive virtual conference, May 24-27

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – May 24, 2021 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) brings together thousands of nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families during its National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI, #NTI2021), with the theme “This is Our Moment: All In.”

AACN presents NTI this year as a fully immersive, interactive virtual conference experience May 24-27, delivering the education and inspiration progressive and critical care nurses deserve and the flexibility they need.

AACN President Elizabeth Bridges, PhD, RN, CCNS, FCCM, FAAN, is professor, biobehavioral nursing and health systems, at University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, and clinical nurse researcher at University of Washington Medical Center. She says the theme has been a unifying message during the pandemic.

“We are stronger when our unique strengths come together. In these uncertain times, our theme challenges us as individuals and systems to come together and to remain connected as a community,” Bridges said. “Each year, during NTI, we come together in purpose-driven action to care for our patients and their families, to care for ourselves and to care for each other. Nurses will experience this year’s conference in hospitals, homes, conference rooms and classrooms around the world. The theme inspires us to move forward and prompts us to acknowledge and be All In, in this moment.”

AACN expects attendance to reach more than 6,000 attendees, including nurses at the bedside and many others at the forefront of research, academia, staff development and management.

Attendees have 24/7 access to concurrent clinical and professional development sessions, inspirational keynotes, ExpoEd exhibitor education, and new and different ways to make meaningful connections with other attendees.

NTI learning opportunities offer the following formats:

  • Educational Sessions: More than 200 sessions offered during the conference and available after the conference through Oct. 31. Sessions are 60 or 150 minutes.
  • SuperSessions: Large sessions for all attendees featuring national speakers and AACN leaders, geared toward professional success, current and future trends, and/or national and global issues.
  • Pharmacology Content: Online classroom sessions with a minimum portion of pharmacotherapeutic content on drug-specific information, safe-prescribing practices, safe medication administration and prescribing methodologies.
  • Posters: Self-viewing digital posters on the Beacon Journey for Excellence, Chapter Best Practices, CSI Academy Innovation, Evidence-Based Solutions and Research offered during the conference and available after the conference through Oct. 31.
  • Sunrise/Sunset Sessions: Sessions funded by unrestricted grants from corporate supporters. Sessions are 60 minutes long with approximately 75% clinical and 25% product-specific content.
  • ExpoEd Education: Product- and program-specific educational and in-service-style learning provided by exhibitors. Sessions are 30 minutes.

NTI includes the Critical Care Exposition, which will be available virtually during NTI, May 24-27. Attendees can visit online exhibit booths to view exhibitor content, link to ExpoEd sessions, and visit and chat with exhibitor representatives.

Attendees can earn 200 CE contact hours for NTI 2021. CEs are calculated on a 60-minute hour and determined by the number of learning activities a registered NTI attendee completes. Learners must view/read the entire learning activity and complete the associated evaluation, as well as the program evaluation, to be awarded CE contact hours or CERP credit. No partial hours or credit will be awarded.

NTI sessions will be available on-demand with CE contact hours through Oct. 31. Review the complete conference program with all educational sessions.

About the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition: Established in 1974, AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) represents the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and their families. Bedside nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners attend NTI.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: For more than 50 years, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has been dedicated to acute and critical care nursing excellence. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. AACN is the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, with more than 130,000 members and over 200 chapters in the United States.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 27071 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656; 949-362-2000; www.aacn.org; facebook.com/aacnface; twitter.com/aacnme