ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – April 16, 2019 – Thousands of nurses who care for high-acuity and critically ill patients will convene next month in Orlando, Florida, to be inspired and to learn about the latest innovations in clinical practice, healthcare technology, evidence-based practice and research.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) hosts its annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), May 20-23, with preconferences May 19.
AACN expects attendance to reach more than 7,500 nurses, including nurses at the bedside and many at the forefront of research, academia, staff development and management.
The premier annual event for critical care nursing, the conference offers hundreds of sessions to improve clinical practice, patient outcomes and hospitals’ bottom line with a comprehensive program that incorporates the best evidence-based education.
In addition to emerging trends in patient care, NTI sessions will focus on best practices, advances in medical technology and many other issues facing nurses.
Conference sessions cover clinical education reflecting today’s diverse critical care environments. Topics include:
- Eliminating healthcare-associated infections and medical errors
- Improving patient outcomes and hospital financial savings with nurse-led innovations
- Creating and sustaining healthy work environments
- Understanding the benefits and risks of healthcare technology
- Integrating new research findings into evidence-based patient care
Attendees return to their units inspired to put what they’ve learned at the conference into practice. Six months after NTI, 98 percent of respondents say they have already applied learning, or plan to apply learning, from NTI to their practice.
“NTI lets you see how units around the country are successfully finding solutions,” said Karen Stutzer, PhD, RN, assistant professor of nursing at College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey. She is a past member of the AACN board of directors who has presented at many NTIs. “It reveals opportunities and possibilities that you can internalize into your own nursing practice. It builds your strength as a practitioner.”
Most of NTI’s nearly 300 sessions will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, with additional NTI events at the nearby Hyatt Regency Orlando.
The Advanced Practice Institute, integrated within NTI, has more than 65 sessions with content including preconferences, clinical sessions, leadership role development, pharmacology and mastery sessions, specifically developed for advanced practice nurses.
NTI also includes the Critical Care Exposition, the largest and most comprehensive trade show for acute and critical care nurses. Hundreds of exhibits, spread over 300,000 square feet, will encompass the latest healthcare equipment, devices, supplies and career opportunities. Participants can earn up to 37.5 hours of continuing education (CE) during NTI. CE hours — calculated on a 60-minute contact hour — are determined by the number of sessions a participant attends.
As an added value, attendees will receive online access to recorded NTI sessions as well as online access to certification review courses and past NTI conferences. More than 180 NTI sessions will be available online for self-study with CE contact hours through Oct. 31, 2019.
Review the complete conference program for Orlando with all educational sessions and special events offered.
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: Founded in 1969 with 400 members, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the world’s largest specialty nursing organization. In 2019, AACN celebrates 50 years of acute and critical care nursing excellence, serving more than 120,000 members and over 200 chapters in the United States. The organization remains committed to its vision of creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. During its 50th anniversary year, AACN continues to salute and celebrate all that nurses have accomplished over the last half century, while honoring their past, present and future impact on the evolution of high-acuity and critical care nursing.
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