Newswise — Emerging trends in patient care combine with advances in healthcare technology as thousands of nurses who care for high acuity and critically ill patients convene later this month in Denver.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) hosts its annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), Saturday, May 17, through Thursday, May 22. Most of the 300-plus sessions will take place in downtown Denver at the Colorado Convention Center, with the nearby Hyatt Regency Denver also hosting official events.
AACN expects attendance to top 6,000 nurses and include many at the forefront of research, academia, staff development and management.
NTI, the world’s largest conference for nurses who care for high acuity and critically ill patients, includes the Critical Care Exposition, the largest and most comprehensive trade show specifically for acute and critical care nurses. Spread over 200,000 square feet will be 350 exhibits that encompass cutting-edge healthcare equipment, devices, supplies and career opportunities.
Conference sessions represent the best clinical education reflecting today’s diverse critical care environments. Topics include the following:• Understanding the benefits and risks of healthcare technology, including tele-ICUs, simulation training and monitoring alarms• Eliminating healthcare-associated infections and medical errors• Improving patient outcomes and financial savings with nurse-led innovations• Integrating new research findings into evidence-based patient care
Among the learning opportunities, NTI offers numerous sessions specifically for clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses. These Advanced Practice Institute preconferences and concurrent sessions address leadership role development, public policy, healthcare reform, clinical systems and pharmacology.
This year’s NTI Summit takes on the topic that moral distress is part of clinical practice. “Moral Distress Isn’t Going Away: Confronting Reality” will use facilitated conversations and deep audience interaction with experts to explore the inevitability of moral distress, its impact on three common clinical challenges — bullying, workarounds and disasters — and personal solutions for addressing it. Fully integrated into NTI, the interactive half-day event will be held Wednesday, May 21, from 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
AACN posted the 2014 NTI conference brochure with all sessions that will be presented in Denver to www.aacn.org/nti.
About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 235 chapters worldwide. 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. www.aacn.org; facebook.com/aacnface; twitter.com/aacnme