Newswise — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) invites nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for high-acuity and critically ill patients and their families to its 2019 National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) in Orlando, May 20-23, with preconferences May 19.

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 in the healthcare profession. The conference offers hundreds of sessions to improve clinical practice, patient outcomes and hospitals’ bottom line, with a comprehensive program that incorporates leading evidence-based education.

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.

Maureen Sain, BSN, RN, PCCN, is a nursing clinical manager at Harris Health System’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital in northwest Houston. She attended her first NTI as a member of the local AACN chapter in Houston.

“I found something that I was passionate about, and I was able to empower and inspire others to join AACN,” Sain said. “It’s truly an honor to see the impact of AACN on me as a leader, to introduce AACN to others and create a foundation of excellence for new nurses.”

She attended NTI with a colleague, who is a new nurse graduate from her unit. They returned to their unit committed to sharing the learning with other colleagues and taking steps to become the hospital’s first unit to achieve AACN’s Beacon Award for Excellence.

Most of NTI’s nearly 300 sessions will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, with additional NTI events the nearby Hyatt Regency Orlando.

The Advanced Practice Institute, integrated into 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 includes the Critical Care Exposition, the largest and most comprehensive trade show expressly 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. The Critical Care Exposition is one of the 50 fastest-growing trade shows in the U.S. in both event attendance and exhibitors, as ranked by Trade Show Executive magazine.

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 sessions from NTI 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 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, 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 half a million acute and critical care nurses and has more than 200 chapters throughout the United States. 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.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4109;  949-362-2000;;;