AACN Hosts Annual National Teaching Institute, Critical Care Exposition This Week
NEW ORLEANS – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) hosts its annual National Teaching Institute (NTI) & Critical Care Exposition in New Orleans, from Monday, May 16, through Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s Great Hall and Halls B-E, with nearly 8,000 expected attendees. The four-day event will cover emerging trends in patient care combined with advances in healthcare technology.
The Expo Hall, spanning an area larger than two football fields, will feature more than 400 exhibits encompassing cutting-edge healthcare equipment, devices, supplies and career opportunities. Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association members will demonstrate the techniques and equipment needed to transport critically ill patients. The demonstration will feature helicopters, ambulances and an innovative trailer-based training unit that simulates patient care in an aircraft setting. Attendees can also experience the “front-lines” of patient care in a full-size field operating room. The U.S. Army Nurse Recruiters will demonstrate the challenges faced on the battlefield or during disasters and the lifesaving surgical techniques used in the field. Other highlights of the Expo include exploring tele-ICU and electronic health records trainings.
Attendees will also compete in the CPR Throwdown, a race car themed competition pitting teams of nurses against the clock. The CPR Throwdown will include experts from the American Heart Association (AHA) leading CPR demonstrations and training.
AACN, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association, is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who are charged with the responsibility of caring for acutely and critically ill patients. The association is dedicated to providing its members with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide optimal care to critically ill patients.
The AACN NTI was last held in New Orleans in 2009. This year’s event is projected to have an economic impact of more than $9 million.
Major events include:
• Tuesday, May 16 – Thursday, May 19: During Exhibit Floor hours, CPR Throwdown is a live challenge event presented by the American Heart Association; MCCNO, Hall D, Booth 3801
• Tuesday, May 17: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Mel Robbins, noted human behavior and motivation expert, presents keynote address on healthy work environments, leadership and career development; MCCNO, Great Hall
• Wednesday, May 18: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; BJ Miller, executive director of the Zen Hospice Project, presents keynote address on empathy-driven end-of-life care; MCCNO, Great Hall
• Wednesday, May 18: 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.; NTI Attendees enjoy Nurses’ Night Off at Mardi Gras World