May 17, 2010 - The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has brought together thousands of nurses this week in Washington, D.C., at its annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, with the theme “Act With Intention.”
AACN President Beth Hammer, RN, MSN, APN-BC, says the theme goes beyond a simple tagline. “Nurses need to have a laser-like focus on the reasons behind their actions and to question the benefits to the patients and families in their care. When nurses act with intention, we deliver care confidently, because we know that our actions will keep our patients safe and lead to the best outcomes,” she says.
AACN expects attendance to top 6,000 nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients and include many at the forefront of research, academia, staff development and management.
AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) began on Saturday, May 15, and runs through Thursday, May 20, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and nearby headquarters hotels in Washington, D.C.
In addition to emerging trends in patient care, NTI sessions focus on healthcare reform, patient safety, pandemics, disasters and many more issues facing those in the healthcare profession.
AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (www.aacn.org/nti) offers more than 300 sessions about best healthcare practices, now and in the future. Topics include the following, among others:
• Understanding health care reform and its impact on caregivers
• Keeping patients safe and preventing medication errors and infections
• Presence of family members present during CPR and complex procedures
• Responding to disasters in the local community and across the globe
• How healthy work environments benefit patient care and nurses’ job satisfaction
• Treating traumatic injuries
• Providing palliative and end-of-life care
NTI, the world’s largest conference for nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients, includes the Critical Care Exposition, the largest and most comprehensive trade show geared specifically for acute and critical care nurses. Spread over nearly 100,000 net square feet will be more exhibits of cutting-edge healthcare equipment, devices, supplies, pharmaceuticals, education materials and job opportunities from more than 350 companies and organizations.
For more information, visit www.aacn.org.