Education — The Foundation of NTI

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The National Teaching Institute (NTI) and the Advanced Practice Institute (API) (within NTI) feature the latest innovations in practice, technology and healthcare delivery, evidence-based practices and research. Update your knowledge, refine your skills or learn something new by participating in hundreds of educational sessions designed to meet the needs of learners.

Learning Objectives

  • Validate and expand your knowledge of current nursing practice standards.
  • Examine the impact of issues and trends on care delivery and practice.
  • Refine your clinical judgment and critical thinking skills through case analyses of issues in patient care and healthcare delivery.
  • Develop a network of colleagues and associates from nursing practice and the healthcare industry.
  • Explore ways to ensure a healthcare system driven by patients' needs, where progressive and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.
  • Stimulate inquiry in clinical practice, education, research and leadership.
  • Learn the latest evidence-based practice from the foremost nursing experts in our community.

Successful Completion

In order to receive contact-hour credit for the CE activities, you must:

  • Attend 90% of a session (miss no more than ten minutes), review required course elements: i.e. article, audio/video recording, poster presentation, etc. by expiration date of October 31, 2024. ;
  • Complete and submit activity evaluation by October 31, 2024.
  • Complete and submit NTI program evaluation by June 21, 2024. ;
  • Review the Effects of Implicit Bias and its Impact on Patient Outcomes for consideration while engaging with NTI Educational Content related to Direct Patient Care.

Curriculum Categories

NTI/API offers clinical and professional practice topics in an online classroom.

Clinical topics include Behavioral/Psychosocial, Cardiovascular, Delirium, ECG, Endocrine, Gastrointestinal, Hematology/Oncology, Hemodynamics, Infectious Disease, Medication Management, Monitoring, Multisystem, Neurology, Pain Management, Palliative/End-of-Life Care, Pharmacology (API only), Pulmonary, Renal, Sepsis, Skin/Wound Care and Trauma.

Professional Practice topics include Career Development, Certification, Collaboration, Communication, Cultural Diversity, Decision-Making, Education, Ethics, Evidence-Based Practice, Family-Centered Care, Healthy Work Environments, Leadership, Legal, Management, Moral Distress, Motivational & Personal Growth, Patient Safety, Public Policy, Publishing, Research, Staffing, Standards, Technology and Telehealth.

Learning Facilitators

NTI learning facilitators promote professional development by using learning facilitation methods that enhance critical thinking and encourage a shared accountability for learning.

Teaching/Learning Methods

NTI/API facilitators use adult learning facilitation methods such as lectures with questions and answers, case study discussions, panel presentations, poster presentation, and self-study.


Whether you are an advanced beginner, proficient or an expert in the field of acute and critical care nursing, the NTI/API curriculum offers in-depth content using the latest evidence-based guidelines and practice standards to assist nurses caring for patients with complex health problems. NTI/API curriculum also offers education to enhance professional development.

Session Formats

NTI learning opportunities offer the following formats:

  • Educational Sessions: More than 200 sessions offered during the conference and available after the conference through Oct. 31. Sessions are 60, 75, or 150 minutes. Content may not be product-specific. CE contact hours are available.
  • SuperSessions: Large sessions for all participants featuring national speakers and AACN leaders, geared toward professional success, future trends and/or national and global issues. -Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. CE contact hours and/or CERP credit are available.
  • Pharmacology Content: Classroom sessions with a minimum portion of pharmacotherapeutic content on drug-specific information, safe-prescribing practices, safe medication administration and prescribing methodologies. Content is designed based on requirements for APRN licensure and/or certification renewals. Search features are provided to identify these sessions. Content may not be product-specific. Pharmacology hours are based on the percentage of content pertaining to pharmacology.
  • Posters: Self-viewing Beacon Journey for Excellence, Chapter Best Practices, CSI Academy Innovation, Evidence-Based Solutions and Research digital posters offered during the conference and available after the conference through Oct. 31. Content may not be product-specific. CE contact hours are available.
  • Sunrise/Sunset Sessions: Early-morning breakfast sessions funded by unrestricted grants from corporate supporters are90 minutes with approximately 75 percent clinical and 25 percent product-specific content. -Tuesday and Wednesday. Sunset Sessions will be available Monday; Sunrise Sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday for NTI Virtual. Limited seating, reservations required through NTI Denver Conference Site, CERP credit available for attendees only.
  • ExpoEd Education: Product- and program-specific educational and in-service-style learning provided by exhibitors. Sessions are 30 minutes. CERP credit is available for attendees only.
  • Current/OnDemand: More than 200 sessions offered Monday through Wednesday. Sessions may be 60, 75 or 150 minutes. Content may not be product-specific. These will be recorded and available on-demand Jun 15-Oct 31 for NTI Denver and Jun 10-Oct 31 NTI Virtual attendees.

Accreditation: Continuing Education (CE) Contact Hours

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements. CE contact hours are calculated on a 60-minute contact hour and determined by the number of learning activities a registered NTI participant completes. Participants can earn up to 200+ CE contact hours for NTI 2024.

Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs)

CERPs are recognized by AACN Certification Corporation, AACN's credentialing arm, to encompass a wide spectrum of CE activities performed by nurses in acute and critical care. One CERP equals 60 minutes of CE. AACN recommends consulting with your state board or credentialing organization before submitting CERPs to fulfill CE requirements for license or certification renewal.

CE/CERP/Pharmacology Certificates

Your Certificate of Completion will be available for download and print once all the successful completed all the requirements to receive CE contact hours and/or CERP. It can be accessed under your account/Transcripts. Certificates must be retained by the licensee for a period of four years after the date of the educational activity.

Copies of CE/CERP/Pharmacology certificates issued are maintained by AACN in a secure, password-protected file for a six-year period. AACN reserves the right to perform random audits of participants' CE/CERP/Pharmacology certificates to confirm NTI registration and the validity of the completed activities.