Thrive at NTI: 10 Tips for the Best Experience

Are you joining us in Houston for this year’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition? We hope so! The size of the conference alone can challenge both NTI newcomers and veteran attendees. Use this checklist to start planning your week for a fulfilling and stress-free conference experience. Look for more information on our Hotels & FAQ page.

  • Explore My NTI and get connected. Sign in on the AACN website and look for My NTI on your dashboard to create your schedule, plan your week and participate in discussions with facilitators and other attendees — a great forum for your questions about planning, sessions or Houston.
  • Organize your schedule and special events. Create your schedule on My NTI, and be sure to add a Sunrise Session to secure your spot. Reservations are required.
  • Get NTI tips from the pros. Join NTI Program Planning Committee chairs at “Navigating NTI 101,” Sunday, May 21 at 4 p.m. or Monday, May 22 at 8 a.m. They’ll walk you through how to make NTI an enjoyable and rewarding professional experience.
  • Take a tour of the convention center. If you arrive early, consider joining members of the NTI and API program planning committees for a tour of the convention center on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. every 30 minutes. Familiarizing yourself with the layout and key locations will make it that much easier to get around quickly once the conference begins.
  • Maximize your conference experience with AACN’s NTI ActionPak: Plan, Learn, Act. We’ve developed tools to help you plan, learn and act on your conference education and activities. The Learning Action Journal is in your attendee bag.
  • Dress for comfort and temperature shifts. Buy a pair or two of comfortable shoes, and break them in before the trip. Meeting room temperatures often fluctuate, so wear layers. Houston may be hot or humid, so sunglasses, sunscreen and bug spray are a must.
  • Plan meals and snacks, and drink plenty of water. A Participant Map in your attendee bag highlights food options and hours at the convention center, but bring along nutritious snacks such as fruit, granola or nuts and bottled water for your midday energy boost.
  • Explore Houston beyond NTI. The diverse neighborhoods of Houston offer endless opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities. Get started at, or ask the locals at the Host Chapter booth on-site.
  • Gear up for a fun-filled Nurses’ Night Off at Houston Museum of Natural Science, Wednesday, May 24, 7-10 p.m. Explore a fascinating variety of exhibits that examine space science, paleontology, energy and much more. NTI registration includes one admission ticket. Children 12 and younger do not need a ticket. The event will include dancing and dessert. Shuttle service will be provided throughout the evening.
  • Stay and make it a vacation. On a recent episode of “Parts Unknown,” host Anthony Bourdain confessed that he wasn’t prepared for Houston to be such an interesting place. But with over 90 languages spoken, Houston is among the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. That diversity has helped create a vital food scene, dynamic music and arts, vibrant street culture and colorful attractions.

Safe travels. See you in Houston!