The size of the conference alone can challenge NTI newcomers and veteran attendees. Use this checklist to start planning your week for a fulfilling and stress-free conference experience. Look for more tips online on the FAQ page at www.aacn.org/nti.
- Explore My NTI and get connected. Sign in on the AACN website and look for My NTI 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 Orlando.
- Organize your schedule and special events on My NTI.
- Get NTI tips from the pros. Join NTI Program Planning Committee chairs at “Navigating NTI 101,” on Sunday, May 19 at 4:15 p.m. or Monday, May 20 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 10 a.m. every 30 minutes. Familiarizing yourself with the convention center layout and key locations will make it that much easier to get around quickly once the conference begins.
- Maximize your conference experience with the Learning Action Journal. Tools to assist you plan, learn and act on your conference education and activities are available at www.aacn.org/nti. Find the Learning Action Journal in your attendee bag.
- Dress for comfort and temperature shifts. Buy a pair or two of comfy shoes and break them in before the trip. Meeting room temperatures often fluctuate, so wear layers.
- 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 a midday energy boost.
- Explore Orlando beyond NTI. Orlando offers endless opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities in addition to the amusement parks. Get started at http://www.visitorlando.com or ask the locals at the Host Chapters Booth on-site.
- Gear up for a fun-filled Nurses’ Night Off at Universal Studios Florida, Wednesday, May 22, 7:30-11 p.m. We’ve reserved the entire Universal Orlando theme park just for you. Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen, and jump right into the action of your favorite movies at the world’s premier movie- and TV-based theme park. One complimentary ticket is included with your NTI registration. You may purchase additional tickets for $40 each.
- Stay and make it a vacation. Orlando is justly famous for its amusement parks and family attractions. Yet there is much to do and see in Orlando that doesn’t involve roller coasters, water parks, wizards, magic wands or leaping Bottlenose dolphins. Orlando is graced with a wide variety of things to see and do.
Safe travels. See you in Orlando!