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NTI Conference Canceled Amid Coronavirus Concerns

By Jennifer Thew RN  
   March 16, 2020

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses cancels its annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition.

The American Association of Critical Care Nurses has made the decision to cancel its National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition scheduled to take place in Indianapolis, May 4-7.

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to grow, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that for the next 8 weeks, in-person events and gatherings consisting of 50 or more people be canceled or postponed as large events can contribute to the virus' spread.

"This decision was not made lightly. It was made with the singular goal to do what is best for nurses, patients, their families, and the entirety of the healthcare system. Ensuring the health and safety of you and your patients is our highest priority," AACN said in an email. "We know you are responding, or preparing to respond, on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Canceling NTI is the right thing to do because patients need us. Healthcare organizations need our leadership, and we need each other. Together, we are unstoppable."

Other major conferences that have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns include HIMSS, AHIP, ACHE, and AONL.

Jennifer Thew, RN, is the senior nursing editor at HealthLeaders.

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