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3 Takeaways For Nurses From the AACN Conference

By Jennifer Thew RN  
   May 29, 2018

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' annual conference showcased resilience, telehealth, and nurse development.

Last week, more than 8,500 attendees gathered in Boston for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI). This year's theme "Guided by Why," encourages nurses to be inquisitive, lifelong learners.

AACN President Christine S. Schulman, MS, RN, CNS, CCRN-K, a critical care and trauma clinical nurse specialist at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, says the theme also serves as a reminder to stay connected with one’s own principles and beliefs.

"When nurses are 'Guided by Why,' we reaffirm our core purpose and have a guiding beacon for what we can—what we must—do to ensure that every patient gets the excellent care they deserve. And that every nurse has the tools and the skills they need to provide that care," she says in a news release.

In addition to being guided by the question "why," nurses can benefit from pondering other questions, such as: What problem am I seeing? When am I seeing it? Who has a solution? Where can I find more information? And how is the problem being solved?

Following are three snapshots of NTI sessions that may hold answers to those questions as nurses seek solutions to nursing challenges. Additional HealthLeaders Media resources are included after the session descriptions for further study.

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

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