Quote from brian
Sorry to hear that you were disappointed with NTI. We have exhibited the last 3 years, I have not had an opportunity to attend many sessions.
FYI, I moved your thread to the NTI discussion forum.
I agree the cost involved to go to these shows are very expensive, and the hotel prices too high. If it was not for employer subsidies, I am sure most nurses could not attend.
I frequently asked visitors to our exhibit booth what they thought of NTI this year and the overall feedback was very positive and most people said they have been learning a lot and found it very beneficial.
I know the winner of our iPad drawing
enjoyed the show
I've visited your booth during your first time in Chicago in 2008 and again this year in DC.
I skipped New Orleans last year because it's so close and I've been there so many times that it's not much of an adventure to us Southeast Texans.
When people at the booths asked me how NTI was going, yes, I too said it was great because the time spent visiting the exhibits was fun and great. And the fact that I won a $100 visa gift card
helped as well.
I realize that you now regularly exhibit at NTI so perhaps it may not be so cool for me to be saying that NTI was not as great as people hyped it up to be right on your forum, but I think that people who have been to it should be able to honestly evaluate it for those in the future who are contemplating it.
My first time in Chicago in 2008 I signed up for full day pre-conference classes and it was so new to me that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't remember the classes being so full and inaccessible like this year in DC.
It also didn't help that in DC they turned the most centrally located (classroom, not exhibit area) men's restrooms into women's rest rooms leaving men to walk a mile to get to one but that's another topic.
And supposedly according to AACN's figures, Chicago 2008 was their biggest turnout to date.
I'm not saying that I wouldn't attend again in the future, I just won't have the expectation of learning a lot of new material.