NTI 2016 - Share your experiences, past and present

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  2. NTI 2016 starts in just 3 more days. Will you be there? if you've read the thread Live Coverage of NTI 2016 New Orleans - Are you going?? you will see that some of the allnurses team will be there.

    allnurses has been attending NTI for 9 years. I have many special memories of all the past NTIs I have attended ........
    • the anticipation and preparation as NTI draws nearer
    • all of the activities and buzz in the air
    • meeting allnurses members at the allnurses booth
    • telling people about allnurses
    • FOOD, FOOD, FOOD
    • FUN
    • making new friends and connections
    • special times spent with co-workers

    Yes....many special memories that won't be forgotten.

    And now I am looking forward to making new memories this year.


    Share your NTI experiences.

    How many NTI's have you attended or will this be your first?

    What are your special memories?

    What do you plan to do this year?

    Do you have any restaurants you are planning on visiting? (I am looking for suggestions.)
    Last edit by allnurses on May 17, '16
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  3. 9 Comments

  4. by   dianah
    I attended my very first NTI, meeting the allnurses.com staff, in New Orleans.
    Weather was beautiful, not hot and sticky yet.
    The city was still reeling from the effects of Katrina.
    We went for a drive through the city and it was sad to see the level of damage that remained; so much work yet to be done to clean up and repair and rebuild.

    It was nice to walk along the river in the mornings, before making my way to the convention center.
    Once the doors opened and we were ready at the allnurses.com booth, the level of excitement grew palpably!
    What a treat it was to meet so many nurses from all over the country, to give away pens and door prizes, to talk with nursing students and new grads and seasoned ICU nurses and educators!
    Attendees were buoyed by the NTI presentations and it was just so exciting to BE there!

    I met many AN friends those few days, and we have remained so through the years.
    For those friendships I am grateful.
  5. by   Boomer MS, RN
    Quote from tnbutterfly
    NTI 2016 starts in just 3 more days. Will you be there? if you've read the thread Live Coverage of NTI 2016 New Orleans - Are you going?? you will see that some of the allnurses team will be there.

    allnurses has been attending NTI for 9 years. I have many special memories of all the past NTIs I have attended ........
    • the anticipation and preparation as NTI draws nearer
    • all of the activities and buzz in the air
    • meeting allnurses members at the allnurses booth
    • telling people about allnurses
    • FOOD, FOOD, FOOD
    • FUN
    • making new friends and connections
    • special times spent with co-workers

    Yes....many special memories that won't be forgotten.

    And now I am looking forward to making new memories this year.


    Share your NTI experiences.

    How many NTI's have you attended or will this be your first?

    What are your special memories?

    What do you plan to do this year?

    Do you have any restaurants you are planning on visiting? (I am looking for suggestions.)
    I went in May 2005, before Katrina. My husband went with me, as he likes New Orleans a lot. My master's focus was critical care/trauma, but trauma is my passion. Having said that, I've always been in interested in critical care and where else to learn more than at NTI? I was determined to soak up any and all I could. So I started at the 6 AM courses and went all day for all four days. Maybe a mistake! I was so tired at night. The convention center is huge, and I made the mistake of dressing up and wearing the wrong shoes the first day. What was I thinking? There were helpful people everywhere helping us find the lecture rooms we chose. A friend who is a Critical Care CNS helped me before the courses started how to organize what courses I wanted. That was so helpful. There are so many options for almost any subject. It was difficult to make choices. I wasn't there to focus on food, but many others were and could maybe give suggestions. Some of my ICU friends partied at night; I was too tired. I recommend Bourbon Street and trying crayfish.

    There is just so much to do at NTI. It was a treat to network and meet some people whose literature I'd read. Talking to nurses from different places around the US was inspiring. The next time I went I got so sick the first day I had to leave. Noro virus, maybe. Oh well.

    If you're going, I think you're lucky. It can be pricey though, so perhaps it could be a goal. Another colleague got a lot of his expenses paid for by his hospital. He did have to make a presentation upon returning. A small price to pay, IMO.

    Have fun!
    Last edit by Boomer MS, RN on May 13, '16 : Reason: Grammar
  6. by   TheCommuter
    I've been to three NTI conventions as part of the team who worked the Allnurses.com booths: Orlando in 2012, Boston in 2013 and Denver in 2014.

    The experiences were unforgettable and bestowed upon me the chance to meet the mods and admins who work behind AN's scenes.
  7. by   Pixie.RN
    I met allnurses staff for the first time at NTI in Washington, DC in 2010. This was before I even joined the Army! Then I was able to actually work at the allnurses booth in Orlando in 2012, after I was in the Army but before I deployed. I have a lot of special memories of these AWESOME people!!! I adore them. I hope to see them again in the future. I can't tell you how cool it is to now have a face to go with so many posts.
  8. by   sirI
    I have been to several and my first was like dianah, right after Katrina.

    Meeting everyone from the AN team was so wonderful. I've met dianah, TheCommuter, Pixie.RN, traumaRUs, tnbutterfly as well as some AN members and other Staff.

    Placing a face with the user name is so much fun ...

    "Oh, you are so and so, the one who posts in the Good Morning thread everyday."

    "Oh, my, you are such and such who posts in the ED forum."

    One night, we had a limo and arrived at our restaurant in lavish style. We had a blast. The food, for the most part (yes, I'm kinda picky) was really good. Get us all together and laugh, laugh, laugh!!!! We behaved ourselves ................. no, really!!!! ???!!!!!!!!!

    The convention, like everyone has said, is HUGE. You can get lost in that thing. Wait a minute ...... I DID get lost. LOL!!

    Seriously, the exhibits are awesome and the giveaways are equally awesome. Sessions are so professional, informative, and interesting. There is a WiFi area to stay in touch with the outside world.

    I will not be able to attend this year. I'd love to, but just wasn't in the cards for this year. Maybe next year??

    Can't wait to see who all goes. Hope you all post here!!

    Everyone going, please be careful and have a blast.
  9. by   sirI
    Well, everyone is arriving in NO about now. Excitement is in the air!!!!!!!!!!

    We are ALL waiting for some great pictures and feedback ...
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Good morning from NOLA! The AN team arrived yesterday and we are up and ready to go! Yes, the excitement is in the air - over 8000 nurses are here for the convention....

    Met up with some members and staff last evening - so much fun sharing experiences and stories.....nurses getting together. Probably a good thing it was a bunch of nurses cause you know the stuff we talk about at the dinner table - lol
  11. by   allnurses
    Share your stories ... post photos of past NTI conferences. Don't be shy ... I know you have them.
  12. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Um. Siri... How could you forget me?? I'm crushed. I'll have to send you a great big bottle of Sambuca for that.

    I've been to NTI 9 times now. The only one I've missed since 2007 was Denver in 2014. I had to choose between NTI and a bucket-list trip to Ireland. (I struggled with that one. Just a bit.)

    In 2012 I stopped at a booth in the Expo to compliment a speaker I'd listened to earlier in the day; her topic was one of great interest to me, Munnchausen's Syndrome by Proxy. We talked a bit about her presentation as I stood there and then came that moment. The one when she asked me if I was certified in my specialty. I felt almost embarrassed to say no and felt like my reasons for NOT being certified sounded a lot more like excuses. I tucked my tail between my legs and sneaked away. When I went to NTI the next year in Boston, I had written the exam and was waiting to hear if I passed. I've often wanted to tell her how much that conversation influenced me, and I'm proud to say I AM certified in pediatric critical care nursing.

    I've learned so much, walked hundreds of miles and met some of the most amazing nurses along the way. I spent my 50th birthday in Chicago with the staff from Allnurses, which made it a very special occasion. When I spoke at NTI in 2011 on a most serious and difficult topic, I found myself looking out into the room at the very same staff from AN... wearing clown wigs. It was an unforgettable moment. I'd like to give a shout-out right now to tnbutterfly and traumaRUs for attending my 0730 session this year and providing me with moral support. Luv ya! I'd also like to mention how special it was to spend a whole day with madwife2002 and her daughter in San Diego last year. We had such a lovely day.

    I look forward to May from the second NTI ends each year and can't wait to walk into the Resource Center, go to the bag pick-up and get started. See you all next year!

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