The first time I attended a professional nursing conference I did not know anyone there and did not network or meet anyone. Although many people enjoy the experience of attending solo, I found that it was not my favorite. A few years later, I attended the AACN National Teaching Institute (NTI) with several colleagues and became hooked on the experience of learning together. As I write this column, I am looking forward to NTI 2022 (either virtually or in person). I have started to enjoy conferences more and more until NTI is now one of the highlights of my year, and I think the key is attending with my nurse friends. I love comparing notes on what we hear, sharing the inspiration from speakers, and comparing our thoughts on our hospital’s nursing practice in light of what we are learning. The process of putting my thoughts into words challenges me...
Sara Knippa, MS, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, PCCN, is the column’s content expert. Sara is a clinical nurse specialist/educator in the cardiac intensive care unit at University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colorado. She welcomes feedback from readers and practice questions from potential contributors at sara.knippa. firstname.lastname@example.org. Sara wrote the introduction.
Susan Bowles, DNP, APRN-CNS, RNC-NIC, CBC, is a retired neonatal intensive care unit clinical nurse specialist and is currently a nurse consultant for the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Susan wrote the Neonatal CCRN practice questions.
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Sara Knippa, Marci Ebberts, Kristin Sollars, Susan Bowles; Learn Together. Crit Care Nurse 1 April 2022; 42 (2): 71–75. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2022124
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