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Thousands of Critical Care Nurses Convene To Address Healthy Work Environments

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Healthy Work Environments

Healthy work environments increase patient safety and improve patient outcomes.

This is why American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is making healthy work environments the focus of its National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI). Throughout the week, sessions will center on this issue, and research will be released at the conference that shows steps hospitals can take to achieve healthy work environments and better patient outcomes.

NTI serves as the world's largest educational conference for nurses who care for patients who are acutely and critically ill and offers more than 300 sessions on the future and best practices of healthcare.

Highlights of sessions include:

"Bedside Manners"

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Tuesday, May 22, Noon to 3:30 p.m. EST

This interactive session will feature a play written by playwright Lisa Hayes and journalist Suzanne Gordon on innovative approaches for improving nurse-physician communication. High collaboration and communication within hospitals has been shown to lead to healthier work environments. This session will explore strategies to promote communication in order to enhance nurse-physician relationships and improve patient outcomes.

Transport Nursing Display and Education

May 22-24 (during Critical Care Exposition hours)

NTI will provide nurses with hands-on experience to learn about the best methods for both preparing critically ill patients for transport and how best to receive transported patients. As part of a transport display area in the exhibit hall, experts will present educational sessions focusing on both air (helicopter and fixed wing) and ambulance transportation. Alongside displays of ambulances provided by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and Puckett Emergency Medical Services, there will be helicopters provided by CHOA, LifeNet Georgia out of Emory Healthcare System in Atlanta, and Regional One Air Medical Service out of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in South Carolina, in cooperation with the South Carolina Area Association of Air Medical Services (SCAAAMS).

Trauma Care in 21st Century

Sunday, May 20, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST

Advances in care and technology will be presented as nurses discuss the future of trauma care. Actual trauma case studies will be used to cover injuries ranging from abdominal to orthopedic. Strategies to help prevent trauma will also be featured.