2018 AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo

  1. Is New Orleans on your bucket list to visit? Have you been there and know how wonderful it is? Here is your chance to travel to New Orleans while earning from the 200 available CEUs and learning about the latest research, medications, and equipment. In its 65th year, AORN offers over 70 sessions of education for the perioperative nurses, surgical assists, and surgical techs.

    2018 AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo

    Conference Date

    The AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo 2018: Embrace Action - Mind, Body, and Spirit event will be March 24 - 28, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Conference Location

    Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
    900 Convention Center Blvd.
    New Orleans, LA 70130

    Join Us in New Orleans - Nathalie Walker, AORN President - Embrace the Action!

    AORN is Offering Three Ways to Learn

    • Live - attend sessions in person
    • Education Hub - watch sessions on large screens
    • Stream On-Demand - watch sessions you have missed, at your convenience

    Poster Sessions

    Posters portraying evidence-based research done by fellow nurses are on display and on Monday at noon, the authors will be available to talk about their conclusions.

    Buzz Sessions

    A facilitator will start the sessions with a scenario and then hand it over to the audience for a solution. Most of the sessions are an hour, running concurrent with many sessions being offered more than once, so if you cannot make it to the one you want, schedule it for another time.


    Conferences offer networking that you cannot get anywhere else. Meeting doctors and surgeons that speak at the conference can turn into long-term, invaluable resources.

    If you are looking for a job, talking to fellow nurses and managers can score you that perfect position. One area of networking that can prove invaluable is the representatives present at the exhibits. Pick their brains, get their samples and tuck their business cards in your wallet; not to mention the friendships that form over the small amount of time.

    Discovering New Innovations and Developing Best Peri-Operative Nursing Practices - Embrace the Action!!

    A Night Out is Scheduled for Monday night from 8pm - 11pm - "Night Out at the Nola"

    While in New Orleans, make sure you save time to have a beignet and coffee at Cafe du Monde, or a bloody Mary at Mothers (their food is great!). Take a walk through the French Quarter and enjoy the street artists. Stop and listen to the street bands or individual performers, you will be forever changed. The charming mix of old with new will make you want to come back.

    Sessions & Schedule

    To see a complete list of sessions or to download the conference brochure, go to Information and Schedule.

    Session Topics
    • Medication safety updates
    • Pet Therapy
    • Fire in the OR
    • Teamwork and Communication
    • Disinfection
    • Positioning the Patient
    • Advanced Practice
    • Patient Satisfaction
    • A four-part Professional Development

    Each session tells you what area the content is directed at such as clinical, ambulatory surgery, or education. Classes start as early as 6:45 a.m. and go as late as 5:00 p.m. There will also be a summit on global research called the Global Research and Practical Studies. This will provide an intimate setting in which the group can talk about the latest research outcomes.


    Saturday is concurrent sessions and Sunday is the exhibit hall and executive leadership education. Monday offers more sessions as well as the authors explaining their posters. Tuesday is another full day of concurrent sessions while Wednesday ends at 1:15 p.m.

    Registration Information

    Registration is available by mail, online, or by phone.

    Download Registration Online

    Contact Info
    AORN, Inc.
    Dept. 1380
    P.O. Box 17180
    Denver, Co. 80217-0180

    888-266-7644 (Inside Canada)
    972-349-5879 (Outside Canada)
    Credit Cards fax 972-349-7715

    Waiting for the Go-Ahead?

    In addition to a $100 discount and a chance to win a free hotel stay with early registration, you can present a practical rationale for attending AORN's Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2018. Use this Justification Tool Kit to make a case for why this perioperative-focused conference will be valuable to you, your team, and your patient outcomes. The tool kit includes:

    • Customizable letters to send your supervisor
    • Budget worksheet
    • Talking points
    • Other quick tips to help you quantify the benefits of attending

    And tell your manager to hurry! The deadline for early bird pricing ends January 31 at midnight.

    Housing Information

    Book through AORN's Official Housing Partner to receive the best availability and lowest rates in the city.

    Registration Rates and Packages

    There are several rates available for Members and Non-Members as well as Military discounts.

    Early Bird (by Jan. 31) - $615 Regular $715
    Group (3 or more) - $580 $580
    Executive Leadership Summit - $950 $1050
    Day Rates - $225 $225

    Early Bird (by Jan. 31) - $795 Regular $895
    Group (3 or more) - $580 $580
    Executive Leadership Summit - $1150 $1250
    Day Rates - $225 $275

    Attendance Summary
    • 5,800+ Attendees
    • 500+ Exhibitors
    • 600+ Executive Leadership Attendees
    • 36 Countries Represented by International Attendees
    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 14
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  3. by   Rose_Queen
    Any AN OR nurses going to be there?
  4. by   WhoDatWhoDare
    I wish I could. It's soooo close too.
  5. by   Lexi440
    I am going. I just registered today.
  6. by   NurseCard
    My mom used to go to this every year. She went to LA and
    Disneyland one year. I was jealous.
  7. by   RobtheORNurse
    I will be there. I work for a device company (Buffalo Filter)and I will be presenting In- booth education at Booth 839. Come by and lets meet

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