APRIL 7, 2019

A standing-room-only crowd of more than 4,000 perioperative nurses and healthcare colleagues from nearly every state and more than 30 countries clapped, cheered, and cavorted to an original country tune, “Harmonized Care,” and kicked off AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2019 Saturday afternoon.

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Welcome to Nashville and to AORN Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2019. I’m proud to have you in my hometown as you connect with your peers from across the country and around the world.

This is an exciting time for all registered nurses working in the perioperative setting. As scientific research continues to define safer ways to practice, we must reshape and adapt to new approaches, new technologies, and exciting innovations.

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Don't Miss Events

For more information on this week’s schedule, download the conference app for free on both Apple and Android devices. Also, if you miss a session, session recordings are available for AORN Expo attendees only the following day. Streaming of all recordings are available to conference attendees until May 26.


Meet the Authors: 7am
Displays: 7am-5pm
Levels 1-4

AORN Congress - First Forum

Grand Ballroom

Awards Ceremony & Award for Excellence Education Session
Jerry G. Peers Lectureship – Freddie Ravel

Grand Ballroom

Expo Hall Opening Reception

Exhibit Halls A-D

Voting – AORN National Election

Voting is open from March 11 until midnight on April 9.
Visit Level 3 – Hall A lobby during conference hours or vote online.

AORN's Facebook Gallery

Don't miss the highlights. Check out our Expo 2019 Facebook album.

Voting Matters. Meet the Candidates.


Johnson & Johnson invited perioperative RNs around the world to submit their ideas for OR innovation.


Building Great Teams in the OR

In a packed session on Saturday morning, Kathy W. Beydler, RN, CNOR, CASC, asked, “How many of you have seen nurses eat their young?”


On Saturday afternoon, five of the AORN Guidelines for Perioperative Practice authors and over 100 attendees participated in a buzz session about the guidelines.


Colette Carlson shared the need to maintain human connections in the OR suite with yesterday’s opening general session audience.


2019 President's Award

Congratulations to 2019 President’s Award winner Sherry Church, MSN, RN-BC, MBA. Stephanie Davis, MSHA, RN, CNOR, CSSM presented her with the award at the Opening Ceremony.


ICT - Infection Control Today

Foundation News


AORN Foundation’s Silent Auction is in Room 102. Bid on travel packages, electronics, jewelry, sports items and more! Bid online anytime (Group #955). Today’s hours: 7:30am-4:30pm.


Put on your boots and jeans and dance the night away at the AORN Foundation’s Boots & Bling Evening Party from 8-11pm at Nashville Underground, 105 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201. Tickets are $35 and include two drinks. Don't forget to buy your Boots & Bling t-shirt before they sell out – available while supplies last for $25 at the Foundation Booth on Level 3 – Hall B Lobby.

Special thanks to STERIS, STERIS Instrument Management Services, and Pedigo for their support of this event.


Make your donation, sign up for monthly giving, or purchase an honorary brick for the Pathway to Patient Safety. Go to the AORN Foundation Booth in Level 3 – Hall B Lobby. No time to stop by? Simply text “NURSE” to 720-770-4624 or donate now.

Get Recharged

Charging stations are available in Room 102. Get recharged while you shop through the generous support of Medtronic and the Go Clear Award.

And the Winners are...

Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2019 has many fun and exciting contests and giveaways. Here’s a list of yesterday’s lucky winners.

AORN Journal  Wants to Talk

Visit us in booth #2541 to learn about two opportunities to get involved and share your perioperative experiences with our readers.

Let Us Buy You Lunch

Monday and Tuesday lunch is on AORN. Just show your badge to the cashier at a concession inside the exhibit hall to receive up to $15 off your purchase.