Connect with Perioperative Professionals

Meet perioperative professionals from around the world to share stories, get new ideas, grow your career, and have fun.

Checked box  First-Time Attendee Orientations & Meet Ups | Friday–Tuesday

Connect with other first-time attendees in a relaxed environment. Meetups will be scheduled throughout the conference week for first-timers.

Expo attendees conversing

Checked box  First-Time Attendee Lounge | Friday–Sunday

Network with other first-time attendees in the First-Time Attendee Lounge. Ask questions and get advice from experienced volunteers.

NEW in 2020! Conference Mentoring Program

Will you be attending AORN’s conference for the first time in Anaheim? Or are you a seasoned conference pro willing to show new attendees the ropes?

In 2020, AORN will pair first-time attendees with experienced members who can help first-timers plan for a great conference experience. Join the program during early-bird registration by checking the mentor or first-time attendee box on the registration form. If you’re an AORN Expo expert, you can sign up now to be a mentor.


Checked box  AORN Block Party - Celebrate the Year of the Nurse | Saturday | 5:30pm

Come to Saturday night’s AORN Block Party on the Grand Plaza following the opening ceremony. First-time attendees will have a designated area to connect with mentors who will share their conference insider advice.


Checked box  Global Networking Lunch* | Saturday | 12:15–1:45pm

International and U.S. attendees will gather over lunch to discuss common perioperative practice issues. This session will be facilitated by members of the Global Relations Committee. Attendees will identify discussion topics and report their solutions to the larger audience. Capacity is limited, so register early.


Checked box  Steps to Health Foundation Challenge* | Saturday–Tuesday

Track your steps at the conference to compete in this friendly fitness challenge for a chance to win prizes.


Checked box  Q&A with the Poster Authors | Sunday–Tuesday | 12:30-1:30pm

See how your peers are improving perioperative practice. Explore hundreds of poster presentations in person or online. Participate in meet-and-greet events with poster authors to learn first-hand about their research and work.


Checked box  Expo Hall Opening Reception | Sunday | 4–6pm

Connect with hundreds of exhibitors who will showcase and demonstrate their latest products, technologies, and services for the surgical suite, while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks in a festive atmosphere.


Checked box  Night of Stars Evening Party* | Monday, March 30 | 8-11pm

Relax, mingle, and dance the night away at the popular evening party hosted by the AORN Foundation.


Checked box  Connect Virtually

Start networking months in advance through our comprehensive conference app. Participate in discussions, exchange virtual business cards, access all education session handouts, and send direct messages to other attendees and exhibitors.

* Special registration is required for these special events. Tickets available for purchase during registration. Proceeds from the Night of Stars event and Steps to Health Challenge benefit the AORN Foundation.