What to know before you go

With so much going on at Surgical Conference & Expo 2015, it can be a challenge to keep track of all the details. To help, we've created a "final instructions" webpage for all conference attendees. Listed below is a summary of the resources available to you. Click on the section headers below to expand and view important annual conference content.

» Travel Information

Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202
March 7-11, 2015

Hotel changes and assistance

If you booked your reservation at an official hotel and need to make a modification, cancellation, or need to make a new reservation please contact the hotel directly at this time.  

Denver Weather

Check the extended weather forecast.

March Averages for Denver:
High: 56°F
Low: 25°F

Be sure to pack…

  • Business cards to hand out to peers, vendors, recruiters and anyone else you may be interesting in networking with.
  • Comfortable shoes  
  • Pre-printed labels to stick on your AORN Surgical Conference & Expo 2015 publications, gifts and any other material you don't want to lose. Include your name and at least one method of contact, whether email or phone.
  • Weather appropriate clothing: Bring warm layers you can take off as you enter the convention center and sessions. Gloves, scarves and hats are recommended. 
  • Confirmation e-mail, receipts, and paperwork: We suggest gathering all of your information prior to leaving and putting it all in one folder for easy access while traveling. Make sure to keep this folder in your carry-on for easy access and so you don’t misplace it.

Don’t forget to spring forward!

Daylight savings time begins on Sunday, March 8 at 2:00am. Don’t forget to set your bedside clock ahead an hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

International Travel

    Visa Requirements
      One of the first steps on your way to attending the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo 2015 is to determine whether or not you need a visa to enter the United States. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. 
        For more information check out the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.

        International Travel Tips 
        Once you are ready to travel to the United States, be sure to refer to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website to review frequently asked questions about admission into the U.S.

        Visiting Denver

        Welcome to Denver, the Mile High City with over 300 days of sunshine and the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.  During your stay, we hope you have time to take advantage of all the wonderful activities our city has to offer:
        Make Restaurant Reservations on OpenTable, Denver. 


        » Transportation to the Convention Center

        Driving Directions

        North-Bound Speer Boulevard
        Driving via North-bound Speer Boulevard, pass Stout Street and make your first right before Champa Street. The Convention Center Parking Garage has its own designated Right Turn lane leading into the parking garage.  The Parking Garage is designated by the Downtown Denver Parking logo.  Please visit the following link to see the designated Downtown Denver Parking Logo.

        West-Bound Champa Street
        Driving via West-bound Champa Street, just before Speer Boulevard, the parking garage will be a left-hand turn from Champa Street that merges into the garage entry drive lane from Speer Boulevard. Please use caution when yielding to traffic entering the garage from Speer Boulevard. The Parking Garage is designated by the Downtown Denver Parking logo.  Please visit the following link to see the designated Downtown Denver Parking Logo.


        Download the Colorado Convention Center Parking Map 

        • Park up to  8  Hours: $12
        • Park up to 12 Hours: $15
        • Park up to 18 Hours: $17
        • Park up to 24 Hours: $25

        Transportation To and From Denver International Airport:

        Information about fares and schedules is available from RTD Denver. The route to get downtown is  Route AF.

        SuperShuttle is offering a $6 round-trip discount to AORN attendees! Book your shuttle reservation online or call (800) 258-3826 and give the discount code AORN4.

        The one-way fare (airport access fee already included) to downtown Denver is $55.15. Taxis pick-up on Level 5, Island 1, outside Doors 507 through 511 (Terminal East) and Doors 506 through 510 (Terminal West).

        Getting to the Convention Center

        Shuttle buses
        Shuttle bus service is provided between official AORN hotels and the Colorado Convention Center. Bus pickup and drop off is located at Lobby B. Participating hotels will have signage in their lobby as well as fliers with further information.

        View the Shuttle Bus Flier for schedule and participating hotels.

        Take the Light Rail
        RTD's six light rail lines stop at 46 stations, including major hot spots like the Theatre District, Convention Center, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Pepsi Center, the 16th Street Mall, and Park Meadows Mall. Hop on board and get where you need to go fast - 55 mph, no stop lights, no traffic, fast. Find fares and schedules. 

        Ride the Bus
        Riding RTD is easy, even if you've never taken public transportation before. RTD’s easy 6-step How to Ride guide covers everything you'll need to know to ride the bus, plus a few tips and tricks that make riding even easier.

        » Arriving at the Annual Conference

        Conference Registration - Lobby C

        Saturday, March 7 6:00am – 5:00pm 
        Sunday, March 86:00am – 6:30pm 
        Monday, March 97:00am – 5:00pm 
        Tuesday, March 107:00am – 5:00pm 
        Wednesday, March 11 7:00am – 2:00pm 


        Attendee Materials:

        If you received your badge materials in the mail, please proceed to the Bag Pick-Up station, located in Lobby B (for those taking the shuttle) or Lobby A/F, to get your official conference bag. Your conference bag will contain a plethora of important information and resources. You may also visit the Registration area located in Lobby C for additional registration assistance.  

        Be sure to keep your badge with you at all times while in the Convention Center for easy access to the Conference Evaluation Center (where you can submit evaluations for CE credit), the Exhibit Hall, and education session rooms.  

        Expedite Your Check-In

         Bring your registration confirmation e-mail with you to the Convention Center to speed up your check-in process. Simply scan your confirmation at the registration counter to receive your bag and check in. If you have misplaced or accidently deleted your registration confirmation e-mail, contact AORN Customer Service at (888) 266 – 7644.  

        » Welcome First-Time Attendees!

        You take care of your patients, AORN takes care of you! We have put together some information to help you navigate Surgical Conference & Expo 2015 and make the most of your experience.

        Orientation Guide

        The Surgical Conference & Expo 2015 Orientation Guide will help you throughout your week at the annual conference. In it, you will find tips from the experts on preparing and registering, what to bring, things you don't want to miss and much more! This is something you'll want to read cover-to-cover before you travel to Denver.

        First-Time Attendee Orientation

        The First-Time Orientation will be held on Sunday, March 8, from 6:45 - 7:45am, in Mile High Ballroom 3-4. Come learn details on how to get the most out of your Conference experience and connect with mentors who can answer all your questions. If you didn’t sign up for the Orientation when you registered for the conference, email AORN Customer Service or call (800) 755-2676 and they can update your registration to include the Orientation.

        Get Involved with the Business of AORN

        Delegates are any voting members in good standing who attend Surgical Conference & Expo 2015. If you are an eligible, voting member of AORN and not serving as a Chapter Delegate or Delegate Chair, you will be automatically designated as a Delegate and may attend all business meetings and vote. 

        Business Meetings
        As an official Delegate, you are encouraged to attend the following business activities. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to all of these sessions.

        AORN Congress Candidates' Forum
        Saturday, March 7, 1 - 3:30pm

        AORN Congress First Forum
        Saturday, March 7, 4 – 5pm

        AORN Congress First House of Delegates
        Monday, March 9, 8 - 9:15pm

        AORN Congress Second Forum
        Tuesday, March 10, 2:30 - 3:30pm

        AORN Congress Second House of Delegate
        Wednesday March 11, 12:15 - 2:15pm

        If you have any questions about being a Delegate, contact Chapter Relations Coordinator/Delegate Registrar Deb Warren at 800-755-2676, Ext. 222.

        Shop the Fundraising Tables

        Support your local chapters and state councils by visiting the fundraising tables located on the main concourse, above the Mile High Ballroom. Supplies are limited, so if you like something – buy it!

        Visit the AORN Bookstore

        Shop the Bookstore and leave home with the latest perioperative publications. Plus, grab a copy of the conference’s speaker books, shop nursing and conference souvenirs, and demo AORN’s new educational resources and training tools. Enter the daily sweepstakes for a chance to win up to a $200 cash rebate. Visit the Bookstore, located in Lobby D, to learn about the sweepstakes and special conference discounts. 

        » Conference Highlights


        Plan Your Schedule with our Mobile Planner

        Take advantage of our new Surgical Conference & Expo mobile site to plan your conference schedule. You can go directly to the mobile planner using any desktop computer or mobile device, or download the app from our website. 

        Content is updated often – please refresh the mobile planner as often as possible to ensure that you have the latest information!  A refresh button is located in the menu bar on the left side of the mobile planner.  

        If prompted for a password, please enter Denver (not case sensitive). 

        Please use your email address from your conference registration to create your profile. Once created, you can use our free mobile planner to:

        • Set up your schedule
        • Bookmark exhibitors that you want to visit
        • Preview speakers and read session descriptions
        • Download conference handouts (please note: OR Executive Summit™, Leadership Development Summit™ and Pre-conference handouts will be distributed onsite).
        • Get important conference updates when you’re onsite 
        • Connect and network with other attendees

        Learn About myAORNguidelines

        MyRounding and AORN are excited to share our new product with you called “myAORNguidelines” at the Expo. Implement, analyze and sustain the AORN guidelines in your hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers with our mobile application. MyAORNguidelines reduces the amount of work and time that is required to audit, report and give feedback; it automatically identifies the gap between how guidelines are being implemented and optimal adherence to the most current AORN Guidelines. 

        Learn more about myAORNguidelines at the Expo. We’d love to talk with you!

        • Visit us at the Expo Bookstore
        • View the demo at AORN Central
        • Go to myAORNguidelines.com  

        AORN's OR Executive SummitTM  |  March 8-10

        Arrive as a nurse leader. Depart as a force for change. 

        Providing the safest patient care is at the core of our profession, but every day we’re faced with new challenges to stay current on the latest practices and the complexity of care, as well as containing costs and having to do more with less. The good news is… you’re not alone! We want you to succeed! Join perioperative leaders in business and practice initiatives to gain more insight on how to succeed in the new healthcare environment.

        Your OR Executive SummitTM registration includes: 

        • Weekly registration to the Surgical Conference & Expo.
        • A dedicated session room.
        • Access to the largest surgical products and services trade show in the US.
        • Private VIP networking lounge.
        • Breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception.
        • Full access to the annual conference education, posters, and general sessions.

        Dietary Restrictions

        Please email Kristin Payne if you require a vegetarian meal option or other special dietary accommodations. AORN and the Colorado Convention Center will do its best to accommodate such requests.

        AORN's Leadership Development SummitTM  |  March 8-10 

        This new program is intended to provide aspiring and new perioperative leaders an exclusive education and networking conference to professionally develop your needs for more practical leadership skills.

        Your Leadership Development SummitTM registration includes: 

        • Weekly registration to the Surgical Conference & Expo.
        • A dedicated session room.
        • Access to the largest surgical products and services trade show in the US.
        • Private VIP networking lounge.
        • Breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception.
        • Full access to the annual conference education, posters, and general sessions.

        Dietary Restrictions
        Please email Kristin Payne if you require a vegetarian meal option or other special dietary accommodations. AORN and the Colorado Convention Center will do its best to accommodate such requests.

        ConKerr Cancer’s pillowcase project “A Case for Smiles”

        AORN and the Pediatric Specialty Assembly would like to thank members in advance for participating in this year’s ConKerr Cancer’s pillowcase project “A Case for Smiles”.

        Directions for sewing pillowcases can be obtained here. During the Surgical Conference & Expo 2015, there will be a bin available for members to drop off pillowcases near the Attendee Services structure. To comply with hospitals, all pillowcases should be freshly laundered and secured inside of a re-sealable plastic bag.  

        Please contact Debbie Robichaud, AORN’s Specialty Assembly Governance Coordinator with any questions

        AORN Integrated Health Practices (IHP) Specialty Assembly Serenity Room

        The IHP Specialty Assembly Serenity Room has returned! The IHP SA has sponsored a Serenity Room at AORN Conferences in past years going back to 10 years ago. Make plans to visit the Serenity Room in Room 703.

        The IHP SA is dedicating this year’s Serenity Room to all Military and Veterans past and present. All AORN members are welcome to come and walk a labyrinth or simply relax and recoup as there will also be soft relaxing music and aromatherapy. 

        Serenity Room Hours 

        Sunday, March 8: 8:00 am – 12:00pm
        Monday, March 9: 8:00 am – 4:00pm
        Tuesday, March 10: 8:00 am – 3:30pm
        Wednesday, March 11: 8:00 am – 3:00pm 

        » Education Information

        AORN Central - Booth #2121

        AORN staff from the Center for Nursing Practice, Perioperative Education, Government Affairs and Member Services will be in the AORN Central Booth during exhibit hours to provide the latest information on AORN products and services.

        Education Session Handouts

        To download your handouts, visit the Surgical Conference & Expo Mobile Planner. If you have already downloaded the mobile planner, you will need to refresh the application. When prompted for the password, please enter denver (not case sensitive). 

        Real Time Education Session Polling

        Many education sessions will have audience polling that will allow you to ask questions and respond to polls in real time throughout the session using your mobile device. Be sure to download the Surgical Conference & Expo Mobile Planner and click on the session that you are attending to participate in session polling.

        Posters – Lobbies A & F

        Over 200 posters will be displayed at the Annual Conference. More information can be found in the Poster Sessions Guidebook you receive in your attendee bag.

        Access the virtual poster gallery here. Visit often as additional posters are continually added. All attendees are able to review these posters virtually and earn contact hours by completing the evaluations. Evaluations must be completed by April 10.

        AORN Education Hub – Mile High 1

        More repeat sessions will be available this year to view in our Education Hub. Bring your coffee and relax while learning. The Education Hub in Mile High Ballroom 1 is bigger and better for this year's annual conference.

        Stop by if a session room is full or if you missed a session you wanted to hear. Use our headphones or bring your own and select from eight sessions playing at the same time. You may earn contact hours for one session per time frame.

        Career Center Coaching Sessions – Room 720

        Dr. Phyllis Quinlan, RN-Bc, PhD and Career Coach, will be leading several small group sessions on Monday and Tuesday discussing a variety of topics that include resume writing, networking and personal brand.

        Flip the Session: An Innovative Approach to Content Delivery

        You spoke. We listened. You want more time for questions!  

        This innovative learning format allows attendees to process information. Prior to the conference you will listen to the lecture via webinar (you may attend the live webinar or listen to the recording) to learn about an important topic. In some instances, you will be challenged to consider aspects of the discussion to prepare for the live session at the conference.

        Flip Session topics include: 

        • Ownership of Our Nursing Practice: Are We Giving It Away?
        • Flip Session Webinar - The Built Perioperative Environment: Design, Dilemmas, Discussion
        Bring your mobile device, iPad, or computer in order to access resources during the session.

        Contact Hours for Buzz Sessions

        Get the BUZZ! Meet other AORN attendees in a relaxed, interactive environment at one (or more) of our four BUZZ Sessions taking place:

        • Positioning: Monday, March 10, 8:00 - 9:00am
        • Distractions: Wednesday, March 11, 8:00 - 9:00am
        • 12-Hour Shifts: Wednesday, March 11, 9:30 - 10:30am
        • Onboarding and Retention Keys to Success: Wednesday, March 11, 1:00 - 2:00pm
        During these sessions, topics will be discussed and debated. You and your peers will walk away with some ideas for dealing with the issue or confirmation that you're on the right track. Each BUZZ session will be facilitated by an expert on the topic.
        » Exhibit Hall

        You can use the following resources to make the most of your exhibit hall experience, whether you are gathering information and CE for your own knowledge, or to take back to your facility.

        • Visit the Exhibit Hall to search for exhibitors by name or product category. Plan your trip in advance with the Surgical Conference & Expo Mobile Planner. (If prompted, use passcode denver.)
        • Look for your copy of the Exhibit Guide in your registration bag and the listing of companies providing CE in their booth.
        • New in 2015! Find your Hike the Hall Trail Map in your conference bag and get hiking for a chance to win an iPad! Trail Map includes instructions to play. Winners announced daily.
        • Be on the lookout for the Blue Bear wandering the exhibit floor. Snap a selfie with the Blue Bear for a chance to win a cash prize of $250. Tag your photo with #AORN2015 and @AORN on Twitter to enter.

        Exhibit Hall Hours

        You won’t want to miss the Exhibit Hall Opening Reception on Sunday, March 8 from 4:30 to 7pm. Network with peers and exhibitors, enjoy some tasty food and drinks and enter the Hike the Hall contest.

        Sunday, March 8 4:30pm - 7:00pm
        Monday, March 9 9:00am - 4:00pm
        Tuesday, April 10 9:00am - 2:00pm

        Make the most of your time by having lunch in the exhibit hall! Two lunch vouchers are included with your name badge panel - one for Monday and one for Tuesday - and can be redeemed at the Exhibit Hall concession stands only. Vouchers are not included with OR Executive SummitTM or Leadership Development SummitTM registration.

        Exhibit Hall Education

        In partnership with AORN, Pfiedler Enterprises is returning this year to provide education on the Exhibit Floor at the AORN Surgical Conference & Expo 2015 in Denver, Colorado. This is another exciting opportunity for Conference attendees to participate in accredited, professional, evidence-based learning.

        What is in it for you?

        • Continuing education directed towards current nurse-related topics
        • Both workshops and study guides formats offered on the Exhibit Floor
        • Both California State Nursing and IAHCSMM credits awarded with each educational course
        • Quick and easy course registration either online or through the onsite AORN Evaluation Center

        Need more information? 

        Visit Pfiedler Enterprises online, by phone at (720) 748-6144, or by email. 

        » Special Events & Activities

        Candidate Voting

        Officers, Board of Directors, and the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee will be elected via electronic ballot by all eligible voting members. The online electronic ballot is available on the AORN Home Page, here. There will also be voting booths available on the Level 3 Central Concourse, Sunday through Tuesday.

        Voting closes March 10, 2015 (midnight). 

        AORN Foundation Gold Rush Party

        Monday, March 9  |  8:00pm – 12:00am 

        Come and dance the night away at AORN Foundation’s annual evening fundraiser. Casual chic blacks and golds will help us revel in the Gold Rush fun. The party will be held at Chloe Nightclub. For tickets and more information, please visit the AORN Foundation booth, located in Lobby D.

        Cost: $30 ticket includes admission and two drink tickets.


        AORN Foundation Race for Patient Safety 5K Run/3K Walk

        Tuesday, March 10  |  6:30am 

        Enjoy a fun run with colleagues and friends along the gorgeous Cherry Creek through downtown Denver. A traditional finish line will be waiting with individual timing posted after the race. For tickets and more information, please visit the AORN Foundation booth, located in Lobby D.

        AORN Foundation Silent Auction

        Shop and support the Foundation at the same time. Bid on vacation packages, electronics, jewelry, sports memorabilia and more!

        Silent Auction Hours

        Saturday, March 29 12:00pm – 4:30pm
        Sunday, March 30 7:30am – 4:30pm
        Monday, March 31 7:30am – 2:30pm (Auction Closes)
        Tuesday, April 01 Tuesday: 11:30am – 2:30pm (Item Pick Up) 


        Wednesday, March 11  |  6:30am  |  Hyatt Regency Hotel, Mineral Hall  

        Get your dance on at the Zumba™ fitness class. Zumba™ is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party™ that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health. We will jam out to music from all genres, including Latin, Hip-Hop, Reggae and favorite tunes of yesterday and today. It is for women and men of ALL fitness levels. Dance experience is not required.

        Tickets are available for purchase at the Foundation booth, located in Lobby D.

        » Award Presentations

        AORN will honor outstanding individual perioperative nurses, showcase chapter excellence, and recognize dedicated authors during the following General Sessions.

        Chapter Excellence Awards

        Sunday, March 8
        1:00 – 2:30pm

        Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing

        Sunday, March 8
        1:00 – 2:30 pm

        Jerry G. Peers Distinguished Service Award

        Monday, March 9
        4:15 – 5:30 pm

        Individual Achievement Awards

        Monday, March 9
        4:15 – 5:30 pm

        Writers’ Contest Awards

        Monday, March 9
        4:15 – 5:30 pm

        A photo display of individual recipients will be located in Lobby D, near the Bookstore. 

        » Social Media & Collaboration

        We are making it even easier to access Surgical Conference & Expo news and information while on-the-go in Denver. Using a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or one of the available computers throughout the convention center, attendees can access information via:


        This year, we'll be posting live on the AORN Facebook Page so attendees and fans can network with each other while keeping up with conference news, events, videos and photo galleries.

        To participate, go to the AORN Facebook Page and "Like" us. This will add updates to your Facebook News Feed and allow you to post your own comments and interact with AORN.


        Leading up to and during AORN Surgical Conference & Expo 2015, stay tuned to our Twitter feed for general event announcements, speaker highlights, exhibitor messages, contest information and Denver  tips and recommendations.

        Follow @AORN on Twitter and share your experience during the event by using #AORN2015 in your tweets.

        OR NurseLink

        Using ORNurseLink is yet another way to communicate with fellow AORN members about the events and educational sessions you attended. For a personal touch, post a discussion on your chapter group page telling your fellow nurses what information you plan on bringing back to the hospital. Sign in to OR NurseLink & join the annual conference conversation! 

        Conference News

        Conference News features coverage of sessions, special events, awards, and other conference highlights. Print editions will be available Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday to onsite attendees. Look for the daily Conference News e-newsletter blast in your inbox Sunday through Wednesday.

        Collaboration Boards

        Share your knowledge! We learn best when we work together to solve problems. Post your tough problem or question on one of the Collaboration Boards and your peers will use the response cards to help you find the solution.

        Internet Café

        Bring your wireless-enabled laptop to the Internet Café, located in Lobby D, and connect to the Internet for free!

        Internet Café Hours:
        Saturday – Wednesday: 7:00am – 5:00pm

        » Attendee Discounts

        Check out our hand-selected deals for you below, or see the complete list of available deals and discounts for Surgical Conference & Expo attendees. 


        Enterprise Rent-A-Car
        Currency Exchange International  – 50% Off Currency Exchange Transaction Fee

         Mile High Culture Pass

        With the Mile High Culture Pass, you’ll receive admission to some of the city’s most fascinating attractions. Participating attractions include: 

        • Clyfford Still Museum
        • Denver Art Museum
        • Denver Botanic Gardens
        • Denver Museum of Nature & Science
        • Denver Zoo
        • History Colorado Center
        • Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art


        We look forward to seeing you in Denver!

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