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8 Reasons Why Millennials Will Love AORN Expo

Crowd of people cheering at previous AORN Expo.
December 29, 2021
By Renae Wright, DNP, RN, CNOR
Perioperative Practice Specialist and Proud Millennial




The first time I attended AORN Expo was in Orlando in 2007. I was new to the profession and AORN. The week was a blur of activity. I left feeling energized, connected, and ready to tackle the challenges ahead. I’ve been hooked ever since – returning each year for a super recharge.

I’m eager to spread the word to fellow millennials. Sure, we can learn a lot online these days. But there are some things you just can’t do over TikTok.

Here are some reasons I love AORN Expo and think you will too:

  1. Mentor Relationships

Nurses at AORN Expo actually want to support the young! Connecting with nurses who are at different stages in their careers is one of the conference cornerstones. Perioperative nurses are committed to building the profession by mentoring other nurses to better serve their patients. 

  1. The Strong Sense of Community

If you’re new to the profession this is your chance to immerse yourself in the perioperative community to foster a sense of belonging that has short-term and long-term career benefits.

  1. Career Path Exploration

Thinking about pursuing a master’s degree but not sure what you’d do with it? Want help negotiating a raise? The AORN Expo Career Center can help you with whatever career questions you’ve got. There are opportunities to meet 1:1 with a career coach, update your resume, and meet top recruiters.

  1. Industry Connections

Socializing and learning about the latest surgical products and services in the Expo Hall is an effective way to build OR knowledge and product purchasing savvy. Actively participating in this process benefits nurses, the OR team, and patients.

  1. Periop Knowledge Download

Increase your exposure to the latest evidence-based surgical procedures and initiatives. Learn about new solutions other organizations are successfully implementing. Bring back this information to your own team and raise the bar department-wide.

  1. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Discussions

Important conversations that are changing the way healthcare is delivered will be taking place in New Orleans. Interact with like-minded nurses who strive to make their OR and organizations more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Learn practical steps to get more involved in progressive patient care.

  1. The Local Impact

Volunteer activities are being planned for New Orleans and charitable organizations will be in the Expo Hall eager to talk about opportunities for surgical nurses. Leave your personal perioperative mark on our amazingly fun and diverse host city.

  1. The Parties

Periop nurses know how to have fun! If you like to dance, there’s a party for that. Like music? We’re planning a concert. Prefer quieter dinners with chapters – check. There are options for everyone.

It will be an unforgettable week of networking and celebratory experiences. Make plans to unwind, connect, and have fun with peers from around the world. Beyond the benefits to you as an individual nurse, attending AORN Expo helps your teammates engage in the perioperative profession, which leads to improved productivity, stronger team cohesiveness, greater job satisfaction, and overall happier nurses. See you in New Orleans!

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