Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2023

Hands-On Learning with the Experts in San Antonio, TX, April 1-4

AORN's 70th annual conference will bring thousands of perioperative nurses and professionals from across the globe for four days of education, inspiration, networking and celebration.

Make plans to reenergize with the best and brightest in perioperative nursing. There are NO LIMITS to what we can accomplish when we come together.  Register for the Local Share Pass or Weekend Pass by March 17, 2023, and be automatically entered to win a $500 American Express gift card.*

Everything is Bigger (& Better) in Texas

We’re excited to share some improvements coming to the 2023 annual conference:

  • Efficient four-day program (down from five) to support busy schedules
  • Education sessions from rapid fire talks to in-depth workshops
  • Easier and effective networking
  • More celebrations, more FUN

Featured Speakers

Meet the trailblazers and motivators who are shaping the future of surgery – more being added daily!

Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, MBA, MHA, NEA-BC

Director of Nursing Programs, American Nurses Association (ANA)

Katie Boston-Leary works as the director of nursing programs at the ANA, and in 2019, she was identified as “One of Five Chief Nursing Officers Changing Healthcare.”

Magie Cook


Cook is an entrepreneur, author, former CEO of a multi-million-dollar company (which she founded), and winner of the Nobel Entrepreneurial Prize in Mexico.

Alex Haynes, MD, MPH

Surgical Oncologist and Researcher

Alex Haynes is a practicing surgical oncologist and internationally known researcher who focuses his work on improving the quality and safety of surgical care for patients.

Randall L. Heiser, AB, MAE

President of Sullivan Healthcare Consulting, LLC

As a perioperative consultant and well-known speaker, Randy Heiser has directed more than 1,800 surgery department operational improvement studies during his career.

Chaunté Lowe

Four-Time Olympian

This four-time Olympian, American record holder, breast cancer survivor, and world-renowned resilience speaker shares an infectious "I can do anything” attitude.

Clint Pulver

President of The Center for Retention

Having gained acclaim as the “Undercover Millennial,” Pulver operates The Center for Retention, and helps organizations retain, engage, and inspire their team members.

Alex Sheen

Founder of Because I said I Would

The founder of the social movement and non-profit organization, because I said I would, is dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept.

Dr. Renee Thompson

Founder (and CEO) of the Healthy Workforce Institute

Recently recognized by LinkedIn as one of the “Top Ten Voices in Healthcare,” Dr. Thompson works closely with healthcare leaders looking to cultivate a healthy workforce.

What to Expect

Top-notch education that will bring your practice to the next level ranging from in-depth workshops to rapid-fire talks. NEW in 2023: ambulatory track designed with special programming and networking for nurses who work in ASCs.

Choose Your Journey

Full-access pass to management-focused sessions/networking activities, plus all the full conference benefits. In-person access to all the main conference education and activities along with on-demand streaming. If you’re unable to travel and can’t be with us in-person, we can provide access to select education sessions.

Easy networking and re-energizing fun

"I had that ‘aha!’ moment of now I've got to change how I do things, but I'll change it for the better." – Past Attendee

Evening Parties
Volunteer Activities
Mentor Program
Scavenger Hunt and Competitions
Chapter and Specialty Assembly Meet Ups

Explore San Antonio

History. Culture. Cuisine. Adventure.

In addition to the Alamo, the restaurants along the famous River Walk, Six Flags Fiesta, SeaWorld, the Shops a La Cantera, the San Antonio Ghost Walking Tour, and the more than 50 wineries in Texas Hill Country are just a few offerings at your fingertips.

Featured Exhibitor Logos

AORN Expo News

Pompano Beach
Where is Willow?
Willow the ‘Dillo – the official mascot of AORN Expo – is traveling around the country on her way to San Antonio. If you can guess where she is each week, you can win a free conference registration.
Alamo, San Antonio, Tx
Insider Tips from a San Antonian
Within walking distance of the Convention Center, you’ll find the Alamo and a variety of multicultural food options. Volunteer Coordinator Vanessa Lewis shares a taste of all that “Alamo City” has to offer.
Millenials Love Expo
Why Millennials Will Love Expo
Millennials often leave AORN Expo feeling energized, connected, and ready to tackle the challenges ahead. Read on to learn why they keep coming back.

Book with confidence with AORN’s flexible registration policy.

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Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors

Local and Weekend Pass Giveaway

*Individuals who register for the Local Share Pass or Weekend Pass by March 17, 2023, at 11:59pm CDT will be automatically entered to win a $500 American Express gift card. Drawing will be held on March 20, 2023. Winner will be notified by email. Prizes not claimed within 7 days will be forfeited. Program rules and incentives are subject to change by AORN. No purchases necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Cash value of this prize may be taxable income to the winner.

Global Surgical Conference & Expo 2023 registration is not required to enter to win the Prize Drawing. Individuals may also enter to win by submitting a mail-in entry. Please print your first and last name, street address, city, state, zip code, phone number with area code, and e-mail address. Mail your completed entry to AORN – Attn: Marketing Local and Weekend Pass, 2170 South Parker Road, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80231. All mail-in entries must be post-marked by March 17, 2023. One mail-in entry per person. Entries that are late, lost, illegible, incomplete, postage due, or otherwise not in compliance with these Contest Rules will be disqualified.