Networking Events

Let’s get ready to…NETWORK! Opportunities to make genuine connections with your peers and share best practices are spread throughout the conference program. With breaks, receptions, and Periop Networking & Innovation Hub hours all containing engaging content and activities, you will certainly expand your professional circle and meet some lifelong colleagues along the way.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 4:00 – 6:30 PM

OR Manager would like to welcome you into the Periop Networking & Innovation Hub on the first evening of the conference! Enjoy a bite to eat and a drink while you meet new peers, share best practices, and visit with 140 vendors who offer equipment, products, services, and solutions for the operating room and the people who manage it.


  • Watch a demonstration! The exhibitors have brought their products to show you how they work. Spend a few minutes listening to a product demonstration to learn a bit more about the products your teams are working with every day.
  • Share your facility’s sticking points. Challenges you are facing can be alleviated by talking with the exhibitors. Having a better understanding of the issues that need to be addressed will help the exhibitors uncover the features of their products and services that will uniquely benefit you.
  • Ask a question! You’re more likely to learn about the specific aspects of a product if you ask a simple question. For example: “Does this product integrate with systems/equipment I am currently using at my facility?” “Can you share how this product affected the outcomes of a facility similar to the size and scope of my own?” Simple questions like these can open the door to a more meaningful conversation.
  • Conquer the floor with a colleague and approach the exhibitors with confidence. It may feel overwhelming when first entering the exhibit hall amidst the fellow attendees and volume of vendors. However, this is your time – Make sure you take advantage of it to learn the information you need to make an effective purchasing decision and pitch to your leadership team. You are the expert on your facility, so share information with vendors and they’ll help find your perfect product match.
  • Keep an open mind and consider your future needs. While not all vendors will be offering something you need right now, you will eventually have needs in the future. Finding the right-fit vendor is more than just what products and services they offer. Take advantage of this time to get to know the team, culture, and whether they will be a strong partner for you when the time comes. You’ll have this information in your back pocket when you do have a need!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 2:15 PM-4:15 PM
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 10:30 AM-2:15 PM

Continue your education in the Periop Networking & Innovation Hub! Exhibitors will be hosting CE sessions in-booth and at 2 CE theaters on the exhibit hall floor. This is a great opportunity to earn additional CE contact hours and dive deeper into the clinical and operational aspects of the surgical suite.

These sessions will take place in 30-minute increments, so you can visit with exhibitors in between your sessions, ask questions of the speakers, and connect with fellow attendees on the topic of discussion!

Earn 1 CE contact hour for every 2 Exhibitor CE sessions you attend!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 10:15-10:45 am

The OR Manager Conference Poster Gallery provides a forum for presenting completed research or in-progress research with preliminary results. It is an opportunity to present research, performance improvement projects, or clinical practice innovations visually using graphs, illustrations, or photographs. We strive to promote communication and collaborative research among nurses, provide a setting for exchange of information and lessons learned, and explore advances in perioperative clinical practice. The poster gallery will be available for viewing throughout all exhibit hall hours. Attend during these times to meet the authors and earn 1 CE contact hour for every 3 posters you review.

Do you have research to share that will benefit the perioperative industry? Submit a poster proposal! Presenters can save up to 30% on conference registration. Proposal submission will open soon.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 11:45 AM-12:45 PM

Enjoy your lunch on the exhibit hall floor and continue networking with likeminded attendees and vendors. A variety of prepared lunch options will be available. Take a quick break on Tuesday afternoon to grab a bite to eat without having to leave the Periop Networking & Innovation Hub, and keep the conversations going!

Throughout the seating area in the Hub, there will be topic-based tables – for example, ASC leadership, financial management, new leaders, PACU throughput – and Program Committee members available to help kickstart the conversation. Bring your questions and bounce ideas off one another while you enjoy lunch. These connections will be resources for years to come!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 12:45-1:30 PM

Let’s keep the energy up in the afternoon! Enjoy sweet treats, coffee and tea across the Hub. Stop by each station around the Hub to see all there is available!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 2:15-2:30 PM

Work the Hub floor to earn points towards our networking competition!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 5:30-8:30 PM

Let’s make a SPLASH at OR Manager’s Night Out! One of the most exciting aspects of the conference, this evening event is an opportunity to spend extra time with your colleagues in a relaxed environment. This year, we are enjoying a desert night under the stars at MGM Grand’s Splash Pool in the Grand Pool Complex.

This highly-attended event is open to all attendees (and their guests) who are looking to enjoy a relaxing night on their “education vacation.”

Separate ticket required. Tickets can be purchased during registration. The Best Value Pass includes 1 OR Manager’s Night Out ticket with your registration.
Guest tickets are available for purchase. All guests must be 21+.