OR Excellence 2020 FAQs
Who should attend the OR Excellence Conference?
OR Excellence (ORX) is relevant for ALL surgical facility professionals, no matter the setting. Virtually every hour of ORX provides content which is directly applicable to both hospital and ASC settings.
Tell me about the ORX Conference Mobile App.
The ORX Conference Mobile App will be back and improved this year. You can access important information such as program and Exhibit Hall details. Attendees can interact with speakers anonymously, and in real time, and also complete their evaluations for contact hours.
Are the pre-conference workshops included in the ORX 2020 Conference price? How do I select a workshop?
Yes, unlike most other conferences, they are included in our one low price! You choose the workshop you would like to attend on the online registration page or the mail-in registration form. Please see our syllabus to read more about the workshops.
What is the dress code?
The dress code is business casual. Be sure to dress in layers to stay comfortable in the air conditioning as well as outside in the evenings.
Will I get lost in the masses?
No way! ORX is an intimate, lively meeting and you will have great opportunities to get to know your fellow attendees. With 300 to 400 colleagues and 75 to 90 vendors, you won't get lost in the shuffle.
What meals are included?
We will offer continental breakfasts and snacks on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, along with coffee breaks and desserts throughout the day. Lunch will be provided on Thursday. There will also be drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
ORX 2020 Registration
Can attendees bring guests to ORX?
Significant others and guests of attendees are welcome to participate in our Exhibit Hall events. There is a guest fee of $50 for all Exhibit Hall events. However, guests may not be surgical market vendors or consultants. ORX has a strict “no soliciting” policy for guests. Commercial passes for vendors and consultants wishing to meet exhibitors and guests are available.
Is there a discount for attendees from the same facility?
Yes, there is a multi-registrant discount for individuals attending from the same facility. The first attendee from that facility will pay full price and additional individuals from that same facility will pay the discounted price thereafter.
What is your cancellation policy?
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, OR Excellence is offering risk-free registration! Should you cancel for any reason (we won’t even ask!) prior to October 1, 2020, we’ll issue you a 100% refund. If you cancel on or after October 1, 2020, we’ll give you a 100% credit toward next year's conference. And should we cancel the meeting due COVID-19, we’ll give you a 100% refund no matter when that occurs. Plus, the hotel's cancellation policy allows you to cancel your room up to 24 hours before check-in without penalty! With our risk-free policy, there is really no reason to not take advantage of our great Early Bird pricing discounts!
Wait, seriously? 100% refund or credit?
Really! At AORN, taking care of our nurses and event participants is our first priority. When AORN Expo 2020 had to be canceled due to COVID-19, ALL attendees received 100% refunds within 1-2 weeks of the cancellation announcement.
How can I justify the cost of ORX?
Need help justifying the cost of attending the conference? Download our free pdf to see how you can't afford to miss ORX 2020!
What other resources are available to help me get approval to attend ORX?
If you need help getting approval, we've prepared a sample letter that you can download here.
ORX 2020 Exhibit Hall
What events will be held in the Exhibit Hall?
Wednesday @ 5:30pm – Wine Tasting in the Exhibit Hall
Treat your taste buds, network with colleagues, and see new technology at our popular annual wine tasting event on Wednesday night. Wine samples will be available at each of our exhibitors' tables for attendees and their guests to taste and enjoy.
Thursday – Dessert & Shopping and ORX Power Hour!
Stop by and meet our awesome vendors and get scanned to increase your chances to win amazing prizes worth thousands of dollars at the ORX Power Hour. There will also be random insta-wins and other exciting events during the ORX Power Hour, so get some great shopping done for your facility and you just might turn out to be the big winner! Attendees must be present in the Exhibit Hall to win. There are two events in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday: 12:30 pm Dessert & Shopping and 5:00 pm ORX Power Hour Cocktail Party!
Do I have to pay the Exhibit Hall fee for myself?
No, Exhibit Hall and all Exhibit Hall events are included in your registration fee.
What is the ORX A-List?
The ORX A-List are the leaders of the biggest and busiest surgery facilities–in the 20% of surgical volume–in the country! They are participating, contributing and networking along with you and everyone else at the ORX conference.
Can I get CNE credits for attending ORX?
Yes! OR Excellence will provide the opportunity to earn 17-19 contact hours. Here are the details:
Accreditation: Association of periOperative Registered Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (provider #P0041).
CBRN: AORN is provider-approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 13019. Check with your state board of nursing for acceptability of education sessions for re-licensure.
NCCT: National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) has partnered with AORN as a source of quality continuing education courses for surgical technologists. In accordance with its Outside CE Course Submission and Acceptance Policy for recertification, contact hours provided by AORN may be completed and submitted to NCCT for outside CE approval for recertification credit.
CASC: We have applied for AEU credits for CASC and expect to be approved for 17-19 hours of AEU credits by BASC Provider #4254.
AORN does not endorse any commercial company's products or services. Although all commercial products are expected to conform to professional medical/nursing standards, inclusion in this course does not constitute a guarantee or endorsement by AORN of the quality or value of such product or of the claims made by its manufacturer.
Faculty members are responsible for the content of their presentations and for obtaining permission to use any copyrighted material. AORN is not responsible for and does not assume any liability for presentations.
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Available Contact Hours
Contact hours are calculated based on a 60-minute contact hour (60 minutes = 1 contact hour).
AORN will award contact hours for attendance at sessions that contain continuing nursing education content. To earn contact hours for a session, participants must attend at least 90% of the session.
Copyright 2020 AORN, Inc. AORN's training and educational materials are protected under federal copyright and trademark law. Only registered attendees may use our materials. Any unauthorized use of our materials is strictly prohibited. Violations of these requirements or of our valuable intellectual property rights may incur substantial penalties, including statutory damages of up to $150,000 for a single willful violation of AORN's copyrights.
To ensure an informed audience, it is noted in the faculty list whether the speaker has a potential conflict of interest or has no conflict. If a potential conflict of interest exists, the conflict type is identified.
I have a CASC® certification, so can I apply the ORX credits towards my continuing education?
Yes, the program is expected to be approved for between 17-19 AEU credits. Certificates will be available for download through the ORX Conference Mobile App after the conference ends and your evaluation has been completed.
The Resort Hotel
Tell me about the resort hotel where ORX 2020 is being held.
ORX will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. The first-ever “Guitar Hotel” (showcased in a 2020 Super Bowl commercial) is characterized by authentic memorabilia throughout the resort and is centrally located just 15 minutes from Fort Lauderdale's beaches and 30 minutes from Miami. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers discounted rates for all ORX 2020 attendees.
Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation. Be sure to mention the OR Excellence Conference to receive the discounted group rate of $239 per night
The discounted group rates will be offered until September 28, 2020, or until all rooms in the group block have been reserved, whichever occurs first.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314
Group Name: OR Excellence Conference
Group Code: GOREX20
Group Rate: $239 Online Reservations:
Call-in Reservations: 1-866-502-7529 and mention OR Excellence or the Group Code “GOREX20”
What airport do I fly into?
You will be flying into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) located about six miles from the hotel or Miami Airport (MIA) located about 18 miles from the hotel.
How do I get to the resort from the airport?
The hotel does not offer a shuttle service to the airport. However, Taxis/Ubers/Lyfts are available and the estimated cost from the FLL airport is about $18 one way.
What is the weather like in Hollywood, FL?
The weather in Hollywood, FL in October is warm, with average highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 70s.
View the current weather in Hollywood, FL here .
What do I do if the resort says they don't have any lodging available that fits my request?
This could mean our block is sold out on one of the nights you requested to stay, but it doesn't mean you won't be able to get a room at the Hard Rock. For help resolving any issues you are experiencing, please contact ORX 2020 Event Specialist Ali Triola at 888-YOUR-ORX or [email protected].
Beware of Potential Hotel Scams!
It has been brought to our attention that scam artists, fraudulent companies and vendors not contracted by OR Excellence 2020 have been targeting registrants and exhibitors participating in conferences across the country. Be careful of companies posing as vendors for OR Excellence 2020. Some scams include hotel reservations, directory listings and onsite services. If you are contacted by any outside company you find suspicious, please contact the OR Excellence conference manager immediately to verify legitimacy.
All hotel reservations should be made by you, directly with the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which is the host hotel for the conference. Do not give your credit card information or make any reservations with a housing bureau or company appearing to represent OR Excellence 2020. These companies appear to offer lower hotel rates for the conference but are a SCAM.
How do I get more information about OR Excellence 2020?
For more information or questions please reach out to Ali Triola, ORX 2020 Event Specialist at [email protected] or 888-YOUR-ORX.