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» RN Circulator Laws and Language

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New York Codes, Rules and Regulations Title 10. Department of Health Chapter V. Medical Facilities Sub-Chapter A. Medical Facilities—Minimum Standards Article 2. Hospitals Part 405. Hospitals—Minimum Standards. Additional Patient Care Requirements. 405.12 Surgical Services. If surgery is provided, the service shall be provided in a manner which protects the health and safety of the patients in accordance with generally accepted standards of medical practice. New York RN Circulator Bill was signed into law by Governor David Paterson on July 7, 2008. This law ensures that a Registered Nurse (RN) is present in any and each separate operating room where surgery is being performed for the duration of the procedure. This law shall take effect on October 5, 2008. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2805-s to read: The actual language of the law is as follows: 2805-s. Circulating nurses required. A registered nurse, qualified by training and experience in operating room nursing, shall be present as a circulating nurse in any and each operating room where surgery is being performed for the duration of the operative procedure. Nothing in this section precludes a circulating nurse from leaving the operating room for short periods; or, in accordance with employee rules or regulations, being relieved during an operative procedure by another circulating nurse assigned to continue the operative procedure.

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NEW YORK CODES, RULES AND REGULATIONS TITLE 10. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CHAPTER V. MEDICAL FACILITIES SUBCHAPTER C. STATE HOSPITAL CODE ARTICLE 6. TREATMENT CENTER AND DIAGNOSTIC CENTER OPERATION PART 755. FREE-STANDING AMBULATORY SURGERY SERVICES 755.5. New York RN Circulator Bill was signed into law by Governor David Paterson on July 7, 2008. This law ensures that a Registered Nurse (RN) is present in any and each separate operating room where surgery is being performed for the duration of the procedure. This law shall take effect on October 5, 2008. The public health law is amended by adding a new section 2805-s to read: The actual language of the law is as follows: 2805-s. Circulating nurses required. A registered nurse, qualified by training and experience in operating room nursing, shall be present as a circulating nurse in any and each operating room where surgery is being performed for the duration of the operative procedure. Nothing in this section precludes a circulating nurse from leaving the operating room for short periods; or, in accordance with employee rules or regulations, being relieved during an operative procedure by another circulating nurse assigned to continue the operative procedure.

» Registered Nurse First Assistants (RNFAs)

Reimbursement: None

Definition: None

Scope: Statement on the Role of the RN First Assistant in the Operating Room – New York State Board of Nursing – July 10, 2001 It is within the scope of practice of a registered nurse or a registered nurse who is also a nurse practitioner to function as a First Assistant in surgery, provided that s/he can demonstrate competence through successful completion on additional and training that meets the AORN Recommended Educational Standards for RN-First Assistant Programs, and with the condition that procedures and duties are within and do not exceed the scope of practice of the registered nurse and the nurse practitioner.

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