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RN Circulator Bill Introduced in North Carolina

Publish Date: 4/3/2013

Senate Bill 371, a Registered Nurse Circulator bill, has been introduced in the North Carolina State Senate. SB 371 would require at least one circulating nurse to be physically present in each operating room for the duration of each surgical procedure in all North Carolina hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities. The circulating nurse would be required to be a registered nurse who is educated and trained in perioperative nursing.

The bill was introduced in March and referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. If passed, it will become effective October 1, 2013.

AORN and the North Carolina Council of periOperative Registered Nurses (NCCORN) are advocating for passage of this bill with the assistance of our lobbyists.We will need your assistance as the bill moves through the legislature. If you live in North Carolina, please be ready to respond to email requests seeking your involvement as the initiative proceeds.

Should the bill be signed into law, North Carolina would join the 23 other states that mandate a Registered Nurse serve as circulator in hospitals and the 16 states with similar laws that govern ambulatory surgical facilities. Requiring an RN as circulator is the primary legislative priority of AORN as determined by the AORN Board of Directors. AORN Government Affairs will continue to update AORN members on the status of this bill.

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