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AORN Endorses RN Safe Staffing Act

Publish Date: May 13 , 2015 

Bi-partisan RN Safe Staffing Act championed by ANA would require hospitals to establish RN staffing plans by committee. The legislation is backed by the American Nurses Association and endorsed by AORN.


NY RNFA bill moves to Senate Floor

Publish Date: May 11 , 2015 

Last week S1233, an RNFA reimbursement bill in New York, moved out of the Senate Finance Committee where it had stalled in 2014.


Time Out Day: An Advocacy Tool

Publish Date: May 11 , 2015 

Use Time Out Day as an effective advocacy tool.


Massachusetts Central Service Bill Reintroduced 

Publish Date: April 29, 2015 

AORN is supporting a bill that would require certification and continuing education for central service technicians working in Massachusetts hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers..


CMS 2016 Proposal May Squeeze Bottom Lines

Publish Date: April 29, 2015 

The proposed hospital inpatient prospective payment system for 2016 continues the agency’s shift toward paying for the quality of care instead of the volume of care provided..


Arkansas Surgical Tech Bill Dies

Publish Date: April 15, 2015 

A bill that would have provided title protection for surgical technologists in Arkansas failed to move in Arkansas’s 2015 legislative session. AORN promoted changes to the bill for patient safety.


Legislator tells AORN members “We need you”

Publish Date: March 30, 2015 

Legislators attended the 2015 AORN Surgical Conference & Expo to not only provide insight on how to navigate the legislative process, but also to gain a better understanding of the perioperative nurse’s role.


RN Circulator Legislation introduced in North Carolina

Publish Date: March 30, 2015 

Patient safety legislation requiring a RN Circulator in every operating room for each procedure was recently introduced in both the Senate and House.


New York RNFA Reimbursement Bill Moves To Finance Committee

Publish Date: March 18, 2015 

Unanimous vote by the Senate Insurance Committee moves the bill to the Finance Committee.


New Advocacy 101 Handbook Now Available

Publish Date: March 2, 2015 

AORN Government Affairs compiled and created information, tools, and resources that perioperative nurses can use to be an effective advocate in the legislative arena.


AORN Board Approves 2015 Legislative Priorities

Publish Date: March 2, 2015 

2015 Legislative Priorities transition from four broad categories to six specific topics.


Navigating the Legislative Process

Publish Date: February 16, 2015 

Learn how to navigate the legislative process, build relationships with your legislators, and become an effective advocate for the perioperative nursing profession and patient safety from experts, including a current Colorado State Senator, at the 2015 Surgical Conference & Expo.


The President's Budget, Health Care, and Nursing

Publish Date: February 4, 2015 

The President released his Fiscal Year 2016 budget, setting the stage for negotiations with the new 114th U.S. Congress on health care and other pressing issues facing the nation. Nurses must work together to ensure that health care policy and patient safety do not fall short of needed attention!


It’s Time to Introduce Yourself to Your Legislators

Publish Date: February 2, 2015 

Building relationships with your elected officials and offering your expertise and perspective is essential to ensuring patient safety is a priority at your state legislature. Send a quick email to your legislators today!


AORN Comments On WA Surgical Technologist Bill 

Publish Date: February 2, 2015 

Less than a month into the 2015 legislative session, a bill concerning the education of surgical technologists was introduced and heard in the Washington State Senate Health Care Committee. 


NY RNFA reimbursement bills introduced early 

Publish Date: January 19, 2015 

Two bills, which would require private payers in New York to reimburse RNFAs for surgical first assistant services, were introduced during the first week of the legislative session. 


Be an effective nurse advocate

Publish Date: January 19, 2015 

It is important to advocate for the perioperative nursing profession and patient safety. AORN Government Affairs offers many resources for you to be an effective and informed nurse advocate. 


Save the Date: 2015 Nurse Lobby Days

Publish Date: January 5, 2015 

Perioperative nurses are needed to attend their state’s nurse lobby day and provide expertise on patient safety in operating rooms and the perioperative nursing profession 


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