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South Dakota Confirms RN Circulator Requirement

Publish Date: September 29, 2015 

South Dakota puts patient safety first. The updates to regulations concerning facility licensing elevate South Dakota to one of the 24 states that have strong laws or regulations regarding the use of RN circulators, and one of over 30 states that address the role of circulating nurses.

MA Central Service Bill Heard in Committee

Publish Date: September 29, 2015 

Central service technicians testify in support of a bill requiring certification and continuing education. 

Be an advocate for Perioperative Nurse Week

Publish Date: September 14, 2015 

Advocate for Perioperative Nurse Week and your profession through letters to legislators and local newspapers. 

Nebraska Considering Registration for Surgical Technologists

Publish Date: September 14, 2015 

Under its Credentialing Review (407) Program, a process advisory to the legislature designed to assess the need for state regulation of health professionals, Nebraska considered licensing surgical assistants and surgical technologists

Continued Competency Law in Georgia Takes Effect in 2016

Publish Date: August 19, 2015 

Effective for the 2016 renewal cycle, GA will have 5 options for RNs to demonstrate continued competency including maintenance of certification or recertification by a national certifying body. 

Arkansas Surgical technologist Bill Comes Back as Study 

Publish Date: August 5, 2015 

In an effort to keep the surgical technologist bill alive, the bill sponsor introduces an Interim study. The study language is the same as the failed bill language.

Idaho BON Proposes New Continued Comptency Requirements

Publish Date: August 5, 2015 

Idaho Board of Nursing issues proposed rules for license renewals after vacating a previous rulemaking in November 2014. The rules now address AORN’s concerns regarding CNOR and CRNFA certification.

North Carolina Workplace Violence Protections Passes 

Publish Date: July 22, 2015 

North Carolina passes a bipartisan bill providing workplace violence protections to all hospital personnel.

TN Issues Rules for RNFA Certificate

Publish Date: July 8, 2015 

Due to legislation passed in 2014, the BON published rules and fees for the RNFA certificate.

Provider Non-Discrimination Update for RNFAs

Publish Date: July 8, 2015 

Many provider groups remain disappointed in the federal government’s lack of enforcement support for provider non-discrimination language in the Affordable Care Act.

Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies

Publish Date: July 1, 2015 

With the threat to many individuals’ health care coverage now in the rearview mirror, hospitals and states can confidently invest in improving care delivery to meet current and future patient and community needs.

Surgical Technologist certification bill passes in Oregon

Publish Date: June 22, 2015 

The bill specifies continuing education requirements and only allows individuals who certified in surgical technology certified to practice surgical technology.

Periop Nurses celebrate Time Out Day

Publish Date: June 22, 2015 

Almost 1800 letters sent for Time Out Day

 AORN provides comments to VA Board of Nursing 

Publish Date: May 26 , 2015 

The Virginia Board of Nursing is reviewing their Guidance Document on the role of the RN in Procedural Sedation.

 RNFA Reimbursement bill passes NY Senate

Publish Date: May 26 , 2015 

The NY RNFA reimbursement companion bills are on the move.

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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