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Perioperative Nurse Week Advocacy Efforts Succeed

Publish Date: November 24, 2014 

Efforts by AORN members helped ensure this year’s Perioperative Nurse Week was used as an effective advocacy tool. Letters resulted in legislator meetings, published letters to the editor in local papers, and numerous proclamations.  

Delaware finalizes ASC RN Circulator Rule

Publish Date: November 24, 2014 

Delaware’s Division of Public Health includes AORN’s request in recently finalized ASC regulation changes. 

AORN Attends White House Event 

Publish Date: November 10, 2014 

AORN was invited to hear remarks from President Obama about Ebola and health care workers at the White House. The President asks the nation to treat health care workers properly as they return home from West Africa. 

Proclamations and pictures are on Facebook to share 

Publish Date: November 10, 2014 

“Like” the Government Affairs Facebook page and check out Perioperative Nurse Week pictures and proclamations 

New York Preps for Certification Mandates 

Publish Date: November 4, 2014 

New laws effective January 1, 2015 require certification and annual continuing education for surgical technologists and central service technicians working in New York hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. 

AORN Members Attend Advocacy Training

Publish Date: October 27, 2014 

Two National Legislative Committee members attended ANA’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. to refine their political leadership skills.

Midterm Elections: Will they impact perioperative nurses?

Publish Date: October 22, 2014 

The November elections may shake up legislative bodies across the nation. Perioperative nurses need to be involved in the policymaking process, including the election of state and federal candidates.

Illinois Adopts AORN Guidelines

Publish Date: October 15, 2014 

AORN Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices for Inpatient and Ambulatory Centers included in ASC regulations

Perioperative Nurse Week Proclamations Posted!

Publish Date: October 15, 2014 

Several states have requested proclamations and a handful are posted on our website. See if your state is has one.

California Governor Vetoes Surgical Technologist Bill

Publish Date: October 7, 2014 

A bill requiring certification for surgical technologists passed both the California Assembly and Senate only to be vetoed early last week by the Governor. A similar bill was vetoed in 2012.

Federal EHR Legislation Impacting ASCs Introduced

Publish Date: September 30, 2014 

The bill will address meaningful use in ambulatory surgical centers

Perioperative Nurse Week: An Advocacy Tool

Publish Date: September 3, 2014 

Become a valuable resource to your community through PNW

MA Surgical Technologist Rules Finalized

Publish Date: September 3, 2014 

20 months after the law requiring surgical technologist certification passed DPH submits rules W

ASATT changes certification process

Publish Date: August 19, 2014 

Work experience will no long qualify for anesthesia technician certification exam

Idaho adding continued competency requirements for license renewal

Publish Date: August 19, 2014 

Idaho includes several methods to meet competency requirements

MA Central Service bill stalls in committee

Publish Date: August 5, 2014 

AORN comments in support of a bill requiring certification and continuing education for central service technicians

Delaware changing ASC rules for RN Circulators

Publish Date: August 5, 2014 

Delaware Division of Public Health includes AORN’s request in newly proposed ASC regulation revisions

Florida updates ASCs rules

Publish Date: July 22, 2014 

Proposed rule changes include language change for RN Circulators

Massachusetts considers creating a Robotic Surgery Commission

Publish Date: July 22, 2014 

AORN requests amendment

ANA endorses AORN's Position on RN Circulator

Publish Date: July 8, 2014 

In June ANA's board of directors endorsed AORN's new position statement

Costly nurse staffing ballot initiative avoided through compromise

Publish Date: July 8, 2014 

MNA and MHA find compromise at the last minute through legislation instead

New York's RNFA reimbursement bill passes one chamber

Publish Date: June 30, 2014 

At the last minute the bill made it out of the Assembly Rules Committee

ACA Provider Non-Discrimination Debate Continues

Publish Date: June 30, 2014 

Debate continues on the proper meaning of the clause and state enforcement is lacking 

Florida Governor signs nursing education bill

Publish Date: June 23, 2014 

Bill exempts CNORs and CRNFAs from CE requirement 

Time Out Day celebrated by perioperative nurses across the country

Publish Date: June 23, 2014 

Over 550 letters sent by perioperative nurses 

Federal Safe Staffing bill introduced in U.S. Senate

Publish Date: June 9, 2014 

Bill requires unit-by-unit staffing plans and public reporting of plans

New York: BSN requirement considered 

Publish Date: June 9, 2014 

"BSN in 10" moving through Committees

CMS releases final rule for 2015 and beyond

Publish Date: May 27, 2014 

Policies aimed at giving consumers tools to best evaluate options

Time Out Day is an advocacy tool!

Publish Date: May 27, 2014 

Educate your community about this powerful tool for patient safety

Federal RN Safe Staffing Act is slow moving

Publish Date: May 13, 2014 

Take action to support the RN Safe Staffing Act

Be an advocate through National Time Out Day!

Publish Date: May 13, 2014 

Educate your community about this powerful tool for patient safety

New York now has safe patient handling legislation

Publish Date: April 29, 2014 

Safe Patient Handling provisions enacted as part of budget

Virginia STs title protection bill signed into law

Publish Date: April 14, 2014 

VA SB 328 provides title protection not a certification requirement

AORN participates in White House call on ACA

Publish Date: March 18, 2014 

First Lady Michelle Obama thanks those involved with enrolling individuals in health insurance

Pennsylvania RNFA reimbursement bill stalled in committee

Publish Date: March 18, 2014 

Ask Senator White to put the RNFA reimbursement bill on the agenda

Implantable, life-supporting and life-sustaining devices need UDI by September 2015

Publish Date: March 3, 2014 

FDA releases Final Rule on unique identification for medical devices

AORN comments on Minnesota surgical technologist bill

Publish Date: March 3, 2014 

Bill lacks key RN circulator supervision language.

New York RNFA reimbursement bill amended in committee

Publish Date: February 4, 2014 

Amendments would ensure reimbursement under New York programs.

Mississippi moves to add RN to board of medicine

Publish Date: February 4, 2014 

Bill would add non-voting nurse practitioner to board.

2014 see multiple certification initiatives from surgical technologists

Publish Date: January 21, 2014 

Bills pending in Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington

Save the Date: Perioperative nurses needed for 2014 nurse lobby days

Publish Date: January 7, 2014 

Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming coming up in January and February


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