Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Arkansas  Government Affairs

State Coordinator

Kenneth Worley
(501) 228-0725

Regional Coordinator

Pat Darnell

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Hospital: CODE OF ARKANSAS RULES AND REGULATIONS 007 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 05 HEALTH FACILITY SERVICES SECTION 26: SPECIALIZED SERVICES: SURGICAL SERVICES A. Organization and Supervision 3. A Surgical Services Registered Nurse supervisor shall be accountable and responsible for patient care. C. Staffing 3. Only qualified Registered Nurses may perform circulating duties in the operating room.
ASC: CODE OF ARKANSAS RULES AND REGULATIONS 007 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 05 HEALTH FACILITY SERVICES SECTION 39: AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS A. General. Any facility in which surgical services, other than minor dental surgery, are offered which require the use of anesthesia, that renders the patient unable to be responsible for their actions, and where, in the opinion of the attending physician, hospitalization is unnecessary, shall be considered ambulatory surgery centers and shall conform with the following sections: 13. Section 26, Specialized Services: Surgical Services * * A. Organization and Supervision 3. A Surgical Services Registered Nurse supervisor shall be accountable and responsible for patient care. C. Staffing 3. Only qualified Registered Nurses may perform circulating duties in the operating room.

Registered Nurse First Assistants (RNFAs)

Reimbursement:  None
Definition:  None
Scope:  Arkansas' Nurse Practice Act and board of nursing regulations are silent on RNFAs. Inquiries to the Board of Nursing regarding RNFA scope are referred to the board's Decision Making Model.

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