Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Idaho  Government Affairs

State Coordinator

Ellen Bencken
(208) 493-0431

Regional Coordinator

Valarie Oxhorn

RN Circulator Laws and Language

Hospital: IDAHO ADMINISTRATIVE CODE IDAPA 16: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE TITLE 03: DIVISION OF WELFARE CHAPTER 14: RULES AND MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR HOSPITALS IN IDAHO 11-93-35 07. Surgical Staff. The surgical staff of a hospital shall consist of the following personnel: Effective Date: (10-14-88) a. A registered nurse with experience in operating room techniques who acts as supervisor; and b. Sufficient numbers of personnel to assure there is a registered nurse serving as circulating nurse for each separate operating room where surgery is being performed;
ASC: None

Registered Nurse First Assistants (RNFAs)

Reimbursement:  None
Definition:  None
Scope:  Idaho State Board of Nursing, IDAPA 23.01.01, Rules of the Idaho Board of Nursing, 402 – Licensed Professional Nurse Functioning in Specialty Areas. b. Surgical First Assistants. A surgical first assistant is a licensed professional nurse who, under direct supervision, assists the operating surgeon. i. Nurses acting as surgical first assistants may not concurrently serve as scrub or instrument nurses. ii. A licensed professional nurse first surgical assistant in cardiovascular surgery may harvest saphenous veins after completing additional educational instruction acceptable to the board and supervised practice under direct supervision of the operating physician.

Legislative Tracking

ID HB 500 — 2014 Professional Studies Program
Idaho students who enroll in the WWAMI Regional Medical Program, the WICHE Student Exchange Program, the Creighton University School of Dental Science, the University of Utah College of Medicine, and the WOI Veterinary Education Program receive public funds paid on their behalf. This legislation would require the State Board of Education to sign a contract with each student providing for repayment of moneys paid from public funds unless the student shall actively engage in professional practice in Idaho for a minimum of three (3) years.
General Topic:
Education Funding 
Failed -Adjourned  
SB 1351 — 2014 Battery Against Health Care Workers
Authorizes punishment for battery against health care workers.
Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee 
General Topic:
Workplace Safety 
3/19/2014 To Governor 

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