Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

New Mexico  Government Affairs

State Coordinator

Janet Baca
(505) 345-4647

Regional Coordinator

Pat Darnelle

RN Circulator Laws and Language

Hospital: NEW MEXICO ADMINISTRATIVE CODE TITLE 7. HEALTH CHAPTER 7. HOSPITALS PART 2. REQUIREMENTS FOR ACUTE CARE, LIMITED SERVICES AND SPECIAL HOSPITALS 7.7.2.26. NURSING SERVICES J. Additional Patient Care Requirements. (1) In this subsection, "circulating nurse" means a professional registered nurse who is present during an operation to provide emotional support to the patient, assist with the anesthesia induction, and throughout the surgical procedure or delivery, coordinate the activities of the room, monitor the traffic in the room, maintain an accurate account of urine and blood loss, and who, before the surgical procedure or delivery is completed, informs the recovery rooms of specials needs and ensures that the sponge, needle and instrument counts have been done according to hospital policy. (3) Surgical: (b) A qualified professional registered nurse shall function as the circulating nurse in the surgical and obstetrical room whenever general anesthesia is used and on all local anesthesia cases involving a high degree of patient risk. Individual surgical technologists and licensed practical nurses may function as assistants under the direct supervision of a qualified professional registered nurse.
ASC: None

Registered Nurse First Assistants (RNFAs)

Reimbursement:  None
Definition:  None
Scope:  None

Legislative Tracking

NM H 59 — 2014 Nursing Education
Expands nurse educator fund to support higher education for nurses
Comments
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?Chamber=H&LegType=B&LegNo=59&year=14 
Sponsor(s):
McMillan (R) 
General Topic:
Education Funding 
Status:
02/10/2014: Passed House; to Senate 
NM H 83 — 2014 Safe Staffing Act
Would require hospitals to establish nurse staffing committee with adequate RN representation
Comments
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?Chamber=H&LegType=B&LegNo=83&year=14 
Sponsor(s):
Trujillo, C (D) 
General Topic:
Nurse Staffing 
Status:
Failed -Adjourned  
NM HJM 9 — 2014 APRN and Midwife Taskforce
Requests the Secretary of Health to convene a task force to identify statutory provisions that are scope of practice barriers for nurses
Comments
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=JM&legno= 9&year=14 
Sponsor(s):
Cote (D) 
General Topic:
RNFA 
Status:
02/03/2014: From House committee on Health, Government and Indian Affairs: Do pass 
NM S 151 — 2014 Safe Staffing Act
Would require hospitals to establish nurse staffing committee with adequate RN representation
Comments
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislation.aspx?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=151&year=14 
Sponsor(s):
Lopez (D) 
General Topic:
Nurse Staffing 
Status:
01/27/2014: To Senate committees on Judiciary and Finance 

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