RN Circulator Laws and Language
Hospital: WISCONSIN ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
CHAPTER HFS 124. HOSPITALS
SUBCHAPTER IV – SERVICES
HFS 124.13 Nursing services
(7) ADDITIONAL PATIENT CARE REQUIREMENTS.
(a) Definition. In this subsection, "circulating nurse" means a registered nurse who is present during an operation or infant delivery to provide emotional support to the patient, assist with the anesthesia induction and, throughout the surgical procedure or delivery, to coordinate the activities of the room, monitor the traffic in the room and maintain an accurate account of urine and blood loss and who, before the surgical procedure or delivery is completed, informs the recovery room of special needs and ensures that the sponge, needle and instrument counts have been done according to hospital policy.
(b) Obstetrical. Every patient admitted in labor shall be assessed initially by a registered nurse. There shall be a circulating nurse at every infant delivery.
1. A registered nurse shall supervise the operating rooms.
2. A qualified registered nurse shall function as the circulating nurse in the surgical and obstetrical room whenever general anesthesia is used and on all local 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 registered nurse.