Health Policy News

Health Policy News

AORN Government Affairs team analyzes and reports on the impact of local, regional and national policies, regulations and legislation as it relates to the perioperative profession.

We stay current with the rapidly changing health policy landscape in Washington, D.C. for you by working closely with our colleagues in the Nursing Community Coalition and the Coalition for Patients’ Rights.

Here are the latest health policy and legislative updates.

April 10, 2018

Duplicating Regulation of Surg Techs in Nebraska?

A long-lasting effort to have surgical technologists register under the Board of Medicine was defeated last week.

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April 10, 2018

Senators Say Yes to Smoke Evacuation

The Rhode Island Senate joined the House in supporting perioperative nurses’ right to a safe workplace by passing legislation to require smoke evacuation.

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March 21, 2018

AORN Leads Legislation on the Move

Legislation driven by AORN to require smoke evacuation and RN as circulator in two New England states makes progress in March.

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March 7, 2018

Smoke Evacuation Bills Move Forward

Rhode Island inches closer to ensuring operating rooms are smoke free, thus, creating a safer workplace for perioperative nurses and surgical personnel.

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March 7, 2018

Community Colleges May Offer BSN Degrees

Hoping to address the shortage of nurses without BSN degrees in Colorado, a bill allowing Colorado community colleges to offer 4-year BSN degrees passed both chambers.

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February 21, 2018

Be an Advocate Outside the OR

Love or hate some of the policies in place that impact nurses and patients? An education session at the 2018 Surgical Conference & Expo will breakdown the policymaking process and how you can make a difference. 

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February 21, 2018

Surgical Smoke Bill Heard in RI

Nurses should not have to put their own health at risk while caring for patients. That was the message conveyed to the Rhode Island House HEW Committee last week.

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JANUARY 24, 2018

Central Service Certification Bill Introduced

Rhode Island will consider central service certification requirements in the 2018 legislative session.

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JANUARY 24, 2018

Join the National Legislative Forum

Do you want to learn more about legislation and regulations impacting your practice? Are you interested in becoming a better advocate? Join the NLF!

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JANUARY 10, 2018

Nurse in Washington Internship Scholarship

Interested in attending NIWI this March? AORN Government Affairs has one scholarship available for active AORN members.

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JANUARY 10, 2018

Do You Know Who Your Legislators Are?

Building relationships with your elected officials and offering your expertise and perspective is essential to ensuring patient safety is a priority at your state legislature. Send a quick email to your legislators today!

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JANUARY 10, 2018

NJ Vendor Credentialing Bill Progresses

A bill to create a statewide certification for representatives of healthcare industry suppliers and service providers passed the Senate.

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