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.

August 7, 2018

Periop Nurses: Critical to Countering the Opioid Crisis

Perioperative nurses can provide a valuable perspective to members of Congress regarding the opioid epidemic. Contact your Senators today!

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June 13, 2018

RI Governor Signs Smoke Evacuation Legislation

Rhode Island perioperative nurses will breathe a little easier when the new law requiring facilities to adopt policies requiring the elimination of surgical smoke from ORs goes into effect.

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May 21, 2018

Dear Senator, Do You Know What “Time Out” Is?

Outside the OR, most people are not familiar with “time out” or what perioperative nurses do to keep patients safe. Change that by using Time Out Day as a tool to inform others of your patient advocate role.

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May 21, 2018

AORN Members Deliver Powerful Surgical Smoke Testimony

Legislators heard moving testimony on surgical smoke in Colorado operating rooms, which peaked interest and support for requiring evacuation. While the bill did not pass this year, significant strides were made and the fight for safe workplaces continues.

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May 21, 2018

Vermont: Still No Law Requiring an RN Circulator

Vermont’s legislature adjourned earlier this week without passing patient safety legislation that would have required an RN Circulator to be present for the duration of each surgical procedure.

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April 24, 2018

New Smoke Evacuation Bill

Beautiful open space, crisp mountain air, biking and hiking. Colorado has it all -- including a bill to ensure OR staff and surgical patients have clean air, too!

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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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