January 24, 2017
Dear AORN Members,
With the inauguration and the weekend marches close on our heels, remember AORN is here to support you and your patients as we face what are sure to be busy and volatile legislative sessions this year. We expect a high level of activity in health policy at both the federal and state levels in 2017, activity that will impact the perioperative profession. As a perioperative nurse, you are at the forefront of health care delivery and we know you will continue to provide high quality and individualized surgical care to each of your patients every day. While you are doing that, we will continue to evaluate the progress and keep you informed.
AORN’s legislative experts and the board of directors stand ready to promote and respond to legislative, regulatory and other policy proposals that impact perioperative practice and patient safety in your operating rooms. AORN has already joined with our nursing colleagues in Washington, D.C. to send welcome letters to the new House of Representatives and Senate, and to introduce ourselves to the transition team. The Nursing Community, a D.C.-based coalition of 63 national nursing organizations including AORN, has also formally reached out to health policy leaders and committees of jurisdiction to reinforce nursing’s commitment to work collaboratively to comment, shape and evaluate proposals as they are drafted.
It is clear changes will be made to the Affordable Care Act, although still unclear exactly what those changes may be. AORN will continue to work collaboratively with health care colleagues, decision-makers and allied organizations to ensure proposed policy changes accurately reflect and consider the safety of patients and health care workers alike.
Nursing remains the most trusted profession in the U.S. Nurses have the power to influence the discussion, and now is the time to engage. Reach out to your Senators and Representatives today to share your story of how you and your patients experience the health care system, and what your legislator can do right now to help you improve health care delivery in your organizations.
Linda Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN