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2021 Health Policy News


December 8, 2021

2021 A Busy Year for Surgical Smoke Evacuation Legislation

AORN government affairs staff and members across the country were busy in 2021 advocating for surgical smoke evacuation bills to ensure a safe workplace for OR staff and patients...

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December 8, 2021

Nursing Community Coalition Welcomes and Advocates for Nursing Resources

AORN joins nursing organizations to urge funding for critical nursing programs and education...

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August 25, 2021

Illinois to Go Surgical Smoke-Free in 2022

In a notable feat of grassroots advocacy, Illinois is now the fifth state to go surgical smoke-free...

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August 9, 2021

Expo Daily News OSHA Petition

AORN and our members have been advocating for years to make their ORs surgical smoke-free and to pass surgical smoke evacuation policies in their states...

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July 22, 2021

AORN and Nursing Community Advocate for Federal Funding and Initiatives

Summer is a busy time for Congressional appropriations work, and AORN continues to lend its voice to the Nursing Community Coalition’s (NCC) advocacy efforts to ensure funding for key nursing funding priorities. The new federal fiscal year, FY 2022, begins October 1, 2021...

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June 23, 2021

Oregon Becomes Fourth State to Go Surgical Smoke-Free

After three years of legislative advocacy, Oregon surgical staff and patients can look forward to surgical smoke-free operating rooms across the state. Rep. Sheri Schouten’s HB 2622 was signed into law on June 23, 2021 by Governor Kate Brown...

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April 28, 2021

Surgical Smoke Evacuation Legislation Advances Across the Country

Surgical smoke evacuation legislation continues to make its way through state legislatures across the country...

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March 24, 2021

Kentucky Secures Third Place in States’ Race to Go Smoke Free

Kentucky will go surgical smoke-free in operating rooms across the state on January 1, 2022 following nearly three years of advocacy efforts that overcame some major hurdles, including the pandemic that cut the 2020 Kentucky legislative session short...

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February 24, 2021

AORN Government Affairs Policy Agenda Updated

Ever wonder how AORN’s government affairs decides which bills to advocate for and ones to raise the alarm over?...

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February 10, 2021

Kentucky Smoke Bill Advances Unanimously

On Wednesday, February 3, Kentucky SB 38 passed the Kentucky Senate unanimously! The bill would require licensed health care facilities in Kentucky to use smoke evacuation equipment during procedures likely to generate surgical smoke...

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January 27, 2021

Year-End Federal Appropriations Provide for Nursing Programs

In late December, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 to provide funding for the remainder of FY 2021. The Act includes funding for programs important to AORN and the rest of the nursing community...

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August 11, 2021

Expo Daily News OSHA Petition - Health Policy News - AORN

AORN and our members have been advocating for years to make their ORs surgical smoke-free and to pass surgical smoke evacuation policies in their states....

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