Policy Agenda

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses promotes and responds to legislative and policy issues that impact the practice of perioperative nursing and patient safety in the surgical environment. AORN works collaboratively with health care colleagues, organizations, and decision-makers to advance patient safety and health care improvements in all operative settings, but does not endorse specific candidates.

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AORN maintains that every surgical patient deserves a perioperative registered nurse for the duration of any operative or other invasive procedure and...

Professional Practice

AORN protects the perioperative registered nurse’s scope of practice and patient safety by engaging in legislative, regulatory, agency, and o...

Registered Nurse First Assistant

The registered nurse first assistant (RNFA) is a perioperative registered nurse who functions in an expanded role, working in collaboration with the s...

Patient Safety Culture

AORN encourages legislative and regulatory efforts to establish an accountable, trusting patient safety culture in the perioperative setting, such as robust whistleblower protections for health care providers and mandatory reporting on safe surgery checklist use.

Workplace Safety and Patient Safety Initiatives

AORN supports legislative and regulatory initiatives for safe perioperative work environments and accountable patient safety cultures. AORN's affiliation with the American Nurses Association (ANA) allows AORN members to connect with the resources and advocacy activities of ANA and the broader nursing community.

Health System Improvements

AORN promotes the role of the perioperative registered nurse in achieving the reform goals of cost containment and improved patient experiences and outcomes. Health care system reform efforts should recognize the contributions of the perioperative registered nurse in improving patient outcomes. AORN also promotes standardized data collection and analysis to advance improvements in patient safety and care quality.