Policy Agenda

Policy Agenda

We Fight for What Matters

Each year the AORN board of directors establishes a policy agenda based on recommendations from the National Legislative Forum. The Government Affairs team pursues these goals in legislative and regulatory arenas nationwide.

Our team collaborates with health care colleagues, organizations, and decision-makers to advance patient safety and health care improvements in all operative settings, but we don’t endorse specific candidates.

Current Policy Agenda

  • RN CIRCULATORS

    We work to ensure every surgical patient deserves a dedicated perioperative registered nurse circulator for the duration of each operative and invasive procedure. Our team also actively promotes laws and regulations to ensure the supervisory presence of the professional RN in the perioperative setting.

  • WORKPLACE SAFETY INITIATIVES

    Our team supports legislative and regulatory initiatives for safe perioperative work environments. Perioperative nurses deserve surgical smoke-free operating rooms, strong workplace violence protections, and safe patient handling programs focused on injury prevention.

  • PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

    We protect the perioperative registered nurse’s scope of practice and patient safety by engaging in legislative, regulatory, agency, and other stakeholder approaches to RN education, certification, supervision, roles, competencies, and duties.

  • RN FIRST ASSISTANT

    We support the expanded role of the RNFA by actively working to achieve reimbursement parity. The position functions in an expanded role, working in collaboration with the surgeon and health care team members to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

  • PATIENT SAFETY CULTURE

    We encourage 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.

  • HEALTH SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS

    Our team promotes the role of the perioperative registered nurse in achieving the reform goals of cost containment and improved patient experiences and outcomes. Healthcare 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.