October Legislative Update
Legislative Update – October 2017
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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.
AORN maintains that every surgical patient deserves a perioperative registered nurse for the duration of any operative or other invasive procedure and actively promotes laws and regulations to ensure the supervisory presence of the professional RN in the perioperative setting.
AORN protects the perioperative registered nurse’s scope of practice and patient safety by engaging in legislative, regulatory, agency, and other associated agencies.
The registered nurse first assistant (RNFA) is a perioperative registered nurse who functions in an expanded role, working in collaboration with the surgeon and other healthcare members.
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.
AORN Greater Houston
October 2017 Legislative Report
Joanne D. Oliver, BSN, RN, CNOR