Virginia Leaders Release Statement on RN Circulators

Publish Date: December 15, 2014


On December 12, 2014, the Virginia Council of periOperative Registered Nurses (VCORN) and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) issued a joint position statement setting forth their agreement on the principles governing the use of Registered Nurse circulators in Virginia operating rooms. While legislation or regulations are preferable, the AORN Board of Directors showed its support for the collaboration between the two organizations by endorsing their joint position statement during the December AORN Board meeting.

These jointly agreed upon principles govern the use of RN circulators in Virginia operating rooms:

  • Patient safety is paramount;
  • RN circulators play an important role in working collaboratively with other operating room professionals to meet patient needs;
  • The practice of Virginia hospitals and health systems is to have an RN circulator present in each operating room for the entire surgical procedure to promote the best possible outcomes; and
  • There may be rare instances or emergency situations where an RN is unavailable to fill this role, and in these cases hospitals and health systems deploy staff consistent with applicable laws and regulations in the best interests of patients.

VHHA and VCORN are pleased to have worked together to offer this statement on the critical role of the RN circulator in the perioperative setting and the important qualifications that RNs bring to such care.

The joint statement, “The Registered Nurse Circulator and Safe Patient Care,” is available on the VHHA website and on the VCORN website.