Arkansas RN Circulator Bill Fails

Publish Date: March 29, 2017


Arkansas’ code currently states circulating nurses must be a registered nurses, Rep. Kim Hammer introduced H2230 late in the session, which would have clarified that RN circulating nurses must be present for the duration of surgical procedures.

The House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee heard the bill on March 16, 2017. Danielle Glover, AORN Government Affairs Manager, testified in support of H2230. Several Arkansas perioperative nurses attended the hearing in support of the legislation, including AORN State Legislative Coordinator, Kenny Worley, RN, CNOR. Arkansas periop nurses also contacted their Representatives on the Committee encouraging them to support the legislation. Ultimately, the Committee did not pass the legislation.

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. Over 30 states address the role of RN Circulators in operating rooms.

If you want to learn how to become involved in legislative efforts in your state, please contact Danielle Glover at dglover@aorn.org.