RN Circulator Legislation Passes Senate

Publish Date: March 8, 2017


Senate bill 31, which would require an RN Circulator for the duration of a procedure in every Vermont operating room, unanimously passed out the Senate Health and Welfare Committee last week after AORN worked with stakeholders on an amendment to make the requirement applicable to ASCs in addition to hospitals.  AORN Government Affairs Manager, Danielle Glover, and AORN member Christina McCaffrey previously testified in the Committee in support of S.31. The bill then went to the Senate floor for vote where it passed on March 3, 2017. Prior to the Senate floor vote, AORN and ANA-Vermont asked members to contact Senators to encourage them to vote in favor of the legislation. The communication from constituents and practicing professionals was impactful.

Now that S.31 has made it out of the Senate, the House will take up the legislation in the coming months.

AORN Government Affairs will continue to advocate for S. 31 and it’s companion bill, H126, and provide updates on their progression. If you are interested in helping with this bill or want to learn how to become involved in legislative efforts in your state, please contact Danielle Glover at dglover@aorn.org.