Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

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Bonnie Vencill
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RN Circulator Laws and Language

Hospital: HB 3721 ADDING SECTION 44-7-385 Section 44-7-385. (A) As used in this section, an 'operating room circulator' means a registered nurse trained, educated, or experienced in perioperative nursing who is responsible for coordinating the nursing care and safety needs of a patient in the operating room and who also meets the needs of the operating room team members during surgery. (B) An operating room circulator in a health care facility must be a licensed registered nurse educated, trained, and experienced in perioperative nursing. (C) A surgical technologist may not serve as the circulator in the operating room of a health care facility; however, a person who is employed to practice surgical technology in a health care facility may assist in the performance of circulating duties: (1) consistent with the person's education, training, and experience; and (2) as assigned and supervised by a registered nurse circulator who must be present in the operating room for the duration of the surgical procedure."
ASC: HB 3721 ADDING SECTION 44-7-385 Section 44-7-385. (A) As used in this section, an 'operating room circulator' means a registered nurse trained, educated, or experienced in perioperative nursing who is responsible for coordinating the nursing care and safety needs of a patient in the operating room and who also meets the needs of the operating room team members during surgery. (B) An operating room circulator in a health care facility must be a licensed registered nurse educated, trained, and experienced in perioperative nursing. (C) A surgical technologist may not serve as the circulator in the operating room of a health care facility; however, a person who is employed to practice surgical technology in a health care facility may assist in the performance of circulating duties: (1) consistent with the person's education, training, and experience; and (2) as assigned and supervised by a registered nurse circulator who must be present in the operating room for the duration of the surgical procedure."

Registered Nurse First Assistants (RNFAs)

Reimbursement:  None
Definition:  None
Scope:  South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Board of Nursing, Advisory Opinion, Formulated July 31, 1987, Rev’d 2/2003. The Board of Nursing for South Carolina acknowledges that it is within the role and scope of responsibilities of the RN to perform the duties of the Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) as described in the 1998 Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Official Statement on Registered Nurse First Assistants, and as the "expanded role" is defined in the Laws Governing Nursing in South Carolina, Section 91-3.

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