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Surgical Technologist Bill Fails in Florida

Publish Date: 3/28/2012

A bill that would have required education and certification of surgical technologists in Florida licensed health care facilities failed in the Florida House of Representatives this March. Senate bill 362 was introduced in the Florida Senate on January 10, 2012. After two amendments, both relating to supervision of surgical technologists by the attending surgeon and the registered nurse, the bill unanimously passed the Florida Senate on March 5, 2012.

Florida’s legislative session ended on March 9 this year, and thus the Florida House had only 4 days to consider the bill after it passed the Senate. The bill did not move in the House.

As in other states, AORN was supportive of the certification and education aspects of this bill but had asked the bill sponsor and other influential legislators for an amendment preserving and affirming the supervisory role of the registered nurse in the operating room. AORN and the Florida Council of Operating Room Nurses hope to work collaboratively with the surgical technologists on any future bills to assure patient safety in Florida operating rooms.

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