2014 sees multiple certification initiatives from surgical technologists
Publish Date: 1/21/2014
Legislative initiatives led by the Association of Surgical
Technologists that would require certification and continuing education for
surgical technologists working in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are
shaping up early this year. Minnesota,
State legislatures are considering bills that were initially introduced in
2013, while Oklahoma
are looking at bills newly introduced in 2014.
While the specific language in the bills varies by state,
the approach of requiring certification and continuing education for surgical
technologists going forward remains the same.
AORN is supportive of education and certification requirements for
surgical technologists, but believes that any codification of the surgical
technologist functions under state law, including specifically within a
certification bill, should be clear that the surgical technologist performing
in the scrub role functions under the delegated authority and direct supervision
of the registered nurse circulator in the room.
AORN will continue to monitor these developments across the states. If you have any questions about these or other
legislative matters, please contact AORN Government Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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