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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, Ohio, and Washington State legislatures are considering bills that were initially introduced in 2013, while Oklahoma and Virginia 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 grassroots@aorn.org

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