AORN comments on Minnesota surgical technologist bill
Publish Date: 3/3/2014
AORN provided comments regarding a surgical technologist
File 1993, in Minnesota. It requires qualifications and continuing
education for surgical technologists. According to Minnesota House File 1993, a
health care facility would not be able to employ, contract, or retain the
services of an individual that performs surgical technology tasks unless the
- Successfully completed an accredited education
program and maintains the certified surgical technologist credential.
Individuals already working as surgical technologists, and
surgical technologists working for the federal government and the military
would not be required to have completed an accredited education program or to
maintain certification. Such grandfathered
and military surgical technologists would be required to complete 15 hours of
continuing education annually going forward.
Waivers are available if a health care facility is unable to
employ a sufficient number of individuals with the required training after making
a thorough effort.
Generally, AORN supports education and certification of
allied health care personnel working in the operating room, provided any bill
language includes appropriate supervision language AORN’s comments to the
Minnesota Health and Human Services Policy Committee emphasized the need for RN
supervision language in the bill. Because of the crucial responsibilities of the
circulating nurse and the fact that 1993 would codify operating room procedure,
AORN recommended the language in H.F. 1993 be amended to reflect current best
practices in Minnesota hospitals, which is that the surgical technologist in
the scrub function work at the direction of the surgeon and under the
supervision of the registered nurse circulator who is in the operating room for
the duration of the procedure.