Publish Date: September 12, 2012
A bill that would make it unlawful for a person to use the title "certified surgical technologist" unless the person meets certain educational requirements and holds a certification in California has passed both houses of the legislature and is being sent to the Governor’s desk for action.
Assembly bill 2561 seeks to encourage education and training of surgical technologists as a way to prevent surgical site infections. The bill would require surgical technology to be performed at the direction of or subject to supervision by a surgeon or registered nurse. The bill also sets forth the tasks a certified surgical technologist would be able to perform.
In order to use the title “certified surgical technologist”, a person would be required to successfully complete a nationally accredited educational program for surgical technologists or a training program for surgical technology provided by the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Public Health Service. They would also have to hold and maintain certification as a surgical technologist by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or another nationally accredited surgical technologist credentialing organization.
Government Affairs will continue to monitor this bill and keep AORN members aware of its status.