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Florida Surgical Technologist Bills Die with End of Session

Publish Date: May 15, 2013

Combined Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistant bills, Senate Bill 360 and House Bill 281, both died on May 3 due to the end of Florida’s 2013 legislative session.

Had they passed, SB 360 and HB 281 would have prohibited Florida facilities from employing or contracting with a surgical assistant or surgical technologist unless that person held certification from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, the National Surgical Assistant Association, or the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, as appropriate.The bills contained a grandfathering provision for persons employed as a surgical technologist or surgical assistant between January 1, 2013 and July 1, 2013 and those enrolled in an accredited training program on July 1, 2013.

AORN and the Florida Nurses Association worked with stakeholders on an amendment that would have confirmed the supervisory role of the registered nurse circulator in those instances when the surgeon is unavailable; however, neither version of the bill contained the preferred supervisory language by the end of the session.

This was the second year in a row a surgical technologist certification bill failed to pass in Florida.