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Arkansas Introduces Surgical Technologist Bill, Again

Publish Date: February 15, 2017

House bill 1237, which would provide title protection for surgical technologists by authorizing the Arkansas Board of Medicine to formally register certain surgical technologists, has been referred to the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee. This bill would allow the Board of Medicine to register surgical technologist applicants who hold a current credential as a certified surgical technologist from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting, all military surgical technologist training program graduates, and currently working surgical technologists. Individuals not registered with the Board will be prohibited from using the title “registered surgical technologist.” The bill only offers title protection for registered surgical technologists and is not a requirement for certification.

In order to safeguard patient safety, AORN Government Affairs is working with stakeholders to offer amendments clarifying the role of the RN Circulator in Arkansas operating rooms and the relationship surgical technologists have with the surgical team, especially perioperative registered nurses. In the last legislative session, AORN worked with members and legislators to amend a proposed certification bill to ensure any future allied health care bills in the state appropriately reference the supervisory presence of the registered nurse circulator in all operating rooms.

If you have any questions about this proposed legislation, please contact Danielle Glover, Government Affairs Manager.