Hello and Welcome to the Florida State Assembly of the AST Webpage!! We look forward to helping you in any way we can. This is a wonderful time to be a Surgical Technologist in the State of Florida. There are so many opportunities for growth now as we have surgical technologists moving into positions managing central supply, becoming surgical first assistants, lead surgical technologists, and finding your niche in the operating room specialty of your choice. Keeping current and keeping your continuing education credits up is important and there are ways to keep it done with the costs down. See our web page regarding maintaining your CE credits.
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I would like to update you on the work of the Florida State Assembly Board and Officers.
- 1. The 46th AST National Conference has been completed. Our delegation served to ensure that the bylaws have not changed as of this date and provided information to the National Officers and Board of Directors regarding the Florida membership concerns that have been reported to us. These include:
- Legislation progress for 2015: the legislative climate continues to be non-supportive of “unnecessary regulation”. We have continued to seek bills to attach our language to; however, there has been no progress. The House of Representatives shut down completely shut down any potential progress we might have made. Solutions: At this time, there is an increase in the number of hospitals requiring certification which has increased the number of Certified Surgical Technologists in the State of Florida. In our legislative meeting, we have asked for all language to include a grandfather clause for those who have been working in the field. We are also reviewing our lobbyist contracts and our legislative process. We will keep the membership informed at our next Business meeting in August 15, 2015 in Palm Beach. Continuing education credits from manufacturers of medical equipment are no longer acceptable through AST due to a potential conflict of interest. However, CE’s through your hospital or facility are acceptable. Solution: Any manufacturer inservice provided by the facility for your work can be submitted with signatures by your charge nurse/education personnel on a signed roster document validating the date, topic and length of program in half hour or one hour increments. Language regarding the requirement for an Associate’s Degree is an accreditation requirement by the year 2021 for surgical technology programs for new students graduating beginning in the year 2021. In the state of Florida, programs are making changes to their programs to either become an associate’s degree program or affiliating with a program so their graduates can attain this minimum degree by the year 2021. There is no plan for any legislative bill to dictate any minimum education requirements.
- Upcoming educational events include August 15, 2015 in Palm Beach and then November 3, 2015 in Clearwater/Tampa area. We look forward to seeing you there.
- Business meeting will be August 15, 2015 with a meet and greet the night before. If you are interested in running for office, you need to submit a request to run for office so your credentials can be approved by 7 PM on August 14, 2015. Elections will include President, Vice President, Treasurer and two Board of Directors positions.
Finally, if you ever have any questions, just ask one of our board members or officers. Rumors abound…don’t listen to them…ask or come to meetings and stay informed of the real news.
Libby McNaron, Florida State Assembly President
Libby(Mary) McNaron, CST, CSFA, RN, CNOR, MSN, MSHRM, FAST
Elected Terms: August 2011 – August 2015
Please feel free to call or look me up any time that I can be of assistance to you. firstname.lastname@example.org,
850-873-3551 or 850-773-8350.
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