New Law for Surgical Techs

July 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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In case you didn’t hear, or didn’t go to the meeting on Thursday the 16th, the Texas Legislature passed new legislation governing Surgical Techs. 

  • HB 643 “requires a health care facility to employ a surgical technologist who has certain qualifications set forth by the bill’s provisions.” – Effective 9/1/2009

What does this mean to you? 

   It means, that starting September 1, 2009 – Anyone employed as a Surgical Tech needs to be certified by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting or it’s successor, the National Center for Competency Testing. 

   The bill also provides an exemption for a health care facility to employ a person to practice surgical technology from the date the person graduates from an accredited educational program (i.e., TSTC) for surgical technologists until the 180th day after the date of graduation but prohibits the person from continuing to practice surgical technology after the specified time period without showing documentation to the health care facility that the person holds and maintains the required surgical technologist certification. 

   So, you have approx. 6 months after you graduate to get your certification to keep/find a job. 

   The process is very similar to students who go for their LVN or RN..you graduate, but you still need to take a licensing test to get a job anywhere, only it’s a certification for Surgical Tech students. 

If you have questions, ask them at the next meeting, email Robert Sanchez, or read into it..here’s the link:

http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/analysis/pdf/HB00643H.pdf

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