As of May 15, 2017
In January AST sent letters to all 170 new legislators just introducing the ST profession to them and explaining what AST is supporting in the legislature this year. Also in January Dr. Murphy and Representative Lambert officially agreed to sponsor the bill, and sent the legislation to bill drafting. On February 27 House Bill 199 was filed. On March 8 the bill was read to the Health and Human Services committee and passed unanimously. On March 9 The bill was presented to the house twice and passed both readings. Now it is time to take the bill onto Senate. Our lobbyist, Sarah Wolfe, said it could be several months before it is brought up for a vote in the Senate. On Wednesday, March 29 we showed the lawmakers who we are by preforming a mock surgery of a total knee replacement in the Capitol. Our legislative committee had been having weekly phone conferences to prepare for the mock surgery. After an extensive search Dr. Shah from Concord, NC stood in as our surgeon. Stryker agreed to be our Orthopedic representative for the mock and has graciously donated items to make this happen. As well as several hospitals and the surgical technology program from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences donated items to make this mock happen. At this time the bill is sitting in senate awaiting to be read.
As of June 8, 2016:
While at national conference in San Diego, Katie Dowdy (NC Board of Director), Heather Hodges (NC Secretary), and Heather Burggraf (National AST Secretary) met with Cathy Sparkman (Director of Goverment Affairs for AST) and Tara Kruse. Tara is form Oregon and was one of the big players in finally getting Oregon's bill to pass. We discussed or model bill. We now have links for sample letters to use for our letter campaing. We are wanting to begin this ASAP so that we can have all of the letters gathered and ready for when we file our bill in January. We aske that each of you encourage your co-workers that this bill is not to replace techs who have been on the job for years. We are protecting our profession as well as our patients for now and the future. We also ask that if you are in a program or know of a program that would host a mock surgery get in touch with us. We want to invite local leaders and representatives to attend these events. Cathy encouraged us to help with campaings. THis will also aid in getting our field out there. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to any board member via email.
As of September, 2015:
The NCSA-AST Legislative Committee has been working diligently on moving our legislative efforts forward. We have been pursuing opportunities with AORN’s pending legislation efforts, Senate Bill SB371, “Patient Safety in Operating Rooms”. The committee has also been networking with Senator Fletcher L. Hartsell, Jr., District 36 for Cabarrus and Union counties, in an effort to get the profession, certification, and advancement of Surgical Technologists out in the community.
On Friday, September 26, an executive meeting was hosted by NCSA to educate executives in our community about Surgical Technology, as well as, the importance of certification for patient advocacy. The discussion included credentialing, professional competencies, the importance of ongoing professional development, and risk management from the Surgical Technologist’s perspective. Roy Zacharias, CST, FAST, AST President, represented AST and the legislative efforts at this meeting.