Enhancing the profession to ensure quality patient care.
The most powerful voice in our government is that
of the constituent, particularly when that constituent is part of a group. AST
empowers members to impact the changes in your state government so you will be able to enhance your ability to provide and practice quality patient care, protect your career and direct the
future of your profession.
Advocacy means the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy. AST advocates for higher quality patient care through the enhancement of the profession of surgical technology before state and federal regulatory and legislative bodies
and the public. The AST Government Affairs Department, in coordination with AST State Assemblies, leads legislative initiatives at the state level with the goals of fostering participation in the legislative process and passing legislation.
AST’s legislative mission, developed by the AST House of Delegates, is to support state and federal legislative and/or regulatory efforts that will require that surgical technologists are: graduates of accredited surgical technology programs and certified by the National Board of Surgical Technology
and Surgical Assisting. The model legislation grandfathers anyone currently working as a surgical technologist in a health care facility on the effective date or the bill to continue being employed as a surgical technologist. This legislation promotes the profession, ensures surgical
technology jobs go to surgical technologists, and, most importantly, protects patients!
State Laws and Legislation Overview
Federal Registered Apprenticeships: How They Align with CST Values and Opportunities for Advocacy
Turning the Workforce "Chute" into a Workforce Ladder
Minimum Standards for Surgical Technologists
National Surgical Technologist Week Proclamation Model
Should Healthcare Facilities Require CST Certification for Surgical Technologists? Yes. Here’s Why … (Detailed version)
Should Healthcare Facilities Require CST Certification for Surgical Technologists? Yes. Here's Why... (Short version)
Accredited Education and CST Certification is the Appropriate Minimum Standard for Surgical Technologists
Certified Surgical Technologists Have Many Life-Saving Roles in the Operating Room
American College of Surgeons Supports Accredited Education and CST Certification
Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety Supports the CST for Safe Surgery
The AST journal, The Surgical Technologist, features monthly government affairs articles. Archived issues are available to members by logging into their account and clicking on Journal archives.