New York Association of Surgical Technologists Spring '15 Newsletter

President's Note:
Happy 2015!

Hello NYAST members, 

I would like to wish each of you a Happy New Year. This is a monumental year for surgical technologists in New York, as the law requiring certification for all new surgical technologists in the state became effective on January 1, 2015. This is a giant step in the direction of promoting our profession and gaining the respect and recognition we deserve as health care professionals. 

NYAST is looking forward to another year of growth and firsts in 2015, with the first statewide Student Scrub Bowl in conjunction with our Spring Conference which will be held on Friday April 17 and Saturday April 18, 2015 in Syracuse. We are also offering our first student scholarship to attend the AST National Conference in San Antonio,TX in May, 2015. 

As always, we wouldn't be able to accomplish these things without the dedication of those who give their time and talent to work for our membership, so I thank the NYAST Board of Directors, as well as everyone who helps organize NYAST events, and of course all of you who put forth the time and effort to attend. Without your dedication to our profession we could not grow and work to promote surgical technology.

I look forward to seeing each of you this year at either the spring or fall conference, or both, and working with you to advance the profession of surgical technology in our state. 

Beth Applegate-Debo, CST/CSFA
President, NYAST

News and Updates

Our Fall conference was held at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn in September and over 100 Surgical Technologists earned 6 credits for attending. We held our election of delegates for the 46th AST National Conference to be held in San Antonio, TX in May. Our delegates will be Beth Applegate-Debo, CST/CSFA, NYAST President; Wende Barry, CST, NYAST Director; Kristine Diodato, CST; Gemma Fournier, CST, RN, FAST, NYAST Secretary; Richard Fruscione, CST, NYAST Director; Sue Jeffery, CST/CSFA, FAST. The alternates are Olalekan Olekanmi, CST and Rayon Henry, CST.

We continued our community outreach efforts by collecting wishlist items for the Coney Island Lighthouse mission during the fall conference again this year, which was greatly appreciated by Reverend Fusco. Also this fall some of the ST students of KBCC spent an afternoon at the Coney Island Lighthouse Mission telling the kids there all about what we do as Surgical Technologists. The ST students of Niagara County Community College collected and donated items to the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club for the holidays.  Thank you all for your generous contributions of items and time! 

Several of your NYAST board members have been speaking to groups throughout the state about the new law regarding education and certification for surgical technologists, in an effort to keep members informed about the change and to make the transition as easy as possible for everyone. 

Remember, if you are performing the duties of a surgical technologist in New York State you now must earn 15 hours of continuing education each year whether you are certified or not, unless you are a licensed professional working within the scope of practice of your license (for example, an RN who scrubs).


The NYAST Spring Conference will be held at Crouse Hospital's Marley Education Center in Syracuse, NY on Saturday April 18, 2015 with a Student Scrub Bowl on Friday evening April 17.  Conference details and online registration information will be sent in a separate email, or you can go to the Conference page of our website ny-ast.org for more information. 

Student Scrub Bowl information has been sent to the directors of all CAAHEP and ABHES accredited Surgical Technology programs in NY state. If you have any questions about the Scrub Bowl please email us at boardnyast@gmail.com. We are looking forward to a fun evening of friendly competition and education! Prizes will be awarded! 

We strongly encourage anyone who is coming to town Friday for the conference, to come watch the Scrub Bowl Friday evening to encourage and support the students...our future! We also encourage all students who are coming to the Scrub Bowl on Friday to attend the conference on Saturday! It will be a great learning and networking opportunity for everyone!

NYAST is excited to be offering a scholarship for a surgical technology student to attend the AST National Conference in San Antonio in May. The information and guidelines for this scholarship was sent to all program directors along with the Scrub Bowl information. 

Community Outreach
At the Spring Conference

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we have chosen the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center as our outreach focus for the NYAST Spring conference.
This is taken directly from their website:


The McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending child abuse through intervention and education. The organization offers a safe, child-friendly process for abused children and their families, supported by a committed, professional team specializing in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse.

 You can visit their website http://www.mcmahonryan.org/ to learn more about the organization. 
We ask that you bring an item on their wishlist to the NYAST Spring conference to help support their efforts in the community. 

Wishlist items:

Healthy snacks and juice boxes
K-cups (coffee, hot chocolate)
Diapers (all sizes)
Underwear, sweatshirts, sweatpants, pajamas (all sizes, infant to adult)
New children's books