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).