Cardiac Step Down- ACLS Required for RN's?

  1. Greetings! I have been asked by my Medical Director to find out whether other Cardiac Step down units in the U.S. require ALL RN's to maintain ACLS Certification, or just the Charge Nurses?

    IF you work in a Cardiac Step-Down unit or general Cardiac NON-ICU, will you please reply, "ALL" or Charge Nurses", or other helpful answers...and also perhaps include data on what kind of hospital you're in (Community vs University, etc?)

    Thanks in advance- Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
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  2. Poll: Does your Cardiac (Non-ICU) Inpatient Unit require ACLS for all RNs?

    • Yes. All RN's must obtain and maintain ACLS certification

      100.00% 8
    • No, Charge RN's have it and It is highly encouraged, but not all RNs have ACLS.

      0% 0
    • No- only the Charge RNs on my unit and maybe a few others have ACLS

      0% 0
    • No- Only a select few RNs have ACLS, and not all Charge RNs

      0% 0
    • No RNs on my unit have ACLS

      0% 0
    8 Votes
  3. 12 Comments

  4. by   Rose_Queen
    Our ICU, intermediate intensive care unit, and cardiac telemetry floors are required to have ACLS. At one point they decided the telemetry floors didn't need ACLS. Didn't last long...
  5. by   beekee
    All RNS in the CVICU, intermediate cardiac care unit and cardiac telemetry floors must have ACLS at my hospital.
  6. by   Nightmaren
    Yup. All RNs in any floor where patients are on telemetry must be ACLS certified at my hospital.
  7. by   Dodongo
    Absolutely should be required for any type of step-down floor.
  8. by   kiszi
    I work in a cardiac ICU and serve as a code team member. The majority of codes I go to occur on step-down units. So yeah, I'd say ACLS is essential. I believe it is required at my facility also, but not 100% sure.
  9. by   icuCCRNurse
    I'm pretty sure all bedside nurses in my facility must have and maintain ACLS/PALS or ENPC certification.
  10. by   RG-RN2014
    My hospital requires all RNs be ACLS certified regardless of where you work. However, it is more important on ICU/CVICU and ICU/Cardiac Stepdown (where I work) because of the acuity. It is rare for a patient to code on Med/Surg and not common on Telemetry floors but they are still ACLS certified.
  11. by   Jleb886
    I worked in a cardiothoracic surgical stepdown, and now in the CTICU. At my hospital, ACLS is only required for ICU nurses. However, I took ACLS as soon as possible after becoming stepdown trained, and I found it very clinically relevant and helpful. Although it wasn't required, most if not all of the nurses i worked with in the SDU had ACLS.
  12. by   AceOfHearts<3
    I worked on a tele unit before becoming an ICU nurse. The acuity could range from med-surg dumping ground to patients that should have been in stepdown. It was a very large level 2 trauma center affiliated with one of the top health systems in the state. No tele nurses had ACLS and it was something nurses on my unit really pushed for. The hospital did not want to pay for the certification and stated nurses just needed to know BLS and to start CPR because the code team would be there quickly to run it. I am now obviously ACLS certified and I wish I had done it sooner on my own.
  13. by   Kuriin
    All telemetry unit RNs need to have ACLS. This includes ED, CCU, ICU, PCU, Cath lab, etc.
  14. by   applewhitern
    Every hospital I've ever worked in has all of the RN's ACLS certified, even the med-surg floors. The ICU's that I've worked in generally run their own codes.
  15. by   Wuzzie
    I work in an ambulatory clinic and it's required.

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