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.
  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. 7 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   Seshat
    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.