I'm a "senior" of sorts in an ABSN program (96 days and a wakeup left so we're over 3/4 done...) and from my EMS experience prior to nursing school/exposure to various specialties during clinicals, I'm leaning pretty strongly towards acute or critical care if I can find a job there after graduation. To that end, I've done ACLS and PALS (on my own, as opposed to waiting for my school/employer to run a class) but beyond those courses, I'm not sure what else I could look for in order to use my weekends productively and enhance my knowledge level. Since treating little kids made me nervous in our Peds/Maternal-Newborn rotations I thought about finding a NRP class but since I doubt I'd wind up in the NICU, doing NRP seems as it may be little more than resume "fluff". Should I wind up working in the Emergency Department/combined ICU I suppose there's a chance I'd have to care for a critical neonate and the knowledge from NRP may then come in handy, but that seems to be a unlikely circumstance. So, are there any courses/certifications I should pursue to (1) make the most of my "off" time in the remaining 3 months and change of school, (2) improve my acute/critical care knowledge level, and (distantly, on the importance scale) (3) enhance a new grad resume?
Last edit by jvencius on Jun 25, '12