There is a steep curve to CC, yet
if you read into your preceptorship and how people get into CC settings just remember it was because of a simple test most schools
pay for written by some company to grade you (ATI/HESI). That is really it! Nothing more; people are lazy. It sucks right now being a new graduate, ALCS is just one of four other certificates someone can obtain to make themselves stand out compared to probably 300+ applicants for few residency programs that really are not looking for more than 10 people. Certain parts of the country NGRN are not even considered since laid off ones are chosen first.
CC is obtainable, but understand your going to be on your toes, working with six drips at a time, multiple disciplinary factors, watching the living fade away with nothing you can do but watch an electronic strip slowly decrease to asystole. A good mentor helps and a great friend is key.
ACLS is offered Hospitals, but I took mine through AHA by a private company owned by nurses before I had even passed the NCLEX. ACLS just means you have the knowledge to do, not that your ready, or experienced. Any good charge nurse or nurse manager wouldn't throw someone they know isn't ready into a situation without cause or knowing the level of experience they have as well as any new nurse should turn down an assignment they don't feel comfortable doing. The real world the new nurse should volunteer when these events come up to be apart of them so they can build their status among their peers and prove their abilities.
I think every ACLS test ask the question: "What does the ACLS certificate mean?" and the answer sure wasn't "B: I can run a code".