Quote from ChuckeRN
ACLS and BLS are 2 different classes/certifications. You should have gotten your BLS while still in school as a part of being in the hospital during your clinicals.
You may need a re-cert after 2 years, IIRC. Some ACLS certification classes will often include a BLS re-cert so you should ask. Also, most hospitals require ACLS classes certified by the American Heart Association, so again, ask.
Yes, you will need BOTH. Although ACLS includes BLS, just because you are ACLS certified doesn't mean you will be BLS certified. Most jobs require ACLS certification within the first 6 months-1 year on the job, and most of the time those classes are offered at little to no cost for employees. Although ACLS is a good resume builder, I would maybe wait, because those classes are expensive! I would have at least your BLS, though.
1) I would apply for malpractice insurance now. It's never too early. Definitely get it before you start working, though, and shop around. NSO is a popular site, but I went through Proliability - cheaper premiums for more coverage ($1M/$6M for I think $60 with Proliability as opposed to $100,000/$600,000 for $120 through NSO). Rates vary by state. You will get a discount your first year as a new grad.
2) Health, dental, vision, retirement if you need it. Full-time offers those benefits as does part-time, but I think some institutions do not offer benefits for part-time employees. I have never seen benefits offered to PRN employees but again, it varies by institution.
3) You will have to contact your board for more details, because each state is different. In Texas, you are exempt from having to do CNE when you renew for the first time. Afterwards, it's 20 contact hours; each CEU = 10 contact hours. Also make sure that your CEU's are recognized by your state board of nursing.
4) Absolutely not! That is impossible, and myself and everyone here will tell you that nursing school isn't the same as real world nursing! They are actually quite different. You do not really learn "how" to be a nurse until you start working as one. Nursing school gives you the knowledge, but a lot of that knowledge also comes with the job.