I know if I did a search I'd find my answers, but I'm lazy and want my own thread.
I'm going to take ACLS in June for the first time, since they are thinking of making our unit a step-down ICU within the next year or two. Plus it's lots of CEU's.
I've just finished an EKG course and have CPR. What, if anything, prior to then can I do to help prepare myself. What did you do.
Apr 24, '04
Tweety - the biggest chanllenge for most first timers with ACLS is recognizing rhythms. If you have taken the EKG course, then you probably have a decent understanding of rhythms. For me, I found it helpful to practice my ACLS skills online with some practice sites. Here is a site that might be helpful http://www.aclsonline.us/recert/pages/login.jsp
I have another one, but the url escapes me right now, once I find it, I will post it.
I just took my 4th recertification since becoming an RN and this one was the toughest. I think the standards are changing all the time and the drug regime is changing also. It is a good idea to know your drugs, their doages rates and how they impact on the heart (BP, Pulse, etc) prior to taking ACLS. Having that knowledge helps as you are learning the drug sequence for ACLS. Good Luck and I will post that other site once I find it.
Just found it www.acls.net
This site gives you an excellent practice scenario. Enjoy!
Last edit by RNPATL on Apr 24, '04