ACLS certification - page 2

by jwconn1104 6,152 Views | 36 Comments

Hey! I'm relatively new to the site, and I have a question for any of you who have gotten/are educated about the ACLS certification. Basically, I'm a first year ASN student and I'm hoping to get my ACLS certification over the... Read More


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    I agree with NickB. I was required to take a "Basic Arrhythmias" course before taking ACLS. This helped nail down some of the strip interpretations and common drugs. It really solidified what I learned in nursing school during the cardiac unit. The book I used was "ECG Workout" by Jane Huff. Bet you can find it on Amazon. Good luck to you!
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    I dont mean to sound so negative but can people fail this class? I got the review book yesterday which is Friday and I'm supoose to be taking acls class in 3 days. Now i'm trying to read the whole book and now I'm feeling overwhelmed. I have this dooming feeling that I better delay until the next class.
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    I'm a nursing student and I took ACLS. We did study ECGs in class though and I'd taken pharm so I was familiar with the drugs and the strips. I don't feel ACLS "prepared" after taking to be honest though. I kind of more took it to have it on my resume in this economy everything helps I think.

    I would agree though that an ECG course would be beneficial though, especially if you haven't studied that in school yet. I think that might be even more valuable.
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    Quote from maiday
    I'm a nursing student and I took ACLS. We did study ECGs in class though and I'd taken pharm so I was familiar with the drugs and the strips. I don't feel ACLS "prepared" after taking to be honest though. I kind of more took it to have it on my resume in this economy everything helps I think.

    I would agree though that an ECG course would be beneficial though, especially if you haven't studied that in school yet. I think that might be even more valuable.
    Great to hear that another student has done it. I think I am going to take a basic rhythm class and do some "ACLS pharmacology" preparation. I really appreciate all of the good information. If anyone has any advise on particular rhythm classes, that would be great... online and cheap are always pluses.

    Keep the good information coming. Thanks!
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    While in nursing school I took a job as a tech on an ICU unit. They paid for (and paid me while I attended) a basic EKG class. After graduation they sent me to ACLS. It worked out well for me. I can't think of any use for ACLS unless you were working as a nurse in an area where you would respond to codes. :redpinkhe
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    Do you think its possible to pass the ACLS class without ekg class or do you think ekg class needs to be taken first before taking acls?
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    Quote from Ms.RN
    Do you think its possible to pass the ACLS class without ekg class or do you think ekg class needs to be taken first before taking acls?
    Yes it is possible to take and pass ACLS without an ekg class. You will learn lethal arrythmias which you should be given sample strips of. I first took it as a student all those years ago and passed it. Just study the stuff they give you and if you have questions, ask. ACLS is all about recognizing those specific rhythms and having memorized the algorithim.
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    My advice is to do whatever it is you feel is best for your career, and don't listen to naysayers. You can do whatever you want if you believe in yourself. Buy some books and research some online tests. Learn the basic rhythms, there aren't that many of them. You can do it if you try. The course book you get will tell you everything you need to know. Good luck!
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    Quote from Rocknurse
    My advice is to do whatever it is you feel is best for your career, and don't listen to naysayers. You can do whatever you want if you believe in yourself. Buy some books and research some online tests. Learn the basic rhythms, there aren't that many of them. You can do it if you try. The course book you get will tell you everything you need to know. Good luck!
    Thanks. I think I'm going to go for it. One of my friends has an ACLS book, and I think I'm going to learn some basic rhythms via AHA course. I should be able to do it. I'm just going to have to make some time, I suppose.
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    Hi James,

    My employer paid for me to take an EKG class offered at a local hospital before I took the ACLS certification class and exam. It was really great (although at first I was secretly horrified because I felt like everyone in the class knew SO much more than me, a lot of them already worked on telemetry units!) . I did find it HUGELY helpful when it was time to take the ACLS exam, because we were definitely expected to know how to read EKG's when we walked in the door. The LPN program I attended back in the day did not cover EKG's at all. The class was Tuesday and Thursday (all day) for two weeks, so we got lots of help and practice. Also, a fellow nurse gave me one of those "EKG's Made Incredibly Easy!" books that she had used, and it was also very helpful (but I can't say I ever found most of them to be incredibly easy, haha).

    Good luck to you!


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