I want in a hospital!!!! ( WAAAAAAAAA) I am very frustrated w/ my current job and I am ready to look for a new job after 9 yrs. I am completing all of my non-nursing curriculum before applying to the ADN program next spring. I have filled out apps at both the local hospitals, only to never here back from them. I understand I have no experience....but dang I am willing to learn. I have nurse friends...at these hospitals..that tell me to come fill out app for unit clerck or something.....but no such luck. I keep seeing ....BLS and BCLS on all the tech and clerk position descriptions. I assume this means Basic life saving skills? Where in the HECK do I learn these? No one seems to know.I found the CPR class at the local Red Cross, but thats it. I want to get all these things so maybe I can get some kind of job in a hospital. I mean DANG they didn't even call me to do laundry( not thatI really want to....hehehehe).....any way any Ideas would be appreciated...I am feeling REALLY unwanted...lol
Feb 4, '03
I just re-read your post and think you might have 'mixed up' ACLS and BCLS when you talked to the guy at the hospital.
ACLS (ADVANCED Cardiac Life Support) does require a higher level of certification and licensure. Most programs won't allow you to take it unless you're a certain licensure level (LPN, EMT-ID, etc.). Because ACLS involves intubation and administering drugs.
BCLS is (BASIC Cardiac Life Support). There are actually two kinds, or used to be when I taught it through the American Heart Assoc. One was for 'Providers", people who work in the medical field, EMS, etc. The other was for basic 'civilians'. In some states (such as Michigan) AED is supposed to now be included in the BCLS course, but double check.
I would definitely become BCLS-AED certified--at "Provider" level if it's still available. I bet that helps a great deal.
However, be sure to check that person's credentials. Shockingly, I know some people who recently took a course from someone 'pretending' to be a CPR instructor and had put out posters etc.. Fortunately, a few people there knew enough to 'catch' the mistakes she was teaching and check into her further. And report her of course. You wouldn't think someone would do such a thing, but we have all kinds out there....
Last edit by kavi on Feb 4, '03