Do you think your employer is reponsible for paying for your ACLS training & cert?

  1. One of the local hospitals has changed their policy that the employees must pay for their own ACLS training.

    So do you think your employer is reponsible for paying for your ACLS training & cert?
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  2. Poll: Do you think your employer is reponsible for paying for your ACLS training & cert?

    • Yes, they should pay if they want nurses with ACLS

      95.19% 99
    • No, it's not the employers responsibility to pick up the tab.

      1.92% 2
    • Dpends on the facility

      1.92% 2
    • Not sure

      0.96% 1
    104 Votes
  3. 21 Comments

  4. by   sirI
    By all means, yes, the employer should foot the bill.
  5. by   KatieBell
    If you are supposed to have ACLS for your job, I believe the employer should pay for you to have it. Now, if you work somewhere where ACLS is not required, then probably the employer has a right to not pay. Still, one of the perks of working is often continuing education. Working at an academic medical center I was always taking special classes (Geriatric trauma, ATLS, etc) and I think that improved my practice, as it sure didnt do a thing for my social life...

    If itis required the hospital should cover it.
  6. by   zambezi
    I too voted that yes, if it is required, the hospital should pay- our hospital has a little stipulation that it is required for the job- so if you are a new grad and haven't taken acls or something- you have to pay for the first one since it is a requirement of the position to be hired and then they will foot the bill for the follow-ups...
  7. by   LadyT618
    I agree....if your employer requires you have ACLS, they should pay for it.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yes. And mine does.
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    I think that have sufficient money to pick up the tab........LOL
  10. by   Katnip
    If it's a job requirement to have ACLS, the facility should pay for it.

    I haven't heard of a facility that will not pay for required certs and CEUs. But I don't doubt they're out there.
  11. by   GooeyRN
    If they want nurses to have it then they can foot the bill. If they don't foot the bill then the nurses who do obtain special certifications should get a raise. If they don't do either, their is no incentive for many to obtain certifications, others however would like to learn and better onself and serve patients better. I choose to not get ACLS certified even though it is paid for. I work in a rural hospital, and if I were certified they would staff so that I was the only RN in the hospital, and I would have to run all of the codes. By being uncertified, I know there will always be another RN somewhere in the hospital.
  12. by   UM Review RN
    It can get a little tricky.

    In the critical care units and ER, ACLS is a must, so the employer pays.

    On our unit, ACLS is a darned good thing to have because we have a lot of Codes, but technically, we don't have to have it.

    I think it's a dumb policy insofar as patient safety, but good for the bottom line.

    So those of us who have it, pay for it ourselves.
  13. by   sjrn85
    In a perfect world, the answer woud be "yes." But if ACLS is a requirement for the position, then yes, they should. If it's not required but the nurse wants to take ACLS to further his/her knowledge, like I said it would be nice.
  14. by   gypsyatheart
    If it's required by your unit/facility, then definitely! If it doesn't apply to your area but you just want it as an added credential, then, I believe it is your responsibility.
  15. by   jmgrn65
    I think that if it is required by the facility, then yes they should pay for it.

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