So I went to make a photocopy of my BLS card today and did a double take when I noticed that I was due to renew back in April. In the past, the nurse educator of my unit would always let us know when we were due. Last year I started working somewhere new; apparently this nurse educator does not keep on top of our certifications. I'm assuming that I need to take the initial course now, but I was hoping I could still take a renewal course. Does anyone know for sure? Thanks!
I am an AHA BLS instructor and I most likely would not make you take more than the renewal course. I doubt my TC higher ups would either in their classes. The non-renewal course would simply not offer you anything you would not get in the renewal class at your level. Its not like you haven't had it and as long as you are not an idiot, many instructors will do that.
The instructors I have been lucky enough to work with believe like me, that the goal is to ensure you know what to do rather than waste your time punitively. If you are training through a large ambulance company with strictly scheduled classes, they may not want to bother checking on the idiot factor and just limit you to the full course, but I suppose that would be the nature of any large, inflexible, company mindset...
To be honest its not like there is a big difference between the original class and the renewal class anyway, it is the same skillset, just one sets it up a bit more...
P.S. I know some folks like the online class then the skills test alone, but I would advise you to only do this if you are actually certain of your cpr skills. You would not believe how much of a pain that can be to get someone paying you to monitor a quick skills check and learning they are terrible. Then do you send them home to practice more like you are supposed to? Or do you mess up your schedule and spend hours teaching them how to do it right when they haven't paid for that and it cuts into others' time... Never an easy situation, so some instructors are not happy to do skills tests sometimes. Just understand the situation that puts them in realistically. Skills fade if you don't practice and it is hard to fail someone who needs that cert for their work.
Last edit by avionics on Aug 7, '11