How to learn ACLS?
- 0Sep 6, '11 by DaughteroftheKingI need to take an ACLS course for my position in the ICU & the facility offers two- one is a two day comprehensive course and the other is a refresher course for those who have been ACLS certified- well, obviously I registered for the first, and my supervisor says I cant go to the two day one, I have to take the one day class, even after I described to her that I was not certified already... So I'm kinda bummed because this is some really valuable information- I'm not familiar at all with rhythms, just the pretty textbook kind, which they rarely actually look just like- and I want to be useful & help save someone's life!
So, I guess I'm partially on my own- do any of you have any good books on the subject you would recommend or any other study tips so I can be prepared in the event of my first code?
- 1Sep 6, '11 by PediNurse3For studying purposes, go over the algorithms and memorize them forwards and backwards .Know the important rhythms (shockable, non-shockable, fatal, a-fib, etc) and you should be good.
I'm not really sure that they will certify in the re-cert class if you've never had ACLS before though...I would look into it before you waste your time.
- 0Sep 7, '11 by DabearsDitkaI'm an ACLS & BLS instructor. It is a myth that you have to take the 2 day course the first time, however is is highly advisable. I took the 2 day course when I first certed and again the 2 day for my renewal since my job would pay for it and I did not feel I knew the information well enough yet. But as stated by other some training centers will in fact not allow you to take the 1 recert class if not already in good standing
- 1Sep 7, '11 by MombearNurseI just took the ACLS prep class and it was worth every penny! On Thursday and Friday I will be taking the 2-day ACLS course. I think I'm actually beginning to understand the rhythms! I am nervous about the course coming up though, but especially since I paid for it myself (not having a job yet, after graduating in May) I will get as much out of it as possible.
- 1Sep 7, '11 by TinyRNgrlThe class isn't bad at all. If you have a good instructor that reviews basic rhythm analysis and you follow the algorithms you will be fine. If you want to message me I would be more than happy to help you with any questions. I work ER and run quit a bit of codes. I would be happy to help ya out if I can.
- 1Sep 7, '11 by TinyRNgrlAlso, the hospital where I work actually sent me to a basic dysrhythmia class and had a wonderful, very simple to understand booklet. I actually made a copy of it and sent it to a friend of mine who was entering her last year of nursing school where she would be learning ekg's and she said she would of never understood it otherwise since they briefly teach this stuff in school. I could send you a copy of it if your interested.