Hi, I have been an RN now for 2 yrs. I have worked several jobs, none of which have provided any real training.
I work agency and HH. I had an oportunity to work in a hospital with the agency. I told the scheduler I would LOVE to work in a hospital but I don't have any experience [as an RN]. She called the hospital to see what their requirements were for an agency nurse. They wanted a nurse who was certified in ACLS.
I am not certified. I took basic EMT in 2001 but didn't get certified. I decided to look on the AHA website to find out where I could take the course. I found out that I can take it at my local hospital. COOL!!
I called the educator and asked about the class. She said I needed the basic rhythms class first @ a cost of $50 + $31 for the book. This class meets in Feb. The ACLS class meets in March. Price for that class $175.00 + book.
Fine, I don't care how much it costs, I just want to get more education so I can expand my horizons and help my pts. I asked her to but me on the list for the classes and she asked me who I worked for. I told her, then she said that she doubted that I would ever need those classes and that I would be wasting my time. I told her that I didn't care, I really wanted to take these classes. Then she said that I couldn't be on the list for the class because they have to give it to the in hospital staff first. :angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
I understand the need to train in house, but why can't they make room for me? I have decided to take the CD class offered by AHA so that I will know something if and when I get to take the class. I really just need someone to watch me do a 'megacode'.
Thanks for letting me vent.
Any advice would be appreciated.