PALS is a great course to take and complete, but do the reading in advance (much like an ACLS course) to make it easier and to learn more. I last took the course a while when I worked for a smaller hospital as a float nurse, and put in the paperwork for the reimbursement (for course tuition). Travel expense was negligible because five of us traveled (in one van) a total of 200 miles for the class.
The Director of Nursing at the time told me that the hospital would not reimburse the cost because, "....here at _______ Hospital, we do not do
pediatric advanced life support." No big deal to me because fifty dollars is not a whole lot of money (equivalent of a reasonably nice dinner for two).
A couple of months later, while working in the ICU, a code was called on Peds; another guy (RN) and I headed for that unit. As we were en route, we spontaneously (and simultaneously) said, "here at _______ Hospital, we do not do
pediatric life support."
That DON is (fortunately) long gone from there, and that hospital not only now requires PALS, but conducts classes on premises at least once per year.