Questions on ACLS certification
- 0Apr 18, '13 by Mrs149Hello everyone,
After getting my RN license in 2010 I remained in my first career got married and started a family. FFWD 2013 I am now completing my BSN (2 more weeks at OU) and would like to get into nursing. I was thinking about getting my ACLS certification.
Has anyone taken the American Heart Association courses? I was thinking classroom because I would like the hands on experience. Any advice would be welcomed.
- 1Apr 18, '13 by SquishyRNBrush up on basic arrhythmias and review the drugs used during a code. Perhaps you would want to take the AHA's ECG and Pharmacology course that is recommended for those taking ACLS for the first time if it is offered by the location you wish to take ACLS. If you review the book well enough prior to going to the ACLS class, however, you should be ok without the ECG and pharmacology class.
- 0Apr 19, '13 by classicdame Guidebe wary of online assistance as they may not be following the current AHA guidelines. Hospitals in my area will only accept AHA courses, although there are some companies that offer courses "based" on AHA guidelines. These are scams, in my opinion, especially if they do not require the same competency demonstrations. The course work should be CURRENT (2010 was the last update). The last time I looked at skillstat they were using 2005 guidelines.
- 0Apr 19, '13 by TheCommuter Senior ModeratorI've taken the classroom-based American Heart Association ACLS course twice through my workplace, once in 2011 and the second time happened to be yesterday. My place of employment paid for the course.
However, we do not keep any of the drugs on the algorithm in stock such as epinephrine or lidocaine, so I really wonder why my workplace even bothers to offer ACLS.
I definitely recommend the classroom-based course if you've never taken ACLS before.
- 0Apr 20, '13 by turnforthenurseRNWhen taking ACLS for the first time, definitely go the classroom route instead of online. Most employers also only recognize the course through the AHA.
If you want to take ACLS, make sure you know your rhythms, as this course does not teach you how to read rhythms but instead how to intervene and treat them. I would honestly wait on taking the course, however. ACLS generally costs around $200-$250 and most, if not all, employers will pay for you take the course when you are hired, so you'll save money that way.
- 1Apr 20, '13 by VANurse2010I know a lot of people on this board will not agree with this but here goes...
I don't think it'll be very useful to you as a new nurse without using it in context of a workplace setting. It's very forgettable without some kind of experience and context. Also, as has been mentioned above, it's expensive and usually covered by the employer if they want you to have it.