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Also - I think (IMHO) that as a student, you need to be studying the basics first. To run a megacode as a nursing student is going to be difficult - because of your limited experience. Unless, you are a paramedic, LPN? Good luck
I definately agree with knowing the basics first--however, I think that if you are a senior, nearing graduation, and are working or planning to work in a place where you will see codes, use emergency meds, and see cardiac rhythms frequently (er, critical care) then taking acls as a student can be beneficial. As a student, you will not be expected to run any code--mega or not. You probably won't push meds. You could do cpr, etc. I took acls about three months before I graduated and I was doing my 40 hour a week clinical in CCU. When there was a code, even though I was more of an observer/minimal helper, it was useful for me to know what was going on, knowing the steps in a code. After taking acls, it made the situation make more sense--and I knew what questions I wanted to ask my preceptor after the code. In order to prepare, I just read the book cover to cover, studyed the drugs, ekg intrepretation and alogorhythms. If you are planning to work in a place where codes are infrequent at best, then I would probably wait to take the class, only becuase if you don't practice seeing the meds, the ryhthms, etc...you forget what you learned.