Quote from CP2013
I worked as ED tech for about a year, so I have gone through codes, and have a fairly extensive knowledge of EKG, at least compared to students who have never even placed a 12 lead, and had to determine if there was a STEMI and I needed to prep the patient to go to cath lab.
In my area, ACLS is running $150 + $60 for the book. Together ACLS and PALS would cost me $500 I think. And employers in my area are willing to reimburse for the course if within 90 days of hire, and you have the receipt.
I just thought it would be nice for my resume, trying to get into the ED, and even if I don't get reimbursed for the course, I just want something to have an edge up on all the EMT & paramedic applicants I will be competing with, and I want to look good on paper, at least get my foot in the door.
I can't see it as an advantage....it is a course in ADVANCED Cardiac Life support and students haven't mastered the basics. I would prefer a new grad concentrate on their last semesters in school as this time cannot be repeated......ACLS can. I am curious however.......Are you aware that Paramedics are ACLS certified? Their experience in "the field" alone will give the paramedic the advantage. In an Emergency Department setting along with acquired skills, like IV starts and assessment, that will give that Paramedic the edge.
As a tech in an Emergency Department I am sure that you have experiences that exceed your fellow students and other students that are techs in other departments......but I am unclear as to how it was up to you to "determine" that the patient had a STEMI and "prepped the patient for the cath lab" when without a license you can't administer the necessary meds and sign any of the consents.
Every member is a valuable part of the team....I am not negating your importance in your position nor disregarding your experience, but recognition of your scope of practice is an important factor when working in healthcare......even when you become a nurse. Any student that works at the bedside has an advantage when starting in the field....they are familiar with the "lingo" and the rhythm of the hospital which will give them an edge when first on the floors.
However, it is Your individual demographic area, and what hospitals want, that will change according to your area and what may give you an edge.....your networking endeavors should reflect your local market.
Good Luck in school! I wish all of "you" the best!!!