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I took ACLS my final semester of school....I had been doing a preceptorship in CCU for about 4 months at that time so I had seen a couple of codes...To prepare, I read the book front to back, had just taken an EKG class and studied the alogorithms and meds...I passed the test only missing one (test taking mind set from school helped too) and felt ok about the other stuff...I was definately nervous but I don't think that I did any worse than the nurses that were new to acls that had not really been to codes or worked tele before...Anyway, it was helpful for work because learning what was going on made me feel more comfortable...it is doable. I would just try to have fun with it...it serious, of course, but the less stressful you can make it in your mind the better...just remember you will always have a team with you-you are never alone during a code (if anything ususally there are too many people). If you can get through nursing school, you can get through ACLS...
I am an LPN and I took the ACLS Course. I prepared myself by reviewing the course book and learning word associations. I took a review class for EKG Interpetation and that helped as well.
For me the written exam was not as difficult as others would have you belieive. At the hospital where I took the class (2 days) the instructors where very positive and helpful.