ACLS info

  1. Hi,

    Im a student nurse and would be taking an ACLS course next week. Is there any material or topic that i need to review on? I want to be prepared for the course even if i have no experience in critical care.

    thanks a lot for your input.
    •  
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   zambezi
    I also took acls when i was a student...the american heart association has an acls book which i read cover to cover since i had no clinical experience on my own other than watching. I also read up on the most common drugs used in acls and went over the alogorhythms (sorry i cant spell today)...the written test for me was a breeze since i was the school test taking mode and i think that i did pretty well on the practical stuff...went through lots of practice scenarios in the book...good luck
  4. by   moonshadeau
    know your rhythms!!!!!
  5. by   Sarah, RNBScN
    Read your ACLS text cover to cover.
    Know your rythm's.
    Try this site for a exam and review.
    www.v-tachonline.com
    Best of luck and enjoy.
  6. by   BadBird
    I don't understand why a student is taking ACLS? You have to register and take a pretest to be eligible. I assume you already have a BLS certification. Oh well, good luck.
  7. by   BBFRN
    http://www.acls.net/ Has scenarios, algorithm tips and mnemonics, and quizzes.
  8. by   gwenith
    If you are really keen do a literature search - The ILCOR (The International Liason COmmittee on Resuscitation) is avavilble through medline or CINAHL in your local nursing/medical library. Don't use the "Medline" here as it is primarily set up for the lay public.
  9. by   USA987
    Originally posted by BadBird
    I don't understand why a student is taking ACLS? You have to register and take a pretest to be eligible. I assume you already have a BLS certification. Oh well, good luck.
    Actually I am a student as well, who will be taking ACLS next week. I graduate in 2 weeks. For our preceptorships during the month of May we couldn't go into any ICU, TELE, DOU, ED, NICU, etc. without ACLS, PALS, etc....
  10. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by USA987
    Actually I am a student as well, who will be taking ACLS next week. I graduate in 2 weeks. For our preceptorships during the month of May we couldn't go into any ICU, TELE, DOU, ED, NICU, etc. without ACLS, PALS, etc....
    Makes sense to me. Better to get it out of the way and be armed with that knowledge before you go onto those floors.
  11. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Having certifications when charging into the job market, makes you a much more desireable and marketable commodity(sp), if you will. Check out this link http://www.toolivenurse.com

    It's a cool site with fun ways to get your ACLS algorhythms down. Good luck, you'll be fine. Especially as it is a much more user friendly course now than when I first took it.

    Christie
  12. by   TinyNurse
    I took ACLS as a student. I had taken a cardiac nursing course first though. know the drugs.
    ACLS helps you and does not try to fail you. They are extremely nice, fun and cool, honestly it was one of my best classes I CHOSE to take during school.
    memorize the cards they give you, and they may let you use them on the test.
    xoxo
    Jen
  13. by   Miki13
    http://www.acls.net is the best site! It will take you step by step through a code and tell you why your answer is wrong.

    Know your algorhythms and drugs!

close