RN BLS PALS CCRN - translation please!

  1. The only part i got out of that was RN!

    I havent even started nursing school yet, but am determined to work with Kids in Pediatrics.

    I saw this job listing for an RN in PEDS and RN BLS PALS CCRN were the requirements - just want to know what i should be thinking abou to achieve my goal. So a TRANSLATION would be greatly appreciated!
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  3. by   Gator,SN
    RN- Registered Nurse
    PALS- Pediatric Advanced Life Support
    ACLS- Advanced Cardiac Life Support
    CCRN- Certified CriticalCare Registered Nurse
    BLS- Basic Life Support
    PEDS-Pediatrics

    After you get your RN license you can get PALS and ACLS. You will probably need BLS (which is CPR/choking) to start nursing school. The CCRN certification takes several years of experience to aquire working in a critical care area.
    Hope this helps!
    Gator
  4. by   nycNurse2b
    What is entailed in getting PALS and ALCS certifications? How does one go about doing that?
  5. by   TMPaul
    Quote from nycNurse2b
    What is entailed in getting PALS and ALCS certifications? How does one go about doing that?

    Both are very intense courses (usually 2 days, 8 hours each) with both a written and a skills test (you must pass both to be certified). Most hospitals/medical centers offer them through the education department. I would advise getting a book ahead of time and study before theclass.
    Good Luck!!
  6. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from nycNurse2b
    What is entailed in getting PALS and ALCS certifications? How does one go about doing that?
    You find/enroll in a course, review the materials they give you, attend the course (2 8-hour days each) and take a written exam and participate in a "mega-code" in which you are presented with a scenario and you utilize the concepts from the course to tell/demonstrate what you would do in each step of the scenario. PALS and ACLS certifications are for 2 years (just like BLS and NRP) at which time you take a one-day (usually not even a whole day) refresher course during which you are presented with any updates of current recommendations and you retake the exam and mega-code.

    Just FYI - nursing students do not really need these certifications and the courses can be expensive ($300/course I think?). If I were you, I would wait and let your employer send you to these classes - they will pay for the class and pay you for attending. The information presented in the courses will also make more sense to you after you have been working as a nurse for a while. Any employer that requires you to already be certified (especially if they require you to have CCRN) will also require that you already have experience - you have to have at least a year of experience to sit for CCRN.
  7. by   NYLady
    Quote from nycNurse2b
    ... just want to know what i should be thinking abou to achieve my goal...
    nycNURSE2B
    WTG! You already have the makings of a great nurse, planning ahead!
    Deborah
  8. by   Darlene K.
    Quote from RN4NICU
    You find/enroll in a course, review the materials they give you, attend the course (2 8-hour days each) and take a written exam and participate in a "mega-code" in which you are presented with a scenario and you utilize the concepts from the course to tell/demonstrate what you would do in each step of the scenario. PALS and ACLS certifications are for 2 years (just like BLS and NRP) at which time you take a one-day (usually not even a whole day) refresher course during which you are presented with any updates of current recommendations and you retake the exam and mega-code.

    Just FYI - nursing students do not really need these certifications and the courses can be expensive ($300/course I think?). If I were you, I would wait and let your employer send you to these classes - they will pay for the class and pay you for attending. The information presented in the courses will also make more sense to you after you have been working as a nurse for a while. Any employer that requires you to already be certified (especially if they require you to have CCRN) will also require that you already have experience - you have to have at least a year of experience to sit for CCRN.
    As a "new" nurse, usually you are allowed up to 1 year to obtain these certifications after you are hired. I agree, don't spend your money while your in school, your employer will take care of it. Good luck!
    Last edit by Darlene K. on Jun 9, '04 : Reason: spelling
  9. by   nycNurse2b
    ....to all who took the time to respond!!

    GReatly appreciated!

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