***Whoops! Be careful!
Everybody double-check what Joint Commission and AORN *NATIONAL* (not local) standards are!
Do you have a recovery room on your unit for post-op patients??
Do you recover post-op pts on your unit?
Does your hospital require PACU/RR nurses to be ACLS certified? If so, your facility CANNOT have a "double-standard" for nurses in OB who recover patients! It is a big "red flag" for Joint Commission evaluations to mark you down on accreditation.
We started requiring ACLS for all in L&D about five years ago...and, although it did really intimidate me the first time through, I have been thankful for it several times.
Just two years ago, one of our "low risk" moms was laboring in a birthing room, with her husband & teenage daughter as her coaches. She was tolerating early active phase of labor quite well when she got a "funny" look on her face, became acutely dyspneic, became cyanotic & arrested--all in the course of three minutes or less!
Yes, she had thrown an amniotic-fluid embolus. Yes, we coded her. Yes, we did a crash c/s in the birthing room while doing CPR with her husband & daughter standing in the hallway, nearly hysterical, in the arms of the House Supervisor & the Hospital Chaplain. Yes, we got a healthy baby boy delivered in time. And, despite broken hearts for the family, YES, WE ALL SLEPT WELL THAT NIGHT, knowing we had done EVERYTHING we could for her, following all ACLS protocols, working as a team on her behalf. I can only imagine how we would have been had we stumbled through the Code....
Suggestion: suck up your nerves & go take the course!!! it really isn't that painful!
Our hospital offers a "pre-course" called ACLS for the Anxious, that really reviews the "scary" parts & makes you feel more comfortable. Look for something like that the first time!
Go for it!