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by Bonny619 Bonny619 (Member)

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When is it needed? I don't plan on going into any sort of critical care unit, so should I do it? Any advice would be appreciated.

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DoubleblessedRN has 5 years experience and specializes in cardiology.

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In the ER, cardiac cath lab and ICU, it's mandatory.

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I have noticed recently that many ads for acute care positions, in different departments, require ACLS or state ACLS preferred, in their job announcements. Because of this, and because I am seeking a job in acute care, and because I am interested in being exposed to the skills, I decided to go ahead and take the class on my own. I also took the PALS class. I've added both to my resume and hope this helps me in a competitive job market.

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Hind12 specializes in N\A.

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I think its great to have those ahead of time. I too am deciding if I should take ACLS... for $200 :-(.. I know critical care and ER job postings require it, but I work in an MS ICU as an extern - and the new RN orinteees dont have anything. so during your 6month or so orientation the hospital pays for those class's PLUS pays your hourly rate while your there!!!

Thats why I cant decide. Take it now spend my money and and have some competitive advantage, or wait and maybe still get it and get it for free getting paid...... hmmm

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You know, I think you're right about it giving an edge in the job market. I think I might go ahead and get it.

I have noticed recently that many ads for acute care positions, in different departments, require ACLS or state ACLS preferred, in their job announcements. Because of this, and because I am seeking a job in acute care, and because I am interested in being exposed to the skills, I decided to go ahead and take the class on my own. I also took the PALS class. I've added both to my resume and hope this helps me in a competitive job market.

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

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Many hospitals require this of their nursing staff as well as other staff members including RT, Rad techs, etc., as a condition of continued employment.

Need to check out your hospital's requirements.

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EricJRN has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in NICU.

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The other thing to check is whether or not you would get a discounted price as a student, especially if your nursing school and your hospital have some sort of affiliation.

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I think we are, 165 bucks? Does that sound like a reduced price? I'm not sure how much it is normally.

The other thing to check is whether or not you would get a discounted price as a student, especially if your nursing school and your hospital have some sort of affiliation.

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

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Every two years.

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