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ACLS and EKG classes needed for ICU?

Has 4 years experience. Specializes in Med surg, cardiac, case management.

I'm on a med-surg unit right now, thinking of going into ICU.

I know I need to take ACLS (only have BLS right now), but should I take an EKG class as well?

You see, I could save some money by taking these classes at my hospital, but I don't want to let my manager know I'm looking to go elsewhere, so I plan to take the classes somewhere else. Which would prove considerably more costly. Thus I'd like to know if EKG is really necessary.

Chisca, RN

Has 36 years experience. Specializes in Dialysis.

If you are motivated, no, you don't need to take an EKG class. But you do need a good understanding of EKG's. :D Get Dubin's Rapid Interpretation of EKG's and if you can digest that you will have a good enough base to start in ICU.

WindwardOahuRN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care.

Take an EKG class and get a good EKG book that includes self-tests. Every one of your ICU patients will be on a monitor. Even subtle changes can be significant and may warrant action. Showing that you've already taken an EKG class will get you points when you apply for an ICU position. Ditto for taking ACLS.

Doing these things shows initiative. Reading a book is also good but writing "I read an EKG book" on your application looks really lame. :D

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