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ACLS....is the exam hard?

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hey guys got a question:D

just passed NCLEX and now im getting an ACLS after my BLS so that i can write something in my resume hehehe....

just a quick question though to anyone who has passed ACLS....

is it hard? is there a high chance of probability of failing or will it be just like BLS? is the questions just like NCLEX?:D thanks for replying guys

ckh23, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER/ICU/STICU. Has 6 years experience.

It can be hard if you don't prepare. Make sure you review rhythm strips and study the algorithms.

PMFB-RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in burn ICU, SICU, ER, Traum Rapid Response. Has 16 years experience.

No it's very easy. It used to be hard but has been very dumbed down in the last 5 or 6 years. Just pay attention during the video. Even if you don't pass they will probaly just hand it back to you to correct the ones you got wrong.

No it's very easy. It used to be hard but has been very dumbed down in the last 5 or 6 years. Just pay attention during the video. Even if you don't pass they will probaly just hand it back to you to correct the ones you got wrong.

well thats reassuring hahahaha....thanks.....rhythm strips huh....what state are you in?

EricJRN, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 15 years experience.

The difference is that you can walk into a BLS class unprepared and pick up the info with no problem. I've seen people do that with ACLS and PALS, but by not preparing you would be making it unnecessarily stressful.

They aren't looking for 12-lead interpretation gurus or pharmacology experts. But at least study the basics - the asystole/PEA, bradycardia, SVT and VT/VF algorithms as well as the dosages for the most common drugs.

The difference is that you can walk into a BLS class unprepared and pick up the info with no problem. I've seen people do that with ACLS and PALS, but by not preparing you would be making it unnecessarily stressful.

They aren't looking for 12-lead interpretation gurus or pharmacology experts. But at least study the basics - the asystole/PEA, bradycardia, SVT and VT/VF algorithms as well as the dosages for the most common drugs.

ohh thanks for replying to both of my posts eric hehehehe......DOSAGES huh........this is more hard than nclex :eek:....ill just read the whole book also just to be safe........but is there a chance of failing this? paying another 280 dollars ? or would they just correct you for the mistakes ? :D

Since you just finished your RN, I don't think you will have too much trouble with ACLS. I had to do ACLS as part of my paramedic training, and it was much the same thing in my ADN advanced med surg.

You will have to do a mega code at the end of the ACLS class.

PMFB-RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in burn ICU, SICU, ER, Traum Rapid Response. Has 16 years experience.

You will have to do a mega code at the end of the ACLS class.

*** Back in the day the mega code was really something. I remember people crying and panicking. However the last 3 or 4 times I have done it (in three states) consisted more of the istructor just walking people through the code and discussing it.

You will have to do a mega code at the end of the ACLS class.

:eek: what's a mega code? :eek: it sounds serious :confused:

PMFB-RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in burn ICU, SICU, ER, Traum Rapid Response. Has 16 years experience.

:eek: what's a mega code? :eek: it sounds serious :confused:

*** Don't worry, it only SOUNDS serious. A group of you will gather around a dummy and will take turns being the code team leader during simulated codes. Just relax, the expecations are pretty low. You can even take your ACLS cards in with you. If you paid attention during the video and have your cards you will do just fine.

I did it back in 1991, it took about 20 minutes and was VERY intense. I am not sure what they are like now. Its where a simulated patient that has coded ( had a heart attack ). You go through the motions of what steps you would take, such as intubation, checking lung sounds, CPR, IV start, assesing the patient and EKG, giving cardiac meds, etc.

Here is a link to a youtube video of 2 paramedic instructors doing a megacode demo to help prepare their students

I did it back in 1991, it took about 20 minutes and was VERY intense. I am not sure what they are like now. Its where a simulated patient that has coded ( had a heart attack ). You go through the motions of what steps you would take, such as intubation, checking lung sounds, CPR, IV start, assesing the patient and EKG, giving cardiac meds, etc.

Here is a link to a youtube video of 2 paramedic instructors doing a megacode demo to help prepare their students

seeing this video makes me want to move my lesson date hehehehe...this is intense...thanks for sharing!

sandyfeet

Specializes in Emergency Nursing. Has 5 years experience.

The questions are not like NCLEX. The questions are the same style as BLS. If you already passed NCLEX you will do fine!

BellsRNBSN

Specializes in LDRP. Has 2 years experience.

Definitely not anything to stress over! Yes, you will need to pay attention, and yes you will need to study the material they give you, but if you're paying $200+, they're going to make sure you get certified. I'm still in nursing school, haven't even taken the NCLEX yet, and I passed the ACLS test after studying for about 30 minutes for it. It was like a cardiology and EKG review from advanced med/surg, and I didn't even have to study as long as I would have for an advanced M/S test.

As for the "mega code," I'm sure it's different for each place, but my ACLS instructor just had us each practice chest compressions and ambu-bag breathing on the dummy, and asked our class questions about what we would be expected to do if a patient were experiencing symptomatic bradycardia, v-tach, SVT, asystole, PEA, etc.

Put in some effort and study, and you'll do fine! :clown:

nurseburst, ASN, BSN

Specializes in Telemetry, Step-Down, Med-Surg, LTC.

I am doing mine Tuesday... and starting to freak out lol! I am trying to prepare a bit for the class but have never been in a real code so I feel like I am going to be like HUHH?

95% of Acls is being able to interpret the rhythm correctly. Once you can do this, you have one of four algorithms to apply: pea/ asystole, pulses vtach/ vfib, too fast or too slow. The algorithms are pretty straight forward once you've selected the correct one. In a real code, it will be the docs ordering the meds/ defibrillator. I highly recommend skill stats online ecg simulator for practice before your course starts