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Alot of positions now want ACLS, along with basic life support.

Where can you take this class. I called my employer and never heard back. Does American Red Cross offer it? I really want to know more about it, and how hard it is? I'm hoping they will pay for me to take it.

JBudd, MSN

Specializes in Trauma, Teaching. Has 39 years experience.

Go to the Emergency Nurse Assoc. website: http://www.ena.org

Look up ACLS, they list courses by state & location. It's a tough course, but well worth it. Some employers pay for it, some don't. Our hospital offers it themselves, so employees are given the course, outside folks have to pay though.

JBudd, MSN

Specializes in Trauma, Teaching. Has 39 years experience.

oops, blew that one! ENA does the TNCC, ENPC etc. Sorry! Did a web search, most of the individual hospitals that offer it have it on the web, but not ENA. :imbar :imbar ::imbar :confused:

Call your local hospital nursing ed. department, if you live in an academic hospital setting area it should be even easier. Also, a great way to find out is to call a local EMS crew. Those guys always have to stay current so they may have a listing.

I our area, at least some community colleges offer it as a non-credit course as well.

My hospital offers it for free to certain employees. I'll be eligible after about a year, they said.

Check with your nursing education department as they should be able to guide you in the right direction. If it is required by your hospital, than they need to know where to send you. Also check with your local paramedics association as that is where I took an ACLS prep class.

Also, try the AHA American heart association. The web site has locations according to zip code or city. ACLS is a great course and a necessity in any critical care area (ER, ICU, PACU, TELE, CATH LAB, GI LAB, STEP DOWN, OR, PICU........)slthough many "Med-surg" areas take unstable patients so it is helpful.

gwenith, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

Ted (Efiebke) site is full of easy to remember ditties just click on his website.

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

I'm in an ACLS class at work now (paid by nursing education department since I went through their refresher program).

Heck, I've never had to use my BCLS, or my PALS so what's the fuss about ACLS except where I work, it doesn't matter what department you work in, ALL their nurses must have ACLS within a year of hire.

KristinWW

Has 13 years experience.

My employer (hospital) is requiring it and covering costs for the classes.

Gwenith,.....just call me stupid but what is the link for "Ted's ditties"? Thanks for the info!

nowplayingEDRN

Specializes in Step down, ICU, ER, PACU, Amb. Surg.

For ACLS....see the web site for the American Heart Association

For Ted's web site......http://www.toolivenurse.com

Good luck! :)

live4today, RN

Specializes in Community Health Nurse.

Originally posted by UntamedSpirit

For ACLS....see the web site for the American Heart Association

For Ted's web site......http://www.toolivenurse.com

Good luck! :)

Sorry....gotta share this: I just clicked on Ted's site and listened to the song "Bed Pan Blues" and I was dancing and popping my fingers and laughing and pretending I was playing the guitar as I danced around. :chuckle :roll :chuckle Thanks to Ted for sharing his site. I love it Ted! :chuckle

SmilingBluEyes

Has 20 years experience.

If an employer REQUIRES ACLS, then they PAY for their employees to get it. Agree w/the ones who direct you to check with the employee education dept/nurse. This person can tell you how to get started. Do not pay for them if you do not have to.....VERY EXPENSIVE......I secured a job that required ACLS by promising I would attend the first available class at the hospital. It worked fine for me.

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