BLS Instructors


  • Specializes in Med-Surg, Geriatrics, Pediatrics.

Merry Christmas Everyone. I am new to this site and am enjoying the information that is shared very much. I would like to know if anyone who is a BLS instructor has any info to share (good or bad). I have been an instructor for about 4 mths now but only taught about 4 classes. I am a fulltime pediatric triage phone nurse so I really only have 2 Saturdays and 4 Thursday's avail to teach. I have signed on with our town Community Center for quarterly classes but it hasn't got off the ground yet. Any advise?

Thank you and have a great weekend.



Has 26 years experience.

It will take awhile to get off the ground esp. this time of year. Wait til after the new year but start your marketing strategies now. I put up flyers on every bulletin board I saw, was a guest speaker at the Chamber of Commerce (I demo AED and how simply they were to use as well as a few basics, answered questions) and any other groups I could--safety meetings at manufacturing plants then I would usually get the contract to teach CPR/BFA classes for them. I called the Boy Scouts/Girls and teach reduced fee classes to leaders and then their husbands booked me for classes where they work. Hand out flyers to MD/dentist offices offering to come to their office over lunch for a few days or after work to teach a class. I also included a few mock drills on handling emergencies in the office--who calls 911, what door to tell them to use, what to do with other pts in office, simple supplies to have on hand. I offered 1 hr recert classes to RN/healthcare professionals who had to recert by 3 pm to go to work and had recertified for the 50th time. If they passed it-they got a card. If not, had to sign up for a full class.

I would tell people if they got 8 people together I would teach a class at the location they chose--sometimes it was in peoples homes, sometimes businesses and even restaurants would let me use they conference room for free if we bought lunch.

I printed up labels with my business name and phone number and stuck them on all my handouts/books. Slip a flyer in every book you hand out. Contact the school district/Little League and see if their coaches need certified. You may end up doing where they work too. Go to daycares...

Have Manikins--Will Travel was my motto. Be sure your classes are fun and non threatening (remember the CPR instructor from Hell???). If the cards were good for 2 yrs I would encourage them to call me at 1 year and I would do a free, 20-30 min refresher for anyone in the original class.

I have not taught a class in 4 yrs but still get calls almost weekly from people wanting's all about marketing, marketing, marketing. Go to them, don't wait for them to come to you. I ended up teaching well over 1000 people CPR/BFA. When I went shopping I would hear people saying, "Annie, Annie are you OK?" LOL!


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Specializes in Med-Surg, Geriatrics, Pediatrics.

Thank you Awsmom8. Your words of wosdom are very encouraging. I appreciate your help.



indigo girl

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Wow, Awsmom8, you really are awesome. Your marketing techniques are amazing, and I bet you teach a great class too! I am not an instructor, and would never want to be one but, I admire those of you that can do this work.

Hi, I am starting ADN school in a couple of weeks and being certified before class starts is a requirement. At orientation they mentioned a class that was starting the following night, it filled up quickly with about 60 people. If you have a local community college that offers nursing you may get some clients there.

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