This might be a dumb question but

  1. what is a BCLS, ACLS,PALS and NRP and what do they mean? Im not in nursing school yet, slowly working my way there but when I brouwse jobs at my local hospital about nursing they say these are required and I dont know what they mean or are and didnt know where to find them around here.
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  3. by   EricJRN
    BCLS - Basic Cardiac Life Support: Your standard CPR class.

    ACLS - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support: A class for nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, EMS personnel, and other healthcare providers. Discusses how to manage major emergencies like cardiac arrest using drugs, electrical therapy, etc.

    PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support: Similar to ACLS, but focusing on pediatric patients.

    NRP - Neonatal Resuscitation Provider: Teaches nurses (and other providers in NICU, Nursery, Postpartum, & Labor and Delivery) how to deal with a newborn baby in distress.

    The American Heart Association has a course finder for BCLS, ACLS, and PALS and one is also offered for NRP (by the American Academy of Pediatrics I believe), but you don't have to worry about them until you're a nurse, or at least a little further in school.
  4. by   angchick
    Thank you sooo much for that!!!
  5. by   Tweety
    Yeah thanks Eric, I didn't know about NRP.