Quote from Bala Shark
I was wondering..I graduated in May of this year..How important is to know CPR? I know some patients might stop breathing and the nurse has to do CPR on the patient right? I never done CPR on a live patient before..Was wondering do you have to know CPR very well in order to work? I know you have to have CPR certification but many of those places that certity people are just micky mouse type of certifications..
I'm not sure what you mean by micky mouse type of certifications, but if you have to have it to work, then you better be sure to keep the certification up to date. Do you have to know it very well to work? I guess that depends on what kind of facility you work in. If the patients are mostly DNRs then the chances that you will have to do it are slim. If you work somewhere where people are unstable, then you might have to do it frequently. After you have done it a few times, it becomes almost second nature. The American Heart Association has made the counting part almost idiot proof now, so it isn't that hard to remember. Unless someone keels over in front of you out in public, odds are you won't have to try and remember everything yourself anyway. The first time you actually have to do CPR on a real person, it might freak you out. I don't think any instructor has ever been able to simulate the sound of ribs cracking, nor the feel of it. I know how to do CPR "well" simply because I have been certified for many, many years, plus I have taught it, as well as I have done CPR on real people more times than I care to remember. I don't know it this answers your question or not, but, just for the record, CPR certification isn't a mickey mouse certification, nor are any of the instructors that teach it. To be an instructor, you have to go through a lengthy class, a written test, and a skills exam. After that they have to teach so many classes a year to keep that instructor status up and when they teach, they are held to certain standards they have to follow or they will lose their ability to teach CPR, so there is hardly any mickey mouse outfit about them. Good luck with your job hunt.