1. I was accepted to the LPN program starting in August. ONe of the things I need to get done before school starts is to get CPR certified. I called up the local hospital and they have a class that lasts 5 hours and costs 35 dollars. It's designed for heath care providers. They had some simple ones for "family and friends" but I picked the one that I knew would teach me the most.

    I'll learn:
    *Learn the links in the American Heart Assocation chain of survival including the importance of activationg 911, performing CPR using a barrier device, providing bag-mask ventilation, providing early defibrillation, and ensuring the arrival of early advanced care.
    *Perform the steps of CPR for infant, child, and adult
    *Learn the signs of major emergencies in adults
    *Recognize strategies to prevent SIDS in infants and injuries in children

    A test is required to receive a card that certifies you have successfully completed teh national colgnitive and skills evaluations in accordance with the curriculm of the American Heart Association.

    I have to go pick up my book next week to prepare myself. If I can't pass this class I'm not going to nursing school for sure. (because I won't feel like I can do it).

    How did you guys get your CPR certification?
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    Same way.

    You'll have to recert every 1-2 years, depending on your facility.

    Good luck!
  4. by   AmyLiz
    I haven't gotten my CPR cert yet...that's next on the agenday.

    Our community college offers the American Heart Association course (probably the same you're taking). If we take the AHA class either through school or directly from the AHA, we have to re-cert every 2 years. If we get CPR training from the Red Cross (another option) we have to re-cert every year.
  5. by   NursieRN
    *Nursie makes mental note to look at cpr card and make sure
    not expired*
  6. by   Scavenger'sWife
    I am a CPR instructor. You definately want the class for healthcare providers. (At least in Ohio) the "Family & Friends" class is not valid for people entering healthcare field either as aides or as LPN/RN. Also, the AHA is better b/c it lasts 2 yrs.

    Usually, the school offers CPR as a part of their curriculum. Same with nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Are you sure you need to pay for it yourself?

    Don't sweat the class too much. Although it is great to read it ahead of time and be familiar with the steps, the class will use a videotape and will have practices many, many times on a "dummy". Altho at 1st you feel "funny" doing the steps, by the end of the class you will be having fun and it will be easy! And if you fail the written test, you will be allowed to review the rationale and re-take a test.

    You will probably also learn AED (Automatic External Defibrilator) and how to use it. Don't panic! It is very easy to do!

    I have only failed ONE person in four years of teaching CPR. She just did not even try, and I went to all kinds of extremes to help teach her, because I knew it would mean she could not stay in LPN class. But she had the nerve to say "I don't see what the big deal about it is...I was able to pass the written test so it is obvious I know what to do. I don't know why you make such a big deal out of knowing it anyway." (She could not pass the demo on the dummy)

    *HELLO!!!**** And she wants to be a NURSE????

    Good luck! You will do fine!!!

  7. by   Scavenger'sWife
    And I definitely spelled "definitely" wrong.....Take away my spelling bee trophy....
  8. by   gwenith
    I blame my spelling mistakes on keyboard dyslexia.

    When i was n instructor for CPR I had a saying "There is no fail you do it until you either pass or pass out!" Nearly failed 2 students though = they managed to put the mask (I was teaching mouth to mask resuscitation) upside down with the air hole in the mannekin mouth!
  9. by   KAYfutureLPN
    Wow, that's nuts! She actually said that she didn't know what the big deal was anyway?!?! Yep, I was told that I had to get the CPR done before school started (along with my hepititis B shot & full physical exam) and that I was to pay for it. Thanks for all the information! :-)
  10. by   Jennerizer
    I took both versions of the class & actually learned more in the one about family & friends than I did in the one for health professionals. However, for the nursing classes---you need cpr for health professionals. You'll pass the class....it's not hard. Pay attention, if you have questions during the class--ask them. Don't be afraid to speak up if you aren't comprehending something. The test isn't hard......it's common sense, so pay attention in class & read the questions entirely before choosing an answer.

    It's a little awkward at first when you start practicing cpr, but let that go & focus on what you are doing & remember that everyone feels a little weird when they are learning cpr in front of others. Good luck!
  11. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Yep....she actually WROTE it on her evaluation paper!!! Nutz...

    I once had a student "mount" the manniken the wrong way when she was trying to demonstrate how to do the Heimlich on a non-responsive patient.

    I told her that unless she was planning to revive him by farting in his face, she had better turn herself around! (We try to have fun in our classes!!! )
  12. by   colleen10
    I told her that unless she was planning to revive him by farting in his face, she had better turn herself around!
    OMG!!!!!!! I'm dying of laughter here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don't sweat it Kay, everyone has to take CPR before they start school, and don't let the fact that it's all in one day scare you.

    I had to take CPR/First Aid when I was in high school and do the recert. and it isn't so bad. Rarely anyone ever fails, unless you fart in the victims face.

    It's is made to be taught and tested in one day so they make it as easy as possible for you to understand it all and successfully complete the class in that time period.

    I would double check and make sure that you are taking the right class and that it will count towards you getting into school though, just to be on the safe side. I am taking mine at the end of the month, Saturday class 8AM to 5PM. I think it was $50.00 and is offered through my school as an Adult / Continuing Education class.

    There are a lot of different types of CPR classes out there, just make sure you get the right one.

    Godd Luck!

  13. by   nurseleigh
    When I took mine I was told failure is not an option. We stay here until you pass, period. The class was scheduled for 8 hours but we were all done in 6.

  14. by   Mithrah
    I got my CPR certification through the fire department. They teach every week and it costs $20. The class is only for 3 hours and most of the time we get out early.

    The first time I took the class I took a test at the end and if you missed any questions the teacher quickly told you the correct answer so you could get your CPR card. The last time I went there was no test, in fact, if you just showed up, paid your $20, you would stil have received your card. They seemed more interested in your money than your attendance.