CPR Class - page 2

I was wondering if any of your schools give the cpr course during class time in the program. My school doesn't and requires us to take it in our own time before clinicals start.... Read More

  1. by   RNIAM
    I took The american red cross re-cert class. It is only 3 hours long.(was supposed to be four but we were faster) It cost 55.00 bucks I believe. If you needed the book it costs you more. Next year I will certify with the American heart association as their certificate lasts for two years.
  2. by   RNIAM
    oops after I posted that reply I realized I didn't fully answer the question. No my school doesn't offer it as part of our trainning but requires it for clinicals.
  3. by   PlanetCaroline
    I took BLS for Healthcare Providers a year ago because I was gung ho on getting a head start on my nursing training.

    The class was fun & the paramedics who taught the class knew their stuff, but [ahem] the course was taught with the attitude that the certification is all that mattered. We were provided the answers to the final test ahead of time, so passing was a cinch.

    Also, to be perfectly honest, if my friend arrested right in front of me, the only thing I really know how to do well is dial 911.

    And this is coming from a future ED nurse. ACLS, ATLS, TNCC, PALS, etc., etc. here I come. I hope one day I learn to save somebody's life.

  4. by   shyne
    I checked with the nursing department today and they said I signed up for the right one. Mine will be through the American Heart Association.

    Thanks for the tips everyone!
  5. by   Monica RN,BSN
    Our Local colleges here in Florida require either American red Cross or American Heart. But it does have to be for professional recuer/Healthcare Provider. We have been teaching for the American red cross for three years now, and it is a 4 hour course and includes all of professional and the AED training. We have been successful in a shorter class because it is all in the way it is presented. A little bit repatitious, get to the point, and practice. We use a 40 minute video, do hands on and learn the defibilator. The class we teach is only 25.00 for all of this. They even get 4 contact hours for attending. So I guess it is your area that is costing more money. The length of program will depend on who is teaching it, and if it is ARC or AHA.

    Good Luck to all of you.
  6. by   KevinN
    I just finished the AHA (BLS) course taught through our college that we are required to take prior to starting the nursing program. It was an all day class that lasted from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM and it cost $65.00 plus the cost of the book. Even though the certification is good for 2 years we are required to take it again in our 3rd semester. Looking at the posts on here I think I will find a course that doesn't last as long.

  7. by   det01
    Originally posted by essarge
    Just a side note. You might want to make sure which CPR class your school requires. We have to be certified in CPR for healthcare workers.
    Very good point. I, along with others, had Red Cross Certification. In fact alot of us had it for awhile (keeping it current, of course). However, our school required AHA BLS for Health Care Providers.

    CPR classes can ge expensive (ours was $45), so I would advise checking it out before you pay for one and then need another.
  8. by   RNIAM
    May I ask the reason you school required the exact same course from the AHA? As far as I know the only difference between the two of them is that AHA is a two year card.
    Thanks for the info
    Edited to add that the course I took through the American Red Cross is called CPR for the professional rescuer
    Last edit by RN2be on Aug 13, '03
  9. by   PennyLane
    My school doesn't offer it, so I took BLS for Healtcare providers at a local hosp. for $40. Like Caroline's class, this wasn't actually very informative. They showed us the re-cert video, and only had one dummy each of baby, child, and adult. We didn't get much practice, and she told us the answers for the test. The whole thing lasted 3 hours.

    Luckily I've taken CPR twice before, so this was just a refresher for me, although some things, like the ventilating bag and defib. machine were new to me.
  10. by   suzy253
    I took CPR training for health care professionals which was part of our orientation in the school of nursing. It was a one-day course (8 am - 5 pm) and it cost $20.00. At the end of the training you had to take a written exam (multiple choice) to get certified. Glad I passed that one! That was in June. Class starts 8/19!!!
  11. by   nurse2be in ny
    My (future-I hope) school requires CPR for the professional at the time you apply to the program.
  12. by   studentdeb
    My school requires you to take it on your own but they do offer it on campus as an non-credit course and it is a 6 hour course. We also have to have it before we begin clinicals. It also has to be the American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers.