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making myself more marketable BLS vs ACLS

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I passed the NCLEX and received my license earlier this month, but I just realized that my CPR card has expired. I was told by classmates who are already working in the field that I need to renew my CPR certification before applying to jobs. So my question is...should I just renew my BLS or take an ACLS class for certification to make myself more marketable or does it not matter?

Any responses will be greatly appreciated.

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You need to be bls (basic CPR certified) to do acls. Most places will pay for it for you. Concentrate on getting a job first!

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AnnieOaklyRN is a BSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in ED, Pedi Vasc access, Paramedic serving 6 towns.

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In order to take ACLS you need a valid BCLS card. I would also wait to take ACLS since depending on where you get hired they may pay for that too (It can cost upwards of 200.00). You also need to have a very good understanding of rhythm interpretation before taking ACLS ,I would recommend if you don't, you purchase a book on EKG reading. Good luck.

HPRN

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classicdame is a MSN, EdD and specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

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BLS for sure. And make sure it is American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider. Many facilities will not accept anything else, even though some online services claim to be "based on AHA". ACLS - whenwe hire new grads we do not consider this a plus, as we know they do not have the experience to back it up yet. Would not make a difference to us.

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firstinfamily has 33 years experience as a RN.

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Definitely need your BLS, to take ACLS. You do need to understand EKG's to pass ACLS. Most facilities absolutely require BLS, unless you are going into a critical care unit then ACLS would be more beneficial. Concentrate on trying to get a job, you could volunteer until you have a position, that way it at least looks like you are trying to do something in your field. Plus, you might be able to network and find out the best way to get a position. ACLS makes experienced nurses more marketable, but you need the basics for now!!!

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Thanks for the input guys. I took the BLS class on Saturday...easy breezy!

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tyvin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice / Psych / RNAC.

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Some think that having ACLS makes you more appealing but I disagree. Having a level 3 or health care provider CPR (regular BLS won't do) is what you do need along with your license. It really depends on where you want to work. In most cases if the facility requires ACLS than they usually give time for the new hires to obtain it.

Now if you were going for the NICU or ER than ACLS and PALS (Pediatric Life Support) would help your chances but it's really the interview, the cover letter, and what's on your resume that counts.

Yea; American Heart Association is the only cert that many places will accept...don't know why. :)

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tyvin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Hospice / Psych / RNAC.

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Thanks for the input guys. I took the BLS class on Saturday...easy breezy!

Make sure it's not just regular BLS...as an RN you need Health Care Provider CPR certification.

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