do you have ACLS? - page 2
Just wondering how many L&D nurses have ACLS, and does your hospital require it? I do not and only a few of us do....but I'm seriously considering becoming certified, I've only worked in L&D and... Read More
Jan 23, '07Occupation: RN Specialty: 34 year(s) of experience in L & D; Postpartum ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '99; Posts: 9,721; Likes: 11,860I will agree to agree in part with that last post. WE do need to know something about ACLS. But to take a class once every two years and have absolutely no need for it in that two year period does nothing to keep you current. The one and only thing I remember from ACLS is amiodarone and that is only because it sorta rolls off the tongue in a very lyrical way, unlike most other med names. But I don't remember what it does or when it should be used.
I think SBE said it best, and I'll paraphrase: we are putting ourselves in a legal mine field if we are portrayed as ACLS competent (which is way different from ACLS certified) in some settings: OB would be one of them.
This is just my opinion, of course.
Jan 24, '07Joined: Oct '03; Posts: 1,980; Likes: 94Quote from OBNurseShelleyI do not have ACLS and no, my hospital does not require it.Just wondering how many L&D nurses have ACLS, and does your hospital require it? I do not and only a few of us do....but I'm seriously considering becoming certified, I've only worked in L&D and don't intend to work anywhere else, but we often have critically ill patients and we do our own c-sections and recoveries in the PACU, so TECHNICALLY we're supposed to have acls, but we've been getting around it. We're a busy facility that does lots of high-risk, I'd like to feel more comfortable. What do you think about someone with very little telemetry experience becoming ACLS certified? Thanks all! SHelley