To answer your questions, the BLS situation occurred in the fall last year just a few months out from my graduation from nursing school. I think I was fresh out of orientation. TJC was not coming through, I didn’t receive any emails prior to being approached frantically while in the middle of being with an A&Ox4 patient as she honestly kind of grilled me loud and clear... and I do care obviously, I’m just a new nurse trying to figure it all out. I didn’t know the proper channels or that it had to be submitted somewhere through proper channels, at a certain time. I thought it was like your nursing license where you just have to ensure you’re always current and no one’s chasing down your paperwork... Kind of odd you have to submit your BLS proof every time but not your renewed licensure now that I think about it?
I understand now that attending a class you registered for is important whether mandatory or optional, for the reasons you stated (which, thank you for the insight) and reasons stated by others in the forum. I think someone even mentioned their hospital policy will penalize you for it. Again I had no idea, I’m just trying to navigate not only patient care in the ICU in my first year but hospital policy, the inner workings and everything else not patient care related that you don’t even consider or have any clue about until you’re in the hospital environment for awhile. We have no such policy and no one ever told me either of these things.. and I understand she has to do her job. I just really didn’t appreciate her approach or tone either time. I certainly don’t mean to be disrespectful or waste anyone’s time.