I graduated almost a year ago and am working my first nursing job out of school. I wasn't overly-aggressive in my initial Job Search, had/have a job in dentistry that I love and didn't have to leave, so I did lots of perusing of nursing ads before making a move. I'm currently working in home health caring for a baby on a vent and am preparing to take my peds vent certification practical in a couple of weeks. It works out well, I do nights so my sweet little one spends a lot of time sleeping and I study at her cribside.When I do look at nurse postings, some will say you have to have PALS and or ACLS, some will say nothing in regards to this, some will say you have to obtain within X amount of time. I do want to stay marketable and I have the time to study, so I'm wondering, would it behoove me to go ahead and obtain these certifications on my own, even though I'm not currently working in a situation where a full ACLS scene would ever be played out? Also, I see lots of ad for obtaining these via online programs, is anyone familiar and happy with any of them? I'd REALLY hate to spend the money and time and then find out that the certification is worthless.