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Every time I float to the ER, I just love it there. It's where I want to be. I'm counting down the days until I can post for a transfer. Taking ACLS next week!
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I enjoy the times I float to the ER too. Until a pediatric patient comes in. I just can't seem to separate myself when it comes to kids. I just really hate seeing kids in pain or not feeling good.

Most of the time I just do all the IV's and lab draws when I float but now & then I get an assignment so I have to start my ACLS/PALS.
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Passed ACLS...YAY :)

Now I'm just waiting for them to open the new night shift ER posts. They just transitioned a big group from nights to afternoons, so the posts should open up pretty soon. Really hoping having ACLS already completed helps me get an interview (fingers crossed)!
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I would think your acls would be a good thing, any other in services you can take, good luck.
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Passed ACLS...YAY :)

Now I'm just waiting for them to open the new night shift ER posts. They just transitioned a big group from nights to afternoons, so the posts should open up pretty soon. Really hoping having ACLS already completed helps me get an interview (fingers crossed)!
I have heard the test is a BITCH. True? Not true?
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In my opinion, true. While one of my co-workers thought it was not as difficult as it was hyped up to be.
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I felt it was just a lot of memorization. You have to memorize all the algorithms in order to know what to do with each scenario. I bought the book prior to class and studied for 3 weeks before taking the 2 day class. Before class, I thought there was no way I was going to remember everything. When you actually attend class and get to do the scenarios hands-on, that's when it "clicks".

The test is a "mega-code" situation where you come in and the patient is alert but having symptoms (e.g. SVT, SB, uncontrolled A-fib, etc.). During your interventions, the patient codes (either PEA or VFib/pVT), then you have to run the code, assign team roles, say which meds to administer, what Joules to set the defibrillator on, etc. Then the patient comes around and you initiate post-care based on their symptoms.

I didn't find the written portion that difficult. You take a pre-test prior to the 2 day class and most of what's on the written exam was on the pre-test. You really have to bone up on reading tele strips, too.

So, the exam itself wasn't all that bad. As long as you take the time to prepare in advance. The people in my class that struggled were the ones who didn't do much prep.
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