Many individuals that are working on their nursing degree come to us and ask us what certifications will make them more hire-able or optimize their potential to land an AWESOME job. Here are the top 3 certifications we believe are vital to your success as a new healthcare provider.
ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR LIFE SUPPORT (ACLS). If your ultimate goal is to work in the emergency department (ED) then an ACLS certification is required. The ACLS training will provide you with skills to manage codes both as a team member and as a team leader. By learning the different aspects of the algorithms you will be able to provide the most beneficial lifesaving measures. Having a solid understanding of basic arrhythmia is going to be beneficial to you throughout the process of completing your ACLS course.
The attainment of your ACLS Provider Card gives the impression to hospital recruiters that you have the motivation and ability to work in intensive positions within the nursing field. While ACLS is most often provided free by your employer when you are hired, healthcare recruiters are most often looking for nursing candidates that already have their ACLS certification completed. Take that first step and take the ACLS course and add more credibility to your role as a new healthcare provider.
PEDIATRIC ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR LIFE SUPPORT (PALS). Would you like to work with children and infants in the healthcare setting and are interested in the ED/ICU facet of patient care? If this is your goal then enrollment in a Pediatric Advance Life Support Course (PALS) is critical. Similar to ACLS, PALS is a course created by the American Heart Association to prepare healthcare providers on the essentials of resuscitating and stabilizing infants and children. Certification courses such as Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS) provide an excellent foundation for performing CPR and AED on children and infants. However, the PALS course provides a focus entirely on resuscitating and stabilizing infants and children who are in cardiopulmonary arrest.
BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS). As a nursing student or healthcare provider, you probably already have your BLS certificate. While BLS is a more advanced version of CPR training as provided to a laymen rescuer, it also considered a baseline requirement for any healthcare professional working actively in patient care. The BLS is required to be renewed every two years. Here at Help-A-Heart CPR we offer BLS Renewal and BLS Provider courses on a daily and weekly basis. There are many options available as you can either take an in-person class if you need to brush up on your muscle memory and get a more in-depth refresher, or you can take an online skills checkup. If you’re in the greater San Antonio area or South Central Texas, you won’t find a more professional practice or painless process than our Online BLS skills check class here at Help-A-Heart CPR. Our online classes run from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on your skill level. Once you take the class, you can into our facility to perform a skills test to prove that you can do the CPR and AED work necessary for a BLS Provider and get your certification.
Here at Help-A-Heart CPR we strive to provide a simple, expertly-taught, cost-effective option for BLS certification and BLS renewals. We provide initial classes, renewal and update classes, and online classes with skills checks in ACLS, BLS, and PALS at our San Antonio location.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.