I did it - I'm officially ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) certified! I was a little worried because they originally paired me up with this other woman - a woman that rarely speaks a word. A woman that when told the scenario "Your patient is non-responsive...what do you do?" She stood there & looked at her patient from a distance. I wanted to push her towards the patient to do her ABC assessment. :) When the instructor asked for her to answer "what do you do?" She replied "I'm going to stick a tube down her throat." What??? Luckily, this was just the oral airway sign-off & wasn't part of the code. The instructor paired me up with someone that was there for re-certification & we did great. The scenario was we were at the mall & a woman drops to the ground in front of us - what do you do? Step over her & keep walking??? Noooooo! My partner started an assessment & I went to get the AED. She started CPR, I hooked up the AED pads & we allowed it to analyze the patient. Shock indicated...total of 3 shocks given. Paramedics finally arrived & since we were ACLS nurses - they would follow our lead. It was interesting, that's for sure. There were a couple of people that didn't pass. I felt bad for them. I'm sure it was probably their own nerves that messed them up. I also got recertified in BLS. So now when I go for recertification in the future, I can get it all done in one shot. It is such a relief to have this class over with. It was very educational & I do feel like I know more now. Little by little, the whole picture is starting to come together as far as cardiac nursing goes. I'm sure there is a lot more to learn, but at least it's starting to be more clear. The instructor kept calling Gina & I "baby" nurses. Which is a good term for nurses that have less than a year of experience. Soon we'll be walking...lol.
I can't believe it's October 1st already. Where has this year gone? I feel like all I've done is work, work, work. I don't mind though. I definitely did something right when I chose this line of work for a career. I am sleepy - I've been up since 2:30 am. Reason being - I went to sleep at 8:30 last night. So I need a nap if I'm going to stay awake this evening. Later all!