Attn: Nursing Students
We will no longer be accepting registrations from nursing students for advanced American Heart Association classes. This does not include healthcare provider CPR, however, classes such as ACLS, PALS, PEARS and NRP will not be offered to students. In discussions with AHA personnel we found they discourage such training in students who will not have the opportunity to use the skills.
Pre course Requirements
Student must hold current American Heart Association Healthcare ProviderBLS certification card (completed following the 2015 AHA/ECC Guidelines). You will not be taught BLS or use of the AED in the course. You will be required to demonstrate correct skills for Adult 1-Resuer BLS and AED test use without prompting.
You should prepare for the course as follows:
- BLS competency: Be prepared to pass the 1- and 2-Rescuer Child BLS With AED and 1- and 2-Rescuer Infant BLS Skills Tests. You will not be taught how to do CPR or how to use an AED during the course. You must know this in advance. The resuscitation scenarios require that your BLS skills and knowledge are current. Review and understand all 2015 BLS guidelines, especially as they relate to pediatric patients. You may find this information in the BLS for Healthcare Providers Student Manual or in other publications based on the 2015 AHA Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (see www.heart.org/cpr).
- Precourse Self-Assessment (required): Complete the Precourse Self-Assessment on the Student Website and print your score; bring the printout of your score with you to the PALS Course. This test consists of 3 sections: ECG rhythm identification, pharmacology, and practical application. Use this assessment to identify areas where you need to increase your knowledge (see www.heart.org/eccstudent - you will need to enter a code located at the bottom of page ii of your provider manual).
- PALS algorithms and flowcharts: Be familiar with the PALS algorithms and flowcharts so that you can apply them to clinical scenarios. Note that the PALS Course does not present the details of each algorithm. Review the 12 learning station competency checklists in the appendix section of the PALS Provider Manual.
- Supplement your knowledge: Review and understand the information in the PALS Provider Manual and on the Student Website. Pay particular attention to the systematic approach to pediatric assessment, the evaluate-identify-intervene model, and the management of respiratory and circulatory abnormalities.
The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in BLS, ACLS, and PALS and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association, and any fees charges for such a course do not represent income to the Association.
Criteria for successful completion include attendance at the entire session, satisfactory score on written exam and demonstration of proficiency at skills.
Community Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Montana Nurses’ Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control the content of this activity.
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