I am a prn nurse working 3 days a week, max, in an endoscopy unit. It is an ACLS required position. My training is 30 + years in PACU/ ICU. When my last ACLS certification expired I was told I could not work until I renewed my certification. I took an online course that evening so I could work the next day. I was told the online course was not adequate, that I also needed a hands-on course in order to satisfy my ACLS requirement. The nurse who worked for me that day was not ACLS certified. None of the nurses who work in my absence are ACLS certified. Is this legal?
siestaje- I am not expert but I too have 30 + years experience in hospital and bedside. My guess is that those other nurses are allowed to get away with lack of ACLS for the same job as you is because you have 30 years experience and they don't. These healthcare systems think of every way they can to get rid of us.It's called money/salary. There is no other explaination for why the requirements of a nurse in the same position are different for one nurse than the others. This is from my experience in getting the shaft also. it's high time this nursing profession fixed this discriminatory practice. If a nursing position requires ACLS for it's position, it should be required for all nurses in that position regardless of their years of experience and status. 1-3 years of experience or 30 years experience. Nursing employers do not play by rules. They make them up as they go along to suit their business entities. I hope it comes back to bite them in the most sever way soon!!