Hey all! I'm new at travel nursing and am looking to get ACLS certified so I can actually get a job. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions on how to get certified for cheap or will I have to pay out of pocket since I am not technically working for any hospital??
I found a couple of places that will give you the class online but I was told it is a difficult course and online just makes it more difficult. Just type ACLS in on google. As far as I know you'll have to pay for it yourself. But if you take it at a community college you could get student aid or a loan and write it off on your taxes.
Travel nursing is not as wide open as it used to be. I have done it between full-time permanent positions for several years now. I have taken 4 assignments, 2 of which were at local hospitals. Do you have that option? Ask the recruiter at your agency. If you are not with an agency thats really the first thing you need to do. If you are a med-surg nurse you should be able to find something, if you are ICU or CCU you will find lots of openings these days. A nurse travel recruiter can really be of help to you. Good luck.
You definitely are going to want to be up on all of your certs. So if you are an ER nurse, you want to have your ACLS, TNCC (Trauma nurses core courses) , and CPR and sometimes even Pediatric Advanced Life Support (depending on the ER) all up to date. Also you are probably going to need 2-3 references. Recent supervisors are great for this (assuming you have a good relationship with them).