I finally got my ACLS certification (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)! Was such a relief to finish that! Apparently, we are not actually required to have it on my unit. I have my Basic Life Support (all nurses have that certification) and my Neonatal Resuscitation certification, and now...ACLS! It makes me feel much more confident in my ability to be helpful in a code situation. For the actual class, there is a 50-question test and a practical portion as well. For my mega code, I had to play team leader and delegate roles to everyone (someone on compressions, airway, IV/meds, recorder, and AED), determine what scenario we were dealing with, make sure my team was on the same page, tell people what meds to drawn up in various dosages and when to give them, determine the heart rhythm and whether or not to defibrillate, synchronize cardiovert, or transcutaneously pace. I also had to change from scenario to scenario since my patient passed through several of them. By the end of the class, I felt quite confident in my abilities to know what was going on and how to help in a code situation. In an actual code, I would not be the team lead, but learning it from that perspective helps me to see things in a more comprehensive light.
That I grow in my role as a nurse and always do my best.
That I would follow the Lord wholeheartedly.
I'm Carolyn...am so excited to be starting my nursing career in the Navy. Who knows where this all will take me?!