Do I have to have a current CPR certification if I have a current ACLS certification?
Nancy Brent replies:
CPR certification allows the holder to provide Basic Life Support (BLS) to a patient. BLS includes CPR and other more simple measures to be administered until higher levels of medical care are available. ACLS certification is required when a patient is experiencing a serious medical condition or an emergency. ACLS care includes CPR, but also higher level interventions, such as intubation, medications, and IVs, as examples (Smith, wisegeek.com, 2009).
Most employers require both certifications, especially when a nurse works in the ER, CCU, OR, pediatrics, and other specialty areas in which a patients condition can change rapidly. It seems clear that both certifications would be required. If, however, you have a question about this issue, raising the issue with your nurse manager would be a good idea. Likewise, reviewing your job description for these requirements also would help.