Do I need a current CPR certification if I have ACLS certification?

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Dear Nancy,

Do I have to have a current CPR certification if I have a current ACLS certification?


Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Diedra,

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,, 2009).

Most employers require both certifications, especially when a nurse works in the ER, CCU, OR, pediatrics, and other specialty areas in which a patient’s 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.



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    Constance Hamilton July 24, 2020 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    I have a current ACLS NRP certificate. However, because it does not have American Heart Association on it I am told they wouldn’t accept it from a particular hospital. But I applied for this renewal on line and took the exam on line it was from the American Heart Association . The Card I received didn’t have this but did have ACLS. Can I get a certificate stating it’s from the American Heart Association?

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