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J Nurs Staff Dev. 1996 Mar-Apr;12(2):66-72.

The retention of advanced cardiac life support knowledge among registered nurses.


In an investigation into the retention of advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) knowledge over time, the authors found that ACLS scores significantly decreased for a subgroup of a sample of 40 RNs employed in critical care areas in the first year after certification. Several variables that influenced scores were identified. Recommendations for inservice educators include reconstructing the ways in which ACLS courses are taught, conducting mock mega code scenarios every 6 months, constructing mega code scenarios that reflect the reality of practice, and routinely conducting refresher courses based on problems identified in a particular group.

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