Licenses, Contracts and Hospital Privileges: Oh My!
While I await my boards I have been compiling all of the
necessary papers that are needed for purposes of licensing. With this also
comes making a list of all of the fees that come with this. Although I will be
receiving CME funds at the beginning of the year, my initial applications will
all come out of pocket for me. Ready for the list?
Connecticut APRN License Application: $200
Connecticut Controlled Drug License Application:
DEA Number Application: $730 (ouch)
Hospital Credentialing fee: $200
NPI Application: FREE!
So all of this money is out before I even start work! If you
have the opportunity to set aside money now, please do so. With all of these
applications comes the waiting game. Once boards are completed I have to wait
for the official notice from AANP in order to apply for my CT NP license. My
license can take 1-2 months. I cannot apply for anything else until I have my
license in hand. Did I mention I am not very good at waiting? Time to pick up
some extra shifts in the ER as an RN as I wait and save to pay for all of these
I did receive my final employment contract to sign. I am in
no way well-versed in contracts and the interpretation of them. They are
however a staple in the world of the NP as I have learned. I have had to sit
down and, section by section, figure out what the next two years of my life will
Depending on the setting and who the NP ends up working for,
these contracts I am sure can run from simple to super detailed. I did find
certain aspects of coverage very interesting. For instance: your obligations
upon finishing a contract, getting out of contract and of course salary and
benefits. Don't ever be afraid to clarify items or even have the contract
Next order of business? Application for hospital privileges.
Because I will be working for a hospital affiliated physicians group I have to
be credentialed through the hospital. Enter paper packet number two. They
really should have told us in school that applying for everything feels like
signing mortgage paperwork; it is endless and overwhelming to say the least! I
currently have a start date at my job of November 11, 2013. Although it seems
so far away, I know that it is necessary in order to complete all of the above.
Until then I am continuing to study, study, study. The more
I do the more I feel as though I have so much more to learn! I have self-doubt
and nervous energy because so much is riding on this! Then I go into NP mode!
If I were my patient what would I do? Perhaps a PPI for my acquired GERD?
Perhaps an anti-anxiety medication, one that does not cause sedation? Or maybe
just good old fashioned sleep and deep breathing! In the end I just need to trust
in myself and know that what will be, will be.