S.O.S: Need Patience as a Virtue!
The last few weeks have been a harsh lesson in patience and
letting go. I am the type of person who likes to be in charge of my own fate
and like to have clear deadlines and goals. While applying for the various
licenses and staff privileges that are necessary in order for me to start work,
I have also needed a lesson in how to trust the process, be patient and know
(or at least have faith) that things will fall into place.
I know that there are a lot of questions in regard to how
quickly various entities take to process applications so I wanted to give you a
recap of where I currently stand. Please note that these vary depending on the
state that you live in.
Passed school's comprehensive exam and officially graduated
Submitted Ct license application and hospital credentialing packet
Received Ct APRN license, applied for Ct Controlled Drug License and NPI number
Approved for Ct Controlled Drug License, Applied for DEA license
I am currently projected to start work on November 11, but
that is dependent on receiving medical staff privileges through the hospital
and this will not happen until my DEA license is received. I am having a hard
time living in limbo.
I have heard that the processing for the DEA license can be
as quick as a few days all the way to the projected time of four to six weeks
per the DEA website. I am reminded that I am pretty fortunate at the above
timeline as I have a classmate whose state of Illinois is just now processing
applications received in August. I did hear from the hospital's HR department
to verify vital statistic information so that is one step further into the
Now I need to shift the focus on getting back into shape.
Before school, I had dropped my weight down through healthy dietary changes and
many Crossfit workouts. I felt great and also knew that I could set a positive
example to the individuals that I would be caring for.
During the 6 months of clinicals, this all went down the
drain with a decrease in the available time to work out and heading back to "on
the run" eating habits. My new schedule will allow me to work out a bit more,
but I also want to work on getting back to running on a regular basis. I look
forward to having a healthy outlet!
In the meantime I continue to wait, think positive thoughts
and cross all of my fingers and toes for a Monday start date!