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S.O.S: Need Patience as a Virtue!

Published November 7, 2013 3:38 PM by Katrin Moskowitz
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.

  •                 09/24 Passed school's comprehensive exam and officially graduated
  •                 09/25 Passed boards
  •                 10/11 Submitted Ct license application and hospital credentialing packet
  •                 10/30 Received Ct APRN license, applied for Ct Controlled Drug License and NPI number
  •                 11/2 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 right direction.

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!


Thank you both for your input! I applied Saturday and had my license in hand by the following Weds from the DEA. I was pleasantly surprised.

Katrin Moskowitz November 17, 2013 3:03 AM

I work in a hospital for a Hospitalist group. It took from June until the end of August for my NP license then it took almost 4 weeks for my DEA license. One thing to look into is if your State can expedite your license. If I knew I could do this I would have it was only an extra 10$.

Terra, NP -C November 13, 2013 2:02 PM
Roscoe IL

If it helps you feel any better, I just got my DEA and it took 3 weeks from the day I applied. Getting my RN license and CRNP license in PA literally took from July to September. Waiting for other people is difficult.

Mindy, Primary Care - FNP November 13, 2013 7:53 AM

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