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New Family Nurse Practitioner: Getting Credentialed

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (6)

New Family Nurse Practitioner: Getting Credentialed




Getting credentialed as a family nurse practitioner can take some time. After you have passed your national certification exam, the employment search begins. Getting credentialed can range from three to six months. Many new graduate nurse practitioners assume that they can start employment right away. This is simply not the case. Many nurse practitioners fail to realize that there are a number of applications to be completed to become fully credentialed.



The first step to credentialing is passing the national certification exam. After you have successfully passed the exam and received proof of certification, the employment search shall begin. Once you have landed a position with a healthcare organization, there are additional credentialing applications to complete.



1) State License: The application process can take up to six to eight weeks. We suggest you call your Board of Nursing (BON) weekly to check the status of your application.


2) The NPI number: The National Provider Identifier (NPI) is a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Administrative Simplification Standard. The NPI is a unique identification number for covered health care providers. (CMS, 2016). Please note that the application will ask for an address, be sure to list your healthcare organization's address. DO NOT list your home address because this information is public. The NPI number is usually issued within 48 hours.


3) Prescriptive Authority/Physician Collaborative Agreement: Once you receive your NPI number, the next step will be to apply for prescriptive authority. If your state does not have full practice authority, you should also apply for a physician collaborative agreement at this time. This process can take up to 3-6 weeks depending on your state BON.


PLEASE NOTE: If you know your exact work location, the state license, prescriptive authority, and the physician collaborative agreement can be processed together. Some new graduates choose to apply for the state license first so that they can explore multiple employment opportunities.


4) DEA: After you have received confirmation of prescriptive authority and physician collaboration, you must apply for a DEA number. The DEA application process can take 24-48 hours.



PLEASE NOTE: The above credentialing process is based on new graduates nurse practitioners that have not secured a position prior to graduation or prior to taking the national certification exam.


In addition, if your health care organization does not grant prescriptive authority, there is no need to apply for a prescriptive authority license or DEA number right away.





Posted on July 22, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (3)

The Road To FNP Graduation!

When you enter a Family Nurse Practitioner program, the first day that many of us think about is graduation day! What many of us don’t realize is the tedious studies that are involved in becoming a nurse practitioner. Becoming a nurse practitioner takes dedication and time management!

Read Everyday!

You must read material everyday to be successful in your FNP program. Reading nursing journals, review books, and your graduate text specific to your program, will prepare you for the ANCC or AANP exam, as well as your NP practice!

Will You Lose friends and Miss Social Functions?

Yes! You may have to lose friends and miss social functions. Those that are serious and dedicated to their Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program, will not be afraid to turn down invitations to social functions. Besides, true friends and family will understand that you are working towards a goal!

Practicum Practicum can also help you make it to graduation day!

Please pay close attention during your practicum rotation. Practicum provides the opportunity to see real life medical cases. Practicum also provides you the opportunity to develop differential diagnoses, prescribe medications, and learn the FNP business. Practicum rotation also provides an opportune time to prepare for the certification examinations (ANCC & AANP).

Making It to Graduation DAY!

In order to make it to graduation you must be prepared to STUDY! Studying may include giving up on family time, decreasing work hours, or even resigning from work. The fact is, the nurse practitioner role is a serious and more independent role than a registered nursing role. Therefore, investing in study time versus leisure time is imperative.

REMEMBER… You have decided to become a nurse practitioner for a reason! Stick to your plan and graduation day will be here in no time!

Gladys T. Svalina, MSN, APN, FNP-C, HFSN, BNAT-IDPH Evaluator 

Passing the ANCC & AANP Exams!

Posted on July 10, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (5)

In order to pass the certification exam, please be prepared to STUDY! Our study plan details how many weeks and or months you should study, what tools to utiilize, and exam tips. We guide you in the right direction! Our study guide is VERY relevant to the exams!


ANCC: Be prepared to identify a myriad of ocular and dermatology disorders. There will be multiple pictures! Our Compilation Study Guide has photos!

AANP: Please note that the AANP is strictly clinical! THERE WILL BE NO PICTURES! You must know the content!