The completion of the training and the passing of the exams are exciting events, but the search for a workplace to apply the acquired knowledge and skills lies ahead. Even after finding a workplace, nurse practitioners (NPs) cannot immediately start work – they need to go through the credentialing process. At this time, it is essential to take into account many important aspects and get several permissions.
One of the main concerns that I anticipate in the credentialing process is probably the correctness of filling out and the presence of all the necessary documents. Dillon and Hoyson (2014) mention that in some cases, for example, being the first NP in the organization, the worker has an additional responsibility, particularly for their own documents. Careful preparation and checklists can reduce worrying, but it is often easy to get confused in official documents, and any mistake may bring negative consequences. Another aspect I find both concerning and valuable at the same time is negotiation. Diplomatic skills are necessary to receive letters of recommendation, reach an agreement with the administration, and defend your own interests. Nurses communicate a lot with patients, and therefore, polite speech and the ability to be calm in critical situations are crucial for them. However, in the credentialing process, it is essential not only to show reliability and professionalism but also to make a good impression.
Thus, in the credentialing process, I consider the main concerns: careful preparation and defense of own interests. Preparation includes searching for the necessary information on documents, their completion and verification, and the protection of interests – negotiation. Even though the process is labor-intensive, some resources facilitate it, for example, the article by Dillon and Hoyson (2014) and other guides. Credentialing is another part of nurses’ ongoing development and learning.
Dillon, D & Hoyson, P. M. (2014). Beginning employment: A guide for the new nurse practitioner. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 10(1). 55–59. Web.