Credentialing for the Frustrated…

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It seems that travel companies ask for an overabundance of documents to show you are a competent nurse such as, license, skills checklists, physical, references, TB testing, drug screens, immunization titers, color blind screens and the list goes on and on and on. Aaaaaaahhhhh!!!!

Ten years ago, companies did not require as much documentation. In fact, hospitals may have asked for a license verification and drug screen, but that was then, this is now. So what can you do to make the credentialing process easier?

Easy answer…keep a file with all your documents, and keep them up-to-date. Here’s a suggestion on what needs to be in the file.

  • Current resume listing all positions you have held for the past seven years—permanent as well as travel positions.
  • Up-to-date skills checklists for all areas in which you are experienced to take assignments.
  • List of names that you use as references with addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Copies of your BCLS, and if applicable, ACLS, NRP cards—both front and back with the instructor’s signature and date clearly visible.
  • Copy of your immunization titers showing you are immune to rubella, mumps, roseola, and chicken pox. Some hospitals also want immune titers for Hep B.
  • Copy of flu immunization for the current year.
  • Copy of physical examination signed by a doctor, PA, or nurse practitioner.
  • Copy of your nursing license.
  • Copy of your driver’s license.
  • Copy of current TB screen tests—although you will probably have to retest prior to starting an assignment.
  • Copy of your fit test results with type of mask and date tested.
  • Copy of the results of your color blind test.
  • Copies of completed continuing education offerings.

It is extremely important to keep the originals in a safe place so they don’t get lost. Make copies.that way, when you travel you will always have access to the information.

Keeping a file will make starting an assignment with a “new” travel company a whole lot easier. You can send the copies quickly and make the on-boarding process quicker and simple, allowing you to focus on enjoying the travel experience and lessen the hassle of starting a new adventure.

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