APRN Credentialing

APRN CredentialingWhen you take the CRNA Boards, either before the test or after you finish exam, there will be a question asking which US State you want to send your results to.  Simply select the States that you will be applying to CRNA jobs and then separately you will need to apply for both a RN and CRNA license at those State Board of NursingAPRN Credentialing refers to an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse verifying all APRN Credentials.  APRN Credentials include education, examination, licensure, and certifications.  All CRNAs are classified as APRNs and must go through APRN Credentialing prior to starting work at their first jobs.  Oftentimes, people in the medical field will use ‘APRN Credentialing’, ‘CRNA Credentialing’, ‘APN Credentialing‘ to all refer to the same definitions when speaking.  APRN Credentials can also be referred to as APN Credentials.

If you are a CRNA student graduating soon, I recommend you try your best to have a job lined up prior to graduation, taking the CRNA Boards and then starting the APRN credentialing process asap.  Depending on the state and facility, the entire APRN credentialing time length can vary to up to 6 months.  If you are planning on taking a few months off after graduating, please start the CRNA credentialing process or else your short break may end up being much longer than you anticipated.  As a general reference, most states are 90-120 days to complete the credentialing.  Some states are faster and easier than others, and some can take as long as the full 6 months.

APRN Credentialing Factors

APRN Credentialing FactorsFrom word of mouth:
Easier CRNA credentialing states include Indiana, Michigan, Hawaii
More difficult CRNA credentialing states include Illinois and California (3 months or longer)

In addition, the credentialing timeline will depend on the hospital.  From word of mouth reference, larger hospitals tend to take a longer period of time while smaller hospitals.  I’ve heard of the entire APRN credentialing only taking one month at smaller hospitals.  It’s a good idea to ask your recruiter or other CRNAs working at the hospital you will be working at how long the typical APN credentialing took.

APRN Credentials Documents to Prepare

APRN Credentials Documents to PrepareWhile preparing for the RN and APRN credentialing license applications, be sure to stay organized and save copies of everything you had put on your CV.  This may include:

  • Updated CV Resume
  • Continuing education units (CEU) for two years
  • NBCRNA card (You can verify your NBCRNA credential here)
  • Case log records
  • Malpractice insurance face sheets for all previous nursing jobs
  • Copy of undergraduate / graduate degrees & school transcripts
  • Driver’s license and / or Passport
  • Passport photos
  • Social security card
  • Personal references (Name, address, email, phone number),
  • Relevant nursing licenses
  • Vaccination history and records
  • Fill out your CAQH Proview This is a one-time application that will take about one hour of your time.  CAQH Proview is the US healthcare industry’s gold standard for self-reporting professionals to health organizations.

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APRN Credentialing Conclusion

In conclusion, the APRN credentialing process ensures that the CRNA is qualified to give anesthesia services and patient care.  It is a very time consuming process but one that every single CRNA needs to do.  It depends on many variables which are out of your control – like which State you are working at all the way to the size of the hospital.  Your best preparation for credentialing is having all the CRNA documents prepared as it will save you a lot of time later.  If you are doing APRN credentialing at the physical state facility, bring physical paper copies in a folder and bring your laptop with you.  I promise, you will save yourself a lot of time going back home looking for files and going to Kinkos later to make copies.

Which State did you do your APRN credentialing and how long did it take?  Please take a quite minute and leave a comment to help contribute to the community below.

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