One of the items that the NP program where I serve as adjunct faculty is guiding our students to have a professional portfolio. The portfolio consists of the items below and all NP students who are soon graduating should also have a similar file. Many choose to keep this in an electronic format for easy accessibility.
- Curriculam Vitae/Resume
- Sample Collaborative Practice Agreement (if your state requires one)
- Sample Malpractice Insurance (NSO & Marsh are among the major malpractice insurance carriers, though they may differ regionally and others certainly exist)
- Updated Health Record (current PPD, titers, etc)
- CPR/ACLS Card
- Infection Control Training Certificate (if applicable in your state)
- Your State’s Application for Licensure
- National Certification Application (American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program).
- National Provider Identifier (NPI) Applucation (don’t complete until you are employed).
- Initial CEU File
- DEA Application (don’t complete until you are employed).
- State & National NP Association Membership
Most of these items are required for the credentialing process. Credentialing can easily take 1-3 months and is the process that insurers/practices use to determine whether to accept that provider in their network (after all, insurers do not want providers with an extensive malpractice history and want to ensure that the providers legitimately hold the credentials they claim to have. Most insurers follow the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) or Council for Affordable Healthcare (CAQH) standard. These standards require initial and ongoing verification of all of the above so it’s best to have this information current and easily retrievable.
In Other News…..
Also, National NP Week 2013 will soon be upon us. NP week is from 11/10 – 11/16 and is when celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of the nations’ 170,000 nurse practitioners (and soon to be nurse practitioners). Check out the AANPs website for a wonderful resource guide that you can use and get your own facility to recognize this week as well!