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Why Is the Travel Nurse Credentialing Process So Difficult?

sb10069454x-001Q: I’m considering trying a travel nursing assignment, but I’ve heard the credentialing process can be overwhelming. Can you please explain why?

A: For traveling nurses, starting an assignment or signing with a new agency can definitely seem overwhelming. Once you complete your online application and have spoken with a recruiter, you are typically sent a checklist of credentialing items you are required to complete before you can travel. This checklist will include the following:

  • Copies of license and certifications
  • References (including at least two clinical supervisory references from within the past year)
  • Annual physical
  • Proof of immunity or titers (hepatitis B and PPD)
  • Background release, payroll forms and additional forms to complete
  • Drug screen (this will be done prior to starting assignment)
  • Pharmacy and specific competency tests to be completed prior to assignment

Although the drug screen and testing will not be administered until an assignment is confirmed, sending in the other forms right away will speed up the process. Keep a file with copies of your medical records, licenses and certifications on hand. It’s also a good idea to speak with your references and let them know that they will be contacted. If they can’t be reached by phone, provide a preferred email address.

At RNnetwork, we put the hospitals, clinics and all other facilities through the same process on the other end. It’s how we ensure that we are only placing the best nurses in only the best facilities.

You will also work with professional, experienced credentialers who will help you through the process. With so many resources available, you can even prepare for the testing as well. So work with your team, take it one step at a time and soon you will be on your way to your first travel assignment.


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