Advice from Dawn Daniel - AL BON APRN Consultant
When selecting your collaborating physician, be sure that your nurse practitioner national certification and population focus are appropriate to the physician physician’s medical specialty. For example, while an FNP in collaboration with a family practice physician may treat patients of both sexes across the lifespan, FNPs collaborating with Internal Medicine physicians cannot treat patients younger than those seen by the Internist. Similarly, FNPs with a Pediatrician are not permitted to treat patients older than those seen by the pediatrician.
We strongly encourage you to add at least one covering physician to each collaboration. Although the rules do not require this, covering physicians enable you to continue to practice when the collaborating physician is out of state/country or incapacitated by illness. You may also request a 60-day grace period to practice with your covering physician, in the event of your collaborating physician’s death.
on the ABN website at least annually:
- Manage your password.
- Update your email address and other contact information.
- Check the status of new collaborations.
- Verify the expiration date of your National Certification.
- Review existing collaboration(s) for accuracy.
Ensure that you have the national certifying agency send
information to ABN, each time you recertify. Primary source verification is required by the rules and the certifying agencies
send the recertification unless you specifically request it
Do not assume that you can practice, just because you have submitted an application. Prior to engaging in any practice under your collaboration, check the status of your application on My Profile. The Board will also send you a notification email when the application is approved, so be sure to check your Spam/Junk folders.