Developing an advanced practice nursing credentialing model for acute care facilities

Nurs Adm Q. 2008 Oct-Dec;32(4):279-87. doi: 10.1097/01.NAQ.0000336724.95440.fd.


Credentialing of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in acute care settings is an essential practice, but care must be taken to ensure that full utilization of the scope of practice and capacity of APRNs is attained. The process of credentialing and privileging involves the verification of required education, licensure, and certification to practice as an APRN along with the recognition of the scope of the individual APRN's practice based on training, education, and practice setting. Nursing administrators are challenged with ensuring that APRNs are credentialed and privileged and that appropriate mechanisms exist within the institution for promoting recognition of the scope of practice of APRNs. This article reviews concepts related to the process of credentialing and privileging for APRNs, with special considerations to acute care settings. Important considerations are highlighted to ensure that the credentialing process for APRNs promotes practice within their scope of practice.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease / nursing*
  • Credentialing / standards*
  • Forms and Records Control
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff Privileges / standards*
  • Models, Organizational
  • Nurse Practitioners / standards*
  • United States