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What documents do hospitals require for Nursing Registries?

Ms. M Ms. M (New) New

Hello Everyone,

I am new to the forum but not new to nursing. I have been a registered nurse for 20 years and now would like to truly venture out my own. Does anyone know what documents hospitals require for nursing registries. I live in southern california and I know that registries but be bonded and a copy of this document must be presented. Does anyone else know what other documents/forms hospitals require in order for registries to send their staff? I can't seem to locate this information anywhere? Thanks a million for your assistance.

Ms. M.

babynurselsa, RN

Has 12 years experience. Specializes in ER, NICU, NSY and some other stuff.

A current valid copy of your license, BLS card. This along with a copy of any other pertinent certifications like ACLS, PALS if applicable.

Thye may also require you to take a competency exam if you are going to work a specialty area, or the one your agency gives may suffice.

Good luck to you.

Thank you for your response,

But I meant what do hospitals require from the nursing registry? For example XYZ Agency would like their nurse to work such-and-such hospital.what documents does the hospital require from the registry not from the individual nurse as if the nurse is applying for a per diem position. I'm sure they require all that you have mentioned but in addition to all that I'm sure a hospital needs other documents. Does anyone know what they are?

Ms. M.

babynurselsa, RN

Has 12 years experience. Specializes in ER, NICU, NSY and some other stuff.

I guess I am not sure what you are looking for. An agency should already have a contract in place to cover any documentation between the two of them. When the agency sends in an individual nurse most hospitals will request the above documentation for them to keep in their files to cover themselves.

You need to have a physical contract with the hospital, in it all items would be stated. Similar to what you would have with any employees. You will need to show proof of Workman's Comp for your employees, proof that you are actually set up as an agency, such as any corporate papers, etc.

The biggest thing is going to be documentation on the employees that you plan on sending. If you cannot provide the type of nurses that they are looking for, then you will find it hard to get a contract.

Not sure if you are aware that you will not be paid until about sixty days out on average, sometimes you can get lucky with earlier, but you will need to have enough funds available to float payroll until you get paid. And taxes are usually due monthly. But payment can also go to 90 days out, from the facility. Your employees are not going to want to get paid that late, once you contract as an agency, you are now considered an account of the hospital and can be padi as such. Many that work per diem, now want daily pay.

Thank you Suzanne,

So the items required include:

1. Bonding

2. Liability Insurance

3. Work Comp

4. Business papers? (articles of incorporation)

What eles should be included here?

5. Info regarding the nurses (license,CPR,ACLS,any other certification,skills

check-off, back ground clearance, I don't think the nurses resume is

required)

6. Contract with terms

Anything else?

What type of attorney would be familiar with what should go into a contract for a registry? I found many business lawyers are not familiar with healthcare contracts.

Thanks for your assistance.

Ms. M

Yikes. To be perfectly honest, if you don't know this stuff already you shouldn't be considering starting your own agency yet. Note that I said YET.

You need to go work for an existing agency in an office capacity and learn the in's and out's first. Keep in mind that you will likely be subject to a non-compete agreement, so I would suggest getting your experience outside of the market/region you wish to start your own in. Ethical and legal reasons being the obvious.

Thinking you can just jump into owning an agency merely because you are an experienced nurse is financial suicide. Someone telling you what "documents" you need to contract with a hospital is not even touching the tip of the iceberg. Do you know basic accounting, payroll, financial analysis and forecasting, business law, employment law, sales and marketing techniques, etc.? You need to learn this stuff first.

Good luck!

Thanks for the info but please don't assume I don't know everything that you just mentioned besides that there is a difference between Agency and Registry. The guidelines and regulations are not the same for these two entities. I've been in business before and have several works in progress at this time. I would never jump off into anything without first doing extensive home work. The questions I asked will provide me with information regarding requirements nationwide as well as the requirements for my region. Thanks a million for your input.:)

Ms. M

As far as paperwork, the requirements for an agency and registry are the same thing. And the requirements do not change for different areas of the country, as they are federal requirements as far as what is required for each nurse. Part of documentation that is required to the hospitals to provide for their licensing boards.

You are not the one that will be doing the actual contract, the hospital will.

They have contracts already in place for vendors, and that is what you will be. Sure, changes can be made to it, at either parties request, but every contract that I have gotten was done by their legal dept with my input.

It is going to depend on which part of the country that you are in, but most facilities also want to see a resume on the nurse to know what their actual work experience is. Unfortunately, many have been burned. I nurse insists that she or he has certain experience, and when they get there the first day, things prove otherwise and very quickly.

Other things to consider, who will be paying the inservice fees for your nurses, will the facility, or you be absorbing the cost? Is the orientation for the nurse paid, and at what rate?

Thanks for the info but please don't assume I don't know everything that you just mentioned besides that there is a difference between Agency and Registry. The guidelines and regulations are not the same for these two entities. I've been in business before and have several works in progress at this time. I would never jump off into anything without first doing extensive home work. The questions I asked will provide me with information regarding requirements nationwide as well as the requirements for my region. Thanks a million for your input.:)

Ms. M

I appreciate your enthusiasm and I respect your desire to become a business owner. I have owned several successful companies in my past as well, including a 20 person accounting and business consulting firm. It can be an extremely rewarding and life changing experience. I can say that I no longer have to worry about having enough money for retirement, and on the other end of the spectrum, my business success allowed me to pursue another dream... Getting into the medical field.

While registries and agencies are different "entities", the guidelines and regulations are quite the same, and not knowing what you are doing can produce quite the same results as well... Lawsuits and bankruptcy to name just two. By the very nature of your questions it is obvious you have little or no experience in the "registry" field. Otherwise you would not be asking such elementary questions. I merely suggested you get some experience prior to choosing to "venture out on my own cold turkey" like you stated in your other post in relation to the same topic located here.

All I am saying is you might be putting the cart before the horse here.

Best of luck!

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