The Center serves as an expert resource in the utilization of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs), in developing hiring tools, decision trees, business planning and proforma analysis. Through close relationships with Human Resources, The School of Nursing, The School of Medicine, The Department of Finance, and the Nursing, Medical, and Hospital Executives the Center coordinates and provides recommendations for new and existing practices.
The Center continues to develop hiring tools for the utilization of the Critical Care, Acute Care and Ambulatory Care Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Physician Assistants. In communication with the departments and Human Resources the Center serves in an advisory capacity when determining market driven compensation. The Center participates in the interview process and makes recommendations.
The Center initiates the credentialing process that Vanderbilt University Medical Center and its affiliates use to privilege Advanced Practice Nurses and Allied Health Professionals. Credentialing and Privileging is the mechanism to ensure the provision of health care services is quality driven, by safe and competent providers.
The Center coordinates an orientation program designed for all new Advanced Practice Nurses and Physician Assistants to guide them in the transition to the professional provider role at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and owned and affiliated off-site locations.
The Center oversees credentialing and fundamental to that process is initial and ongoing competency evaluation. The Center works in conjunction with Provider Support Services to ensure compliance with mandatory focused professional performance evaluation (FPPE) and ongoing professional performance evaluation (OPPE).
The Center in association with the School of Nursing and other regulatory agencies ensures that those credentialed and privileged providers function within their specialty scope of practice and in accordance with their delineation of privileges.
The Center serves as an expert resource for existing and emerging practice models and the integration of the emerging practice models into the overall strategic plan of the organization.
The Center works closely with the Office of Compliance, business and finance managers, and Provider Support Services to ensure all Advanced Practice Nurses and Allied Health providers are in compliance with State and Federal mandates.
The Center serves as the expert resource regarding interpretation and application of legal and regulatory rules and regulations pertaining to Advanced Practice Nurses and Allied Health providers.
The Center, in collaboration with Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG) finance and nursing finance, reviews requests for new advanced nurse practitioner and allied health positions, evaluates business plans/proformas, explores opportunities for gap and split funding, as well as tracking revenue flow. The Center also expedites finance and compliance approval via the billing committee.
The Center tracks emerging State and Federal legislation pertinent to advanced practice nurses, allied health professionals and the delivery of health care. The director of the Center maintains relationships with key stakeholders throughout the country.