I am NO EXPERT - but after just completing the credential application process (and having a very positive overall experience working with NMC) I think a topic here about ways to successfully navigate the process would be helpful for everyone including me. I will eventually need to re-up/upgrade and knowing folks that go through that process have different struggles would be interested to hear what SOLUTIONS folks have that made getting your upgrade/credential easier.
My application process took approximately 32 days.
My big FOUR takeaways to speed the process up are:
1. If possible deliver your initial NMC application in person to your REC. Obviously this isn’t possible for everyone. I drove 3 hours to deliver mine and I guarantee it saved me a week or more in processing time. The REC representative also caught a missing signature (which could cost you a lot of days if you don’t monitor your application status online and wait to get a notice by mail).
2. Monitor your application online at least once a day (and if you have time, more than once a day). I realize this isn’t possible for everyone - but monitoring my application online helped me catch 2 errors on my forms - instead of waiting to receive my notice via mail of what info was missing or in need of “amplifying” - I called the NMC immediately and they told me what I was missing. In one instance it was Friday at 1pm and I was able to get my doctor to correct my 719K and get it back to NMC before they closed for the weekend - the NMC staff member even got it directly to the folks that needed it in Medical eval for me.
3. Take an extra day before you submit your application - let your application sit on the kitchen counter overnight - and go back through it BACKWARDS in the morning with new eyes to make sure all your I’s are dotted and T’s crossed. If I had done this I would have probably had my credential back in less than 30 days.
4. Don’t be afraid to call the NMC or use their online chat tool - and always write down who you spoke to - BE NICE - and understand that the NMC staff are just like anyone else - doing their jobs and trying to help you. There are a lot of haters out there that have had negative experiences with the NMC. I completely understand folks that have medical eval issues - I can only imagine how frustrating dealing with doctors is - so I’m not commenting on those folks/part of the process. But if you wait until the last minute to apply for your credential and it takes forever because you rush through the application, make ton of mistakes, then don’t monitor your application, respond by mail rather than email to their requests etc. its YOUR fault not the NMC that you don’t have your credential in time. Give yourself two or three times what current wait expectations are and you are likely to be happily surprised to receive your credential or upgrade WELL in advance of when you need it. It’s not like you don’t have time to plan for this.