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I completed a professional practice CE called "Caring for Persons With Bariatric Health Care Issues: A Primer for the WOC nurse" through JWOCN. Would I need to get this pre-approved or put it as professional practice under wounds as it is about skin care? Thank you.


Question:
How early can you re-test prior to the credentials expiring?

Answered November 18, 2019
There is a 30-day waiting period for re-testing after taking an exam. If the timing of the failed exam and the retake will cause a credential lapse, there is a 90-day grace period. Please refer to our Exam Handbook on the website for complete details.


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After credentials have lapsed what is the proper way to sign? I have seen both WOCN, and WOC-RN. Is it either of these or something else?

Answered November 18, 2019
WOCN® is not a credential. In a trademark recognition decision, WOCN® is a registered trademark for the WOCN® Society and use as a title or credential is a copyright infringement. It is OK to call yourself a WOC nurse as a title, but may be misleading to list something that is not a credential to anyone not familiar.


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I know a couple of CWOCN’s that choose not renew their certification of CWOCN. They have since been signing after their name WOCN. I have told them this is wrong and that they need to use the WOC-RN. I thought I would ask you as everyone is very immovable on their position. Thank you.

Answered November 18, 2019
WOCN® is not a credential. In a trademark recognition decision, WOCN® is a registered trademark for the WOCN® Society and use as a title or credential is a copyright infringement. It is OK to call yourself a WOC nurse as a title, but may be misleading to list something that is not a credential to anyone not familiar. Please review our Position Statement on this website, under "About Us."


Question:
How many years of experience do a BSN nurse need to take the exam for WCS ?

Answered November 18, 2019
The CWS credential is not obtained through our organization (WOCNCB). If you wish to certify in Wound care, our credential is CWCN for the Bachelor's-prepared RN. If you go through the accredited education for WOC, there is not experience required. Please review "Eligibility" on our website under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence."


Question:
I am currently pursuing NP and will finish program and take boards around the same time my CWON-RN is going to expire. I plan to sit for CWON-AP after passing boards. Do you offer extension of cert for situations like this?

Answered November 18, 2019
You may want to review our credential extension policy on the website, under "Recertification". Our committee for Credentialing Review can consider a written request.


Question:
Can Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits be claimed. For example, a CME education course relating to lymphedema, which only provides CME not CEs. Thank you,

Answered November 15, 2019
We accept both CE and CME.


Question:
I viewed 160 posters at the national conference. Each poster is worth .05 CEUs. I received 8 CEUs for all of them. How do I distribute these CEUs? Must I relook at all 160 posters and figure out exactly which category it belongs in or can I divide the CEUs among WOC+PP categories? Thanks for your help!

Answered November 15, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, Continuing Education, p. 13, National Conference Posters. These points may be used in ANY of the portfolios in which you are recertifying and may be entered as specialty or Professional Practice CE points. These points may be split between portfolios and are exempt from the Pre-approval process.


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When a CE program is developed for presentation, can you apply for "Presentation", "Development of Program" and "CE Approval of Program" for the same program? It appears that the info on each page will be listed exactly the same.

Answered November 14, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, Teaching, p. 24-25. You can claim 1 point/15 min. for your presentation time and 2 points/15 minutes for development. If you obtained CEU approval, you can claim 5 points/presentation.


Question:
Does the certifications earned show on the board of nursing website once earned? or would you need to show employer the certification of completion?

Answered November 14, 2019
The credentials earned are posted on the website about 8 weeks after testing. See "certification verification". You or your employer may contact us directly any time for a verification.


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