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I am a current wound care consultant for an acute care organization. I obtained by WCC (wound care certification) through WCEI in 2015. I am up for renewal next year. Can I take the CWOCN examination next year with my current work experience hours and 50 CEUs as listed in your eligibility requirements?


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I am following the PGP for recertification. I am a Skills instructor for the WTA/OCA in our region. When I put these points on the form do I have to put a separate entry for each date or can I put them all together in one entry? I have multiple dates for the sessions I covered. Thanks!

Answered October 11, 2019
thank you for your question Please see page 24 of the 2018 PGP handbook. For every 2 hours you can claim 1 point. I would recommend including the dates Hope this helps answer your questions


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Hello, I have question. I am WOCN.BSN.RN at acute hospital and planning to graduate 'msn nursing educator'. Am I eligible to become APRN?

Answered October 11, 2019
Please check with your graduating school program.


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Can development of a proposal for a new WOC nurse position be included in the professional practice category? Thank you.

Answered October 13, 2019
Thanks for your question. Per page 4 of the PGP Handbook professional practice activities are those that are not directly relating to wound, ostomy, continence or foot care. Page 31 in the PGP Handbook has examples of those activities that would be considered professional practice. I hope this helps!


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If I decide to renew my certification by exam, how many CEUs am I required to have?

Answered October 11, 2019
There is not a requirement to have CE to recertify a Current (non-lapsed) credential via Exam. The exam application will ask you to verify your current RN and is the only documentation needed.


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It now appears that I have received 10 points for a chair/co-chair position I held for two years for my wound/ostomy care council. However, I have followed the steps on pg 15 without results. When I went to the dropdown box on pre-approval it then said to "click add" this option is not available. Can you re-direct me please? Thanks so much.

Answered October 11, 2019
It may help to go back to your list of submitted preapprovals within the "preapproval" Tab in your portfolio. Look in the column titled "Category" for the already approved item. This will help you identify the Type of pre-approval you submitted. It may say 'CE'. In that case, you would click "add new activity" and select "Pre-approved Continuing Education" from the drop-down list. Then after you click add and on the next screen in the 3rd field (line) where it says 'Pre-Approved Request' use the drop-down list and find your activity for the 10 points. Or, you may contact our office directly for assistance.


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I am working on the experiential pathway for ostomy certification. When taking CEU that directly "relate to ostomy care" (as per the described requirement in the handbook), can these include a class that focuses on the disease process such as Crohns, colitis or irritable bowel, even if ostomy itself is not the focus of the course?

Answered October 10, 2019
We recommend you review the "Exam Content Outline" on the website to determine if the subject matter is covered within the exam. This is a good guideline as to what may pertain to patient ostomy care and our review team will follow this same information when approving CE's in an exam application. The outline is in the handbook and on the website under "Certification / Exam Preparation".


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I taught a pre conference work shop on contact casting. I earned points for development of the program and presentation of the program. Do these points directly relate to wound care? Can those 24 points be counted towards obtaining the 40 points I need in the wound care specialty

Answered October 9, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please review page 24 in the 2018 PGP handbook. If your contact casting was for wound healing then you can count it toward your wound points under presentations. hope this answers your question


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I compose an ostomy newsletter 4 times per year. What would be the best fit for this to go under?

Answered October 8, 2019
Thank your for your question. Please look at page 21 in the 2018 PGP handbook. At the top it will describe Newsletter and other publications. You will be able to determine which category describes your newsletter.


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Can a CWOCN or COCN pre-op mark without physician oversight? Is a physician required to see the patient and provide orders in that visit or can the referring provider's order for Pre-Op marking suffice for a physician's order?

Answered October 8, 2019
Although the WOCNCB certification credentials are representative of your additional knowledge, your scope of practice and what may be allowed in your state is governed by your State Board of Nursing practice act. This means the scope of practice may vary by state and is also dependent on your nurse licensure.


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