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If a PGP has been submitted for review but writer decides taking the exam is a better option, can an exam be scheduled without a double charge for recertification process?

Answered August 20, 2018
If you decide to withdraw recertification by PGP, you must have submitted it but not have had the portfolios reviewed. A refund can be issued if the PGP has not been reviewed. The exam fees are separate from PGP. You would need to submit an exam application with fees in order to test.


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Completing this renewal cycle for my WOCN certification per PGP again. Questions I was unable to locate answers to in the Handbook: 1. I was a member of the WOCN National Legislative Committee. I was also a member of my State Georgia Nurses Association Legislative Committee. Would I be able to capture any credit/PGP points for being an active committee member for the Georgia Nurses Association Legislative Committee (3 years)? 2. I have a non-profit wound care excellence business. State of Georgia registration as non-profit business. Basic activities have been educational in-service programs in Long Term Care Facilities. Business is strictly volunteer-no monetary exchange. I have copies of sign-in sheets of attendees and evaluations. The state of Georgia has allowed the licensed nurses to use the classes as points/credits toward the mandatory education points needed to renew their license as an employee sponsored in-service (I did not apply for CE status to present classes). Would I be able to capture/claim any PGP points for this business? Thank you for your attention to my questions: Bianca Woodall-Jones, MS, RN, CWOCN


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Hi, My name is Ann Marie Whaley. For a number of years I volunteered monthly at two different ostomy support groups. One I was the co-facilitator where I arranged the guest speakers and ran the meeting. The other I also arranged for guest speakers and I was the ostomy nurse for the group and provided guidance for the group members on specific osotmy questions. Can I claim the number of years for each group ( 5 years for one and 4 years for the other, or only the number of years served for both together? Thank you! Ann Marie

Answered August 19, 2018
Volunteer activities for 2 separate organizations are permitted to be entered as 5 points per year for each organization. Please make sure to have the audit documentation for each group if you are audited. Thank you for your service !!


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Served in our Hospital's Product Committee x 5 years. The items discussed were Wound dressings /products and continence. How do I split the number of points?

Answered August 19, 2018
Splitting points has to be sent in for pre-approval. Please review page 4 of the handbook for instructions. Good luck !!


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When recertifying using PGP points, can you count orienting an RN to the wound care role in your teaching? Is this placed under the "teaching clinical education of nursing/medical professionals"? If I have precepted more hours than the PGP points that I need should I adjust them to not go over my 90 points allowed?

Answered August 19, 2018
Precepting or orienting is correctly placed under the "teaching" activity. Pay attention to the maximum points as these are not the same activity. Orienting is not the same as precepting a WOC student. If you go over the 90 max points in your portfolio, you need to adjust prior to submission. Good luck!


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I have been asked to be a content Validity expert for an ostomy research project. This involves looking at the content and the questions they will ask ostomy patients Does this count of PGP

Answered August 18, 2018
Please review the 2018 PGP Handbook page 21 "Publications" under the subheading "Other Publications. There you will find that a content validator is awarded 5 points with a maximum of 15 points per specialty. Thanks for the question.


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HI to all My name is Lupie and I am preparing for my recertification through the PGP. I would like to know since I am attending other wound related conferences like WOW (wild on Wounds) from WCEI (Wound Care Education Institute) do I have to send the CME's from this conference for pre-approval?

Answered August 18, 2018
Hello Lupie. Good question. Please review the 2018 PGP Handbook pages 12-13. There you will find guidelines for accredited and approved CE/CNE/CMEs and requirements. This should help you enter these educational activities appropriately. Good Luck!


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I am a CWCN and have recently completed my APN degree and accepted a position as an inpatient wound nurse practitioner. I completed a one day shadowing experience with a CWOCN NP who does inpatient wound care as an advanced practice nurse in order to learn more about her daily processes, hospital protocols for consultation, documentation, billing, etc. Would this activity count as something for my PGP portfolio?

Answered August 17, 2018
Thank you for the question. There are points available for precepting a WOC nurse or other medical professionals although there are no points available for being precepted. You could use the experience to develop Programs/Projects as outlined in the 2018 PGP Handbook on page 18. Sorry.


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What happens if I don't pass my re-certification exams prior to my credentials expiring?

Answered August 16, 2018
If you have failed an exam and this causes your credentials to lapse, we have a 90-day grace period. This allows you to retest within the 90 days without re-establishing your eligibility. You are without credentials during this time, but may re-exam. Please review the "Exam Handbook" on this opportunity, found on the website under Recertification/Exam.


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I can not find in the PGP pamphlet where I would receive PGP points for reviewing the Society's abstracts for National Conference(conducted in November every year) as well as serving the Society as an abstract reviewer during Conference. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Answered August 15, 2018
You can find information on entering points received viewing posters during the WOCN National convention in the 2018 PGP Handbook page 13 under "National Conference Posters." I hope this helps clarify.


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