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I am a nurse practitioner as well as CWOCN and I attended a one week class at my employer, Healogics University in Florida, to become certified to order and supervise HBO. Can I claim this under academic credit?

Answered April 23, 2019
Academic credits are those provided by an accredited college or university. If the course you attended provided CEUs, those may be used for Wound portfolio. Please review page 12 of the Handbook for additional clarification. Thanks for your question.


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I did a legal case review for a hospital acquired pressure ulcer. I also had to give a deposition as a clinical expert for the plaintiff. Do I list the deposition separately for points or do I only claim credit for the case review?

Answered April 23, 2019
If the same case review included the deposition, you may only claim this activity once. Thanks for your question.


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I wrote a chapter for the SUNA professional practice manual on urostomies and continent diversions. Should I split these points between ostomy and continence?

Answered April 23, 2019
Thanks for your question. This point split request should be submitted for preapproval as discussed on page 4 of the Handbook.


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Hello, I work in a newer wound clinic and we have not developed much in the way of patient education/ handouts. Specific services that we provide include venous compression wraps, total contact casts, and NPWT management. We discuss specific instructions for the patients and I was wondering if these can be considered a patient education tool if put together as a handout. I was unsure because the description specifies that they be based on factual information.

Answered April 23, 2019
These handouts can be used under Publication-Patient educational tool as described on page 20. Please pay attention to the point limit maximums. Good luck !


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Hello, I am in a NP program and doing 150 clinical hours in an NP run (who is ostomy certified through wocncb) ostomy clinic. I was wondering how I would be able to count these hours in PGP for recertification? thank you!

Answered April 23, 2019
Thanks for your question. There is additional information required in order to answer your question. In what category are you considering to claim these precepted hours? Please review the handbook to see if these hours fall in to any category and resubmit your question. Thanks.


Question:
I purchased the Wound and Ostomy Flash Cards 5 yrs ago. Have they changed? Should I purchase a new set?

Answered April 22, 2019
The CWCN flash cards were developed in 2014 and COCN flash cards in 2015. They have not changed since that time and the content would be the same. This is because the "Exam Content Outline" has not changed as yet and the flash cards are also based on this outline.


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Will you be posting a link so I may verify a WTA certification like we already see for the CWCN?

Answered April 22, 2019
The verification is in the same place on the website for all types of credentials. The WTA-C may be verified using the same link.


Question:
What is considered a passing score for wound certification test?

Answered April 18, 2019
The WOCNCB prepares our examinations in compliance with stringent national standards. Each item and each exam goes through a rigorous process of review to ensure that items and exams are psychometrically sound and clinically accurate. It is our practice to release passing scores of examinations to the test taker immediately after testing is completed. That testing report is confidential and only contains information specific to the testing completed. The report also breaks down the scores by "content area" which correlates to the predetermined content areas from the exam content outline. We also use industry standards to ensure that each ‘form’ of the exam is equally difficult. Because each form has different questions, a form can be slightly harder or easier depending on which questions are included. To compensate for this, we use a process called “equating” where we compare a new form against existing forms for difficulty and adjust the number of questions required to pass. If the new form is slightly easier than the existing forms, the number of questions required to pass will be slightly higher to compensate. Similarly, if the new form is more difficult than existing forms, the equating process will produce a slightly lower number of questions needed to pass. Although this means different forms will likely have different numbers of questions needed to pass, it’s actually fairer for the testing candidate since their ability to pass is now the same regardless of which form they take. We do not publish passing scores for a variety of reasons, of which a primary reason is to maintain confidentiality of testing information.


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The facility that I work in doesn't currently have a products committee. However I have been involved in the selection of a new bed system to replace some of the older beds in our facility. I have worked with the vendor and the head of Supply and Distribution department. I am coordinating a day when the vendor will bring in the bed for staff to evaluate. Would this count under product formulary or some other area? We are not bringing in other beds to compare, we are just determining if we want the new bed. I have recommended the new bed, that is why it is being brought in for evaluation. Thank you for your consideration.

Answered April 18, 2019
From the information you have given, it is doubtful that this could be considered a products committee. There are several areas that you may be able to earn PGP points. Please see the 2018 PGP handbook page 17 "Forum/focus group for advisory panel" and the definition on page 30 to see if that is appropriate. If you developed policy and procedure for use of this product, please see page 18 "Policy/procedure in existing practice". If you developed a presentation or gave lectures on the use of this new product, please see page 24 "Presentations/lectures" as a way to earn PGP points. Good luck.


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I wrote a proposal for my facility for an Outpatient Ostomy Nursing Clinic. I'm not clear where to place this for Activity Type. Does it go under Program & Project Development- Establish Nursing Service?

Answered April 18, 2019
What a great project. It you wrote a proposal for a WOC nursing service out patient ostomy clinic then that activity is worth 15 PGP points in your ostomy portfolio. There is a maximum of 15 points allowed per specialty. Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook page 18 "Establish a WOC or FC nursing service". Make certain that you review page 30 for definition. Thank you for the question.


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