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I just noticed when checking on the status of pre approval for contact hours that imy request is showing 0 instead of 10 and there is not an edit function for me to adjust. What do I do… I’m already waiting 2 weeks and hate to start over with new request. Thanks


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I have 10 pediatric nurses that completed the WTA-C September 2018. We are not able to use the WTA-C in our Magnet recertification program. Do you have any idea when this may become recognized by ANCC? Thank you for your assistance. Mary Anne

Answered February 22, 2019
WOCNCB is working on obtaining recognition, and will post it on the website if approved. This would be in a few weeks.


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Please clarify point calculations for WTA. I am the course coordinator for the past 1 year. I have held 4 skills days related to this as the instructor. How are points calculated?

Answered February 21, 2019
PGP portfolio points are given for WTA course coordinators as 1 point for 2 hours of course content, and points are also given for clinical skills instructors at the same value. Please see page 24 of the PGP Handbook.


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To clarify, for PGP if the activity supports the practice of nursing but is not directly WOC specific, it does not count for professional practice points. Is that correct?

Answered February 21, 2019
Yes, you are correct. The true definition of professional practice is nursing activities that enhance or impact the role of the WOC or foot care nurse. See page 4 of Handbook.


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I'm starting a class to teach foot care nursing and hopefully the graduates will be eligible to sit for certification. I can provide continuing education credits for the classes and practicums I teach. How can I help my student ensure that they can use this program to help them become CFCNs?

Answered February 21, 2019
Nurses with an RN and a Bachelor's Degree will qualify for the CFCN exam with 24 CE credits and 40 clinical hours foot care experience. Your course will need to provide the nurse with a CE document showing the course title, date, their name, and your program provider information including the approving organization for giving the student the CE (usually ANCC or a state board of nursing, etc.)


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When certifying as a CWOCN by the experiential pathway, does working on a medical/surgical unit providing direct care to patients with wounds and stomas count toward the 1500 hour requirement? How does the board verify this experience?

Answered February 21, 2019
Yes, any hands-on patient care specific to wound and ostomy will count for the clinical hours requirement, and can come from any work setting. You will fill in the online exam application by listing the clinical hours total and the clinical supervisor(s) to contact directly for verification with their name, title, and phone.


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PGP for recert for wounds. Do we get points for being an member of the wound society

Answered February 21, 2019
No you do not obtain points by being a member of the WOCN Society. This is an optional membership, but certainly encouraged. As a member, you certainly will have opportunity for CEU's, webinars, ect. that would be eligible towards points for your PGP.


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My WOCN affiliate is holding a conference and one of the topics pertains to Professional Practice. Does this require the preapproval process?

Answered February 21, 2019
No this is not required. All professional practice CE/CNE/CME sessions/classes or activities that are not through the WOCN society must be pre-approved and submitted via the pre-approval process. Details on Pre-approval are found on pg. 15 of the Handbook for other future activities. Thank you for your question.


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I have a question regarding whether a session from a regional affiliate wocn conference would be CE accounting for wound specialty or professional practice within wound category. The topic is related to legal risks for wound care providers and the objectives discuss the anatomy of a lawsuit and how to avoid them as well as common lawsuit subjects for wocns. Would this be wound or PP?

Answered February 20, 2019
This is a good question. I would look at your objectives closely and if they are not directly related to Wound/Ostomy/Continence care, then it would go under your PP portfolio. If it focuses on wound care related to lawsuit, ect., this sounds like it would fit under your wound portfolio. Refer to pg. 4 in the Handbook and review the PP definition and see if this clarifies things better for you as well.


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I am compiling for PGP and struggling with Professional Organizations: 1.WOCN Education Committee-is it under national professional org or task force at national level? How do I divide for points? 2.I am a part of Mayo Clinic Health System and have served on the Mayo Clinic Nursing Pressure Injury Prevention sub-group as Chair and member which is Rochester MN, Arizona,Florida, and the Mayo Clinic Health System. Because it is across the Mayo Enterprise is that National or Affiliate committee? 3.For our Mayo Enterprise Product Review Team I have no idea how to divide points between wound/ostomy.

Answered February 21, 2019
1. WOCN Education Committee: This would fit under the Professional Organization/National Catagory, but you need to choose the points based on your position on that Committee; officer,chair or a committee member. 2. Mayo Health System: I would place this under the Professional/Regional/State/local and again, assign the points according to which position you held. 3. Mayo Product Committee: Refer to pg. 16 of the Handbook as this is 3 points per year/9 per specialty.


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