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Writing a Source of Evidence for Magnet Document: EP4.2: Nurses Create Partnerships with patients and families to establish goals and plans for delivery of patient centered care. Provide 1 example with supporting evidence of nurses partnering with patients and families to improve systems of care at the unit, service line or organizational level. The SOE provides an overview of "revamping Colorectal Surgery Services" in the First Magnet Hospital in Pittsburgh undergoing revitalization after near closure. In addition to a patient experience, establishing the ostomy formulary,providing staff education on the surgical unit, collaboration with vendors, Case Management, and outpatient clinics, and outlining discharge planning for access to ostomy services and supplies in the home. Most recently beyond the Magnet Document, is a brief PPT presentation outlining the "O" in WOC nursing for our CNO, to support addition of a second FTE WOCN. PLEASE ADVISE. This falls somewhere between establishing a WOC service in this case, revitalization of Ostomy Services by a CWON, and a Quality Improvement project providing access to care across the continuum. However a QI project requires data. I have data on ostomy patient volume however not on patient satisfaction outcomes.

Answered October 19, 2018
The project as a whole may not specifically fall into a category/activity that is listed in the Handbook. Often times portions of your work will qualify so we recommend breaking down your work and looking for activities that are listed in the Handbook. It is important when looking at activities to reference the requirements along with definitions to see if your project or portions of your project fit.


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I have an associate degree in nursing so I'm not eligible for the WOCN. But is there a different certification I am qualified for regarding continence?

Answered October 18, 2018
WOCNCB offers the "Wound Treatment Associate" (WTA-C) certification for the associate degree RN. There is not continence credentialing for this level.


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How do I use the fact that I did the wound care presentation for orientation in my PGP? I am sorry it is just not clear to mean and I don't want to do anything wrong.

Answered October 16, 2018
Please refer to pg 24 in the 2018 PGP Handbook/Teaching. Presentations and lectures are listed here. You can claim points for developing and presenting. Keep in mind that the presentation can only be claimed once even if it is repeated and it must be claimed in the specialty to which it pertains.


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I am not certain that I placed the pre approval of two foot care related mission trips in the correct category.

Answered October 16, 2018
In your pre-approval tab, there are 3 hyperlinks. The one for mission trips is entitled, "Submit new pre-approval Professional Organization request" and under the link says "Submit a new pre-approval Volunteer Work/Medical Mission Trip request." You may call or email our office and we can check your submission for you.


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Hello I am trying to figure the PGP process out. I am a WOCN nurse and my recertification is in June 2020. So I have a little less then 2 years for this process. I am developing a support group for ostomy patients from the ground up. Which areas would I be able to use this in? It seems to fit a lot of areas for points. So confused, but want to give this a try. And where do I get the sheet for precepting.

Answered October 16, 2018
Please refer to pg 17 in the 2018 PGP Handbook regarding Volunteer work with a patient support organization. Points are allowed per year for this involvement. We recommend reading the Handbook and referring to it often as you consider where to claim points for work that you already have completed. The tracking form for precepting can be found on the WOCNCB website under the Recertification tab/PGP/PGP resources. Good Luck!


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I would like to see an evaluation for ablation for venous insufficiency and then see an ablation. I would like to better prepare patients for work up and tx Would this be something I can be eligible for PCP points for wound speciality.

Answered October 16, 2018
Points can not be claimed for observing a procedure/evaluation but one option to consider that would qualify for points can be found on pg.20 in the 2018 PGP Handbook, Develop a patient educational tool. It is important to reference the definition and then follow the requirements listed as you take the information gathered from your observation and develop the tool.


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Can you get PGP points for pro bono consultations? Ie for stoma marking, wound care visits? If so do they go under humanitarian/mission work?

Answered October 15, 2018
If the volunteer work was through a specific organization/support group please refer to pg 17 in the 2018 PGP Handbook regarding specifics/requirements that must be met. If your work does not meet the requirements listed then we would recommend submitting for pre approval, refer to pg 15 in the handbook.


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My PGP for ostomy is under revision and I would like to make sure that before I submit it for the second revision, if I just need to change the professional practice to specialty? This is the comment I received: PGP Committee/BL 2018-10-14 07:Oct Since this clinically relates to the ostomy specialty, it would not be considered professional practice. Please resubmit with the specialty ellipsis checked.

Answered October 15, 2018
Yes, you are correct the instructions only are asking for you to click "specialty". Once you have done this, you may resubmit it with the change.


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I am attempting to export my PGP portfolio however nothing is happening. I attempted this a few months ago and it worked. Is this a one time export? I have made revisions trying to get the points below 90 so want to export to Word again to review. Thank you I have a Toshiba with Microsoft Office that includes word. Any recommendation?

Answered October 15, 2018
It is sent via MS Word, and can be downloaded any time, and is capturing the current portfolio at the time of the download. It is unlimited for use. If it is not working, you can also send an email and we can send a copy to you. Email: info@wocncb.org


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Am I allowed to leave items in the Unassigned section when I submit my portfolio? Or do I need to have it empty at that time? Thank you.

Answered October 15, 2018
You may keep items in your Unassigned section. It is your placeholder for activities you may want to use later. The submitted PGP portfolio for your re-certification will not include these unassigned items.


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