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I developed and orchestrated a two product fair at our facility. I arranged for vendors of new products, helped set up for fair, attended fair as a back up for vendors and to monitor the success of same. Wanted to make sure that I heard what the Nurses and PCAs were being educated on. Had a two week after event follow up bringing in the Sales representatives to reinforce use/application of our new product lines ( had old products for about 10 years or more...big change to facility) I then followed up a week after that to monitor progress of adaptation of staff to all of these new products and to access their success on the units. Only a very small margin of staff were reluctant to use new products and stated they like the "old products better." I assessed this to be about no more than 5% of staff complained about new products. Can you tell me how I could evaluate more effectively to accrue points. This was a lot of work and I truly felt it was most effective. Grumbling about old products now down to a very low roar!!! Hallejuah! Thanks for clarifying how I could make this a more successful entry? Thank you for any tips you could give me. I have searched through the PGP handbook with only confusion resulting... Thank you for help.

Answered September 19, 2019
Hello. In order to collect points, each activity that you did needs to have documentation behind it. It sounds like you arranged a product fair (details on page 19), developed or revised formulary (also page 19). Perhaps you can also write this up as QI project. Look through all the things you did and see how they can fit into your portfolio. Good luck!


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Not to be a pest, but I have a specialty CE I filed for Continence and it was rejected with a No but there were no comments. Can you help me understand what I did wrong? The title was Abdominal Pain Part 3: Diagnosis and Health Management. The big emphasis was on multiple diagnoses that have severe effects of diarrhea or fecal incontinence such as Crohns, IBD, etc. Since there were no comments in the comment box, I'm not sure what went wrong and I don't want to resend without clarification since this will be my second resubmission and I have no more re-submits left...Thanks much.

Answered September 19, 2019
If a CE doesn't "fit" into a specialty base on the title, reviewer will return the item for clarification. Please send an email to the WOCN office requesting clarification of this item.


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When attempting to accrue points under professional practice / Ostomy and Continence I had submitted several CE offerings. I thought I saw Spanish language as a course was accepted for CE credits if a college course. I submitted a Spanish for Healthcare CE offering which was so wonderful and most helpful for my job in Florida. However, this was not from the WOCN although it was an ANCC course. I also submitted one for Nursing Ethics under professional practice and it was also rejected. Can you clarify for me? Thanks so much. Struggling for points...

Answered September 19, 2019
Spanish is accepted if you took the course in an academic setting. Spanish for the Health Care professional is considered a General Nursing course as is Nursing Ethics. Hope this helps.


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Good afternoon, I have a question about submitting into the pre-approval area. I had started to submit but was unsure as to which of the three drop downs to choose. -My submission included being the Chair/Co-Chair for my department. I did the powerpoint presentations and presented them for a period of two years at all of our Care Council meetings. I did this as a favor to my manager when she could not get anyone to sign up for this. Which pre-approval drop down should I submit to: 1. I know it won't fit CE request 2. Professional Organization request? 3. Submit a new pre-approval request/ non-CE request? Don't think it's # 1 but is it # 2 since this is part of a professional organization. Didn't look like it when I opened this area? Thanks for your clarification...

Answered September 19, 2019
The Pre-approval section is used only for those activities not listed in the handbook. Developing and presenting presentations related to Wound, Ostomy or Continence is not a pre-approval item (page 24). Chair of a committee for Wound, Ostomy or Continence does not require pre-approval (page 16). Good luck.


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Hello, We started a system-wide (4 hospitals) Skin Care Team. We oversee, and the team assists with the monthly prevalence audits, and additionally we have a monthly 4 hour meeting where prevalence is reviewed, we have a guest speaker for education, review of new products, and policies within the system and other activities. How would we submit this for our PGP?

Answered September 19, 2019
This activity can be broken down to Committee (page 16), Prevalence collection (page 19) ?? product formulary revision (page 19) ?? policy revision (page 18) There's a lot of points here but make sure you have documentation for possible audit and pay attention to the max points. Good luck.


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I am recertifying via the PGP. I obtained my Masters In Nursing (30 credit program) in the past 5 years and will be using these academic credits towards my points. I see on page 14 of the handbook that at least 40 of the total 80 points in Professional Practice must pertain to the specialty. I took courses such a clinical care coordination, advanced pathopharmacology,etc... I'm not sure how I can prove that this content applies to wound vs ostomy vs continence. Please advise how to assign these academic credit points. Thank you

Answered September 18, 2019
Academics are typically not Clinically related to wound, ostomy, or continence specifically. Likely your courses are "professional practice" topics. You would be able to use them this way and then are left with the remaining 40 points that must clinically relate.


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Can Continence CEs from a WOCN conference be used for Ostomy PGP CE of the 40 points (excluding the 10 that directly relate to Osotmy)? They would still have to be explained as to how this impacts the WOCN correct?

Answered September 17, 2019
All CEs can only be used for the specialty to which they were assigned. Please review page 12 item 5. Thanks for your question.


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I have developed a large set of Smart Texts that will cover a lot of generic order sets. Created for my original team but now will need to use for Nursing staff to utilize in my upcoming absence. These order sets included: -Pressure Injury Prevention Protocol -Ostomy pouching (colostomy/ileostomy) -Ostomy pouching (urostomy) -Crusting method -Multiple dressing application/rationale to include: -Duoderm -Aquacel Ag -Polymem foam dressings -Acetic Acid foot soaks -Dakins solution (0.125) kerlix packing dressings and many more. Under which category does the development of order sets belong so I can attain PGP points? I looked through the PGP handbook on pages 19-29 but could not accurately determine how to apply this one. Thanks so much for your advice.

Answered September 15, 2019
Thanks for your question. Please refer to Handbook page 20 as this activity falls under Creating WOC Documentation. Please pay attention to the maximum points. Best wishes to a speedy return!!


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I developed a handout that can be used to treat and heal the skin of the patient with severe diarrhea (IAD). This is a handout that I give to patients and their family members for home usage. I have also utilized it to teach nursing staff. -Family members of patients with Incontinence associated skin damage have raved about this method...Which section would I place that under to accrue PGP points for incontinence?

Answered September 15, 2019
Thanks for your question. Developing an educational tool is found on page 20 of the Handbook. You may claim points based on ho the handout is for as well as for developing and presenting a teaching session as per page 24. Great work !!


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I completed my re-certification submission for WOUND, OSTOMY and CONTINENCE over a week and my files still read Under Review. Why has this taken so long? I have never had this long time frame before. FYI. The middle letter in my email is a lower case L, not an i. Thanks.

Answered September 16, 2019
PGP reviews can take about a week, and depending upon volumes of portfolios received at the time can take longer.


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