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I am an RN since 2006. Have been doing wound care extensively since 2008. I am WCC by National Alliance since 5 yrs ago. I am interested in taking the WOCN. However, I do not hold a Bachelors degree. Is there any alternative way to become WOCN?


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I am preparing to submit my re-certification application for wound care. How shall I submit a pressure redistribution trial (lasted 3 months) in the application? I have it under Quality Improvement Project right now. Just an overview: we were no longer able to order a certain low air loss mattress for veteran patients going home so we developed a plan of calling various vendors and reviewing their products. We selected one vendor; they did education with the nursing staff at the long term care facility on campus. I monitored the selected patients every day/week. Successful outcomes were identified and the CWON/providers were allowed to order this mattress for home use.

Answered March 22, 2019
Product trials do not earn PGP points. However, some of the actitvities that surround product trials can earn points. Please consult the 2018 PGP page 15 for information about applying for pre-approval of your project and activities.


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Can I get a paper copy of the handbook?

Answered March 22, 2019
Yes, please email us for a copy. Email: info@wocncb.org


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Our affiliate host an annual patient ostomy education day. I served as a committee member to help plan this ostomy education event. The purpose of this event is to provide education, information, and support to ostomates. What activity type would this go under?

Answered March 20, 2019
Please read the 2018 PGP handbook, on page 16 you will find: Professional Organization/ regional/ affiliate/ state/ local. And under that, committee member. Toward the bottom of the same page is conference planning committee member-at affiliate level. Both of these options give you the same point total. I think you ought to decide which one more appropriately fits your project. You should read the definitions and take into account the audit materials. Good luck to you!


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I have 40 educational hours that were obtained at a wound care and hyperbaric week long course. Can these all be used toward the 50 hours needed for certification. These hours are on a combined certificate. Thanks

Answered March 20, 2019
All CE/CME credits must directly apply to the specialty area for which applied. Multi-day conferences may include professional practice topics or may be focused on a specific type of treatment i.e. hyperbaric oxygen (HBO). Professional practice topics do not relate directly to any clinical focus and are not accepted. HBO education programs receive partial credit but are usually not accepted in their entirety.


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Would working on rehab and ortho units, where an RN was frequently expected to perform dressing changes, be acceptable "clinical experience" for the Experiential Pathway?

Answered March 20, 2019
Clinical experience is defined as any direct patient care in the specialty. So, the work setting is acceptable and you will count those hours.


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I participate in a clinical practice committee. The committee identifies practice gaps, develops, and reviews policies and procedures relevant to clinical care at the bedside. Policies/procedures that are related to Pressure Ulcer/Wound Care, Ostomy Care, and Continence Care are reviewed by the committee. Through participation in this committee, I am involved and share expertise in other areas of care. For example, changes in nutritional supplements; changes in tube feeding equipment, CPAP care and relationship to skin care; venodyne boots use. My question is, can I submit participation in this committee as "facility committee (non-product), member", for 5 pts/year of "professional practice" as noted in page 16 of PGP under the continence section? Thank you

Answered March 19, 2019
Thank you for reading the handbook before posting your questions. You are correct that on page 16 of the 2018 handbook, the information about non-product committee in your facility is worth 5 points a year and if that committee is involved in all three specialty areas, it is considered professional practice. Please note that there are maximum points in this category and audit information is listed on page 17


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As part of a full day conference at our facility, I coordinated a product fair that included various vendors. The vendors displayed products that were within our formulary for example, wound dressings, ostomy products, and skin care products (protective barriers and containment devices/products). My question is, can I add this activity to my PGP under "programs/Projects, product fair under the continence section (professional practice) for 5 pts? Thank you

Answered March 19, 2019
The product fair points would probably need to be split between the portfolios. In order to divide points, you would need to apply for pre-approval. Please see page 15 of the 2019 PGP handbook


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I am a member of our facility's Clinical Product Review Committee. We review items directly related to WOC practice such as catheter kits, etc... can participation in this committee be added to the Continence section of PGP as "professional organization - institution/facility/agency Product Committee" and be entered as ?Professional Practice? Thank you

Answered March 19, 2019
According to the 2019 PGP handbook page17, the products committee work is worth 3 points per year. As long as the committee addresses products for all your specialties, you can claim these points as professional practice and use them in any portfolio. There are maximum points that can be taken,and audit material will also be listed on that page in the handbook


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Our Foley catherization policy was revised and expanded to included female catherization. As a separate activity, a "foley insertion/removal" note was also created to facilitate tracking of insertion dates and removals. I entered revision of the catherization policy and mentioned the Foley note. My question is, can I enter the creation of the foley insertion/removal note as a separate activity? Thank you

Answered March 19, 2019
Since I am not sure what a foley note is, I feel that I must again recommend the pre-approval process. You will explain what you created, and the committee will assess its value. The pre-approval process is explained I’m page 15 of the 2018 PGP handbook


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