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I recently completed CE: Ostomy Care Certification Review Course on 3/3/19. At the time of completion I had not yet submitted my ostomy portfolio for recertification and thought I was in the correct dates to submit, however, it was not accepted due to the date. The date for Ostomy originally was May 2019 and the computer was trying to group the wound and ostomy to become on due on the ostomy date which was November 2018. (I learned this after speaking with someone at WOCN). May I submit this CE for my current PGP recertification? Thank you for your time and consideration! Jan Davis

Answered April 17, 2019
You should look in your PGP account in the upper right corner where it lists "Points Accrual" dates. This will give you the timeframe for which you can claim activities in the next portfolio.


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I foolishly let my certification lapse so have t do the Experincial tract - Wound was OK with plenty of CEs available but I am having trouble with the ostomy tract. I am having trouble finding contact hours related. suggestions?

Answered April 17, 2019
We will list below some Ostomy CE resources, keeping in mind WOCNCB does not endorse or monitor the providers listed. This list is not all-inclusive. It is also recommended you search online for additional providers of CE/CME pertaining to Ostomy care. Websites – Pearlsreview.com; Healthstream.com; Western Schools; OWM (Ostomy Wound Management); LWW (Lippincott-Williams); WebWOCNurse.com; Medline University; WOCN Society; CE Connection; OnCourse Learning; Coloplast; nursece4less


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I am working with my team of nurses at our wound care center to become wound care certified. We all have a lot of wound care CEU's but I want to be certain they are acceptable. Are there any suggestions of wound care CEU's that would appropriate for pursuing the experiential pathway? Thanks for the help.

Answered April 16, 2019
We accept all providers of wound CE course credits, and there are many. It is suggested to review the "Exam Content Outline" document on this website for a list of topics covered on the exam to use as a guideline for appropriate subject matter.


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I am struggling for PGP recertification in Foot Care. I am having a great deal of difficulty finding CEU's that are for nurses and are not wound related. Any helpful hints?

Answered April 16, 2019
We will list below some Foot Care CE resources, keeping in mind WOCNCB does not endorse or monitor the educational programs listed. This list is not all-inclusive. It is also recommended you search online for additional providers of CE/CME pertaining to foot care. List of providers: Pearlsreview.com NetCE.com Continuingeducation.com Medline University Western Schools On Course Learning Professional Education


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I presented a poster,the title "Spinal Cord Road Trip: An Interprofessional Approach to Education" at ASCIP conference 2018. The poster is about SCI education program that is provided by OT,PT,NP,RN, pharmacist,WOCN/CFCN, SCI peer mentor,SP, RD. Can I use 10 points for Professional Practice in Foot care category?

Answered April 16, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook page 7, number 5: "Activities/points pertaining to one specialty may not be used in another specialty" and page 4 "Professional Practice Explained" for guidance in placing points. Poster presentation is explained on page 24. If these are not appropriate, you may consider submitting this activity for pre-approval, instructions located on page 15. Thanks for the question.


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I recently spearheaded an initiative to make a system wide formulary change. When I assumed this role the zinc oxide product available to nurses was Boudreaux's Butt Paste. It could only be obtained through the pharmacy with a provider's order. I was able to gather and present evidence to the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. I requested our product be changed to Calmoseptine and that it be available through CSR without a provider order. The initiative was approved and now our zinc oxide barrier can be ordered by nurses. Can you give me guidance on how to claim these hours for my incontinence specialty? Thank you.

Answered April 15, 2019
Thank you for the great question. There are several areas which may be appropriate for this activity. Please see page 17 of the 2018 PGP Handbook "Institution/facility/agency Product Committee" to see if that is appropriate. Page 18 under "Data Collection and Data Analysis: Outcome or Case Study (Non IRB)" to see if that category is appropriate. If you wrote policy/procedure for the use of the new product then page 18 "Policy/procedures in existing practice" may be correct for this activity. Since this is the change of only one product, I doubt it will fit in the "Product Formulary" heading found on page 19. If you instructed employees on the proper use of the product then please see page 24 "Presentations/Lectures" for additional information. It is necessary for you to determine which of these categories your activity falls under. Great work.


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Hello, last summer I took training "Medical-Surgical Review & Update. Summer 2018". May I consider this course as Academic education? Thnnank you.

Answered April 14, 2019
Academic credits must be from an accredited college or university. Credits should relate to health care, management, teaching or the biopsychosocial knowledge base of human services. Academic points will be counted as Professional Practice and are exempt from pre-approval. Five points/credit hour are awarded. Refer to pg. 14 in the PGP Handbook for more detail.


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Hello the BOARD! I am debiting between "Revising existing policy" and "development of original". In my facility (SNF) the "Wound team" was rename for the "Pressure injury prevention Committee". Committee has similar but somehow different goals and approaches. Should I consider "Revising existing policy" Vs "Developing Original policy"? Thank you.

Answered April 14, 2019
If I understand your question correctly, you are trying to decide first of all if you should develop a new policy vs. revise an old since your "wound team" has changed? In order to recieve credit for revision, the existing policy, must have significant changes if this helps answer your question. If you completely change the policy and develop a new one, then yes, you would be able to take credit for this. Please refer to pg. 18 of the PGP Handbook for detail. Also, take a look at audit documentation if requested page on 19 for a reference.


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I received the education from WCET to become an enterostomal therapist. If I want to work in USA, is there any conversion for those nurses with ET qualification so as to become a CWOCN in USA?

Answered April 11, 2019
If your education from the WCET program was within the past 5 years, you may use the international education as an equivalent to the WOC Education Programs. Please note the "Eligibility" information on our website and utilize the Examination Handbook for looking up the 'School Code' for completion of a WCET Accredited International Program -- which is used to indicate the schooling in our online exam application.


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If a certification is expired, does the expired certification show up on the certification verification website? I am trying to verify the date that an employee actually became certified and expired. thank you

Answered April 10, 2019
If a certification is expired it will not show on the verification. You may contact us directly by phone, fax, mail or email for a verification.


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