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Please advise which category this activity would fall into- Focus group or a product committee. I participated in a team project where I provided input and evaluation of new NPWT devices, reviewed cost and effectiveness, facilitated a staff nurse product fair, and provided feedback that resulted in the decision to move from one NPWT device to a new one system wide.

Answered August 20, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please see page 16 of the 2018 PGP handbook. Your evaluation of the NPWT falls under Product committee. You may also claim points for the product fair (page 19) if you arranged it. Both would fall under the category of Wound. I hope this helps to clarify your questions


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I will be re-certifying for the foot certification, which expires March 2020. When will the flash cards for foot be available?

Answered August 19, 2019
We anticipate the foot care flash cards to be ready within about a month.


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Please clarify....can I receive points for PGP for serving as a national officer in a nursing organization that is not directly related to wound, ostomy or continence? The organization supports hyperbaric nursing. If "yes", does this require pre-approval? Thank you,

Answered August 20, 2019
Thank you for your question, Please see page 29 of the 2018 PGP handbook under Committee. Your committee involvement must be specific to WOC activities. I hope this helps to clarify your question


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If I become board certified to perform wound care would I be able to teach wound care to others?

Answered August 19, 2019
Most board certified nurses are teaching wound care to others, and is typically also a requirement to be WOCNCB certified in order to precept, especially for the accredited WOC Education Programs.


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I am a NP in MA, and am interested in receiving certification in foot care at this time. I also have a current RN license. Is there a certification for foot care available for ANPs, or I would just take the one offered for RNs?

Answered August 19, 2019
There is one level of credentialing for CFCN, so you may apply for and take this certification.


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I am trained and certified WOCN by the WCET after an ETNEP program in Nairobi- Kenya. I hold a diploma in Nursing. Can I be allowed to pursue an advanced WOCN course? Is it available online? Thanks.

Answered August 19, 2019
The ETNEP program is acceptable to make you eligible the same as an advanced WOC Nursing Education Program. With an RN and Bachelor's degree, you may apply for WOCNCB credentialing exams and document the ETNEP program completion if it was done within the past 5 years.


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I understand that the PGP has received several so far PGP Portfolio Recertification applications. I am the co-coordinator for the United Ostomy Association of America's 2019 National Conference Ostomy Clinic. We had 45 participants that participated in the clinic for the assessment, care/treatment, consultation, recommendations and education of the ostomy patient/family/friend. The clinic was operational with ostomates/families being seen over the course of 4 days. Each participant was given a letter at the end of their day to verify their presence/participation in the clinic. Several of the participants participated more than 1 day. However we need to clarify in the PGP as to where the applicant is to place their activity. Thank You. Kathleen Lynch RN, BSN, CWOCN

Answered August 16, 2019
Typically this can be placed as "volunteer work" in the "Professional Organization" category. However, since there are a couple requests received via Pre-approval, the PGP Committee will consider if there is additional point values. Once they have decided on the pre-approvals, others may also submit the same request and receive the same amount of points for the same activity. Pre-approvals are associated with each individual's application so that the points flow into their portfolio as assigned. It would be okay for next year to send us an official UOAA letter of request so that the response could instruct you how to advise participants to proceed with a PGP activity in advance of the conference.


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Could a session be applied to either wound or foot care? Or are they completely 2 separate topics?

Answered August 17, 2019
I think they are two different things. Foot and nail care is different from wound care.


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I write (author and edit) a monthly newsletter for hospital nurses where I work. I have been doing this for over 6 years now (when I am on vacation it does not get written). It is a quick read with vital information regarding wounds/ ostomy and continence care. Each newsletter is different and each has a quick read of information covering these subjects. How do I divide the points between the categories? I have entered it as a newsletter for 20pts. Thank you !

Answered August 15, 2019
Thank you for the question. When activities involve more than one portfolio, and you want to split points, you must submit for preapproval. The process is easy. See page 15 in the 2016 PGP handbook for more information. The process can take quite a while. To make it easier, please include the above information as well as the topics for each newsletter. The committee will need to know about what percentage of newsletters involve wounds and which percentage involve ostomy information. Please also note that the newsletter is worth 20 points per year, with 20 points maximum for each portfolio. If you have done this for the full certification period. It is possible to reach the maximum per specialty. Please look over the newsletters and see what information you can use to persuade the committee for maximum points. For instance- if you did 10 newsletters a year, and 80% involved wound and 20% ostomy. Then in two years you would have enough to maximize wound care-20 points. But it would take all 5 years of 20% ostomy newsletters to reach the full 20 points. I hope that clarifies things. Good luck


Question:
I just watched a webinar (with CE's) given by WOCN society on nutrition and hydration management of an individual with a high output stoma. Would this qualify for ostomy CE's? I wasn't sure since it is focused on the nutrition and hydration aspect. They have another one coming up on the pharmacologic management of high output stomas. Again, would this qualify for ostomy for PGP? Thank you.

Answered August 15, 2019
Thank you for your question. CEU points from the WOCN are always accepted for PGP points (up to the maximum allowed). The two examples you gave would be applicable to your ostomy portfolio. For more information, see page 12 and 13 of the 2016 PGP handbook.


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