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I have chaired the Skin Resource Team / Committee for the last 4 years. This is a monthly venue. It has asked how many years I have fulfilled this role. I did enter 3.5 since we are not yet at year end. It is calculating 35 points for PGP. Is this amount allowed or is it limited to 20 even though the number of actual years exceeds this number? Thank you.

Answered October 15, 2018
Please refer to pg 16 in the 2018 PGP Handbook regarding committee service in a facility. 10 points are allowed per year as chair of a committee. The max allowed is 20 points per specialty. If you are recertifying in more than one specialty and the committee work focuses on more than one specialty, ie Wound and Continence, then the additional 1.5 years can be claimed in another specialty.


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I have reviewed the use of "splitting points between specialities". If I am only recertifying for wound and ostomy and have participated in a committee that discussed skin and wound products, do I still have to split the total points for wound even if I am not recertifying for continence? Or do you only split points between specialties you are recertifying for? Example: total of 4 points for product committee for skin wound products. Since I am not recertifying for Continence would I use all 4 points for Wound? Or take the entire 4 points for wound? Thank you

Answered October 15, 2018
It is up to the applicant when an activity applies to more than one specialty whether the points are split or not. If you are not recertifying in a specialty then there is not need to split or create a portfolio. Keep in mind though there are maximum points allowed when claiming committee work in a facility.


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Are conference posters that I viewed at the conference to be listed in the same entry as the sessions attended? Or should poster viewing be entered as a separate activity from the sessions? Thank you.

Answered October 15, 2018
Please refer to pg 13 in the 2018 PGP Handbook regarding National Conference Poster viewing. You do not need to list each poster viewed but enter the points earned noted on your CE certificate as Poster viewing following the information found on pg 13. The poster viewing points can be listed in with sessions attended in the portfolio of your choice.


Question:
Re: Precepting Forms I had already completed the forms with signatures for those that I precepted in wound and ostomy. When I looked at the downloaded forms on this site today it is a new or different form than the ones I have already completed in full. Which one should I submit? I will not be able to obtain new signatures on many of my professionals or WOCN students on this new form. Thank you.

Answered October 15, 2018
You may use the forms you already have and will not need to re-do them.


Question:
I have downloaded the Tracking forms for both documenting professional staff and WOCN students as a preceptor. I have completed hard copies with signatures. Am I required to submit these pages to you at the time of my submission or only if audited? If required to submit at the time of my submission, how is this accomplished? Thank you.

Answered October 15, 2018
It is required to submit with the portfolio submission. You may fax, email or mail them to WOCNCB. Fax: (414) 276-2146; Email: info@wocncb.org. Mail to 555 E. Wells St. #1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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Hi, can I claim points for WTA activities as the course coordinator, the clinical skills instructor and the onsite faculty? I have provided all three roles. Thank you,

Answered October 14, 2018
Please refer to pg 24 in the 2018 PGP Handbook regarding specifics related to the WTA program. You can claim points for all 3 roles but please note the maximums allowed and the points must be claimed in the specialty to which they pertain.


Question:
I am waiting for approval on 2 pre-approval projects. October 31st is the last date of my certification. As the time is approaching, I would like really like to submit everything now. Will you still be reviewing my PGP pre-approvals even after I submit? This is just in case I need those pre-approvals as unassigned. Thanks so much!

Answered October 15, 2018
All pre-approval requests are reviewed, regardless of your PGP submission. If approved after you submit, you may still include them if needed for a revision of the submitted portfolio.


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I posted this question previously and you did respond however, I needed to be more specific. My project focuses only on skin and wound; not ostomy. Therefore I do not see the need for obtaining pre-approval. I am recertifying for wound and ostomy only. Your previous response was on October 8th. Thank you. My previous post" "I have created a program for wound care nurses who need to transition from a Treatment Nurse role to the role of an acute care trauma WOCN consultant. CHANGING THE PERCEPTION FROM TREATMENT NURSE TO CONSULTANT. FOCUS: 1. ROLE IDENTIFICATION and CLARIFICATION: this clarifies the difference between the Scope of Practice of the bedside RN from the Scope of Practice of the WOCN Trauma Consultant. 2. COMMUNICATION: The second part of this program focuses on Communication and contains verbiage, scripts, approaches, measures and interventions to pave the pathway for this transition. I have this down as a Professional Practice activity as it is merely focusing on communication style and approaches. Can you confirm for me that this would be more of Professional Practice rather than specialty. It does not discuss clinical care about a specialty in any way. Thank you! Answered October 8, 2018 I agree that this is Professional Practice points but would submit to Preapproval in order to split the points. Please remember to follow the instructions on page 4. Thanks for your question.

Answered October 14, 2018
Pre approval is needed for either splitting points between specialties OR when claiming an activity for professional practice points that is not an activity found in the handbook, pg 4 and pg 15 in the 2018 PGP Handbook. If the work you have done falls into a category listed in the handbook as a whole or even portions of your work and meets the definition of professional practice then it may be listed in any portfolio that you choose. Keep in mind that requirements of an activity must be met in order for points to be claimed and it is up to the reviewer to accept or reject an activity, pg 8 in the 2018 PGP Handbook under Help. Hope this helps to clarify.


Question:
I received confirmation e-mails that I successfully re-certified 07/08/18. This coincides with the credentials verification page. As of October 2018 I have not received my certificate in the mail. Could you please check? My profile has the correct mailing address.Thank you.

Answered October 15, 2018
The certificate should have been issued no later than early August. We will need your information and can pass this along to our testing agency, Castle Worldwide, since they issue certificates for WOCNCB. Please email us directly, since this online posting does not identify you by name. Email to: info@wocncb.org


Question:
Where can I use the points for my Poster Presentation to the National Conference. It is about Bridging the gap from Prevention to Intervention of Pressure Ulcer. Does it have to be under specialty-wound or can I use it to professional growth on any specialty?

Answered October 14, 2018
This activity is a Specialty presentation under Teaching-Poster listed on page 2. Great poster !!


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