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Hi, I did in-service for new hospital employees regarding wounds in 7 different days in about an hour length. The educational material were the same. Can I clam it for wound recertification as 7 contact hours? If so is it CE for specialty? Regards

Answered December 6, 2018
Please refer to pg 24 in the 2018 PGP Handbook/Presentations and Lectures. Here you will find specifics regarding the activity that you mention. Keep in mind you can only claim the activity once even though you have repeated it several times. You also must claim the activity in the specialty to which it pertains. Information regarding CEs is found on pg 12 and this would pertain to offerings that you attend for your own continuing education.


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The PPG Handbook states only ANCC, WOCN and State Board of Nursing CEs are accepted. I attend the SAWC conference and they use North American Center for Continuing Education, LLC. Can I submit those CEs for my recertification for CWCN?

Answered December 5, 2018
Yes you may as long as they relate directly to the Specialty. Any Professional Practice CEs would need to follow the pre approval process found on pg 15 in the 2018 PGP Handbook.


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How long do you have to be a CWON prior to precepting for PGP points

Answered December 5, 2018
There is not a specified timeframe, and any precepting done as a CWON can be used.


Question:
If credentials have lapsed, is there a time limit of being able to recertify? If so, what is the time limit? Where can this information be found?

Answered December 5, 2018
There is not a time limit to certify again after a credentials lapse. The information on Eligibility is on the website under "Certification" and click on "Wound / Ostomy / Continence".


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I have been taking graduate courses toward my Master's Degree (to become a nurse practitioner) since 2014. Most of the courses I have already taken are on the list of academic courses accepted. Do I need pre-approval to claim those courses? Or may I only claim any new course going forward if I obtain pre-approval? Courses already done include research, biostatistics, nursing policy/quality, pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology, medical genetics, population health, etc. Also, is there a limit to the number of academic points, or could 40 points be applied to each specialty, allowing the other 40 to be specialty CEs?

Answered December 3, 2018
Please refer to pg 14 in the 2018 PGP Handbook/Academic Education. Specifics regarding claiming points for your work can be found here. Points are counted as Professional Practice and do not need pre approval. Maximum points allowed can be found here as well.


Question:
I am currently trying to recertify my Continence through PGP. It was my understanding you can claim Professional Practice points in any specialty you would like. I already have 71 specialty points toward my PGP. I need 9 more. So I oriented two new WOCN travelers to my facility for 1 week each. This was intensive. I wanted to use the 10 points toward my Continence PGP under Professional Practice to finish it off. However, it keeps getting sent back to me that it has to be divided up and only the continence portion can be used. I do NOT understand when the work was done, that I cannot put it where I want since I don't even really need it under the specialty. Please advise.

Answered December 1, 2018
When precepting or orienting medical professionals, you claim the points as "specialty" points rather than "professional practice". You may claim the total time and then divide into each specific specialty. If you continue to have difficulty entering the points, please call the WOCNCB office (888-496-2622). They will assist you. Good luck.


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Hi, I am a certified Wound nurse. I am also a certified CFCN (Food Care). How many hours can I claim PGP points from my CFCN for the Wound recertification?

Answered December 1, 2018
It is not permissible to duplicate activities used in one specialty for another certification. We generally allow approximately 8 CE in general wound care for the CFCN portfolio. Please make sure that your activities relate specifically to Foot care and not general wound care to avoid having your portfolio returned. Please review page 4 of the Handbook for additional clarifying information or call or send an email to the WOCNCB office with more specific questions. Good luck.


Question:
I am going to recertify by taking all 3 exams for CWOCN. If I sign up for one exam at a time do I have to pay the $280 registration fee each time or is it a one time fee

Answered November 30, 2018
Fees for all 3 specialty exams (W,O,C) are $610 total at the time of application. Your application is to indicate the number of exams you plan to take within 12 months of application. Once the application is complete, the scheduling is done separately and a confirmation email is sent by our testing agency with the link to scheduling. You may schedule one exam at a time if preferred.


Question:
I input residents' pressure injury data into the MDS (Minimum Data Set) database weekly in the long term care setting where I work. What category would I place this type of activity?

Answered December 1, 2018
The input of data into the MDS does not qualify for PGP points as this activity sounds like it is part of your job. Please review the Handbook to see if any other activities may be as a result of the information entered. You can also submit this question for preapproval following the guidelines on page 15. Good luck.


Question:
I recently graduated with a MS in Education with focus on online teaching and learning. I took this course so I can learn to develop e-learning classes related to wound/ostomy. My capstone project is an e-learning class on wound management/care. Can the capstone class be accepted for academic education category? Thanks.

Answered November 27, 2018
Thanks for your question. The capstone project itself is not Academic Education however, the development of the e-learning class earns 2 points for every 15 minutes in the wound specialty. You may consider doing a QI project with pre and post data. Good luck.


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