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I was the Event coordinator for a blood drive with the American red cross. Can I use this as professional event planning not directly related to specialty??

Answered June 17, 2018
Activities that do not directly relate to, or enhance the role of WOC Nursing, can not be used in your PGP recertification.


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I have decided to retake all of my recertification exams in lieu of PGP due to the time putting together all of the documentation. I was a little disheartened to find that I would have to pay another $75 if I did not take all 3 certifications back to back on the same day. In the past, I did 2 one day and then the 3rd the next day. Three in a row is a long day especially keeping continence which I rarely use. Therefore, sadly I will be joining my other colleagues in dropping the "C" which I have kept all these years. I encourage the board to make considerations for those of us who continue to support the full scope WOCN.

Answered June 18, 2018
When we updated exams to the 120 minute timeframe, it is not possible to have more than two exams in a 4 hour period. Now, you can take all 3 or 4 exams on the same day, just not more than 2 in the same combo package/same 4-hour sitting. It is possible have two combos of two and sit for two in the morning and two in the afternoon, but can no longer fit 3 exams into one 4 hour period.


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If I scored 492 on the Ostomy exam and needed 500 to pass is retaking it and paying for the test again my only option or can they take anything else into consideration when I'm this close to passing?

Answered June 18, 2018
You will need to retake the exam and must pass to earn credentials. There is information on this site for "Exam Preparation" under the "Certification" section with various resources for study.


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I am a CWOCN. this is June. My certification runs out in September. When is the last day I can submit? I teach on continence care every day. Is there a limit as to how many teaching hours I can have to recertify?

Answered June 15, 2018
Please reference the PGP Handbook on the deadlines, maximum points allowed and other criteria. You would submit the PGP portfolio by June 30th for a September recertification. If you are doing precepting (orientation/shadowing) of nursing or other medical staff, there is a limit of 10 points (equivalent to 80 precepting hours). If you are doing formal Presentation/Lecture, there is not a limit to the number of presentations -- as long as they are not the same content and may not be repeated.


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Is there approval set up with ANCC for WTA certification?

Answered June 18, 2018
At this time the WTA-C credential is pending ANCC Magnet approval. Watch for updates on the website.


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Can I keep both the CWOCN-AP certification and CWOCN simultaneously?

Answered June 15, 2018
They are different level credentials in the same specialties, and can be kept. It is not necessary to do so, however.


Question:
I am a catastrophic telephonic nurse with a MCO for workers comp and am trying to find a certified wound care specialist that treats wounds in home. The patient lives in west Milton north of Dayton OH. Do you have any suggestions? His wound care physician is Dr. Travis Perry in Dayton OH he has 4 stage 4 wounds.

Answered June 14, 2018
Please visit the website, www.wocn.org. There is a "Patient Information" section where you can click on "Find a Nurse" by location.


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If some of my activities are considered not acceptable but without them I still have 80 points will I have to resubmit?

Answered June 14, 2018
You may delete the unaccepted items and if your PGP portfolio status is "Under Revision" will then need to click "Resubmit Application."


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I am a preceptor for a wocn accredited program, according to the guidelines we are to list all the clinical hours in one lump sum. Then how do I divide those hours, using some for the ostomy portion and some for the wound portion, or is that not possible? thanks

Answered June 14, 2018
You will add a new activity in each portfolio, using the PGP activity "Precepting WOC Student". In each specialty portfolio, you will list the hours as one entry and total the hours. For example, if you have 20 hours of wound precepting you will enter that in the wound portfolio, and then list the other hours in the ostomy portfolio.


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I have been employed as a CWOCN nurse for a clinic/hospital. I am now an NP and have become the first NP role for the same hospital. My job started officially 3 months ago. Am I eligible for any points at this time?

Answered June 14, 2018
The PGP program is explained in the 2018 PGP handbook, which you can find on this website. Points are accrued by completing projects and activities that pertain to the specialties of Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care. Your job does not dictate point accrual. Eligibility requirements are listed on page 2 of the handbook.


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