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How many years of experience do a BSN nurse need to take the exam for WCS ?

Answered November 18, 2019
The CWS credential is not obtained through our organization (WOCNCB). If you wish to certify in Wound care, our credential is CWCN for the Bachelor's-prepared RN. If you go through the accredited education for WOC, there is not experience required. Please review "Eligibility" on our website under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence."


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I am currently pursuing NP and will finish program and take boards around the same time my CWON-RN is going to expire. I plan to sit for CWON-AP after passing boards. Do you offer extension of cert for situations like this?

Answered November 18, 2019
You may want to review our credential extension policy on the website, under "Recertification". Our committee for Credentialing Review can consider a written request.


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Can Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits be claimed. For example, a CME education course relating to lymphedema, which only provides CME not CEs. Thank you,

Answered November 15, 2019
We accept both CE and CME.


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I viewed 160 posters at the national conference. Each poster is worth .05 CEUs. I received 8 CEUs for all of them. How do I distribute these CEUs? Must I relook at all 160 posters and figure out exactly which category it belongs in or can I divide the CEUs among WOC+PP categories? Thanks for your help!

Answered November 15, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, Continuing Education, p. 13, National Conference Posters. These points may be used in ANY of the portfolios in which you are recertifying and may be entered as specialty or Professional Practice CE points. These points may be split between portfolios and are exempt from the Pre-approval process.


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When a CE program is developed for presentation, can you apply for "Presentation", "Development of Program" and "CE Approval of Program" for the same program? It appears that the info on each page will be listed exactly the same.

Answered November 14, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, Teaching, p. 24-25. You can claim 1 point/15 min. for your presentation time and 2 points/15 minutes for development. If you obtained CEU approval, you can claim 5 points/presentation.


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Does the certifications earned show on the board of nursing website once earned? or would you need to show employer the certification of completion?

Answered November 14, 2019
The credentials earned are posted on the website about 8 weeks after testing. See "certification verification". You or your employer may contact us directly any time for a verification.


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I attended a wound conference this year 2019 presented by Allegheny Health Network a local hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa for 6.5 CE's. It was presented by MDs and Physical Therapist. The topic was chronic wound care and management for various types of wounds-dermatology malignancies, non-healing wounds, MOHs surgery, Wounds in Rheumatic diseases, Lymphedema. Would the CE's be acceptable for my CWON re-certification?

Answered November 13, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, Continuing Education, p. 12. Attendance at CE programs that directly impact or enhance the role of the WOC/FC nurse offered by accredited providers such as the WOCN® Society, ANCC, or a state board of nursing are acceptable.


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Hello Board, I was the primary lead developing a week-long 40-hour WOC program for international nursing students who paid to attend my course at our University hospital. Mornings were didactic and afternoons clinical following myself and my team at the bedside. I gave some morning presentations as did our team members. I also arranged for several speakers from other disciplines such as Risk Management and Nutrition. How do I calculate PGP hours? Can I claim 40 hours for developing the program? I have read through the handbook multiple times and still am unsure. I also believe I can claim points for giving my presentations. Many thanks for your clarifications!

Answered November 13, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, Teaching, p. 24-25. You can claim 1 point/15 min. for your presentation time and 2 points/15 minutes for development. If you obtained CEU approval, you can claim 5 points/presentation. Precepting nursing professionals at the bedside allows for 1 point/8 hours with a max of 10 points/specialty, p. 24.


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I am wanting to recertify for my COCN via the exam and experiential pathway. I have not been able to find enough CEUs for Ostomy and I am wondering if other education courses and web based education could count for anything? I do have plenty of hands on hours as an ostomy RN over the past 5 years. I am confused, on pages 6,7&9 of the WOCNCB handbook it doesn't specify if we (recertifying RNs)need both CEUs and practicing hours logged prior to the exam or one or the other it also does not specify how many CEUs are needed. I'm making a guess it is 50 CEUs based on what the AP and initial first time candidates are directed to complete. Thank you for any instruction you can provide. Nikki Peters

Answered November 12, 2019
We note that your COCN remains currently valid. This means to recertify by exam you do Not need to use the 'Experiential Pathway'. You would submit your exam application and verify current RN licensure and that is all that is required to take the exam. The experiential pathway is only needed if your credentials had lapsed more than 6 months.


Question:
I am on a KOL board, how to put this into PGP to obtain credit for this?

Answered November 11, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, Professional Organizations, p. 16-17, to see if your service falls into one of these categories.


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