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Good morning, I am wondering how easy it is to access a foot care course in the US that supports preparation for the WOCNCB Foot Care Certification. I have searched online and do not find anything much in the US although there are courses advertized in Canada that may not provide all the information required. Are the course provided through colleges? If so where should I look?

Answered November 28, 2018
We will list below some resources, keeping in mind WOCNCB does not endorse or monitor the educational programs listed. This list is not all-inclusive. It is also recommended you search online for additional providers of CE/CME pertaining to foot care. Please refer to the Exam Content Outline which lists topics covered on the exam as a guideline for CE selection. http://www.wocncb.org/pdf/2014-CFCN-Role-Delineation.pdf Link to a list of providers: http://www.wocncb.org/UserFiles/file/Foot%20Care%20Education%20Programs%20and%20CE.pdf Additional sites – Pearlsreview.com; NetCE.com; Continuingeducation.com; Medline University; Western Schools; On Course Learning; Professional Education; Topics might include: *Lower Extremity Edema and Compression Therapy *Foot Problems in the Diabetic Patient *Skin Basics: Histology & Healing *Focus on Feet: Helping Older Patients Maintain Their Feet *Taking the Right Steps for Diabetic Feet


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Hi! As the only CWOCN in the hospital, I initiate/modify/update and submit for approval skin ( wound/ostomy) related policies. My name does not show up in the policy once it is updated, only shows that the Clinical Practice Committee has revised and approved the policy. Will this count for points? Thank you.

Answered November 27, 2018
Thanks for your question. If your name is not specifically listed, I would get a letter from your hospital stating that your are a "member", "chair" etc of the following committees "responsible for ...". This would probably satisfy any audit requirements if needed. Hope this helps.


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I would like to submit a competency based tool that I used in my facility, however wanted to make sure that this tool would qualify. I developed a case scenario, in which the staff was given information regarding a patient. The staff had to then enter a room, with an educational staff person actually in the bed, with many problems needing to be identified. The title of the tool was "What is wrong with this picture". All staff members had to participate, and identify all issues related to wounds/wound care, and what should be done to resolve the issues. Inappropriate classification of wounds, poor positioning, improper support surfaces, etc. were some of the problems that needed to be identified, among many others.

Answered November 27, 2018
Thanks or your question. Please refer to page 18 with definitions on page 28 for how to submit this activity. Great project!


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Can I submit a PGP for wound and ostomy only, then exam for continence. I may not have enough PGP points for continence. If this is an option, when would I have to take the exam? My dates are as follows: Certification expires: June 30, 2019 Eligibility window: December 31, 2018 to March 31, 2019 Thank you

Answered November 26, 2018
The 2018 Handbook reviews the different options for renewing on page 8. You may chose to combine exam together with PGP. When recertifying, if you have current credentials at the time of an application, you must complete exams prior to the credentials expiration. Please review all information on the eligibility criteria in the exam handbook on the website. You can call the WOCNCB office for the exact dates that you need to take the exam. Good luck !!


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Hi, I read in a previous question that certificates will be mailed 15th of month following cert exam. Does this also count for the WTA certification exam. I recently took and passed my WTA on 11/10. My employer is inquiring about proof. Thank you.

Answered November 26, 2018
That is correct, the WTA-C would be sent out the month following, so about mid-December for taking exams this month.


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Hello For the past 5 years I have organized my CE's individually by date by specialty following the handbook submission guidelines. The new handbook says to group them. Hopefully now I don't have to go back and sort them into groups? I am ready to submit for recertification and that would be incredibly time intensive if I am expected to do that. Please advise. Thank you, Sue

Answered November 24, 2018
Thanks for the question, Sue. Unfortunately, you will have to adjust your CE/CNE/CME entries to the appropriate format. This format makes it easier to review the portfolio. There are examples in the 2018 PGP Handbook on page 26. Like you, I also had to go back and change my previous entries. Sorry.


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I have a friend who just completed her MSN, but is not a NP or CNS. She said she was able to sit for thr AP exam because she took pharmacology. She is in a post- Masters NP program. Please clarify your position on this.

Answered November 26, 2018
Candidates for the -AP level WOC specialty exams must meet eligibility requirements and must document ANP education by submitting a copy of at least one of the following: • Transcript showing Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist education at the Masters Level • Diploma showing Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist education at the Masters Level • Current licensure as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist • Current certification, by a nationally recognized body, as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist • Letter from school of nursing stating MSN program prepared graduate as a CNS or NP.


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Hi, I am recertifying for my Ostomy. Can I clam 40 point for compilating Continence course with WEB WOC ?

Answered November 21, 2018
Thank you for the question. Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook page 4 under "Related Activities and Splitting Points Explained". Some activities may be considered appropriate for all specialties. Also, see page 7, #5. Activities pertaining to one specialty may not be used in another specialty portfolio. I hope this helps.


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Can a WOC student have more than one preceptor for clinical hours and can each claim preceptor hours for PGP

Answered November 20, 2018
Thank you for your question. In the 2018 PGP Handbook on page 24, you will find information about precepting WOC students. A preceptor can earn 1 point for every 4 hours of precepting a WOC student. The appropriate form must be completed. Every preceptor that you have may claim those points for the hours they precepted. Please contact your WOC Nursing Education Program about specific preceptor requirements. Good luck with your program!


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I've been recently married, and wanted to update my name in the database and on my certification. How do I do this?

Answered November 21, 2018
To change your name, please send a copy of the legal documentation showing the information, and we will update it for you. You may fax, mail or email the information to WOCNCB. Email: info@wocncb.org; and Fax (414) 276-2146.


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