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Which text book/year is the current wound test based off of? There are differences between what I was taught and the 2011/12 acute wound care text book. Example, I was taught whirlpool had been discontinued due to bacteria. Yet a practice question allows use. I was taught to leave serous filled intact blisters alone yet a practice question once again from the same text book says aspirate.

Answered September 30, 2019
The exam uses the most current evidence-based practice information. A list of textbooks are on the website under "Certification / Exam Preparation". The "Acute & Chronic Wounds" was most recently published in 2016; and the "Core Curriculum: Wounds" in 2015.


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I am attending SAWC fall conference. There is a one hour session titled Fistula and Ostomy Management for the wound provider. Can this 1ceu count in my Ostomy portfolio? If it can be use under Ostomy, does it need pre-approval since it is not a WOCN sponsored event?

Answered September 28, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 4, Related Activities. Some activities may be appropriate for all specialties. In this case, the applicant may choose which specialty to which it applies and clarify in the portfolio how it is related to the applicable specialty. For example, fistula management may fit into any of the three WOC specialties. Also see p. 15, Pre-Approval. If an activity directly relates to a specialty it should be entered in the specialty portfolio as normal. Pre-approval is not necessary.


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I am arranging a product fair for our Ostomy support group. There will be more than one vendor and multiple products. Can this count in my portfolio under product fair ,even though it is for patients or does the product fair have to be for healthcare professionals? I have reviewed pages 19 and 31 but I did not see any specifics on who the product fair was for. Thank you

Answered September 28, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p.19, Programs/Projects and p. 31 for definition of a product fair: “An organized event involving display of 3 or more products from more than one vendor for individuals to evaluate and vendors to demonstrate correct product usage.” A product fair does not have to be for healthcare professionals.


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I had written previously but needed a little more clarification. I did a Product fair but it does not seem to fit your definition. Due to our policy with not bringing products in to demonstrate to staff without these products being on our formulary, this would not work for an entry according to your standards. However, I did bring in the newest editions to our product line changes and brought them in with the sales representatives for a two day period(4 hours each day) Purpose was to better acquaint staff with new products and assist their adaptation to new products. We allowed for question/answers/ sampling/working with products during the Product fair. Then two weeks later the Sales Representatives returned again for several days to further engrain these changes.(Previous products were here for over 10 years). A week after sales representatives were here for several days as follow-up, I rounded over a weeks time in all my units/entire hospital and reinforced the rationale for changes, what the changes would mean to better outcomes with patient care and again attempted to clarify any possible misunderstandings of the staff and answer any questions. Can you tell me how I can put this in for points? I submitted before and it was rejected. Please help me with this. I wanted to be able to use this work as it was tedious and time consuming. I had multiple skin, barrier, moisturizers and bathing products, mostly for incontinence protective purposes. Thanks for any tips you may have. I have looked carefully through the PGP handbook and can't find a way to enter to obtain points. Thanks for any assistance... Desperate WOCN

Answered September 27, 2019
Please email WOCNCB directly at info@wocncb.org so that your question can be fully researched.


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Good morning, I am currently working on my PGP. I submitted a pre approval request and it was rejected. How am I able to receive feedback on the rejection and place the activity in the appropriate group? I also, called earlier this year and applied the details in the portfolio as recommended. Thank you for your help.

Answered September 27, 2019
If a pre-approval is rejected, often times it is due to being directly related to the specialty or that it is an item already found in the PGP Handbook. Our PGP system generates an auto-email to you with the reason for a rejection. Please check your Junk or Spam emails -- coming from our email address: info@wocncb.org. You also can review the PGP Handbook for the pre-approval requirements as well as send us an email directly so that we can check on your specific item and respond after looking it up.


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Hello. I participated the 2017 CFCN and CCCN Cut Score Task Force and received 10 points under the "Professional organizations" category for "Board/Committee/Task Force at the National Level". Do I need to split the points (5 in foot care and 5 in continence)? If so, do I need to submit a pre-approval request for splitting the points? Thank you!

Answered September 26, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 4, Splitting Points Explained. When an activity covers subject matter on 2 or 3 separate specialty topics, PGP points must be split between the appropriate specialties. Splitting points requires pre-approval submission.


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If I post a question under an area that was not accepted will my grader be able to answer me back without my resubmitting the entire section yet? Hope this makes sense...

Answered September 26, 2019
If you place "Comments" in your PGP portfolio, they are not seen by the review team unless you click "Resubmit Application". Therefore, if you have questions while revising the portfolio, send us an email: info@wocncb.org


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Is there a difference in the questions from the flashcards and the app? Is there a benefit to having both or do they provide the same questions and information?

Answered September 26, 2019
The mobile app is the same questions as the printed flash cards, but has more functionality, such as creating custom quizzes, daily goals, flagging and filtering those you don't know for future reference, etc.


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I am in the process of finishing my PGP and am not sure where/how I receive credit for completion of the WOCNCB Job Task Analysis survey. The notification of completion states I received 5 PGP points for each survey completed. Under which category does this credit go? Thank you

Answered September 25, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 17, Professional Organizations.


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if you can have a max of 40 CEs, and a minimal of 10 in the Specialty, what can the other 30 CE be ? I will not be certifying in Continence, so I wanted to use some of the continence CE as "other" CE for ostomy to make up the rest. You mean only Ostomy points and Professional practice can be used to recert for Ostomy??

Answered September 24, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 12-13, Continuing Education. Each specialty portfolio must contain a minimum of 10 CE credits that are directly related to the WOC specialty. The maximum CE credits allowed in each specialty portfolio is 40. No more than 10 CE credits per specialty may come from Professional Practice. CE’s may not relate to another clinical specialty. To directly answer your question, if 10 CE’s are PP, the other 30 must directly relate to that specialty, which in this case, would be ostomy. Wound and Continence CE’s cannot be used in the Ostomy portfolio. If you don’t use any PP, all 40 CE’s (if you choose to max out the CE points) must be Ostomy.


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