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I was an officer, president for our local WOCN affiliate for 4 years, can I use 20 points or 2 years under ostomy recertification and then 2 years or 20 points under the wound portion, for what I understand it is listed as 25max points under each speciality thanks

Answered June 14, 2018
According to the 2018 PGP handbook, the president of a WOCN affiliate group is entitled to 10 points/year. After four years, you would have 40 professional practice points. You can use these points as you described, split between wound and ostomy (or continence) in any combination as long as you do not exceed the maximum of 25 points in any specialty.


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I am an LVN and have Skilled Wound Care Ostomy Certified. What other Certification can I apply or get as an LVN?

Answered June 13, 2018
The WOCNCB offers a wound certification for LPN/LVN, as Wound Treatment Associate - Certified (WTA-C) and is the only credential for this licensure level.


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We had multiple back injuries within our wound clinic last year. As I noticed the trend, I began research into proper body mechanics and created offloading wedge products. I created three separate types of offloading wedges to use depending on the wound location/patient ability. We now use these inpatient, in the wound clinic outpatient, and home care has ordered a set for use. Can I use this project/creation of product for my PGP? Which category would it fit into? Thanks!

Answered June 14, 2018
Please see the 2018 PGP handbook page 15, the Pre-approval category. This is where you can get points for your projects that are not already listed in the handbook. Please note that you must submit your request at least one month prior to your PGP application deadline.


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In the PGP handout under the common Mistakes section #9 says MISTAKE; WOCN General Sessions used as Professional Practice. So....we can't use these general sessions as professional practice even though we have received CE's for them? And often the topic is too general to put them into a specialty; like Motivational speaking or Public Policy and Advocacy....the list goes on. How would I determine which category these global talks would fall under?

Answered June 12, 2018
If you look at the 2018 PGP handbook page 5, there are Helpful Hints for Recertifying by PGP. Number 8 specifies that General Sessions that relate to a specialty must be used in that specialty. If a general session does not directly relate to a specialty then it can be claimed as Professional Practice in any portfolio. Number 9 states the limit of 10 professional practice CEU's can be claimed in each specialty. All WOCN conference offerings can be used in your portfolio as either specialty or professional practice points.


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I am interested in the CFCN. Currently, I hold a CNOR, have an ASN with 25 years experience in an OR. Is this enough to qualify to take the exam with the appropriate CEU requirements? How should I proceed? KIM

Answered June 11, 2018
The CFCN credentialing exam requires you to hold RN and a Baccalaureate Degree. It also requires 24 CEs in foot care plus 40 clinical hours in foot care. Please review "Eligibility" on this site under "Certification / Foot Care" for complete details.


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I am doing the experiential tract due to letting my certification expire. I have attended conferences and viewed posters - to get credit for the posters that have CEUs attached do I have to file each one individually?

Answered June 11, 2018
The WOCN Society has issued varying credits for posters depending on which year's conference. For example, in 2018 . each poster viewed was awarded 0.05 contact hours for up to 6.5 total. In your WOCNCB exam application, it is preferred to list at least .50 credits on each line item entry. You could group each conference set together as long as you can indicate each title in the attached documentation.


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Good Morning, I plan to submit two PPGs (wound and ostomy) and test for continence. Can you tell me the total cost? Thank you for your time, Autumn Fiedler

Answered June 11, 2018
When you submit the PGP you may add an exam to the submission. The overall fees for 3 specialties is $610.00. Refer to the PGP Handbook on how to submit as this type of application.


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I have been the lead with another CWOCN to engage the multidisciplinary team to provide an Ostomy support group at our facility . We are a large university and affiliated with MDA Cancer center and have received the support to initiate this group. We have on the team physicians, social work , nutrition and nursing . We have targeted patients and been marketing the first meeting which will be next week . I would like to include the work I have put into this program in my portfolio. By December , when my re cert is due , 3 meetings will have taken place . Many hours have been put into this even before the first meeting .How do I claim .I do not see a clear place in the handbook to put a support group .Can I claim and how many PG points?

Answered June 12, 2018
Please refer to the 2018 PGP Handbook page 17 professional organizations/patient support group. You can claim points, but it is per year and it looks like a year will not be complete before your portfolio is due. This may have to wait for your next recertification. The committee sympathizes with the desire to claim points for what you fully intend to do before your certification expires. Unfortunately, this is not possible. All projects must be completed before the points can be assigned. Other activities that might capture your work may include committee/ task force (p 16) to get the program going, brochure to advertise( p 21), or even newsletter promoting to name a few. Please refer to definitions and requirements in each category to see if your work would fit. If there are projects that are not specifically identified in the PGP handbook, that you feel are point worthy, please submit for preapproval


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With the new 2018 PGP the form for WOC precepting only has 3 columns W O C FC How do you account for the professional practice hours that are required for the WebWOC program on the PGP form. thanks Kerry Grant CRRN CWOCN RN-BC

Answered June 12, 2018
Please refer to pg 24 in the 2018 PGP Handbook/Teaching. Professional Practice hours are to be incorporated with the hours that pertain to a specialty.


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For splitting points from different conference presentations, do I need pre-approval?

Answered June 8, 2018
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 12-13, for Continuing Education guidelines. Conference CE’s that pertain to one specialty should be grouped and entered as one entry. When entering them as a group be sure to list each title and CE value. (See p. 10 and example in Appendix A). National WOCN Conference Poster Review points may be split between portfolios and are EXEMPT from the Pre-approval process for splitting points (p. 13).


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