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I have the Precepting Tracking Tools filled out from many nursing shadowing/orienting. These hours include Wound, Ostomy and Continence. How do I enter them in the PGP? Do do one entry for the total of wound care hours, and then an additional entry for the Ostomy hours?

Answered April 10, 2019
Please refer to the Tracking tools on-line as they have them separated by Wound, Ostomy and Continence. You then total separately and enter them accordingly into each portfolio. When you chose Activity Type in the portfolio on-line and Total Number of hours, it will calculate your points for you. Thank you for your question.


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When verifying certification, your site only shows the latest/most recent re-certification and expiration dates. How can an initial/original certification date be verified?

Answered April 10, 2019
We can verify original certification dates upon request, via mail, phone, fax or email.


Question:
I am preparing the PGP for foot care re-certification. I attended the American orthopaedic foot and ankle society annual meeting in 2017. I received 25 CME, but it did not list each title and CME Value, like WOCN conference. I still have the booklet so that I could list title and contact hour. What should I do?

Answered April 10, 2019
You should list it as one entry in your portfolio and in the "Brief Description" then list each session title and value in hours for each, as shown in Appendix A in the PGP Handbook.


Question:
I have my CFCN credential from the WOCNCB. I have recently been given the CFCS from the AFCNA for foot care specialist. My question is, do I use both or drop one in my list of credentials like you would the BSN for an MSN? I have no idea...

Answered April 10, 2019
Each credentialing board issues its own credentials and are not affiliated or connected in any way. WOCNCB issues the CFCN for a 5-year period. The credential is issued only to RN's holding a Bachelor's Degree and having shown clinical experience along with specialty education. The CFCN is identified and recognized by The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® which identifies certifications that Magnet-recognized and Magnet-applicant organizations may report in the Demographic Data Collection Tool™ (DDCT). WOCNCB credentials are listed in the DDCT.


Question:
How long after passing the class do I have to pass the exam?

Answered April 10, 2019
You may submit an exam application up to 5 years after completing the education program. After application, you have 12 months to complete exams.


Question:
I am employed as a WOCN in a community hospital. My role includes Chair person for The Monthly Pressure Injury Prevention Task Force. Each nursing unit is represented by a APN clinical representative. We review all Hospital Acquired Pressure injury. We discuss and recommend policy, documentation and new products. I am having difficulty finding an appropriate category for PGP points.

Answered April 9, 2019
Please refer to pg. 16 of the PGP Handbook under Facility committee chair member. It sounds like this is what you are describing and would fit perfectly under this category.


Question:
I am volunteering for a community diaper bank. Would this activity be accepted in Continence specialty under the Professional Organizations category as volunteer work?

Answered April 8, 2019
Please refer to pg. 17 of the PGP Handbook regarding volunteer work. This does not seem to fit the acceptable activities.


Question:
Regarding the experiential route: I am applying to several positions as a staff nurse. If on the floor I provide daily patient monitoring, prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, wound management such as dressing changes, assessments & managing and troubleshooting wound vacs etc., will this count as wound care experience as per the experiential route? The facilities I am applying to have a wound care nurse, but my title will be staff RN. I will be providing all of the usual floor/skilled nursing duties, including wound care. Does this experience count? Thanks!

Answered April 8, 2019
Your direct patient care experience will count for all the hours specific to wound care, regardless of your title or work setting. You may use these hours towards the experiential pathway.


Question:
My portfolio was reviewed. Due to revision I need to add some points. Can I take partial credit of contact hours completed for a 30CEU course to cap my points at 90?

Answered April 4, 2019
Thanks for your question. I would recommend sending in for pre-approval. Course must be directly related to your portfolio and/or be professional practice points (page 12). There is a minimum of 10 CEUs directly related to your specific portfolio specialty and no more than 40 CEUs per specialty. There is also a maximum of 10 professional practice CEUs per portfolio specialty. Good luck!


Question:
I received my diploma From Emory in 2013, I have not been able to apply for Board cert until now, however it is after the "five years" what do I need to do to be able to get to take the exams for board certification?

Answered April 5, 2019
You may be made eligible for exams via the Experiential Pathway. This requires 1,500 clinical experience hours per specialty, plus 50 CE's in each specialty. There must be 375 clinical hours per specialty out of this total that have occurred within the past one year. Both the clinical hours and CE must come from the past 5 years. The complete information is on the website under "Eligibility" on the page "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence."


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