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I had developed a home study Continence Module and test for the Harrisburg Area WOCNEP in 2015 -2016. This consisted of assignments and a test. I was Program Co-Director at the time. Can I get Continence points for this activity? If so how many points? Thank you

Answered June 11, 2019
Developing a program can claim 2 points for every 15 minutes and teaching 1 point for every 15 minutes. Please submit this activity for preapproval using page 15 for the request. Thanks.


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I would like to know if I can claim PGP points for Continence. I am on faculty for Cleveland Clinic WOCNEP and teach the on-line Continence course. This involves grading two projects and answering their Discussion Questions ( 2 per week). The course last for one month. Thank you for your time.

Answered June 11, 2019
These activities can be claimed as development of a program (2 points for 15 minutes) and presenting (1 point for 15 minutes). Since there are no real references for educators in the Handbook, please submit your question for preapproval following the guidelines on page 15. Thanks for your question and promotion of the WOC role.


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Has RN Diploma become obsolete as a requirement for Foot care certification? I don't think this is fair because experience is important and it is the foundation of the profession of nursing.

Answered June 11, 2019
The CFCN credential now requires a Bachelor's Degree. With a bachelor’s degree, the education provided looks at the bio-psycho-social aspects of the patient. The bachelor’s also brings in the statistics and research component and how to view research in your field. The specialist role looks at all aspects of what is going to impact the patient’s healing and what evidence is available that can be used to impact the patient’s outcomes and if the evidence is statistically significant. Further, the WOCNCB supports the Institute of Medicine's "Future of Nursing" Consensus Report which says: *Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. *Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression. *Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health care professionals, in redesigning health care in the United States. *Effective workforce planning and policy making require better data collection and information infrastructure.


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May I apply "Incision Care. Outpatient Resident Discharge Instructions” for 2 points (30 min) of "Teaching - Presentations and lectures?" Thank you.

Answered June 11, 2019
Yes, see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 24-25, Teaching/Presentations. If you developed the presentation, you can also claim 2 points/15 minutes of presentation time. You must be the lead instructor with a structured framework. You will not receive PGP points for repeating the same lecture within the certification period unless the content has clearly been revised. This presentation should be claimed under your Wound portfolio.


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I am a WTA and OCA Clinical Skills instructor. I wasn't sure if I can claim those hours each time that we provide/educate the new WTA's and OCA's. We offer each program twice a year. We have an 8 hour teaching day and then they students have a 4 hour skills return demonstration.

Answered June 11, 2019
The points claimed can be as described on page 24 and 25 and can be claimed only once unless the content has been clearly revised. Good luck.


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Hello. I am Sr. Recruiter at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena CA. We are a Level II Trauma Center in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. I am currently recruiting for a FT Certified WOCN and was wondering if you would be able to post this position for us. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. Thank you and I appreciate your time.

Answered June 6, 2019
There are job postings with the WOCN Society on their website, www.wocn.org


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I recently finished my wound and ostomy courses through WebWOC online and I am wondering how I know when I am eligible to schedule my exam? Do I have to create an account? I am feeling lost. Thank you for your help. Kathy

Answered June 6, 2019
You will submit an online exam application and document your eligibility, with a copy of the RN license verification, the Bachelor's degree, and the WebWOC completion document. After the application is processed, our testing agency sends a confirmation email that provides a link to do the exam scheduling. The online application is on this website, under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence" and look for the website link to click on "Exam".


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I am not technically the president of our local UOAA chapter, but I started it, I coordinate it, and I developed the program. Can I claim president status for points? (We have no official officers). Also,

Answered June 5, 2019
Thank you for the question. In the 2018 PGP Handbook "Professional Organizations" page 16, the requirements for earning points as a "Professional Organization/regional/affiliate/local", one must be an officer, chair or committee member. The activities you describe appear to be those of an officer although you will have to make that determination. When your local group meets again it may be wise to hold an election of officers, appointment of committees (if needed), bylaws of the organization, etc. I hope this helps clarify.


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May I use CEU's approved by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for professional practice for continence. The course was "Real Talk about End of Life Decisions." The course reviewed end of life decisions, patient and family emotional and spiritual support and legal aspects.

Answered June 4, 2019
To claim CEUs they must be activities that directly impact or enhance the role of the WOC or FC Nurse. If the activity is general nursing, it is not acceptable. If you are not certain if this pertains to WOC, please submit for Pre-Approval, instructions are found on page 15 of the 2018 PGP Handbook. Thanks for the question.


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If a CE program is developed and presented by me, am I able to count points for both developement of the program and presentation of the program?

Answered June 4, 2019
You may earn 2 PGP points for each 15 minutes for developing a program and 1 point for every 15 minutes of presentation time as outlined in the 2018 PGP Handbook page 24 "Presentations/Lectures". You may earn these points only once, not for multiple presentations. I hope this helps clarify.


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