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I have reviewed content for KRAMES patient education booklets that they produce for wound and ostomy patients as a content expert. Can I use this for my PGP and under what category would it apply? Thank You, Laurie Corona MS,RN, CWON

Answered October 8, 2018
Please review the 2018 PGP Handbook page 21 "Publications" under the subheading "Other Publications. Content validator is awarded 5 points with a maximum of 15 points per specialty. Thanks for the question.


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Last week I was editing my ostomy section and had some information that needed clarification. I wrote back in the comment section but have not heard back from the reviewer. Does the reviewer normally post back on the actual PGP comment section?

Answered October 9, 2018
You may log in to your PGP portfolio, and look at the "Status". If it says "Under Revision" this means it was returned to you for a requested revision. You should review each item marked "No" in the "Completed" column and click "Edit" to scroll down and review the "Comments". After making your edits, you should be sure and click "Resubmit Application". If you do not click resubmit, it will not show up for another Review by the PGP Committee in their queue. Emails are generated whenever it is returned to you for revision, or other status changes.


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I have created a program for wound care nurses who need to transition from a Treatment Nurse role to the role of an acute care trauma WOCN consultant. CHANGING THE PERCEPTION FROM TREATMENT NURSE TO CONSULTANT. FOCUS: 1. ROLE IDENTIFICATION and CLARIFICATION: this clarifies the difference between the Scope of Practice of the bedside RN from the Scope of Practice of the WOCN Trauma Consultant. 2. COMMUNICATION: The second part of this program focuses on Communication and contains verbiage, scripts, approaches, measures and interventions to pave the pathway for this transition. I have this down as a Professional Practice activity as it is merely focusing on communication style and approaches. Can you confirm for me that this would be more of Professional Practice rather than specialty. It does not discuss clinical care about a specialty in any way. Thank you!

Answered October 8, 2018
I agree that this is Professional Practice points but would submit to Preapproval in order to split the points. Please remember to follow the instructions on page 4. Thanks for your question.


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I have recently looked at the WOCN site and found a CE course for the following course. I am wanting to confirm that this is actually a Professional Practice activity as it states. Palliative Care Expiration Date: Aug 15, 2021 Topic: Professional Practice Credits (Post Test or Evaluation Required) 1.00 Contact Hours Thank you.

Answered October 8, 2018
WOCN sponsored CEs are designated for the category to which they belong. Please refer to page 13 item 13 for additional clarification. Thanks for your question!


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Can you provide further explanation regarding how to complete the Self Assessment beyond what the Guidelines already provide? I do want to make sure I am completing this section accurately and according to purpose. Thank you.

Answered October 8, 2018
Self assessment information is found on page 23 of the handbook. You must pick one activity and respond to the questions. You may use one self assessment per specialty. Professional practice points are discussed within each category. This category is used for you to assess your own professional growth. You need to review and answer the questions within the application with thought and clarity. Good luck!!


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We trialed several Trach foam drsg and then Added the trach drsg to our wound product formulary . The trach foam drsg was a new product to our facility. Would I be able to capture 5 or 10 pts under product formulary? Thanks

Answered October 4, 2018
Thank you for your question. To earn points for developing a product formulary, it should include more than one dressing. You could earn points for data collection if you collected data on the dressing such as how well it performed, nursing and respiratory therapy comments, patient satisfaction, etc. Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook page 18 and definitions on page 29. You could also earn points under the teaching category if you did a presentation/lecture about the product. See page 24 under the Presentations/lectures for more information.


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I have a question regarding development of a program under Presentations/Lectures non-CE. Can you please define for me what development of a program is? Thanks!

Answered October 4, 2018
Presentations/lectures is designed to award PGP points for developing educational presentations. For example, if you develop an educational presentation on pressure injuries, you can earn 2 PGP points for every 15 minutes of presentation time. If you give the presentation as well, you can earn 1 PGP for every 15 minutes of presentation time. You can find additional information in the 2018 PGP Handbook on page 24. Also, please see page 25 for requirements and audit documentation. I hope this answers your question.


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Can a RN in Oregon perform foot care in a clinic without being certified? She does not have a BSN, just R.N. If she trained under CFCN, can she work in position of foot care nurse?

Answered October 4, 2018
Certification provides validation of specialized knowledge, skills and expertise of an experienced nurse and is voluntary. The facility may determine within a job description if certification is required or preferred. Each nurse must practice within their scope according to their nurse licensure. You may want to contact your state board on specific practices.


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A workman at our house said that his wife has a colostomy but didn't get much education or written info on dc from the hospital. Is there a WOCN group in Savannah, GA? I have found an ostomy support group but would like to see what other help I can get. Many thanks and blessings from a retired WOCN.

Answered October 4, 2018
One of the best resources for patients will be the United Ostomy Association of America. Their website is https://www.ostomy.org/


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I did teaching at the hospital I work in on ostomy care. And I did teaching for a home health care company on ostomy care. They were 2 different PP presentations, but similar teaching. Can I count both of these activities in my PGP?

Answered October 3, 2018
If the presentations were different then they are considered separate activities. If the presentations were the same then you can only capture PGP points once. You can find allowable PGP points breakdown on page 24 of the 2018 PGP Handbook category "Teaching- Presentations/lectures". Please review the requirements on page 24 for additional information. Thank you for this great question.


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