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Do you have online course for wound care nurse certification only?

Answered August 12, 2019
The WOCNCB provides the board certification exams, and can be taken for wound only. Please review the course providers under "Eligibility" and are listed within "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence" as well as Wound Treatment Associate -- and are for different levels of nurse licensure.


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how or who determines if I have enough accumulation of direct patient clinical hours? I will like to know if I have enough in order to apply. Thank you!

Answered August 12, 2019
This is calculate by you, and can be hours per week or month, or a percentage of time, but some method to determine if your direct patient care in the clinical specialty totals the 1,500 required in the experiential pathway.


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I have work as a wound care nurse in a hospital for 4 years but I just obtained my BSN last year. I work full time 40 hours a week in wound care, 1 year as BSN, is that enough experience for the experiential parthway?

Answered August 12, 2019
After having the BSN you need to calculate the number of hours spent in direct patient care specific to wounds. If this equals at least 1,500 hours you will have the correct experience. We ask you to complete an exam application and list the total hours as a figure and to provide the name/contact information of the clinical supervisor who can verify the experience.


Question:
I launched and maintained a website for my ostomy support group. The website included information about meetings as well as UOAA and general ostomy information. Where would I place this activity?

Answered August 9, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 19 and 32. Points are allowed for the development and maintenance of a WOCN-related website.


Question:
Is there a traditional pathway for foot care nurses?

Answered August 8, 2019
There is not a traditional pathway, since there are not specifically accredited programs following a standard core curriculum.


Question:
I don't understand "verification of experience" portion of the Experiential Pathway. How many hours are required of direct patient care? Does clinical hours count toward direct patient care?

Answered August 8, 2019
We consider clinical experience defined as direct patient care specific to the clinical specialty. So, 1,500 hours of direct patient care specific to Wounds would mean you qualify as having clinical experience in wound care.


Question:
I am having difficulty deciding whether a CE is professional practice[which requires PA] vs specialty, even after re reading the handbook: 1. I have multiple CE's on legal healthcare issues-in my eyes that pertains to any of the specialties. Can I submit as specialty? 2. Have CE on Managing compassion fatigue for Nurse-again I feel that would qualify as any specialty or is it profession practice?

Answered August 7, 2019
1. Professional Practice (PP) is defined as courses that do not directly relate to WOCN specific activities, yet directly impact the role of the WOC nurse. PP are not intended to reflect advanced practice nursing, general nursing tasks or non-nursing tasks. These activities may not relate to another specialty. Examples include “Marketing Your Business”; “Legal Issues”; “Integrating Technology and Outpatient Billing/ Reimbursement”; “Preceptor Workshop”; or any of the PP courses offered at the WOCN® Society Annual Conference. See the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 31. Any PP CE not WOCNCB® approved must be pre-approved via the Pre-approval process. See p. 15. 2. Managing compassion fatigue CE falls under general nursing topics and does not qualify for PGP points. See the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 12, Continuing Education. Be sure you are not claiming general nursing activities vs. those that directly impact or enhance the role of the WOC nurse.


Question:
I periodically attend UOAA functions and man a table to assist attendees with any ostomy issues. It looks like I can put this time under Professional Organizations, but I don't know how to assign the points/how many points to assign

Answered August 7, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 16-17, Professional Organizations. PGP points are not given for membership dues paid to an organization. You must be volunteering your time and serving as an appointed member of a formal committee to receive points.


Question:
I have misplaced my recertification certificates. How can I get them replaced?

Answered August 8, 2019
Duplicate certificates are issued with a wallet card for a $15 fee, and are handled by our testing agency, Scantron (company name change from Castle Worldwide). You may send the request with payment to: Scantron 6001 Hospitality Ct. Suite 100 Morrisville, NC 27560


Question:
I am an family nurse practitioner with only 1.5 years of experience in wound care. Do I qualify to sit for the WOCNCB boards or do I need 3 years experience?

Answered August 7, 2019
If your 1.5 years are equivalent to 1,500 direct patient care hours specific to wounds, plus you can accumulate 50 CE in wound care, you would qualify via the Experiential Pathway. You may also choose the Traditional education pathway, by taking one of the accredited WOC Education Programs in wound care which we post on the website. Please review "Eligibility" under either "Certification / Advanced Practice or the regular Wound-Ostomy-Continence" on the website.


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