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Can points be given for providing consultations and follow ups with wound diagnosis, education and treatment recommendations to increase wound care access for veterans in rural areas through telehealth. Staff education is also provided during telewound visits through Clinical Video Telehealth (CVT).

Answered April 4, 2019
Thanks for your question. Is this volunteer work? If so, see page 17. Did staff education include a presentation or lecture? If so, see page 24. 1 point per 15 minutes is awarded for presentations or lectures and if audited you would need a completed sign in sheet. It doesn’t sound like it would qualify for expert consultation since this wasn’t at a medical event.


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Hello,THE BOARD! I was trying to download tutorial site, but what I have seen lately: "We're sorry, this download is no longer available". Is it temporary or tutorial site does not exist anymore? Thank you,EV

Answered April 5, 2019
If you are trying to view the portfolio tutorial for PGP, it is available.


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how many CWOCN-AP are in the state of Georgia? In the US?

Answered April 5, 2019
In Georgia there are 2 CWOCN-AP and 5 that are -AP certified in either wound or wound/ostomy. There are 250 nationally that are -AP certified in a specialty, and are 47 holding the CWOCN-AP nationally.


Question:
I recently submitted my wound and ostomy application. The wound was sent back for revision, but the ostomy application states "under revision" as well but no feedback provided?? Is my ostomy application going to be reviewed as well?

Answered April 3, 2019
An email from "info@wocncb.org" would be automatically generated and sent from the PGP system if there are additional instructions. At times, an overall message is given for making updates to a portfolio. Please email us directly if you would like for us to review the PGP system account for you.


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I have completed the webWOC Nursing Education Program through Metropolitan State University on April 22, 2014 in wound care, ostomy care and continence care based on the date on my diploma. I believe I have 5 years to pass the initial certification exam. Do I have until April 22, 2019 to pass the certification exam? Or do I have a later date? If I take a review course for each slope, through the same institution, will I be allowed additional time to certify and if so how much time? Or, must I repeat the full course I completed 5 years ago? Can I speak to someone about the options available please? Thank you for your time. Mike

Answered April 2, 2019
You may apply for exams until April 22, 2019. At that point you are made eligible to exam and are given 12 months to take them from the date of application.


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If I revise a PowerPoint that my predecessor had started could I claim three points for revision of an educational tool? It is a PowerPoint for orientation for new nurses. I have revised portions of the wound care and ostomy sections. Would the PowerPoint itself be the supporting document? Thank you

Answered March 31, 2019
Thanks for your questions. Definition of a professional healthcare educational tool is factual clinical information intended for the healthcare professional (page 30). For example, you develop a clinical education tool for staff nurses showing differences among venous, arterial and diabetic ulcers. It sounds like you may a revised a PowerPoint presentation (page 24) and not an educational tool. If it is an educational tool you are correct revising an educational tool is worth 3 points with a maximum of 9 points per specialty (page 20). Supporting documentation would require you to send the original and revised tool. Revision must have significant changes to content and when applicable, updated references of no older than 5 years (page 32). There is a maximum of 1 revision per activity/per certification period.


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At my facility I am a member of a trach team comprising of WOCN, speech therapist, respiratory therapist, case manager, social services and MD. We have developed policy and procedures for all individuals with a tracheostomy. One outcome of this committee is that a pressure injury under a trach has essentially been eliminated at our institution. Can I use this activity development of policy and procedure in existing practice-develop original? thank you.

Answered March 31, 2019
What a wonderful team idea. You certainly could claim this as a development of a policy and procedure. Refer to Pg. 18 in the PGP Handbook for specific points related to this. You also may be eligible to claim this for add'l points if your team meets for ongoing clinical/specialty content subject matter since you are a member of this. Please refer to pg. 16 of the PGP Handbook to see if this qualifies. Thank you for your question.


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Is continuing education in wounds acceptable for continence recertification since both are dealing with the wounds as well Thank you

Answered March 31, 2019
Please refer to the PGP Handbook pg. 12-13 which outlines the CEU requirement and guidelines. I also encourage you to view the 2018 PGP Webinar On Demand which will go over CEU's in more detail. This is found on the home page of the PGP Recertification section on www.wocncb.org. The key is to look at the course title, the objectives and ensure this appropriately fits in the portfolio you are placing it in.


Question:
If you serve on a affiliate member committee, can you serve more than 2 consecutive years on that same committee and use for PGP points? Example: Vendor committee for fall conference. (sometimes it is difficult to fill these positions)

Answered March 29, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please review page 16 of the 2018 PGP handbook under Committee service. This will give you the information regarding how many points can be claimed per specialty for each certification period. Hope this helps to clarify your questions


Question:
I started a new job as a WOCN in a VA facility that was without one for over 2 years, I developed and chair the Skin champion committee and co-chair the Interdisciplinary Pressure Injury Prevention Committee, where do i assign this in the PGP?

Answered March 28, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please review page 16 of the 2018 PGP handbook under Committee Service. This will give you the assigned points you may claim under wounds. I hope this clarifies your question


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