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I am ready to submit my PGP profile however it will not allow me to submit my pre approved medical mission trip. It will not add and populate my submission. It goes to pre approval.

Answered June 7, 2018
If it was an approved mission trip, when you click on "Add new Activity" select the item titled "Pre-approved Professional Org - Medical mission trip" as your activity to add. The system will then recognize your already approved item and show on the next screen by title.


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I started a newly created hospital position at our hospital which recently aligned with a larger hospital system. The nursing role and policy and procedures were already developed by the organization. I have then established and implemented the service into our facility. Should I choose tHe Program and Policy Development option? It lists the activity as- establish a nursing service-policy/procedure, can I just list what has been accomplished thus far? It's an ongoing program so I don't have a date of completion. Thanks, Kathy

Answered June 7, 2018
Kathy, you’ll need to submit this for pre-approval; see p. 15 of the 2018 PGP Handbook. To claim points for establishing a WOC program, you must develop or revise policies/procedures (p. 18).


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I am finishing a 1 year long online course. It is through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. I will also be sitting for board certification in this field. How can I use this in the PGP recertification process?

Answered June 7, 2018
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 14, Academic Education. A variety of nursing-related educational offerings are considered eligible for PGP points and examples of acceptable courses are listed. Academic credits must be from an accredited college or university. Credits should relate to health care, management, teaching or the biopsychosocial knowledge base of human services. Academic points will be counted as Professional Practice and are exempt from pre-approval. Five points/credit hour are awarded. Remember that at least 40 of the total 80 portfolio points must pertain to the specialty.


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I am completing a 6 hr ce entitled Reasoning with Unreasonable People: Focus on Disorders of Emotional Regulation by ibp. Would this count towards clinical ce or professional practice ce where I would need to submit to pre-approval? I've read the PGP handbook, but I'm still a little unclear what qualifies. If it helps the talking points are: Participants completing this program should be able to: 1. List several paths to achieving effective emotional communication. 2. Outline an effective strategy to reason with a person who has a disorder of mood, anxiety, OCD, anger, or personality. 3. Describe a strategy for reasoning or having a difficult conversation with a person who is experiencing pain, illness or vulnerability. 4. Describe a calming strategy including the practice of mindfulness for health professionals who are experiencing strong emotions.

Answered June 7, 2018
You’ll need to submit this for pre-approval. Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 15, for instructions.


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I recertified my WOC certification in September 2017. I had also just finished my MSN that same year in May. I just passed the AP exams for wound and ostomy. I chose not to take the continence AP exam due to my limited practice in that area. My question is the PGP work that I have entered on my current WOC portfolio, can I transfer that or should I transfer that work to my AP portfolio for wound and ostomy? Or can I only start a new PGG for AP Wound and ostomy once I receive my official certificate and recognition for the certification board?

Answered June 7, 2018
Recertification of the -AP specialty credentials has its own portfolio for the AP level and a different handbook and requirements and forms. The PGP is done online for recertifying the non-AP (regular) level credentials. Since the requirements are different for the -AP portfolio it is not transferrable, nor is it within the online PGP. Go to the website "Recertification / Advanced Practice" to find the -AP portfolio handbook.


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Do you have sample exams available? If yes how do I access them?

Answered June 7, 2018
There are sample exams, as well as practice exams. These are found on the website under "Certification / Exam Preparation".


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I am preparing for re-certification. Splitting point is a little confusing for me. It is mandatory? The new 2018 PGP handbook states, "Some activities may be considered appropriate for all specialties. In this case the applicant may choose which specialty to which it applies..." Shortly below that in the handbook it states, "When an activity covers subject matter on 2 or 3 specialty topics, PGP points MUST be split between the appropriate specialties." One example of my quandary is, when I attended a 1.5 CE with multiple presenters that presented different research topics in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence. Do I have to split this into 0.5 CE in each area or can I just put it under one subject. I am noticing this in quite a few of my CE's.

Answered June 6, 2018
This can be confusing, but the key is whether an activity relates to multiple specialties (and must be split) or whether it overlaps and the applicant decides on which specialty to claim it. For example, incontinence-associated dermatitis may relate to either continence or wound; fistula management may fit into any of the three WOC specialties. The applicant can decide which category to assign it. Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 4, which outlines the specific steps on how to split points when an activity covers more than one specialty.


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Once you list a ceu or activity into the portfolio (prior to submission) can you move them around and edit them? I have it organized on paper but was not sure if I should start the portfolio early if I may need to make changes.

Answered June 5, 2018
Yes, the portfolios are easy to edit. There is also the option of exporting to a Word document to see what you've put in. The site is very user friendly.


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How do I show proof I listened to a virtual general session presentation from the WOCN conference in Philadelphia 2018. I am renewing ostomy certification via PGP. Thank you

Answered June 4, 2018
Thanks for your timely question! Go to the conference website to register for livestreaming. http://wocnconference.com/WOCN2018/Public/Content.aspx?ID=715&sortMenu=109000 All sessions are listed in local Eastern Time. CE Credits will be granted only if you watch the sessions live. After completing the evaluation, you’ll be given an opportunity to print a certificate.


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How would I find the policy for CWOCN practicing guidelines for Virginia?

Answered June 4, 2018
Specific scope of practice will be according to your state board of nursing practice act. Regardless of specialty knowledge or certification, you must practice within your scope and state regulations. The WOCN Society also recently updated a scope and standards of practice for the specialty. Keep in mind nursing practices laws vary by state.


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