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In 2015, I created and presented on two topics within the company which I was employed, topics being Pressure ulcer Prevention, and Wound Management and Treatment. I have reviewed the PGP handbook, on page 24, which talks about 1/15 minutes versus 2/15 minutes in regards to points earned. I wanted to clarify that I can use the 2/15 minutes, as I created the inservices, as well as presented them both independently.

Answered November 19, 2018
This is a great question. Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook page 24 "Presentations/lectures" If you developed the presentation, you can capture 2 points for each 15 minutes of presentation time. If you gave the presentation, you can also capture 1 point for every 15 minutes of presentation time. Please see page 25 for requirements and audit documentation requirements. Thanks for the question.


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I'm a NP and CWCN. Can I claim my hours researching cases such as Hidradenitis suppurativa on UpToDate as CEs? Thanks

Answered November 19, 2018
Thanks for the question. Since UpToDate is a pay service, I was unable to determine specifics about the CE/CNE/CME credits offered. Please refer to the 2018 PGP Handbook pages 12 & 13 and any definitions listed. If the CE/CNE/CME credits comply with the acceptable activities then they are appropriate for your portfolio(s). If you are uncertain, you can submit them for pre-approval, instructions found on page 15


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How do I go about submitting a certification exam question? I reviewed the PGP booklet page 18, but no seeing where to submit the question to. Thank you

Answered November 17, 2018
The items should be submitted to the WOC Exam Committee for approval. Contact us at info@wocncb.org. You may notice a helpful pdf guideline to refer to related to the item writing on pg. 18 of the Handbook. Thank you for your question.


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The United Ostomy Association of America's (UOAA) National Conference will take place this coming summer 2019. The UOAA has requested our local WOCN region to ask WOCNs to volunteer their time in participating in an Ostomy Clinic. There will be 2 half days (4 patient visits per half day, each visit being 1 hour) and 2 full days (7-8 patient visits, each visit also being 1 hour). The purpose of the Stoma Clinic is to provide care and/or treatment and/or consultation and/or recommendation/s for ostomy and peristomal skin care. As co-chair for this endeavor I would like to be able to inform those WOCN volunteers as to PGP points and what they will receive for each half day and each full day. Thank You

Answered November 16, 2018
Please direct your WOCN candidates to pg. 17 of the PGP Handbook. Please note that the activity must be completed before it can be applied to each portfolio. That sounds like a great experience for your team!


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I have a question regarding developing a product formulary. Is this a formulary only on new products that were brought into the facility at one time or is this a formulary of all WOC Products, prevention and treatment tools we use in the hospital at this time compiled together with central stores order numbers, vendor item numbers and a description of the product? Also, could I submit them separately as wound and ostomy specialty or would I need to submit together as one formulary?

Answered November 15, 2018
Please refer to pg. 19 of the PGP Handbook. There is a definition for this on pg. 31 that will clarify what you are asking. You will need to decide based on the formulary which portfolio it is most appropriate.


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I have several questions: For the last three years, as the Ostomy Nurse for my facility, I have participated in the annual 4 day Skills Fair. Each year at the Skills Fair I present all day, with a different topic in relation to Ostomy Care. How many points can be awarded for each Skills Fair? Also, I attended two different Acelity/KCI seminars. The first seminar in Dallas included lectures and hands on activities with NPWT on cadavers. The second seminar was at Cleveland Clinic, with lectures on wounds presented by different speakers, videos and open to physicians, specialists, RNs, etc. How many points can be awarded for each of these different seminars?

Answered November 15, 2018
Please refer to pg. 24 of the PGP Handbook related to presentations. You can take credit for presentation and development and revision. You cannot take credit for the same presentation multiple times. Points are added for every 15" of your presentation. There is also eligible points for CEU approval if you were the submitting point person. In relation to the seminar questions; if they provided CEU's for this you are eligible, but would refer you to pg. 12 & 13 of the Handbook. If they are not WOCN Society, ANCC or state board of nursing approved, you would have to submit this for pre-approval.


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How long after expiration of my ostomy certification, I am allowed to take recertification exam?

Answered November 15, 2018
When recertifying, if you have current credentials at the time of an application, you must complete exams prior to the credentials expiration. If your credentials expire, you would submit an exam application within a 6 month grace period using the criteria specified in the exam handbook for the grace period. After the 6 month grace period, you could apply for exams any time using the Experiential Pathway criteria to be made eligible. Please review all information on these eligibility criteria in the exam handbook on the website.


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Hi Do you accept CEs issued by : /www.nursingcenter.com

Answered November 14, 2018
Please refer to pg. 12 of the PGP Handbook as it will refer specifically what CE/CNE/CME's that are accepted. If they do not fit under this, then it would need to be submitted under pre-approval. Refer to pg. 15 of the handbook for specifics on this process.


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I am out of the country for the next three months and I would like to ask if I could have an extension for taking my ostomy/continence boards. I can send documentation of my residence and work in Nepal. With thanks

Answered November 14, 2018
Please send a request form, located on the website under "Recertification / Credential Extensions".


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With respect to the 50 ostomy CEU's within the 5 years prior to the certification process, can you count time spent working with a preceptor at an ostomy clinic; attending a pouching inservice and observation of alginate molding for custom ileostomy pouching? What documentation would be required? Thank you.

Answered January 6, 2018
You may have a maximum of 40 CEU's for each Portfolio when Recertifying. If you are getting Certified for the first time, the requirements are different. All of the activities you listed would qualify for Recertification. If you are becoming certified for the first time, I will refer this to another source.


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