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I opened an independent foot care business. The newspaper reporter came to my shop and interviewed me to promote the business. Am I correct in counting this as professional practice; advertising/promoting businesss? And second question: there are two categories of independent self employed businesses. Since I am still developing this business my other employer is sheer I make more money but not necessarily where I spend more time. Which do I choose? 50 points vs 20 points?

Answered March 28, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please review page 18 of the 2018 PGP Handbook under Establishing independent Clinical WOC or FC related practice ( self-employed) and Establishing Non-clinical Practice or Independent Clinical Practice less than 50 % of primary source of income for your answer. Hope this clarifies your question


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3/27/19 I have several nursing practice policies that I developed over the past years. Do I add these policies under Professional Practice? Thank-you.

Answered March 27, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please review page 18 in the 2018 PGP Handbook under policy/ procedure. If you policies relate to WOC then they would go under that PGP. I hope this helps to clarify.


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I am a BSN RN, CWCN, CFCN in the state of South Carolina. Can I independently perform routine foot care? Is there any specific place or building required? Can I lease a room within an existing salon or spa? Any information is greatly appreciated.

Answered March 28, 2019
Regardless of a specialty certification, your state board of nursing will govern your scope of practice. WOCNCB acknowledges your specialty knowledge, but you will need to contact your state board regarding their specific laws and guidelines.


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the method for recording CE's obtained during one conference has changed to a 'grouped' method. I have entered my CE's over the past 5 years as I went along and will recertify this year. Do I need to re-enter as a grouped event?

Answered March 27, 2019
Thank you for your questions. You do not need to go back and change your Ceu's that you have entered but moving forward this is the expectation to list the Conference CE as described on pg. 26, Appendix A. Hope this helps to clarify your question


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Can a LPN be wound care certified?

Answered March 28, 2019
We do offer the 'Wound Treatment Associate - Certified' (WTA-C) for the LPN to be certified in wound care. Please visit this website section on "Eligibility" listed under "Certification / Wound Treatment Associate."


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I am retired. I am no longer involved in WOCN affiliate. Do I need to be employed to be eligible to sit for exam? I can not foresee me working again as I am on social security with possible disability secondary to renal failure and small CVA.

Answered March 28, 2019
It will depend on if you are currently certified at this time. If you currently hold credentials, you may submit an exam application and show current RN licensure and must then take the exam prior to credentials expiration. Otherwise, if you are not currently certified you will need to either be made eligible via the Experiential Pathway or the "Traditional" education pathway. Please see "Eligibility" on the website under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence" for these pathway requirements.


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I am wondering about the clinical hours for the Foot Care Certification. Are there specific requirements as to what should be covered in those clinical hours, or is does it just need to be general time spent with a foot care expert? How do they/I sign off to prove that the hours were completed? There is not much information in the handbook or on the website about the foot care certification

Answered March 28, 2019
We do not specify a list of criteria for the clinical hours. It is just general time of patient foot care under the supervision of the foot care expert. You may obtain a verification letter from them, but is not required. You will list the total clinical hours on the exam application and list the foot care expert's name/title/contact phone as if they are the 'employer' so that we may contact them directly for verification.


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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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Is the cwocn called clinical nurse specialist?

Answered November 17, 2017
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are registered nurses who typically hold a master's degree, at minimum, along with national certification denoting advanced knowledge and clinical skills specific to a particular patient population or specialized area of nursing. Therefore, this designation (CNS) is not issued by our credentialing body, WOCNCB, but rather by a state board of nursing or perhaps given by the university while earning the MSN. In some states, it is a practice-based designation to use CNS.


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