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Dear certification board of WOCN, My name is Jongwon Yoo and I completed webWOCN education program 11/2011. My certification of wound care nurse expired in 12/2016. Could you please advise how I can get recertification of wound care RN? Thank you. Sincerely, Jongwon

Answered June 5, 2018
You may certify again by submitting an exam application showing eligibility via the experiential pathway. Please review the requirements on this website under "Certification / wound/ ostomy / Continence".


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If I wrote an article that was within the professional practice definitions, do I submit that as a pre-approval to obtain guidance for the points and approval?

Answered June 12, 2018
Please refer to pg. 15 in the 2018 PGP Handbook/Pre-approval. Pre-approval is intended for activities that are not listed in the handbook. Articles are listed in the handbook but with limited information here it would be best to submit for pre approval where more information could be provided.


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Is there a maximum number of extensions that can be granted for submission of PGP or can a person continue to request and pay for extensions indefinitely?

Answered June 1, 2018
PGP portfolios can be submitted up to 30 days late with the $75 late fee. Otherwise, a written request of an extension must be sent, using the form on this site under "Recertification / Credential Extension Policy".


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I developed 3 presentations totaling 3 hrs for a wound care conference at which I presented. The conference awarded CE's for the attendees. Where do I record my development of the presentations and my actual presentation? Can I claim points for both?

Answered June 12, 2018
Please refer to pg 24 in the 2018 PGP Handbook/Teaching. You will find presentations/lectures listed here. Points can be claimed for developing and presenting. Be sure and reference the requirements and audit documentation found on pg 25. Keep in mind you can only claim the presentation once and it must be claimed in the specialty to which it pertains.


Question:
I participated in an ostomy product trial at the facility where I work a couple/few years ago (during the 5-year recertification period). Basically, several ostomy companies (Hollister, Convatec and Coloplast) delivered large amounts of supplies/samples to the WOC nurses in our network (me being one of them), and we were asked to trial the products. Does that count toward ostomy points at all?

Answered May 31, 2018
Please see pages 14 and 15 in the 2016 PGP Handbook. Product trials alone do not qualify for points. If you met as a committee to discuss your findings and chose products to use at your facility, you would qualify for 3 points per year in your Ostomy portfolio. If you did this as a QA project and wrote it up to share your findings, you would qualify for 25 points (p. 17). If this was part of revising your product formulary, you would qualify for 5 points (p. 17).


Question:
I have been chair of our Skin Care Team at my hospital since I became a WOCN. We address wound,continence and ostomy issues.According to B3 this is 10 points per specialty. Is this per year or 10 points total per certification period?If it is 10 points per year (50 points), then can I divide them among specialties according to the meeting agendas? Example:20/15/15? Answered As currently written it will "probably" be 10 points per specialty per certification. Board will review your question for points, please be patient, we will respond back. Thank you for your question. I also have a question on this previously posted question, and was wondering what the answer is?

Answered May 31, 2018
Please see page 15 in the 2016 PGP Handbook. As the chair of the committee, you may claim 10 points per year. This is limited to 20 points per certification. You may divide them between your Portfolios. This did not change with the new Handbook.


Question:
There are Professional Practice courses I would be very interested in taking. Are any of those listed as examples in the 2018 handbook page 27 Appendix B available online or are there others available and approved by WOCNCB?

Answered May 31, 2018
As a member of WOCN on the National level, you are able to access the WOCN CE's online for free. SAWC offers some of it's CE's for free for non-members. Any Professional Practice course on the WOCN website is approved.


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If you developed and presented a presentation during your last certification period, can you take credit for developing and presenting it again during a different certification period?

Answered May 31, 2018
Please see pages 22 and 23 in the PGP Handbook. You may claim development of a program once. You may claim presenting a program once. If you revise the program, you may claim additional points. If it is the same program and you are just repeating it, it does not qualify for points.


Question:
I am looking to take a public speaking course through a local college in order to improve my speaking skills to utilize in my practice. Would this count towards PGP?

Answered May 31, 2018
Please see p. 12 in the PGP Handbook. You may earn 5 points per credit hour from an accredited college or university. Public Speaking is not listed, but it would fit in the teaching/education area.


Question:
I am the chair for a student's dissertation. The topic of her research is ostomy related (quality of life in persons with a stoma and IBD) Does this count anywhere for PGP points. Thanks!

Answered May 31, 2018
I have searched the PGP Handbook for a qualifying category and do not find one. I think this may qualify though. Please submit for Pre-Approval and the committee will discuss. You will need to explain in detail what your role in the activity involves.


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