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My wound and ostomy educational program was approved for 7 contact hours. 6 contact hours were wound related and one contact hour was ostomy related. Can I use this program to obtain 5 points for ostomy specialty and 5 points for wound specialty under CE/CNE/CME approval of program?

Answered February 6, 2019
Thank you for your questions. Please look at page 4 of the 2018 PGP Handbook under point splitting. Hope this helps to clarify.


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I facilitated educational program wound and ostomy related. Can I use 10 points for ostomy section. Thank you.

Answered February 6, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please see page 24 in the 2018 PGP Handbook under Presentations/lectures. You can claim points for both developing and presenting educational opportunities . Points must be appropriate for the specialty. Hope this helps to clarify.


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I send out weekly emails that contain tips/education/feedback on various topics that related to wound and ostomy care. Since I send out multiples, can I count my "WOW- Wound Ostomy Wednesday" emails under the category for Publications and earn PGP points under other publications section ?

Answered February 6, 2019
Thank you for your question. If your emails are considered a newsletter than review page 21 of the 2018 PGP Handbook under Newsletter. There you will find the points awarded for your activities, If this in not appropriate, consider submitting for pre=approval, instructions found on page 15. Thank you for your work with the WOC community


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Hello, Can I use my BLS recertification which is worth 1.75 points? I recertified this past August. Thank you, Julie Shilling, RN, CWON

Answered February 6, 2019
Thank you for your question. please refer to page 12 of the 2018 PGP booklet. PGP are awarded to activities directly related to WOC activities. BLS certification does not fall under this category. I hope this helps to clarify


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I am the director of our wound care team. We participate in a monthly prevalence study with NDNQI. My team evaluates the patients and we do chart reviews on all admitted patients on the day of the prevalence study. We analyze the data, turn in to NDNQI monthly and report back out to team members in a monthly Skin Care Team Meeting, which I chair. How can I claim these activities? Thanks

Answered February 6, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please look at page 19 of the 2018 PGP booklet. If this is appropriate for your activity than you can claim the points as listed


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I am an NP who supports our Ostomy Support Group. I help arrange speakers and I attend their monthly 1 hour meetings. How do I claim this activity and how do I show proof? Thanks, Joyce

Answered February 6, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please see page 17 under the heading under volunteer your. If this is appropriate for your activity then you can claim the points as listed


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I am a member of Vizient Wound Contracting Council. I participate in reviewing RFPs. Most recently I participated in reviewing a continence product RFP for complexity, category weighting and minimum requirements. Is this an activity I can "get points for" in the continence category. I have previously reviewed RFPs for specialty support surfaces and other wound care products. Thanks

Answered February 6, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please review page 17 of the 2018 PGP handbook. If your activity is an Institute/facility/agency Product committee then it is eligible for PGP points. I hope this clarify


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I attended the 40 hour Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society's "Introductory Hyperbaric Training" which was assigned 41/5 AMA PRA category credits. May I use this course for continuing education points for Wound?

Answered February 5, 2019
All CE/CME credits (contact hours) or college course work must directly apply to the specialty area for which applied. Multi-day conferences may include professional practice topics or may be focused on a specific type of treatment i.e. hyperbaric oxygen (HBO). Professional practice topics do not relate directly to any clinical focus and are not accepted. HBO education programs receive partial credit but are usually not accepted in their entirety. You will want to review the course description and select only those topics that pertain specifically to patient wound care.


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I am wound certified with a CWS certification and at least 6 years experience in wound care. I am also ostomy certified with OMS. I also have the WTA through WOCN. You My question is can I take the WOCN wound exam by the experimental pathway ?

Answered February 5, 2019
If you meet our eligibility requirements for the experiential pathway, you may establish the CWON (wound ostomy) certification. It requires 1,500 clinical practice hours specific to wound, plus 1,500 clinical practice hours specific to ostomy -- and these hours must have occurred in the past 5 years with 375 hours out of the total occurring in the past one year. You must also have 50 CE's specific to wound and 50 CE's specific to ostomy. These CE must also have occurred within the past 5 years. Please review "Eligibility" on our website under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence".


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Are the WTA-C nurses required to do the PGP portfolio?

Answered February 5, 2019
No, there is not a portfolio method for Re-certifying the WTA-C. You must take the exam in order to certify again.


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