Previously Asked Questions
I chair the EBP/Research council at my facility(acute care). Does this count towards professional practice? (facility related committee)
Answered May 31, 2018
Please see page 15 in the PGP Handbook. As the chair, you may earn 10 points per year for a maximum of 20 points per certification.
I am a member of the international education committee for the WCET(world council of enterostomal therapists). Does this count towards points as a member of a national organization? I am claiming for professional practice points. Thanks!
Answered May 31, 2018
Being a member of the committee does not qualify for points. If you are on a committee, that may qualify.
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.
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.
Please let me know what course I would need to take and where to qualify to sit for the exam. Thanks very much, Diane Carroll I live in Massachusetts
I have been a Registered nurse for 18 years. I have never seen or witnessed as much arogance and power abuse ever as I have recently in my pursuit of a wound care certification. The program I attended and the testing application procedures are unproffessional to say the least. It is really giving this program a bad name.
Does the APN WOCN certification meet the requirements for CMS for an APN, and thus the Medicare provider #?
Answered May 30, 2009
The WOCNCB AP credentials would not meet the CMS requirements for an APN. The ability to obtain a Medicare provider number is based upon your advance practice credential, CNS or NP. Certifications of any type, including the WOCNCB credentials, enhance your scope of practice.
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?
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.
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