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Looking for answer to how many CEU's are needed for WTA-C is needed?

Answered February 5, 2019
If you are looking to Re-certify the credential, there are not CE's required. If you are certifying for the first time, it is required to take the WTA course and have 16 clinical practice hours with a wound care expert --- Or, if you follow the new "Experiential Pathway" and are certifying for the first time, you need 24 CE's and 160 clinical practice hours, plus a clinical skills checklist. Please review "Eligibility" on the website under "Certification / Wound Treatment Associate".


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I have 3 questions: 1.I recently revised a nursing education program on delegation. Can I put this towards education program revision -professional practice section for 1 category? 2. A colleague of mine recently developed a 6 hr. program for developing preceptors and is submitting a CH application. I am one of her program planners. Can I earn points for my role in this activity? 3. Revising policies- do they have to pertain to 1 of the 3 specialties? I coordinate student placements at my facility and am revising our policy on student affiliations.Can I submit this for point under professional practice? Thank you!

Answered February 2, 2019
I have 3 answers for you: 1. It does not seem that a nursing education program on delegation is specific to WOC nursing. 2. In order to receive PGP points for Programs/Projects, you must have had the primary responsibility for developing, implementing or evaluating the program or project (page 19 PGP handbook-Requirements) 3. The policy must relate to WOC nursing In short all PGP points must relate to the WOC Nurse specialties not general nursing. However On Page 4 of the handbook is a section titled "Professional Practice Explained" "Professional Practice is defined as courses or activities that are not directly related to wound, ostomy, continence, foot care" "yet directly impact or enhance the role of the WOC nurse" If you believe that your activities meet this definition, then Please see page 15 Preapproval. If you believe that your items meet all the criteria, and deserve professional Practice points, you can apply for pre-approval. The directions are there. Good Luck to you


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Would reviewing medical records for a law firm be considered expert consultation? This is not my FT job. I'm employed as a WOCN at an acute care facility. I have reviewed medical records for 2 different law firms during this certification period. Both cases involved pressure ulcers. If allowed, would this be 5 points total?

Answered February 2, 2019
On page 18 of the 2018 PGP handbook, Expert review on a legal case related to WOC or FC patient-would get you 10 points per case, 20 points per specialty maximum. Please note the audit documentation needed for these points Good luck


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A plastic surgeon has created a software website call wound reference and I am an editor of this material. I have edited and helped author the venous ulcer material and created a fistula case study for it. How do I take credit for this for PGP?

Answered January 30, 2019
Please see page 15 of the 2018 PGP handbook. The PGP pre-approval process is to have your activity considered for approval and assigned a point value if it is not already listed in the handbook. . . The directions for requesting pre-approval are also on that page. Good luck!


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I start sitting on Exam committee since 2017 and will continue. For my understanding, 10 points/year for me to earn as a member (PGP handbook p.16), which I would gain 20points as a total. Do I have to split the points into 3 specialties? If yes, do I need a pre-approval on splitting points? I have asked this question around, been referred to other resources, and have not heard something definitive. I am hoping you are able to assist me with a clear solution here. I appreciate your help.

Answered January 29, 2019
Yes, you are correct. If you are on the exam committee-member of a National Professional Organization committee- you will earn 10 points a year. You do not have to split them between specialties. You would not need pre-approval to split these points (if you wanted to split them) Generally the 10 points per year stay together, and you assign them in whichever portfolio you want them to go. I hope that helps, Good luck to you


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How do I go about changing my address with the certification board? Thank you, Danielle Palen

Answered January 29, 2019
You may email or call our office, and we will need to make an address change for you. Email: info@wocncb.org Phone: 1-888-496-2622


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I have well over 80 points in each specialty and wanted to move some of those points into the Unassigned folder to get my specialty total points in the range of the 80 points needed. My questions: Is it ok to move some of my "preapproved" points into the Unassigned folder to save in case I need to claim them later?

Answered January 30, 2019
I am not sure that you can move pre-approval points back and forth as you can move other points. Please contact Kathy Myers at the WOCNCB directly.


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Good morning. I have a question about how to claim CEUs. I attended the South Central Regional (SCR) WOCN Conference in Branson MO in 2016 with the Wound Care Institute. The total session/conference was one CEU with 10.25total CEUs certificate. I contacted the SCR to try to get a separate listing of CEs for each titled event I attended. Instead of claiming the 10.25- I only claimed the CEs I was able to get separated and the ones that I attended. Is this acceptable - using the 10.25 certificate for the 7.16 CEs? What would be the audit requirements? Do I need to get this preapproved? Thank you, Dianne

Answered January 29, 2019
Please refer to pages 12 and 26 of the 2018 PGP handbook. When you attend a conference, the CEU's must be presented together on each portfolio , and then listed separately under brief description. If you only attended 7.16 of the CE's , you are correct to use the provided certificate, and only claim the credit you earned. No pre-approval is required for this. The audit material needed is listed on page 13. Good luck


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can one do professional growth activities in the three month gap between turning in a portfolio and the expiration date? For example, if one expires in April, and sent everything in Jan, would a teaching activity in Feb count toward the next five year period? or does the five year period start after the expiration date?

Answered January 29, 2019
The PGP activities for point accumulation are explained on page 1 of the PGP Handbook. You will only use things you have done prior to the PGP deadline. After that 3-month deadline date, those activities are counted in the next recertification five years from now.


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Hello, Wondering, do the WTA-C have to recertify like the Wound care nurses. What do I need to do?

Answered January 29, 2019
Yes, the WTA-C is valid for 5 years and to recertify by the date of credentials expiration, you must re-exam. You will submit an online exam application prior to the credentials expiration and may do so up to 12 months ahead. You have from the time of application until the credentials expiration date to exam. You will include a copy of current nurse licensure on the exam application, and is all that is required.


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