Previously Asked Questions



Hello, This past year, I created an educational power point for staff nurses about when to use a Flexiseal and when to use a Bard bag. I presented it to two groups of nurses on separate occasions and had each group do a pre and post test to see how much they learned. I cannot figure out if this goes under "develop and educational tool" "presentation of program' or "development of program." I also do not know how many points to credit it with. I would very much appreciate your input. Sincerely, Nancy

Answered January 26, 2019
This activity might apply to several categories. If you decide to use Teaching/Presentations, p. 24 (2018 PGP Handbook), you must be the lead instructor with a structured framework and conduct the teaching activity. You will not receive PGP points for repeating the same presentation within the certification period unless the content has clearly been revised. Calculate points based on length of lecture: 1 point/15 min. for presentation plus 2 points/15 min. for development. It may also fit under Publications/Educational Tool/Healthcare Professional, p. 20 (5 points) or Publications/Learning Module, p. 20 (10 points). The length of the presentation may determine which category provides the most points. If you decide on one of these options for tool development, you can still claim points for Teaching/Presentation.

Good Morning, If a candidate failed the exam initially during the first recertification cycle, but passed two specialties later, and is due for renewal in 2020. Is the candidate eligible for recertification through the PGP portfolio renewal process ?

Answered January 25, 2019
Yes you would be eligible. Once you earn certification in 2015 and are due in 2020, and are currently certified, you may use PGP for recertification. If someone recertifying in 2020 took their exams to recertify and failed and immediately applied for PGP portfolio in 2020 is when they would be ineligible.

Does participating in monthly NDNQI skin survey count for points under Prevalence and Incidence Study for wound?

Answered January 25, 2019
No, a skin survey is not the same as a Prevalence and Incidence Study. If you are on a facility committee, you can claim points for that service, 2018 PGP Handbook, p. 16.

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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