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When reading the bios of the current nurses running for the board, I see one nurse is not certified by the WOCNCB. Unless I am mistaken in reading, she is only WCC certified. Please help me to understand why someone who is not a WOC nurse, would desire to be on this board or be allowed to lead on this board.


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I am inquiring about the PGP point value when listening to the WOCN Podcasts. Are the points for being interviewed for one or listening to them or for either? It's quite vague in the PGP handbook on how you can take credit. Please clarify. Thank you.

Answered August 8, 2022
Thank you for your question. Please review page 19 of the 2022 PGP handbook. Under podcast - this would be for developing and presenting the podcast. Hope this answers your question.


Question:
I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the JWOCN journal. How do I address that in my PGP portfolio preparation? Thank you

Answered August 7, 2022
Thank you for your question. Please review page 21 of the 2022 PGP handbook to see if what you are currently doing for the committee falls into one of these categories.


Question:
How many CEU's do we need to recertify via test?

Answered August 8, 2022
No CEs are required to recertify via exam. We recommend using the PGP platform to validate all the great work you do. There are Podcasts and assistance if you need. Good luck!


Question:
I feel confused on how to best re-certify. I have the RN CWCN, but finihsed my APNRN in January 2022. I am to re-certify December 2023. Do I complete my regular RN CWCN re-certification via my regular portfolio or do I do something differently. Need advice. Thank you in advance.

Answered August 9, 2022
You have the option to maintain the existing CWCN, and recertify by portfolio or exam. Or, you may choose to establish the CWCN-AP level credential since you are eligible. The first time you seek CWCN-AP must be done via exam. There is a document showing the topics covered on this -AP level exam, the "Exam Content Outline" -- found on our website under "Certification / Exam Preparation". This may help you decide if you wish to pursue this level exam. There are other study materials for this level exam on the Exam Preparation part of the website, as well, such as the flashcard Mobile App or the Self-Assessment Exam (practice test.) We hope this helps you determine which credential to pursue.


Question:
I recently graduated from an FNP program and am board-certified. I have years of experience working in GI and colorectal surgery but never got my WOCN. I am interested in doing this now as an APN. I am confused about eligibility. In my situation, do I need to attend a WOCN nursing program before sitting for certification exam? Thank you!

Answered August 5, 2022
You may be eligible for the AP level exams if you attend a WOC Nursing Education Program, or you may also be eligible if you qualify via the Experiential Pathway. Either one will be acceptable.


Question:
What timeframe after completing a WOC accredited program does someone have to pass the certification exam?

Answered August 5, 2022
You are eligible to apply within 5 years of graduating a WOC education program. After you have applied for exams, you then have 12 months to complete/pass exams.


Question:
I have an employee that has taken the wound exam 3 times within the last year and not passed. Does she need to wait 1 year from the 1st exam to try a 4th time? Does she need to take an additional course?

Answered August 5, 2022
Each exam application gives you 12 months to exam, plus 3 retakes (total of 4x within one year.) After that time, there is a 6 month waiting period and then they may reapply. There is not additional coursework required, as long as their original coursework occurred within the past 5 years prior to application.


Question:
Is the NJ State Nurses Association (NJSNA) considered to be a professional organization related to the WOCN practice (with regard to PGP points)

Answered August 4, 2022
The organization itself would not be related to WOC practice, however, depending on what your role is with them may be related. For example, if you were on a NJSNA Wound Care Committee, then the content of the committee discussion would be related. If it is considered non-clinical in nature, you may submit a pre-approval request.


Question:
At that facility I work at, WOC RNs complete point prevalence quarterly. For the PGP portfolio, how many times can this be used for points. I have entered this 4 separate times under Prevalence/Incidence studies for a total of 20 points. Is this correct, or is this to be counted only once.

Answered August 4, 2022
There are maximum points allowed on many PGP activities. Please refer to the PGP Handbook -- the P&I studies are limited to 20 points max (which would be 4 studies @ 5 points each.)


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