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I have been volunteering and helping coordinate COVID vaccine clinics in my community. I know this doesn't count under volunteering for patients with WOC of FC issues, but wondering if it would count under professional practice volunteering points since it is a unique situation with the pandemic and I am trying to help my community. If so, what category would it go under?

Answered April 30, 2021
Thank you for your time and volunteering for the COVID vaccine clinics in your community. Unfortunately this activity cannot be used for PGP points.


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Dear Board, Is it recommended or is there an option to include supporting documentation and projects in the portfolio submission process for each specialty? Thank you.

Answered April 28, 2021
We do not want the supporting documentation at the time you submit the portfolio. It is only needed if you receive a notice of audit, within 5 days after the portfolio is submitted and our system notifies you by email. If you receive an audit email notice, you then may click on the "Audit" tab within your portfolio and add each supporting document online. You would be able to mail documents if you cannot include them online. Please see page 33 of the PGP Handbook on the audit process.


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thanks for all the support!! in order to verify projects, etc, I cannot find a method to download data, findings and results. your assistance will be much appreciated

Answered April 26, 2021
The PGP system, when you are logged into your account, has a link for "Export to Word" which will download a copy of the portfolios as a snapshot of what you have entered in them at the time.


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I have provided bi-monthly new RN/PCT education (30 minutes each session) re: incontinence care. My education to the staff included our available hospital skin care products, when to use use each product, use of chux pad/adult briefs, etc. I'm not sure how to add to my continence section. What topic heading do I choose and how many points since it was twice a month for over a year?

Answered April 28, 2021
Thank you for your question. This question would fit under the teaching category. As per page 25 in the PGP Handbook, for this activity 2 points can be claimed for each certification period. Points can also be claimed for development and or revision of the content. Points cannot be claimed for repeating the same education within the certification period.


Question:
What are the requirement for the WOCN program. I am a RN.

Answered April 26, 2021
As an RN with a Bachelor's Degree, you may become eligible to certify as a CWOCN via one of the traditional WOC Nursing Education Programs, unless you instead qualify for the "Experiential Pathway". We describe the eligibility in detail on this website under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence." A link to the listing of schools providing the education is also on that web page.


Question:
Hi: I have two posters which presented at WOCNext and other conferences. Can I use them at continence field as special activity or professional activity : Poster 1. Combining A Static Air Cushion and A Low Air Loss Surface to Further Decrease and Sustain Pressure Injuries in the ICU Population; Poster 2 Collaborative Leadership between Nurse Specialist and Nurse Manager to Develop A center of Pressure Injury Prevention Excellence In The ICU Population; Thanks

Answered April 23, 2021
Thank you for your question. Poster presentations fall under the “teaching” category on page 25 of the PGP handbook. You may claim 10 points for each poster presentation, but can only claim a poster presentation once. It may not be duplicated. Since both posters relate to pressure injury prevention, you will need to claim these under the wound specialty. Professional practice activities are courses/activities that do not directly related to wound, ostomy, continence, of foot care nursing specific activities. Good Luck!


Question:
My Certification expires on July 31st I am doing PGP, when is it due?

Answered April 23, 2021
PGP portfolios are due 3 months prior to credentials expiration. When you are logged into your PGP account you should see a set of dates in the upper right corner - indicating your "submission window" which ends April 30th. In other words, it is due by the April 30th date. We do allow for a late submission if you submit a PGP late fee of $75 to send it in 30 days after the deadline, or May 31 for your recertification dates.


Question:
How do I claim credit for creating a tool for staff nursing to utilize to determine the appropriate treatment option for the type of wound, also including pictures with terminology for easier identification for staff nursing.

Answered April 22, 2021
Thank you for your question! This would fall under the “publications” category. Developing an educational tool for healthcare professional = 5 points (max 15) per specialty. Good Luck!


Question:
Can I claim credit for changing the ostomy supply formulary for the facility I worked in? If yes, how do I claim this credit?

Answered April 22, 2021
Thank you for your question. This would fall under the “Projects/Programs” category on page 18 of the PGP handbook and a significant product formulary revision = 5 points. This would go under the ostomy specialty. Keep in mind that this must be a significant revision versus annual review. Good Luck!


Question:
How do I claim credit for being a preceptor for someone who has just finished their WOC education?

Answered April 22, 2021
Thank you for your question! Precepting a WOC nursing education program student would fall under the “teaching” category of the portfolio. For every 4 hours of precepting, you can claim 1 point. Page 25 of the PGP handbook is an excellent resource for more detailed information on requirements for claiming points for precepting.


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