Committee participation is a great way to support your peers and others who are concerned about best practices and patient safety in the wound, ostomy, continence and foot care specialties. At the same time, you will build rewarding relationships with other nurses as you enhance your personal and professional growth. Service on a committee is also a way to earn points for your Professional Growth Program portfolio.

Committee members are selected based upon a number of criteria, including committee openings and proven expertise in particular topics. Descriptions of all standing committees are found below.

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  Advanced Practice Exam Committee
The Advanced Practice Committee consists of six advance practice (AP) nurses who are involved in ongoing evaluation of the process and specifications by the AP pathway. The committee also reviews AP applications and collaborates with the PGP Committee on review and revision of the AP Portfolio Handbook. Members serve for a term of four years. Business is conducted by conference call and e-mail and could include up to two face-to-face meetings annually.
  Foot Care Exam Committee
The Foot Care Committee consists of a minimum of five members who are responsible for working with the testing corporation, writing items for the exams, compiling exams, and evaluating exams. The Committee works closely with the PGP and Experiential Pathway Committees. Foot Care Committee members serve four-year terms. Business is conducted by e-mail and conference call, with a possibility of up to two face-to-face meetings annually.
  Item Review Committee
The Item Review Committee works with the WOCNCB’s testing company to develop and approve psychometrically sound WOC examination items (test questions) consistent with test specifications. The committee reviews and edits all examination items for validity, which includes: applicability to entry level WOC practice, correct grammar by meeting basic writing standards, matching of the exam outline, and accuracy of content prior to the question being placed on the exam for pretesting. The committee consists of eight CWOCNs, two of whom have been certified for no more than two years. Business is conducted via e-mail and monthly conference calls, with a face-to-face meeting annually.
  Marketing Committee
The Marketing Committee consists of at least four members responsible for developing marketing strategies that will educate healthcare administrators, governmental bodies, and payers about the value of WOCNCB certification, and to attract future certificants to the WOCNCB. The Committee works closely with the WOCNCB's Marketing Manager, who implements the plan using print, Web, interactive, and tradeshow strategies to carry the WOCNCB message. Business is conducted via e-mail and monthly conference calls, with a possible face-to-face meeting biennially.
  Professional Growth Program Committee
The WOC and Foot Care Professional Growth Program Committee (PGP Committee) consists of six WOC and Foot Care nurses who are responsible for the development and maintenance of PGP Handbooks and evaluation of candidates' PGP applications. Meetings are conducted via conference call as needed. Committee members serve for a two-year term, and meet face-to-face once every two years to review the PGP handbooks.
  Public Policy and Advocacy Committee
The Public Policy and Advocacy Committee works to proactively influence legislation that affects patient safety and quality of care in the areas of wound, ostomy, continence and foot care. The committee consists of six members. Business is conducted via e-mail and monthly conference calls.
  WOC Exam Committee
The wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) Examination Committee consists of a minimum of 12 WOC certified nurses who represent all three areas of certification, all areas of the country, and all levels of practice. WOC Examination Committee members are responsible for working with the testing corporation, writing items for the exams, compiling exams, and evaluating exams based on a job analysis of scope of practice. Members participate via conference call, e-mail, and two on-site meetings per year.


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