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I am currently working on a data collection project and I'm not sure where to place it in the PGP structure. It Is at this point NON-IRB. I am collecting data on ostomy re-admissions for 12 months to see if any patterns are noticed and any performance improvement projects can be created. Does this data collection fall under Research?

Answered October 15, 2017
Please see page 16 of the 2016 edition of the PGP Handbook. There you will find information on collection and analysis of outcome data (non-IRB). The definitions are located on page 27. Once this data is evaluated you could use this information for several projects such as performance improvement, poster presentation, creating and giving a presentation, etc. Good luck.


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I was on the national WOCN ostomy committee that developed a best practice guideline as part of a task force. There were four people who contributed to the best practice guidelines and these were published by the WOCN society. When I entered this into the PGP I put this under publication, clinical practice guidelines for national healthcare and was given 25 pgp points. Is this correct?

Answered October 15, 2017
Great question. If you were the author or co-author and if the publication was peer reviewed and meets the definition on page 28 of the 2016 PP Handbook then the points awarded are 25. Please see page 19 in the handbook for points allowed and maximum points allowed. Thank you for your service to the WOCN community.


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WHAT ARE THE POSITIONS SPECIFICALLY AVILABLE TO A FOOT CARE CERTIFIED NURSE? IE. DOES THIS CERTIFICATION ALLOW FOR INCREASED SCOPE OF PRACTICE?

Answered October 15, 2017
Regardless of CWOCN credentials, each nurse must practice within their scope according to their nurse licensure. This will be determined by your state board of nursing and what is allowed since it varies by state and by license held.


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Is there PGP credit for Quartly Pressure Injury Prevalence and Incidence reporting ?

Answered October 13, 2017
Yes there is. Please refer to your PGP Handbook pg. 17 for detail.


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I am the chairperson for the Quality the interadisaplinary Task force for Pressure Injury prevention at the acute care facility were I am employed. Staff RNs, Nutrition, Case managers, MSW and physical therapist are members. WE discuss any change in policy, new products and treatments. WE also do a deep review of any Hospital Acquired Pressure injury. There is preparation and instructional time involved for my role. How would this be counted towards MY PGP ?

Answered October 13, 2017
Please refer to page 14 and 15 of PGP Handbook for further detail related to being a chair member in a facility. Thank you for your question.


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when filling out PGP points expert consultation at medical event I volunteered at ostomy associtaion of greater chicago helping ostomates hands on with pouching systems and problems for 5 hours. I entered 5 hours in PGP system Pg 22 of book states 1 pt per hour max 5 hrs / 5 per specialty and it is coming up in right column in yellow that I cannot have more than 3 points for "expert consulation at medical event" please advise thank you

Answered October 12, 2017
You are correct that there is 5 points possible for this and would review the yellow area in the right column for more detail. Did you use 2 points a previous time on your portfolio for this? If continued issues with this, I would then advise you to contact the wocncb.org directly.


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What is the total score you can make on the Ostomy exam and the continence exam? What score is needed to pass?

Answered October 15, 2017
The WOCNCB prepares our examinations in compliance with stringent national standards. Each item and each exam goes through a rigorous process of review to ensure that items and exams are psychometrically sound and clinically accurate. It is our practice to release passing scores of examinations to the test taker immediately after testing is completed. That testing report is confidential and only contains information specific to the testing completed. The report also breaks down the scores by "content area" which correlates to the predetermined content areas from the exam content outline. Please note that the passing score can change from one examination version (form) to the next due to slight differences in content / difficulty on varying exams administered. Therefore, WOCNCB does not publicly publish the number of questions needed for a passing score. We do not publish the passing score for a variety of reasons, of which a primary reason is to maintain confidentiality of testing information.


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There are so many different places to get your wound certification with different prices; this site, wound educators, WOW program. How does one know which is the best place or certification to get. What is the differece in certifications?

Answered October 15, 2017
If you go to the WOCNCB home website and click on Certification heading, then WOCN Certification, then Compare Wound Certification (within the text), you will find a chart about the different certifications. We think ours is the best because of the educational and clinical components. It truly is the gold standard!


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Is the CFCN formally recognized by any outside organization or have an accreditation? I know you are for the other certification but I was wondering about the Foot Care Certification. Thank you!

Answered October 16, 2017
The CFCN is an ANCC Magnet recognized credential, so that facilities with Magnet approval will be one of those sought after.


Question:
I am trying to figure out what paper work you need to show verification of my name change as I was married last month. Also do you have an exact person to send it to?

Answered October 10, 2017
We will need a copy of the legal document showing the name change. You may mail, fax, or email to WOCNCB at 555 E. Wells St. Suite 1100 Milwaukee WI 53202. Fax: (414)276-2146. Email: info@wocncb.org


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