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Hello I am enrolled in foot and nail class and was wondering about clinical portion. I hold CWCN CWCN certification and understand that I need 20 hours of clinical work, am I correct ? Another question where can I complete my clinical hours? Will podiatry department be an acceptable option? Thank you.


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Hello I am enrolled in foot and nail class and was wondering about clinical portion. I hold CWCN CWCN certification and understand that I need 20 hours of clinical work, am I correct ? Another question where can I complete my clinical hours? Will podiatry department be an acceptable option? Thank you.


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Do the CE credits earned through the JWOCN via NursingCenter.com have to be pre approved.

Answered October 19, 2020
No they do not. Refer to page 10 of the 2020 Handbook, which is available on-line in an updated format on www.wocncb.org under the Recertification tab. Attendance at continuing education programs or CE/CNE/CME’s offered/sponsored ONLY by accredited or approved providers such as the WOCN® Society, SAWC, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), or a state board of nursing. This information is found on the CE/CNE/CME certificate issued to you.


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I would like to clarify; I had been entering facility committee membership based on the 2018 guidelines. I just realized there was a revised version May of 2020. The new guidelines state any project/activity listed as professional practice needs pre approval. Does that include committee membership when the committee is a general facility committee such as a Patient Education Committee that reviews/approves all patient education materials and you are the content expert for the specialty you have it listed under? Thank you.

Answered October 19, 2020
If the committee discusses clinical specialty content, then it is specialty related. If you are approving patient education material, it really should be wound, ostomy or continence focused for this committee it sounds like. You can choose to split the points without pre-approval and place them in the appropriate portfolio category.


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I am preparing my PGP form for submission to recertify this year. I recently did 2 presentations for grand rounds that was presented by Zoom. I do not have a sign in sheet for that. How do you recommend I obtain a sign in sheet for something that has already happened and was done by video attendance. My other question is re a booklet I put together for our doctors, MAs and home health nurses re Medicare requirements and Documentation guidelines for obtaining DME. That took countless hours to put together. Is there a maximum amount of points I can claim for one project? Thank you for your time and consideration of my questions.

Answered October 16, 2020
Thanks for your questions. See page 25 of the PGP handbook under presentation for examples of audit documentation. When I do zoom meetings, I send the attendees a sign in sheet via email and have them sign and send it back to me. There are maximums for certain projects. It depends on the category your book falls under and if it doesn't fall under a particular category you may need to obtain pre-approval. I hope this helps and good luck on your portfolio!


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I was a scholarship reviewer on the scholarship committee which is national committee for WOCN. I am trying to assign points for this in my PGP. Am I correct that I could put it under specialty for Wound Ostomy or Continence.

Answered October 16, 2020
Thanks for your question and you are correct. Thanks for your committee work and good luck on your portfolio!


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I realize I have asked this question before but back in 2018 I became very ill.. could not work and did get an extension to take the exam. However I did not pass. I did not realize until today when I saw that I could have applied for inactive status.. I was told I would have to repeat the entire course or the pathway. I have been a CWON since 2008 and I have two job offers and I want to re-certify. Can I just do the 50 CU’ and retest? Is there a refresher class? Please advise.

Answered October 13, 2020
The program for Retired / Inactive status was not available in 2018. This is a new program instituted in 2020, so it is unfortunate that we are unable to do this retroactively due to being able to meet Accreditation standards by ABSNC and NCCA. You would need to follow the entire Experiential requirements or may do a traditional WOC education program.


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On page 30 of the PGP Handbook under Establish a wound, ostomy, continence or foot care nursing service...You work in a facility where they have never had the services of a WOC … We have an inpatient WOC team but never had a formal outpatient center for ostomy care. I initiated the process, completed the proposal, presented to the Administrative teams and gained approval to create an official Outpatient Ostomy Center within the facility. - Does that still count as page 18 Projects: Establish a wound, ostomy, continence or foot care nursing service? - Would it be appropriate to count: -- 15 points for writing the proposal? -- 15 points for Developing initial policies and procedures: -- 10 points for chair of the facility committee per year? Thank you for clarifying. Lisa

Answered October 12, 2020
Thanks for your questions. Page 30 in the 2020 PGP Handbook discusses unassigned items. Page 17 in the 2020 PGP Handbook for discussion about establishing a new service. Based on your description it sounds like you established a new service in your facility so you would be awarded 15 points, max of 15 per specialty for writing a proposal and 15 points, max of 15 per specialty for developing initial policies and procedures. Policy/Procedure is considered a general plan of action used to guide desired outcomes, with procedure using series of steps to follow this plan. It should involve a literature review and incorporation of evidence-based practice changes. Requirements: When developing policy/procedures for a new WOC or FC service, you must have created a minimum amount of 3 policies and procedures. Audit documentation: Tax Identification number, Tax Statements (you may blind all personal and financial information), Contracts, Bookkeeping systems, other evidence of business practice such as marketing, etc. See page 14 in the 2020 PGP Handbook, Facility committee (Product or non-product), Chair would be awarded 10 points per year with a maximum of 20 points per specialty for all committee work in facility. Good luck with your portfolio.


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I participated in Hyperbaric Medicine Team Training and received 41 Contact hours. Would this qualify for continued education for wound specialty?

Answered October 12, 2020
Thanks for your question. Since all CE/CME credits must directly relate to the clinical specialty area for which applied, you will need to determine what amount to claim out of the total. Multi-day conferences may include professional practice topics or may be focused on a specific type of treatment i.e. hyperbaric oxygen (HBO). HBO education programs receive partial credit but are usually not accepted in their entirety. For example, the course might have covered "dive tables" which is not specific to Wound care. I hope this helps and good luck on your portfolio,


Question:
I am an LPN, can I take this course?

Answered October 9, 2020
The WOCNCB offers a Board Certification credential for the LPN. There are educational courses that prepare you for this offering, which we link from our website over to those providers. Please look for "Eligibility" on this website under "Certification / Wound Treatment Associate".


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