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I was an ostomy stoma clinic nurse (volunteer) at a UOAA ostomy education conference. Do I place this under Professional Organizations- Volunteer work?

Answered May 20, 2019
Thanks for your question! See page 17 under Multi-day rally or camp for support group. They may be used under continence or ostomy.


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Initial CFCN question. I am a full-time CWOCN, 40hrs/wk. I took a foot care program recently that was 36 contact hours. Foot wounds are a large part of our clinic's practice with some nail care too. How many 'clinical hours' do I need and how do I document them to satisfy the 40 clinical hours?

Answered May 20, 2019
The certification in Wound as CWOCN gives you 12 clinical hours value. This means you need 28 clinical hours specific to foot care, since we allow for the wound portion of the 12 hours due to being certified. Please see "Eligibility" on the website under "Certification / Foot Care" regarding this Fast Track.


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My certification expires June 30, 2020. Can I use the June 2015 WOCN Conference for educational classes since I could not have used it in 2015?

Answered May 20, 2019
Thanks for your question. See page 7, number 2 in the PGP Handbook. You may begin to accrue points for your next recertification period the day after your portfolio is accepted. Hope this helps!


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I will be on the Coloplast Forum this year to discuss new products and developing/advancing products ect. This will be a 2 year commitment. Can I count this for PGP and if so under what category?

Answered May 19, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please check page 17 under forum/focus group of the 2018 PGP handbook. definition of this activity can be found on page 30. Hope this helps to answer your question


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I attended a NP review course in November 2014. Can I use this as CEU's under professional practice in ostomy or continence?

Answered May 15, 2019
The CE's that you include that are professional practice topics can be used in any specialty portfolio. Keep in mind these need pre-approval if you are recertifying your CWOCN level credentials for the PGP portfolio process. However, if you are -AP level certified in any specialty please note there is a separate -AP portfolio handbook which has different criteria for recertification of the -AP credentials.


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I have met with our informatic department (computer) and made changes to our Ostomy discharge instructions for patients with new and established ostomies. Each meeting was 1 hour long to write out the changes and then review the changes made before going live. Would I be able to get points for my PGP?

Answered May 14, 2019
Thank you for your question. You did not state how the information is given to the patient. If this is a patient education tool/ update. Please review page 20 of the 2018 PGP handbook under develop Education tools and under documentation Form Revised. Also review the required audit documentation in the event of the audit. Hope this helps


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In my facility I created a binder for Russian patients with the most common phrases and questions in 2 languages and pictures to improve nurse-patient communications. The binder included several areas such as: Past Medical History, Allergies, Patient's complaints (or concerns), Nursing care (r/t SNF admission), Pharmacy (Medications), Nutrition (Food and fluids), Family. May I apply this activity for PGP points? If "Yes", what category is it?

Answered May 14, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please review Portfolio requirements on page 7-8 in the 2018 PGP handbook. Activities for consideration for PGP points must be related to the specialty you are applying for. Unfortunately you are asking for general nursing items. Hope this answers your question


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I have developed a wound education program for our home care agency. It is a 6 hour course that I also teach monthly to all new employees. I have the development under "development of programs". How do I capture the monthly presentation?

Answered May 14, 2019
Thank you for your question. Please review page 7, Portfolio requirements # 8. You may claim points for development and for presenting the program one time only. Hope this helps to clarify your question.


Question:
I am an APRN trying to get my hospital to pay for me to become foot care certified for our rural health clinic. I keep getting asked, what is the difference in someone certified vs. what an APRN and/or physician can do without the certification? I found the competencies on the American Foot Care Nurses Association but I need to know what will set me apart by being certified.

Answered May 14, 2019
Board Certification provides validation of specialized knowledge, skills and expertise of an experienced nurse. Board certification demonstrates your ongoing, personal commitment to specialty education and professional growth that leads to quality patient care.


Question:
Is there any way to print up my last certification submission?

Answered May 13, 2019
If you want to download a submitted PGP portfolio, you may log in to your PGP account and click "Export to Word" to get a copy. If you want to print a copy of a credentials verification, it is listed under "Certification Verification". Otherwise, please email a request to us at: info@wocncb.org


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