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I am renewing my Ostomy license, and have question on the PGP. Within the past 5 years I have precepted, new WOC orientee's, dietary has done rounds with me for nutrition, and a program NP WOC student at Rutgers. I called up and spoke with someone who said I have to enter them differently, one for orientee's and one for Program. Just wanted to make sure I add it in correctly. cause right now it looks like I entered it twice.

Answered May 20, 2022
Thank you for your questions Please look at page 25 of the 2020 PGP handbook. You will be using different forms for tracking your teaching. WOC students will be on one form and other medical professionals on another form Hope this helps


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I was chair of both registration and silent auction committees for (Mid-east Region)MER Wound Ostomy Continence nurses conference 2019. The conference was a mix all 3 scopes. I am only certified in wound and ostomy. Do I need to divide the 10 points I receive for being the chair into 3 for the 3 scopes or for example could I use 10 points for chairing the silent auction under the wound category and 10 points for chairing registration under the ostomy cathegory???

Answered May 20, 2022
Thank you for your question. Please review page 14 and 15 of the 2020 PGP handbook regarding committee involvement. Based on what is written is sounds like you were a Committee chair person and there is a limit to the amount of 8 points you can claim for each category I hope this helps


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I need to recertify in foot and nail care as well as my WOCN-AP. I am looking at using the PGP in at least the wound portion but do not see any portfolio for the foot/nail care portion. Do I need to retest for that certification?

Answered May 20, 2022
There is a separate AP Portfolio handbook and forms, not used through the online PGP. Look on the website for "Recertification / Advanced Practice." The CFCN can be recertified via portfolio within the PGP process. The PGP handbook and online system will apply to the foot care specialty.


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I work in Pennsylvania and New York. As a certified wound ostomy continence nurse can I see patients in the out patient setting by myself? Without a provider? Such as an "ostomy clinic". I have been told I can not charge for my services. If I need specific script who would be responsible for that? Thanks in advance.

Answered May 20, 2022
The WOCNCB certification demonstrates that you have additional knowledge in the specialty. However, regardless of a specialty certification, your state board of nursing governs your scope of practice according to your licensure and varies by state. For example, a certified CWCN may hold RN but another may hold NP, etc., and therefore each would practice at different levels and could vary by state. We recommend you contact each state board with specific questions.


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Hello: I have a few questions. I have sat on ConvaTec KOL board the last 5 years for ostomy. When I entered it, it came up as only 1 point. I read max 4 points. Is this 1 point per year that I was on the board for a total of 4? Second, I was the primary research coordinator for an IRB submission on an internal fecal management system. I Submitted the proposal, collected data, data analysis, then did a poster. Do I receive points for each of these? I have a second IRB submission for evaluation of a new external fecal management system. Since my previous research will max out my continence points, can I count this in another category, like ostomy? Thank you


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Have you given any consideration to dropping the point requirements over the next few years for the PGP? With Covid so many hospital activities were canceled (committee's, projects, product evals, etc) and many of those were areas where points were claimed. I have really struggled to get 80 points in each section due to this.

Answered May 17, 2022
We are publishing the PGP Handbook later this month as the 2022 edition. In it, we will be listing that virtual or electronic versions of activities will be acceptable, such as a virtual (Zoom) committee. If you are continuing to struggle to find projects and activities to fulfill a portfolio, please email us directly for assistance: info@wocnb.org


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I completed the Foot and Nail Care Educational course through the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire and would like to add this to CEU portion of my portfolio. Would pre-approval be required for this course?

Answered May 16, 2022
If you are recertfying a CFCN credential, and if the course CE were earned after having the CFCN, and the CE date is within your "points accrual" period, they can be used.


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This question is in regards to teaching. I developed and presented a program on low air loss pumps. The Title, Objectives (1,2,3), Summary of teaching content and evaluation method are the same for the Development of the Program and The Presentation of the Program. Do I enter the same information for each of these activities?

Answered May 15, 2022
Thank you for your question. You are correct that the development of program and the presentation are separate and will need to be written up separately. Please refer to the PGP 2020 handbook for further clarification


Question:
I am a staff educator interested in WTA education to become WTA- certified and find program for fellow co-workers. Can you provide me with a listing of programs? Sincerely, Rosie

Answered May 12, 2022
The listing of programs is linked from our website over to the organization that developed the education. It is found on our site under "Certification / Wound Treatment Associate" and click on "Eligibility". Look for the section on Traditional Pathway for the link.


Question:
I have gotten married and changed my last name legally. How do I updated my unexpired certification?

Answered May 12, 2022
Please send a copy of the legal document showing the old and new name, to WOCNCB. You may either fax, email or mail the information. Please see "Contact Us" on this website for the address, fax and email.


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