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My certification number listed on my WOCNCB certificate does not match your database and a cannot apply for the PGP portfolio. Can you help? I have a CWCN-AP certificate, good through 4/30/18 and my certification number is 2005457684. Thank you.

Answered April 26, 2017
The PGP portfolio is not for Recertification of the -AP credential and therefore the system is looking for regular level credentials, such as CWOCN, CFCN. To re-certify your CWCN-AP you will utilize the AP Portfolio Handbook and forms. Please find them on this site under "Recertification / Advanced Practice". You will download and complete the forms and send them to us via mail, fax or email and follow the criteria from the handbook.


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Question one - Any program experiencing difficulty with NP CWS taking over wounds/pressure ulcers at their facilities??? Question two - I am the only CWON in my facility. I have wound nurse that is not certified ( not even enrolled in CWOCN school yet) who wants to see/ teach ostomy pt. I typically see 8 ostomy pt a week not including outpt. It would bed nice to have some help but I am not sure if she can legally see the ostomy pts. Thanks for your advice

Answered April 26, 2017
This "Ask the Board" site is for questions pertaining to Certification and Recertification. We are not tracking facility position issues, and you may want to utilize the 'Forum' on the WOCN Society site if you are a member and can call on peers for feedback in that venue. Their website is www.wocn.org. Regarding scope of practice for a nurse in your area, that is a question for your State Board of Nursing and follows their nurse practice act according to your licensure. The WOCNCB issues credentials based on demonstrated knowledge, however does not govern your scope of practice and will vary by state regardless of certification.


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Good Morning I have created a quarterly newsletter for our hospital. I am not sure if this comes under editor or author. Thank you Sue

Answered April 24, 2017
Thank you for your question. Please refer to pg 19 in the 2016 PGP Handbook and pg 28 for definitions. Author would pertain to one article/portion within the newsletter where editor would pertain to the entire newsletter. Keep in mind though that if you are the editor and do write an article that is in the newsletter you can not claim points for both.


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The CWCN-AP certification exam is 90 questions and the CWCN is 120 questions. Why is there a difference and as an NP and first time exam taker do I need to take both initially?

Answered April 24, 2017
The exam content is based on our Role Delineation Study which is performed approximately every 5 years. When this is completed the exam may be updated according to the new 'Exam Content Outline' derived from the study. The CWCN (and ostomy and continence) level exams were updated based on its 2012 study. The -AP level exams will be updated after its next study which is separate from the regular level. You may choose to establish either the regular or the -AP level credential when certifying initially and would not do both.


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I have been earning CEU's to sit for my Foot Care certification. The requirements state that 16 of the 24 CEU's must be specific to feet. I have 14.5 specific to feet. I am having difficulty finding CEU's specific to feet. I have found many educational offerings specific to Lower extremities. Would the Lower Extremity CEU's count toward the 16 I need specific to feet. Thank you.

Answered April 24, 2017
Our eligibility requirements allow for 8 of 24 CE/CME may be in basic skin and wound care. You may also want to review the "Exam Content Outline" on this site which explains the subject matter in an outline format for what is on the exam. This will be a good guideline for what subject matter may be acceptable. Some of the content is lower extremity topics, such as anatomy and physiology of the lower extremities (foot, nails, bone structure, etc.)


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How do I know if an organization is an approved/accredited organization for CEU credits?

Answered April 23, 2017
Please refer to pg 10 in the 2016 PGP Handbook/Continuing Education. Examples of approved providers are listed under acceptable activities. You can also check with your state board of nursing regarding a specific organization.


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How do we send in our item writing questions for approval?

Answered April 22, 2017
Thanks for your question. Please review the information on page 16 with the link posted for item writing information. Good luck !!


Question:
Hello I developed and then presented to 53 individual hospital employees a presentation on caring for a patient with an ostomy. I sat with every employee for a minimum of 15 minutes verbally discussing the issues and hands on items. Am I eligible for the 1 credit per 15 minutes? Is that then 53 CE credits?

Answered April 21, 2017
Thanks for your question. You may claim 2 points per 15 minutes for developing and 1 point for 15 minutes for presenting. This information is found in page 22. You may claim the points only once. If you developed an educational handout, you may also claim that as additional points as outlined on page 18. Good luck.


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what needs to happen, is it possible to get RNB to recognize CWOCN just as they do recognize Nurse Midwife and Nurse Anasthesist?

Answered April 21, 2017
You may want to contact your state board of nursing regarding specific recognition.


Question:
Good morning! I am currently a CWOCN and as of February 2017 have been practicing as a FNP-C. My recertification deadlines are coming up. Where can I find more information about becoming an advanced practice WOCN and options for recertification in the near future?

Answered April 21, 2017
Information regarding certifying as advanced practice is available on the WOCNCB website. Click the "certification" tab and then "advanced practice". Good luck !!


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