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I created and presented a one hour power point presentation and test for a hospital in-service day. Post presentation I also was responsible for checking off each employee on a skills check off list. My questions is how to assign the points. I can claim 8 for creating, 4 for presenting, and can I also claim 5 for creating a skills competency check list? Thanks.

Answered February 23, 2017
Please refer to page 22 of the 2016 PGP Handbook for points distribution for development and presentation of program. Then refer to page 16 programs/projects for competency tools point allowance. Refer to page 26 for definition of a competency tool. If you meet the requirements you can claim points for that activity.


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On page 16 RE "Establish a wound, ostomy, continence or foot care nursing service" - would establishing WOC nursing consult service at a new hospital built by the Healthcare system apply? Can you clarify the Max 1 service? I set up the WOC nursing consult service at the new hospital - wrote the proposal, developed policies, performed a needs assessment. Can it count for more than 1 service?

Answered February 23, 2017
If this project meets the requirements of definitions on page 27 , you can obtain points for this activity. The max allowance means you can only get 15 points per specialty for this activity, therefore, if all 3 specialties are represented in this project -15 points can be used in each specialty.


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I am currently a certified WOC RN and just became a board certified nurse practitioner on October 16, 2017. My wound certification will expire in May 2017. How can I obtain the credentials as an advanced practice CWOCN? Thank you!

Answered February 23, 2017
After earning the NP you are eligible to establish the -AP WOC specialty credentials. It is your option to choose either recertifying the current CWOCN or establishing the -AP CWOCN. You need to take -AP WOC exams the first time to earn that level certification. When submitting the exam application, you would document NP, MSN, and CWOCN. You may want to review the "Exam Content Outline" for the -AP specialty exams when making the decision so you become familiar with the subject matter you are expected to know. There are also -AP level practice exams (self-assessment) as a study resource. Please also visit the "Certification / Advanced Practice" page on this site for additional downloads for study suggestions.


Question:
Hi, PGP booklet, Page 17, P&I study, I am collecting this information on the same day: pressure injuries, heel ulcers & prevention in place, & IAD. May I use the pressure injuries for my wound portfolio, the heel ulcers for my foot care portfolio, and the IAD for my continence portfolio ? Thank you.

Answered February 22, 2017
If the heel ulcers are from pressure injury this data would go in your Wound Portfolio. If you want to use IAD P & I in continence you would need supportive documentation and clarify how the study pertains to that specialty.


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Can precepting new certified WOC nurses hired at my hospital be listed the same as Precepting other nursing professionals on page 22?

Answered February 22, 2017
From what you have described this would fall under orientation of new employee and not precepting since the WOC nurse is certified and has already completed precepting program. No points are awarded for orientation of new employee.


Question:
I have been waiting for over a month for a preapproval response. I need to submit my portfolio in March. How can I get this addressed ?

Answered February 22, 2017
Please contact our office directly (1-888-496-2622) so that we may check this for you.


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I had submitted a poster for fecal incontinence in WOCN conference. I had collected all the data for this poster. I knew I can submitted the poster for PGP points. Can I still get points again by submitting the data collection as program and project development. Thank you. Winnie

Answered February 22, 2017
Refer to the definition on page 27 of 2016 PGP Handbook for Data Collection, non-IRB. If your project meets this criteria, you can count points for this Project on page 16 as well as the points for poster development page 22.


Question:
Would the creation and organizer/planner of a Healthcare System WOC nurse quarterly meetings belong under professional practice (any specialty)? How many points? I read the PGP book and could not determine.

Answered February 22, 2017
Refer to page 15 of the current PGP handbook coordinator for WOC nursing support group for points allowance. Where the points go depends on the focus of the meetings. If they pertain to W, O , and C then the points can go in either portfolio under Professional Practice.


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Does your membership to the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Society count as Professional organization? Do you have to hold a position?

Answered February 22, 2017
No points are given for membership to the WOCN Society. You can get points for holding positions. Refer to page 14 of 2016 PGP Handbook.


Question:
I co-chair our local PCR/WOCN support group. We plan quarterly meetings, arrange speakers related to wound and ostomy products etc. I plan 2 meetings/year. Can I get PGP points for this activity and how would I document this? Thank you.

Answered February 21, 2017
Please refer to page 15 of the current 2016 PGP Handbook. This activity would fit under volunteer work for 5 points per year with max of 5 per specialty.


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