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How does the WTA-C recertify after the 5 year period?


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Along with the Critical Care Clinical Specialist, I developed a standard work document to guide ER staff re what to assess and what to do when a patient comes to the ED with NPWT in place. Where do I apply this in my PGP portfolio? Is it considered specialty?

Answered July 23, 2017
Yes it would be considered specialty since it is directly related to wounds. There are several options regarding where you could list this activity based upon the specifics of the document. A couple of options to look at and consider would be Algorithm, pg 16 in the 2016 PGP Handbook, Healthcare educational tool, pg 18. With either of these or other options refer to the definitions to make sure your project meets the requirements.


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I have been apart of the group SALSAL -"save a limb save a life," for over the last three years. They have had speakers from Podiatrists to Vascular Surgeons to patients at the meetings. Does this count towards for my PGP recertification?

Answered July 20, 2017
Thank you for your question. Please refer to pg 14-15 in the 2016 PGP Handbook/Professional Organizations. You will find definitions regarding specific organizations whether in your facility or in a region or state. Keep in mind points can not be claimed for all professional organizations and they must be claimed in the specialty to which they pertain.


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Is there a minimum amount of CEU's you must obtain yearly after becoming certified to maintain certification?

Answered July 21, 2017
There is not a requirement to maintain certification with CE's if you recertify via examination. It is a matter of submitting an online exam application and then taking the tests. However, there is an Option to recertify via Portfolio rather than exam. If you choose this option, there is a "Professional Growth Program (PGP)" that requires you to include at least 10 CE's in that specialty, although we allow up to 40. Then you select various projects or activities from the PGP Handbook to have a portfolio worth at least 80 points. Please review the "Recertification" page on this website to find more information.


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When will the Ostomy Treatment Associate course be available? Which facilities will offer the course?

Answered July 20, 2017
This is a course through another organization, the WOCN Society. Please review their website for their announcements on the course, at: www.wocn.org


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Does the following WCEI Diabetic Wound Management course meet requirements for didactic training in order to sit for wound care course? LINK: https://www.wcei.net/MediaLibraries/WCEI/WCEI/Course%20Documents/DWC%20Documents/DWC-Flyer_onsite.pdf

Answered July 20, 2017
The course you mention is not affiliated in any way with WOCNCB. If you wish to use course CE credits towards the Experiential Pathway, their course content must relate specifically to patient wound care and we require 50 CE's plus 1,500 clinical practice hours in patient wound care (these CE and clinical hours must be within the past 5 years.) Please review our "Eligibility" requirements on the website under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence)where we link the Accredited WOC Education Programs for the Traditional Pathway that is another method of eligibility from the Experiential Pathway.


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I have an Associates Degree in Nursing & a Bachelor of Arts, am I eligible?

Answered July 18, 2017
Your RN and BA makes you eligible for the WOC specialty certification exams. We accept any Baccalaureate. Please contact us if you have additional questions.


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Can I use Fistula ceu's and presentations for continence specialty ceu's Can I take credit twice for the same poster if it was presented at national and at regional? If I wrote a lecture, made the power point and presented the lecture do I take credit for both producing and presenting?

Answered July 17, 2017
Thank you for your questions. 1. Fistula CEUs can pertain to Wound,Ostomy, or Continence specialty. The objectives and the content of the offering will support why you list it in the specialty that you choose. Be sure and utilize the comments section if you feel that clarification is needed. Refer to pg 4 in the 2016 PGP Handbook/Related Activities explained 2. You may only claim an activity once, pg. 7 in the 2016 PGP Handbook/Requirements point#6 3. Please refer to pg. 22 in the 2016 PGP Handbook/Teaching. Points can be claimed for developing and presenting a program.


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I conducted a trial/study on a new product to replace a current product. My role was to oversee the trial, collect the data, analyze the data, present findings to Value Analysis Committee, implement the new product and educate the nursing staff on the product as well as I.A.D. vs pressure ulcers (differential diagnosis) with I.A.D as a precursor to the development of P.U. Education with poster during nursing education day and developed a health stream self-study guide. I am unsure of where to put all of this. I started out with the Research and data collection category and included all of the above information. Now I'm thinking this needs to be broken down into different categories. Could you please advise as to how to proceed from here as this was a big undertaking and I would like to make sure I get it in the correct place and receive the points. Thank you!

Answered July 17, 2017
Thank you for your question and yes this was quite the project. You do have several options and the important thing is to look at definitions to make sure the work you did follows the definition. If you claim this as Research, pg 20 in the 2016 PGP Handbook it must meet the requirements and follow the definitions found on pg 27. The next option would be to break the project down into separate activities. Keep in mind though you can only claim an activity once and it must be claimed in the specialty to which it pertains. Several options to consider would be Quality Improvement project, pg 17;Presentations, pg. 22; Poster for a facility, pg. 22, Learning Module, pg. 18.


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I graduated from Albany's WOCN program in 2000 and passed exams to become a WOCN in 2000. I allowed my WOCN certification to lapse in 2010. I would like to re- certify now. What should be my first steps in doing so? Thank you.

Answered July 17, 2017
You may certify again and apply for exams via the Experiential Pathway. The requirements are to have 1,500 Clinical Practice Hours in patient care in Each specialty you seek certification (from the past 5 years), plus 50 CE credits in Each specialty of patient care you seek certification (also from the past 5 years.) Please review our website, under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence" - found on the "Eligibility" page. Please contact us directly if you have additional questions (Email: info@wocncb.org or Phone: (888) 496-2622.


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