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I precepted two WOC nursing students from the same WOC nursing program at different dates, 2018 and 2020. Should I enter my points separately for each student or add them together?


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I submitted professional practice points pre-approval for two different CEU offerings that focused on health literacy and both were rejected with the reply that they were more general nursing and did not specifically impact the role of the speciality WOCN nurse. My question is that Health Literacy is listed under the Exam Context Outline for both Wound and Ostomy so would these CEU offerings be considered for approval under Speciality instead of Professional Practice?


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If I get certified in Wound and Ostomy care, but don't practice in the specialty, does my certificate remain active till next re-certification? Also, do CEU's done for PGP also count as RN license CEU's? Thank you, Valentina Rozenson, RN

Answered September 25, 2020
Once you earn certification, it remains valid for 5 years and you do not need to be a practicing specialist. For the RN licensure information, you will need to contact your state board of nursing to ask what they accept for CE's toward renewal. Some state boards will recognize the CWON as having a CE value. The WOCNCB does not issue education credits.


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Does the Board require annual CE's for a CWCN?

Answered September 25, 2020
If you recertify via Exam, there is not a requirement to maintain via CE. You would send an exam application with RN verification and may then exam. However, if you choose the option to recertify via PGP portfolio, there are 10 CE's in wound care as a requirement. The portfolio must have a total of 80 points using other professional CWCN projects or activities -- and these are outlined in the PGP handbook. Please go to "Recertification" on this website for more information.


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I am an OCA Skills Instructor and a WTA Skills Instructor, is the total 16 points for WTA and OCA or 16 all together??

Answered September 25, 2020
When collecting points for instructors, please review the instructions on page 26. Each program is a separate entity and can be claimed individually. Thanks for being a part of increasing the value of the WOCN profession!


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I want to make sure I am eligible and if so which certifications could I work towards receiving? I am a licensed RN. I worked in the ER for 4 years. I had a son and have not worked as an RN since, but have kept up my license. Wound care hours would fit much better with having a family than 12 hours nights. I am very interested in learning more and specializing. Thank you!

Answered September 23, 2020
Thanks for your question. There are several ways to certify to become a WOCN. Please review the information under the Certification-Eligibility tab on the WOCNCB website for explanation of the Traditional vs Experiential pathways you can take. You can also call the main office if you have further questions. Good luck!!


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I was a certified WOCN nurse for 10 years. I was unfortunately unable to successfully re-certify after two attempts my certification lapsed. What measures do I need to take now if I wanted to pursue recertification? Is another full course required? I originally completed the WOCN course at Emory University and have worked approximately 13 years as a wound care nurse. Thank you

Answered September 21, 2020
When credentials have Lapsed, you may certify again via examination similar to an initial candidate (in other words those without credentials are eligible using the same methods.) You may submit an exam application and show eligibility via the Experiential Pathway - this requires 1,500 clinical practice hours in each clinical specialty plus 50 CE credits in each area. At least 375 clinical hours must have occurred within the past one year out of the total. These clinical hours and CE's must come from the past five years. Please review the eligibility information under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence" on the site. Good luck!


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I have already ordered the flashcards for the wound, ostomy and continence review. Please provide me with the link for the ostomy and continence sections, thank you

Answered September 22, 2020
The link for ordering flashcards are on this website, both on the Home Page or on the "Exam Preparation" page under 'Certification'.


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I'M WORKING ON MY FOOT RECERT THRU PGP POINTS EXACTLY WHICH OFFERINGS CAN BE USED IN IN FOOT FOR POINTS-FOR EXAMPLE, VENOUS LEG ULCERS, ARTERIAL ?? ty

Answered September 19, 2020
Some activities are considered appropriate for multiple specialties. Please see page 6 of the 2020 PGP Handbook "Related Activities and Splitting Points Explained" There are no specific examples in the Handbook delineating Foot Care from other activities. You will have to use your judgement to determine if the activity is appropriate for Foot Care. Also, please see page 10 "Continuing Education" #6 which may help when listing your activity in your portfolio. Thanks for the question.


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I have developed educational hand outs for ostomy patients and then foot care tips for my clients. Can I use these for points and how? TY

Answered September 19, 2020
Yes, you can use these for PGP points. For the patient educational tools, please see the 2020 PGP Handbook page 20 "Publications"> Develop Educational Tool. I hope this helps. Thanks for the question.


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