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I hold certification in both wound and ostomy which I earned at separate times with separate effective and expiration dates. My question is about how I should list my professional credentials. Should I be listing them separately or combine them as CWON? For example, should I be listing them as: Jane Doe, MSN, RN, CWCN, COCN OR Jane Doe, MSN, RN, CWON


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Under academic-- does the board accept college credits that are accredited from ACE (American Council on Education)? I want to take a Spanish course through Straighterline.

Answered April 20, 2021
Thank you for your question! To obtain PGP points for academic credits, they must be from an accredited college or university and should relate to health care, management, teaching or the biopsychosocial knowledge base of human services. On page 12 of the PGP handbook, there is a list of examples of acceptable courses. Spanish is one of them! Good Luck!


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I am currently a certified wound-ostomy nurse with my RN BSN. I am certified through WOCNCB for each certification. I am currently in school for my family NP and will be finished in Aug 2021. My question is- can I carry my wound/ostomy certification to my advanced NP practice/role? I just re-certified both certifications and wanted to find out if I can carry these over, or do I have to take an examination to hold the credentials needed for advance practice? CWON-AP? Is there other ways to get the certification as an AP or is it only testing? I have been a CWON for 9 years through WOCNCB.

Answered April 19, 2021
You are eligible to maintain the CWON or may choose to establish the CWON-AP once you have the NP. The -AP level WOC credentials must be earned via examination the first time.


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how do I make payment

Answered April 19, 2021
If you have a PGP portfolio, once you click "Submit Application" then your computer is automatically directed to our testing agency website for payment -- so that you can pay for PGP or add an exam application or both. Look for instructions in the PGP Handbook on page 3, or you may click on "Make Payment for this Application" link when you are logged into your PGP account.


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I completed my MSN in Nursing Education thru Western Governors University - when I submit credits for Professional Practice - do I list individually or similar to how conferences are listed with classes and credit hours next to them for total

Answered April 19, 2021
Thank you for your question and congratulations on completing your MSN! You will need to list the courses individually with the number of credit hours per course. You can claim 5 points per credit hour, but keep in mind that at least 40 of the total 80 portfolio points must pertain to the specialty.


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I developed/presented a PP on WOCN Specialty-included history of WOCN, my journey, roles, challenges, etc. Question is- this considered Specialty [no approval]or Professional Practice [prior approval]?I am aware I will need to split points

Answered April 16, 2021
Thanks for your question. Professional Practice is defined as courses or activities that do not directly/clinically relate to wound, ostomy, continence, or foot care nursing specific activities, yet directly impact or enhance the role of the WOC or FC nurse. These are Professional Practice and are not intended to reflect advanced practice nursing, general nursing tasks or non-nursing tasks. If you decide your PowerPoint falls under Professional Practice this is an activity that is already outlined in the PGP Handbook, so see page 13 in the PGP Handbook, it therefore doesn't require pre-approval. See page 6 in the PGP Handbook regarding splitting points. I hope this helps and good luck on your portfolio.


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Thank you for your help, Points would only be applied if /when the Department of Health and Human Services accepts this recommendation for code revision. Is that correct? Understanding this answer to a previous post: Thanks for your question. The proposed recommendations need to be completed vs in the process of being completed. I hope this helps and good luck!

Answered April 15, 2021
You are welcome! Your original question said you were in the process of writing a request and since you said in the process the board wanted to ensure you had completed the activity prior to submission, in the process of writing indicates you had not completed writing up the request. You do not have to wait for the Department of Health and Human Services to accept your recommendation for code revision.


Question:
I took my exams yesterday. The screen at the end of the test stated I passed and I should get paperwork in the mail in 30 days. The test site stated they no longer printed papers out. Is there a way of verifying results for my employer sooner?

Answered April 16, 2021
The test site is supposed to print your exam results, so it sounds like they misunderstood. You may request a duplicate score report from our testing agency, Scantron, and email is: candidatesupport@scantron.com. A printed credentials certificate is automatically mailed the month after testing, as long as you took all the exams you applied for.


Question:
I am a CWON who is now an FNP-BC. I would like to take the AP wound exam. Is the review course for wound care sufficient for the AP level or is there something better to prepare for exam?

Answered April 16, 2021
There are practice exams (Self Assessment) for the AP level, plus a mobile app for AP flash cards, and an Exam Content Outline for AP specialty exams. You may use the basic level study information and apply it to your level/scope of practice. Please see our website under "Certification / Exam Preparation" for these AP resources.


Question:
Dear Board, I am clarifying an answer you provided from a previous question: CMS-HHS for new/revised ICD-10 procedure codes relating to incontinence. Answered March 31, 2021 "this cannot be used for points until completed." Would complete be considered when I submit the proposed recommendations for ICD-10 code revisions to CMS? Thank you so much!

Answered April 14, 2021
Thanks for your question. The proposed recommendations need to be completed vs in the process of being completed. I hope this helps and good luck!


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