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I have a question regarding developing a product formulary. Is this a formulary only on new products that were brought into the facility at one time or is this a formulary of all WOC Products, prevention and treatment tools we use in the hospital at this time compiled together with central stores order numbers, vendor item numbers and a description of the product? Also, could I submit them separately as wound and ostomy specialty or would I need to submit together as one formulary?

Answered November 15, 2018
Please refer to pg. 19 of the PGP Handbook. There is a definition for this on pg. 31 that will clarify what you are asking. You will need to decide based on the formulary which portfolio it is most appropriate.


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I have several questions: For the last three years, as the Ostomy Nurse for my facility, I have participated in the annual 4 day Skills Fair. Each year at the Skills Fair I present all day, with a different topic in relation to Ostomy Care. How many points can be awarded for each Skills Fair? Also, I attended two different Acelity/KCI seminars. The first seminar in Dallas included lectures and hands on activities with NPWT on cadavers. The second seminar was at Cleveland Clinic, with lectures on wounds presented by different speakers, videos and open to physicians, specialists, RNs, etc. How many points can be awarded for each of these different seminars?

Answered November 15, 2018
Please refer to pg. 24 of the PGP Handbook related to presentations. You can take credit for presentation and development and revision. You cannot take credit for the same presentation multiple times. Points are added for every 15" of your presentation. There is also eligible points for CEU approval if you were the submitting point person. In relation to the seminar questions; if they provided CEU's for this you are eligible, but would refer you to pg. 12 & 13 of the Handbook. If they are not WOCN Society, ANCC or state board of nursing approved, you would have to submit this for pre-approval.


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How long after expiration of my ostomy certification, I am allowed to take recertification exam?

Answered November 15, 2018
When recertifying, if you have current credentials at the time of an application, you must complete exams prior to the credentials expiration. If your credentials expire, you would submit an exam application within a 6 month grace period using the criteria specified in the exam handbook for the grace period. After the 6 month grace period, you could apply for exams any time using the Experiential Pathway criteria to be made eligible. Please review all information on these eligibility criteria in the exam handbook on the website.


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Hi Do you accept CEs issued by : /www.nursingcenter.com

Answered November 14, 2018
Please refer to pg. 12 of the PGP Handbook as it will refer specifically what CE/CNE/CME's that are accepted. If they do not fit under this, then it would need to be submitted under pre-approval. Refer to pg. 15 of the handbook for specifics on this process.


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I am out of the country for the next three months and I would like to ask if I could have an extension for taking my ostomy/continence boards. I can send documentation of my residence and work in Nepal. With thanks

Answered November 14, 2018
Please send a request form, located on the website under "Recertification / Credential Extensions".


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I chair two separate committees, one for my facility and the other for my VISN within the VA system. Can I claim both?

Answered November 11, 2018
Please refer to the 2018 PGP handbook page 16:Facility committees. You are entitled to 10 points a year for chairing a committee. If you chair two different committees, you are entitled to 10 points for each committee. (I am not familiar with the VISN- if this is a national or regional or state committee, you may be entitled to more points) Please also note: All of the committee work has maximum points listed in the handbook on page 16


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If we already added conference credits individually to our online PGP before the revision in May 2018, do we need to go back, delete them, and re-add all grouped together?

Answered November 10, 2018
According to the 2018 PGP handbook, (page 12 and page 26), all conference offerings should be grouped together. This simplifies the application. I recently had to do the same thing with my portfolio application. It was not that difficult. Good luck I've checked with the board, and they say if you are submitting before the end of the year, you can leave it as is, but after the first of the year, it should be changed. There are other changes listed in the 2018 PGP handbook that may effect your application. Please see page i for the complete list of changes.


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Hello! I am a 2 year RN. I have worked for 32 years, mostly in a hospital setting. (26 years.) I am currently working in a hospital and have been for the past 8 years. Could I qualify for certification? Experience is the best teacher! Thanks for you time

Answered November 12, 2018
If you hold a Bachelor's Degree you qualify for the CWCN credentialing exam. Otherwise, there is a WTA-C credential for the LPN or Associate-Degree RN. Please review "Eligibility" on our website for either "Wound, Ostomy, Continence" or "WTA". Experience must come from the past 5 years.


Question:
Are there any minimum working requirements to sit for recertification? I have a current certification but am taking some time off to be with family. I am worried that when I go to recert, I will not have enough working hours to sit for the exam if there is a minimum.

Answered November 12, 2018
There is not a working requirement if you are Currently certified in order to re-certify. You may submit an exam application and must take exams prior to credentials expiration - and verification of the RN is all that is required to exam. You may elect to re-certify via the portfolio (PGP) process as an alternative. There are CE requirements, and other projects/activities. Please review "Recertification" on the website.


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I will recert by PGP in June 2019, the new booklet shows ( APPENDIX A) a whole new way to categorize CE, do I have to go back and redo it in this format? Also the new format for precepting, its not possible to fill in the "tracking sheet" from 1-4 years ago at this point. please advise

Answered November 5, 2018
Thank you for familiarizing yourself with the 2018 PGP handbook. Page 26. You will have to adjust your CE/CNE/CME entries into the appropriate format. This format makes it easier to review the portfolio. You should have the original certificates in case of audit. As far as precepting WOC student documentation goes: It is recommended that the official forms be filled out. Please refer to page 25 of the PGP handbook for audit information that may be required to approve your portfolio.


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