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Foot and Nail Care

Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses

Education and Clinical Offerings

As our population ages and we see rising rates of diabetes, the demand for foot and nail care is rapidly increasing. This area of nursing practice is often neglected in formal nursing education, leaving a shortage of professional providers. This course will give you all the tools you need to begin a practice of basic foot and nail care.

Foot and Nail Care Education brochure

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FALL 2016

Basic Clinical Option
Education Day - October 19
Clinical Day - October 20 or 21

Expanded Clinical Option
Education Day - October 19
Clinical Days - Oct. 20, 21 and 22

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FALL 2016: Wednesday, October 19

Dawn Johnson, Power of AND, Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses

Dawn Johnson RN, CWOCN

Home Health Nurse, Wyoming, Minnesota

Her program:  Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses


"I realized there was so much more to wound care."

Dawn Johnson came to this understanding while working as a home health nurse in Kanabec County, Minnesota, a rural area north of Minneapolis. One of her patients prior to training for her certification was a woman in her 90s with a leg wound that had not healed in five years. Dawn learned both how important compression was in healing for her, and how using the right products could make a big difference both in the results as well as the cost of care. The home health team was able to heal the wound, and Dawn's patient was able to remain living independently in her own home.

Because Dawn sees so many foot wounds, she decided to attend Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses. In addition to her clinic practice, she also provides foot care to hospitalized patients. Healing wounds is important to Dawn - but her real passion is prevention. With proper foot and nail care, she hopes to help her patients avoid the need for wound care altogether.

This course is one of the few offered nationwide that includes both classroom instruction and a supervised clinical practicum.


We now offer two convenient options to fit your education and clinical needs:

The Education Day with the Basic Clinical Option: Upon completion of this hands-on course, you will earn 7 Education Contact Hours and 10 Clinical Contact Hours.  You may choose to take either the Thursday or Friday clinical option.

The Education Day with the Expanded Clinical Option: This option was designed for those interested in additional hands-on practice or interested in earning additional Clinical Contact Hours in order to sit for the WOCNCB exam.  Upon completion of this hands-on course, you will earn 7 Education Contact Hours and 30 Clinical Contact Hours.  In order to receive 30 Clinical Contact Hours you must register for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday clinical options.




Considering Certification?

Certification is an indication of an individual's current knowledge in a specialized area of nursing practice. It provides a standard to assist the employer, the public, and members of health care professions in the assessment of foot and nail care practitioners.

This course fulfills a portion of the requirements needed to take either of the following certification exams.

Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board-Certified Foot Care Nurse

Exam Eligibility Requirements
EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2015

INITIAL (FIRST-TIME) CANDIDATES MUST:

  1. Have a current RN License.
  2. Hold a Bachelor's Degree (or higher) - all Baccalaureate degrees applicable.
  3. Complete BOTH of the following:
    1. Accumulate a minimum of 24 CE/CME credits (contact hours) specific to foot care.*
    2. Accumulate a minimum of 40 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an expert in foot care for example: Physician, Podiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or a CFCN®. The expert MUST HAVE experience relevant to foot care.
      • Both the CE/CME credits (contact hours) and clinical hours must be specific to foot care and must be completed within the previous 5 years from the date of the application while functioning as an RN.
      • Note: Candidates that do not currently hold the desired certification are considered an initial candidate, including candidates whose certification has lapsed. All candidates must take a certification exam to earn credentials initially. All who currently hold the certification at that time will maintain and be able to recertify their CFCN® credential as long as there is no lapse in certification. If credentials lapse, a Bachelor's degree will be required for establishing certification.

*For a list of programs that qualify for CE/CME credits (contact hours), click here.  Both the CE/CME credits (contact hours) and clinical hours must be specific to foot care and must be completed within the previous 5 years from the date of the application while functioning as an RN with the Bachelor's Degree.

 

Learn more on the WOCNCB website: https://www.wocncb.org/certification/foot-care-certification.

American Foot Care Nurse Association- Certified Foot Care Specialist

Exam Eligibility Requirements
INITIAL (FIRST-TIME) CANDIDATES MUST HAVE:

  1. Current Nursing licensure verification, (DNP, NP, BSN, RN, or LPN/LVN).
  2. Proof of completion of at least 25 CEs in programs directly related to Foot Care completed within the 24 month period prior to application.
  3. Proof of completion of 15 hours of direct Hands-on foot care with a qualified Proctor. (see instructions for details) This must be conducted within the 24-month period prior to application.

Learn More on the AFCNA website: http://www.afcna.org/Eligibility

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