Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses
A two-day program for health care professionals
Clinical day – See our video
(assigned on a first-come, first-served basis)
Clinic A - Thursday, October 16 (Clinic A is now full)
or Clinic B - Friday, October 17 (Clinic B is now full)
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call (715) 836-3636 | toll free 1-866-893-2423
Clinical practicum site: First Lutheran Church
1005 Oxford Ave., Eau Claire, WI
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.
In 2005 the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board began to offer a certification examination for foot and nail care. 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 qualifies you to take the national Certification in Foot and Nail exam.You will:
- Identify the components of a comprehensive lower extremity assessment.
- Identify selected conditions of the skin and nails.
- Describe appropriate patient teaching content and methods.
- Discuss issues related to foot and nail care as an independent nursing practice.
- Demonstrate basic and intermediate level foot and nail care in a supervised clinical setting.
Who Should Attend
Registered nurses who work with elderly or disabled populations in the community or any clinical setting.Past participants have included:
- nurse practitioners
- wound and ostomy care specialists
- diabetes educators
- nurses employed in: home health/hospice | parish | corrections | tribal health | community-based elderly services | long term care | transitional care settings
- nurse entrepreneurs interested in creating their own foot and nail care businesses
Requirements for Participants
Proof of current licensure is required 30 days prior to the start of the program. Participants must be licensed RNs. LPNs may be eligible to register if they will be providing foot and nail care under the direct supervision of a registered nurse, or are licensed in a state that includes intermediate level foot and nail care within the LPN's scope of practice.
Interested in staring your own business? See our video to learn more. Additional information can be found on our web page, Foot and Nail Care: How to Start and Run Your Own Business.
During the clinical practicum, instructor Tara Beuscher demonstrates a technique on a patient with a difficult foot issue.
CEUs | Contact Hours
Contact Hours will be awarded by University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education / UW-Extension. You will receive 6 education hours and 8 clinical hours for completing the course.
Fee includes foot and nail care equipment kit, two lunches, refreshments, program manual, instruction, and supervised practice. We will refill all of your liquid supplies at the end of the clinical day, so you can go back home with a full kit, ready to work!The kit will contain the following items:
- Battery-operated rotary tool
- 3/32" collet
- "Everything" rotary tool bit
- Spray cleanser
- Sanitizing solution
- Tray for soaking equipment
- Safety goggles
- 2 coarse files
- 10 birchwood sticks
- Hand sanitizer
- Nail nippers
- Storage container
Select from 7 choices in wound care and foot care.
Save $100 when you register for 4 programs.
* Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses is in combination with either Clinic A or Clinic B.
** WTA runs online July 19 - October 17 and culminates in an in-person skills check on October 18.