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Continuing Education to offer foot and nail care program

RELEASED: Dec. 15, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education is now accepting registrations for "Foot and Nail Care: Education for Nurses," a program designed for nurse practitioners and registered nurses working in public health, elderly services, long-term care and diabetic education.

Dates for the 2011 courses are Feb. 17-18, June 16-17 and Oct. 20-21. The first day of each session will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Best Western Trail Lodge & Suites in Eau Claire. The second day will run from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Eau Claire.

Tara Buescher, a registered nurse and clinical specialist at Marshfield Clinic, Minocqua Center, will lead the program. She brings a wealth of teaching and clinical experience in foot and nail care to the course. Buescher draws upon her work experience in clinic, hospital, home care and nursing home settings, and her extensive training in foot care, pain management, wound care, ostomy, continence and gerontology services. The following topics will be covered: anatomy, physiology and physical assessment of the lower leg and foot; patient teaching; care of toenails and hyperkeratotic lesions; protection of the feet; and appropriate nursing interventions. A supervised clinical practicum is offered the second day.

The demand for foot and nail care is increasing, fueled by rising rates of diabetes and our aging population. The course provides the tools needed to begin a practice of intermediate foot and nail care. It also qualifies participants to take the certification exam for foot and nail care offered through the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board.

Tuition is $499 per two-day session and includes lunch each day, refreshments, a program manual, instruction and supervised practice. Enrollment is limited and past programs have filled quickly, so early registration is recommended.

To register, obtain more information or request reasonable accommodations for disabilities, call 715-836-3636 or 866-893-2423, use the Wisconsin Relay System (711), visit the Continuing Education website or e-mail ce@uwec.edu.

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