85 percent of amputation are preventable.Without timely and appropriate care, foot ulcers in persons with diabetes can result in amputation of part or all of their foot.
Approximately 2,000 Ontarian will have a lower limb amputation this year.
The Ontario government currently spends between $320 million and $400 million for diabetes-related foot ulcer treatment - including $140 million for amputations.
Sources: Canadian Diabetes Association and Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee1.53 million people in Ontario have diabetes.
The certified foot care nurse CFCN in meeting certification standards is playing an important role in the prevention of amputation. The CFCN provide the highest standard of safe nursing foot care to the public.
Membership includes keeping current with best practice in nursing foot assessment, treatment, and infection control as perIPAC Canada . and for Foot care practice standards in health care settings.
Being listed in our find a certified foot care nurse directory where the public will see that you are certified to the highest standards of nursing foot care treatment.
Be apart of a larger online foot care nursing community on the timed right health care professionals online platform where you can gain support and sharing of information regarding working as a certified foot care nurse.-CFCN.
Gain access to foot care suppliers where you can purchase your foot care tools and equipment at wholesale price. Obtain information on becoming a health care provider with veteran affairs, where you can obtain payment for health coverage for your clients from Blue Cross, Sun life and Great West life insurance for the foot care service that you provide to clients.
Gain support in establishing and promoting your foot care service to the public. Gain a 10% discount on attending workshop in reflexology and wound care with our community partners.
Foot care Nurse Certification Board provides foot care nurse certification of foot care nurse after passing the Foot care Nurse Competencies Examination and meeting the standards of clinical practical hours.
Are you a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Practical Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse who has completed a Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot care course from a recognized Nursing Foot care certificate program? Do you work in private practice, in the community, or in a health care setting as a Foot care Nurse anywhere in Canada? then you may qualify for as a Certified Foot care Nurse.
Foot care Nurse Certification Board is independent of any Nursing Foot care Organization, Nursing Associations, or Diabetes Certification Association.
Our goal is to promote certified foot care nurses and recognition of Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, and License Practical Nurses trained in Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot care. The recognition of the valuable services that they provide to their clients in clinical settings in their communities.
Recognized the added nursing skills learned as Foot care Nurses in providing Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot care treatment, and to acknowledge the important role that the foot care nurse plays in the prevention of the complication of diabetes in regards to amputation, and to provide safe foot care to the geriatric population with respect to treating nails and calluses and foot assessment with respect to foot health.
Certified Foot care Nurses provides foot care assessment and treatment in advanced and basic and advanced nursing foot care for clients in various health care settings.as per IPAC Foot care practice standards in Health care setting 2019 Certified Foot care Nurse - CFCN certification is aimed at foot care nurses who have completed a basic and advanced nursing foot care course which incorporates nursing foot care competencies in providing Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot care using tools and equipment used in Basic and Advanced foot care treatment, and has completed theory and 20 practical case studies as per the accredited program, implementing assessment skills, use of tools, and practicing safe,evidenced based infection control practices throughout the treatment as per best practice standards today.
Certified Foot care Nurses - CFCN's with the cfcn certification provide assessments and treatment for high risk clients including; the geriatric population, the diabetic clients while using nursing best practice guidelines for diabetes foot risk assessment, checking for peripheral neuropathy, vascular disease, providing health teaching, and treatments using foot care tools and products.
These tools include; disposable mono filament testing, cordless rotary tool, or electric drill with disposable abrasive bits to debride thicken nails that is safe to use on clients.. Removal of calluses, removal of seeded corns, and hard corns using various corn remover tools.
Use of various files include; black files, diamond deb file, disposable foot paddle, foot file with disposable abrasive pads.
Use of nail cutting stainless steel tools include; ingrown scissors, nail nippers, nail clippers, ingrown nail nipper. Use of single set of disposable foot care instruments if providing foot care in client's home. or in a setting where there is not an Autoclave onsite.
Treating fungal nails with products that eradicates fungal spores, using non perfume urea based products on feet that promotes a decrease in the formation of calluses.
Treating seeded, hard and soft corns with corn remover tools that promotes safe care.
Providing techniques include; padding, strapping, and packing nails with alcohol swab to decrease the risk of nail involution or nails that are prone to ingrown toe nails.
Certified Foot care Nurses uses current Best Practice Guidelines for practicing nursing foot care.
The use of foot care tools and products utilizing safe infection control techniques: practices using disposable glove, facial goggle with light, facial shield, disposable N95 mask, disposable hair net, disposable plastic apron, autoclave or single use disposable sterilized foot care tools approved by Health Canada.
Use of an Autoclave or steam sterilizer to sterilize foot care tools use in treatment is preferred. If an autoclave steam sterilizer is not available, use of a single use set of sterilized tools up to point of use or just prior to tools being use for a treatment. Us of hydrogen peroxide wipes to clean surface area after foot care treatment is provided.
Use of disposable mono filaments to assess decrease sensation in high risk clients including diabetic.
Use of single use disposable foot care tools including scissor, nippers, clippers, black file and foot file.
Use of a foot care stool for treatment with a disposable barrier placed under client's feet during treatment.
Use of an adjustable chair that can be cleaned after treatment with hydrogen wipe after treatment. Chair must have lumbar support during treatment..
Use of a disposable basin liners in basin for non diabetic clients who chooses to have a foot soak. Use of disposable paper towels, cleaning of foot care equipment such as foot stool, plastic tool box, and foot care environment as per Health Canada Foot care tools and Infection Control Practice Standards.
Regarding COVID 19 and the CFCN
Foot care Nurse Certification Board has teamed up with the Registered Nurses Association RNAO to assist the certified foot care nurse CFCN in reopening their practice safely. We have been on previous webinars, and will be on future webinars answering questions relating to foot care nursing practice. Please click on the link below to view the RNAO Foot care Nurse Forum webinar where were acknowledged. RNAO foot care nurse discussion forum 2020.
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Foot nurse Certification Board provides the Certified Foot care Nurse-CFCN Certification to nurses who have completed an advanced foot care nurse certificate program that was accredited through the Canadian Nurses Association -CNA. As the CNA does not certify foot care nurses in Canada, we are providing the certified foot care nurse CFCN certification. This certification is granted to foot care nurses who have completed a CNA accredited advanced foot care program, and have passed our Certified Foot care Nurse CFCN competency exam. An accredited advanced foot care program through CNA shows that the foot care nurse program meets current best practice guidelines, which has been peer reviewed, has been subject to a rigorous quality assessment, and has achieved nationwide recognition.
Passing the Certified Foot care Nurse CFCN competency exam raises the importance of the Certified Foot care Nurse CFCN.