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Michelle B. RN wrote: To all foot care nurses - don't believe the misinformation written and posted on other websites. There is no certification process for nursing foot care in Canada that is recognized by provincial regulatory bodies. However, I must say that since I  became board certified as a certified foot care nurse with Foot care nurse Certification Board (FCNCB), I have been hired twice by nursing employers who would only hire me because of my certification with FCNCB. I have also had clients contact me many times from the certified foot care nurse directory to provide foot care services. I know that the Foot care nurse Certification Board is not about dismissing or  putting down other foot care nurse associations, and that they are about being inclusive. Their priority is supporting and promoting certified foot care nurses in providing the highest of foot care nurse competencies standards in basic and advanced nursing foot care.


What is a certified foot care nurse, and what is their role in providing foot care services to high risk clients including Diabetics and the Geriatric population?


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. 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 offered in partnership with the College of Health Studies 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 provide 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. 

  


Foot care nurses provides foot care assessment and treatment in basic and advanced nursing foot care for clients in various health care settings. Certified Foot care Nurse - C.F.C.N 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.


Certified Foot care Nurses 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 dremel or electric drill with disposable abrasive bits to debide thicken nails only.  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.


Treating fungal nails with products that eradicates fungal spores, using urea based products on feet that promotes a decrease in the formation of calluses.

Treating seeded, hard and soft corns with corn remover tolls 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 chemo sterilant method to sterilize tools.


Use of disinfectant such as Accel /Prempt Chemo Sterilant,or Accel TB wipes to clean surface area.

Use of disposable mono filaments to assess decrease sensation in high risk clients including diabetics.


Use of a foot care stool for client that can be cleaned with AccelTB wipes, with a barrier placed under client feet during treatment


Use of an adjustable chair that can be cleaned after treatment with Accel TB wipe or Cavi 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. 




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