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Accreditation of your Advanced Nursing Foot care program.

Foot care nurse certification board would be happy to assist any foot care nurse educators who wish to get their program accredited with the Canadian Nurses Association CNA.

A foot care program must be connected with a foot care nurse association.

Accreditation of your program with CNA means raising the standards of your foot care program to obtain nationwide recognition.

With the increase in inquiries that we have received from health care facilities including; nursing homes, hospitals, community colleges, private careers colleges, private training education institutions, and the public have been requesting if foot care nurse training program is accredited.

Accreditation is a means of assessing, in the public interest, the technical competence and integrity of the organizations offering foot care nursing program and services.


We have found that foot care nurse programs that are approved by CNA and integrate our foot care nurse competency exam are meeting the highest standards, and the foot care nurses upon completion of an accredited program and passing our competency exam qualify the nurses to become board Certified as a Foot care Nurse (CFCN). The foot care nurses are more confident in the skills and techniques learned in an accredited program and function better as an confident certified foot care nurse .

Passing the competency exam for your foot care nurse graduates who chooses to become certified as foot care nurses indicates that your foot care nurse program meets the highest nursing foot care standards and that your foot care nurses are providing safe care to the public.  Also the certified foot care nurse get the opportunity to be listed on the find certified foot care nurse listing section indicating to the public that they adhere to the highest nursing foot care standard as a certified foot care nurse CFCN. 


Criteria for assistance with the accreditation process with CNA. The advanced foot care nurse program must be taught or instructed by a Registered Nurse or Registered practical nurse with working experience in Basis and Advanced nursing foot care with extensive experience and knowledge in basic and advanced nursing foot care, with a minimum of 2 years working an advanced foot care nurse in a health care setting, a diabetic clinic performing foot care treatment, or in private practice working as a foot care nurse.

For registered practical nurse or licensed practical nurse with extensive foot care working experience, we will asses you and your program on a case by case basis


The instructor must have knowledge of or the using the various tools  and equipment in advanced foot care, a teaching adult learners certificate or are willing to take a workshop or course in teaching nurses in Basic and Advanced nursing foot care.


The foot care nurse program must have a minimum of 35 hours of theory and 50 hours of practiced hands on foot care treatment on live case studies using the tools and products as per foot care nurse certification.

Foot care nurse program must utilize the College of Nurses Standards of practice as a practicing nurse. Prerequisites must include the nursing foot care  students must be in good standing with their respective registered nursing associations in their various jurisdiction be it Registered Nursing Association RNAO, Registered Practical Nursing Association RPNAO, License Practical Nursing Association LPNA,

The Foot care nurse program must incorporate the competencies standards guidelines as per Foot care Nurse Certification Board in use of infection control standards, use of foot care nurse tools, products and equipment used in basic and advanced nursing foot care.

Includes:

Clinical practice guideline 2018 as per Canadian diabetes association relation to diabetic etiology and disease process, the diabetic foot care, self-management, the foot care list for patients do and don’t, foot complication and problems of the diabetic foot.
Practice guidelines infection control as per Health Canada infection control foot care standards.
Reducing Foot Complication for people with Diabetes, Revised (RNAO, 2011) provide best practice guidelines.
Awareness of personal risk category as per the  Lower extremity amputation prevention program -LEAP


 Abnormalities of the feet and nail disorders of the high risk client.
Nail and Skin care treatment for the basic and advanced  high risk client as per the
Injury prevention and when to seek help or specialized referral for client.
Individuals assessed as being at "higher" risk for foot ulcer/amputation should be advised of their risk status and referred to their primary care provider for additional assessment or to specialized diabetes or foot care treatment and education teams.
The foot care nurse knowing his or her scope of practice as a foot care nurse.
Use of tools and equipment and products as per the basic and advanced foot care nurse course competencies


Physical examination of the feet to assess risk factors for foot ulceration/ amputation
Use of disposable mono filament testing for all clients as often clients don’t know that they have
Setting up a foot care nurse business in Canada.

 
What is accreditation?

 Accreditation is a formal, third party recognition of competence to perform specific tasks. It provides a means to identify and demonstrate to its customer that it has been successful at meeting the requirements accreditation standards set by a third party evaluator.

Usually the reason for getting something independently evaluated is to confirm it meets specific requirements in order to reduce risks to client and the organization. Obvious examples of risk includes a foot care nurse not having enough practical experience in using a nail nipper go out in the public and injure a diabetic client with unsafe practice in use of tools because she or he was not taught the correct technique to provide safe  care.


Another example is a foot care nurse taken a course that is inexpensive that did not utilize use of infection control in use of equipment or the tool and the foot care nurse cost less than the amount of the cost of the correct tools and protective equipment to provide safe care and found that in not being aware of the importance of infection control was spreading fungal spores to herself and others.  The foot care nurse educator failure to inform the foot care nurse of their scope of practice as a foot care nurse.

Accreditation and passing the competency exam  with its many potential benefits includes offering a higher quality and provision of services throughout the nursing foot care industry.

To get assistance in getting your program accredited by CNA  please contact us and we will be happy to work with you to get your program fully accredited with CNA as CNA required that you program be connected with a foot care nurse association.

To inquire about if your schools program is accredited or is approved by us please feel free to contact us or email us at info@fcncb.org.