To any and all footcare nurse business owners - page 5

by dixiesnurse | 33,732 Views | 69 Comments

Hi there, Gosh I am so excited to be done with my footcare course that I attended in San Diego through Shelly Taylor! The course was awesome and I learned alot. Now just passing the test. I have formed my LLC and am thinking of... Read More


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    Hi stepnurse01,
    I am not pursuing relationships with podiatrists. Sadly, the Board of Podiatry does not seem to be open to coordinated care with nurses. They seem more suspicious than anything else. Interestingly, so far, my clients are either nurses or parents of physicians and were found via non-medical homecare companies and word of mouth. So that's where I will spending my marketing $ and effort in the near future. For now, I am concentrating on recovery efforts re: Sandy. Until then, my biz is on hold.
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    Quote from yrmajesty3
    Hi stepnurse01,
    I am not pursuing relationships with podiatrists. Sadly, the Board of Podiatry does not seem to be open to coordinated care with nurses. They seem more suspicious than anything else. Interestingly, so far, my clients are either nurses or parents of physicians and were found via non-medical homecare companies and word of mouth. So that's where I will spending my marketing $ and effort in the near future. For now, I am concentrating on recovery efforts re: Sandy. Until then, my biz is on hold.
    yes pods are intimidated by our work, trimming toenails is their bread and butter. sorry about you're having to clean up after sandy. good luck with that. What a shame, so much destruction.
    bizi
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    I wish you the best with your business and the clean up. Take care of yourself.
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    Where I work, our pods are so overworked in clinic etc. that they are unable to come to nursing units to deal with toenails etc. This sounds like something we could use. I'm sure our pods would be more than happy to have a nurse with them do to that type of work.
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    I am interested in this too. Who inspects your clinic? How does that work? I can't find out who would inspect a clinic in Tennessee? Thanks, I wish you well.
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    When I first researched this business idea, I assumed that I would have to register or notify the Dept. Of Health about my foot care practice. It turns out that I did not. Apparently, the fact that I am an RN and governed by the Board of Nursing, it is assumed that I'm qualified (as foot care falls well within the scope of nursing as ADLs). To be sure I didn't miss anything , I created my LLC through Legal Zoom who researches all that is required for your particular state. As it turned out, all I needed was a business license and nursing license (I added business insurance). The biz license does not need to be renewed every year according to my State Department. You just need to make sure that you renew insurance every year and nursing license every two years.

    I guess that the Board of Nursing and the Department of Health could investigate a nurse if a complaint generates it. Other long standing foot care nurse practices report never hearing from DOH. However, count on being investigated by Boards of Podiatry who are suspicious of CFCNs in business. They are worried that we are practicing medicine without a license. That "inquiry" alone is enough to generate the investigation that takes place by the State Department (it's never generated by patients...they LOVE us). Ultimately, I think some podys are more worried about protecting their turf (really their bread and butter ). No biggy though...State department Bureau of Investigations and enforcement just visit you OR you get "invited" to visit them with proof of credentials, policy and procedures, and eidence that you are using the nursing process. If anyone cares to know how I prepared for my investigation, just PM me. I received a letter in the mail last week clearing me of practicing medicine without a license. JEEz, I guess some think you need a doctorate to do basic foot care .
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    I am so glad that your letter came and cleared you.....what a relief that is behind you now.
    Getting ready to establish an LLC for my business. bizi
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    WEll I met with the lawyer and he wrote up the LLC documents pretty simple I signed he notorized and I paid a fee, he will file it with the city, it should be a done deal within a week. then I can start up a new business account at the bank. The womens small business center is helping me to do this. they are also helping me to spice up both my website and face book page. She created a logo for me, a beautiful swan! I would post a link to my website but am afraid to reveal that much personal information on this public site. PM me if you are interested in seeing it.
    bizi
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    Quote from yrmajesty3
    As it turned out, all I needed was a business license and nursing license (I added business insurance). The biz license does not need to be renewed every year according to my State Department.
    I'm curious why you would need a business license. Are services taxable in your state or will you be selling products? Normally, a business license is for collecting sales taxes and shouldn't be needed otherwise as far as I know.
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    I have been working to start a foot care business as well. I have been a hospice nurse for 6 years, and it is nearly impossible to get someone to go to a home to peform foot care for a bed/homebound patient. I have discussed this with a local podiatrist. I think the key is your approach. We talked about a type of partnership. I would refer patients to him that had problems I wasn't able to handle, I could call him for advise or orders (ex. wound care) if needed, and he would refer homebound patients to me. He is way to busy to go see these patients, and said it seemed like a win-win situation to him. He also allowed me to come in to the office and observe.

    Also, on a marketing outlook, you might try marketing to local hospices. Most of these nurses don't have any foot care training beyond basic nursing school education, and the majority of nurses I know have an adversion to feet. The nurses can tell a patient that they know a foot care nurse that might be able to help them. As long as the patient and hospice know that the service is not included in their hospice or medicare benefit, and that they will be paying out of pocket it should be fine.

    Hope this helps
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