Foot Care Nurse - page 3
WooHoo! I passed my CFCN exam today! So excited to get my business going!... Read More
- 1Jun 3, '12 by yrmajesty3Hope you're out there Bizi.
I'd love to know how your marketing is going.
Mine is very slow. I will be doing a health fair this week. If it goes well,
I'm planning to create a better brochure and do a few more health fairs
in the fall. As for now, I only have a few clients found by word of mouth.
Now if I could only find about 75 more!
- 0Sep 12, '12 by dawnmaI am an RN in Texas. I have recently completed a course at Emory University in Atlanta on Foot Care and plan to take the CFCN exam in the near future. I have been providing Foot Care for the Diabetic Population at a large hospital in the outpt setting. I have received many requests from friends and family to help with their elderly family members nail care. I am considering going in to business for myself. The majority of the information I have found is from Canada. Seems this is a big business there. Are any of you guys in the states and doing this self employed? I have only found a couple of people in the states via the internet. Not sure if I am looking in the right place......
I would love to hear any advice, tips or anything else that may be required to start this business. If there is an organization for Foot Care Nurses I would love that info as well. Thanks, Dawn
- 0Sep 12, '12 by yrmajesty3Hello Dawnma,
Too much info to share in one short response.
I am happy to have a chat with you about what we did and are still working on. It is definitely a work in progress. If you haven't already done so, peruse the entirety of past Allnurses foot care threads. They go way back. I found lots of interesting and useful info.
About a national organization...there's been lots of talk about it by some of us but it just hasn't happened yet. Start-ups always require a lot of time (something nurses tend to be short of).
I have personally cold-called foot care nurses I've researched on-line for some networking. You won't find a more generous and helpful group of nurses anywhere....without exception! All have willingly shared practice and business experiences. One day, I hope that this informal network might grow up to be a full fledged association.
About the exam...Make sure you get the Salon Professionals Guide to Foot Care by Godfrey Mix, DPM. It was packed with info that popped up on the exam. Also be sure to check out
Dr. Overstreet's web site <raniermeded.com>. She generously offers tons of free info and video clips. I used these to prepare along with a review of Emory's material. BTW, aren't those Emory instructors wonderful! I really enjoyed that course.
Good LuckLast edit by sirI on Sep 15, '12 : Reason: TOS link
- 2Nov 1, '12 by footqueenOk, an update on my business. I opened a solo practice clinic in February in my small town (about 7,000). Starting with zero clients was slow. I advertised in the local paper with a discount coupon. This did bring in some business but slowly (aka- was still in the red). The local podiatrist sees me as a threat Now it's been 9 months. I have had 72 clients and I drive up to an hr away to do clinics. What I realized is that my clinic in my small town will probably close. It's just not worth the expense (sometimes I go in for 1 client/day), although my clients really rely on me (such a difficult call). I also do home visits, but they are more expensive, and therefore really only appropriate for those who are truly homebound. When I go to the bigger towns (Sr. centers, ALFs), I get a lot more business and can easily make $200/day. I am thinking of opening a new clinic in a nearby larger town, where I am sure after the initial slow start, business will really pick up. My experience is that the larger the city, the better you'll do.
I've learned a lot having my own business. It is very expensive (equipment, leases, licenses, insurance, advertising, taxes) and takes a long time to grow. However, I am hopefull that it will soon bring in enough $$ that I can leave my "real" (aka reliable source of income) job Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. Good luck to everyone. I can honestly say that almost every client that has come to see me has had only wonderful things to say about my services. Not tooting my own horn here, but simply stressing how important this work is. Most clients become repeat clients.