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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 ways to get my business going. I would just like a few clients-my goal is 30 a month as I am also a staff RN at the local hospital here. I would like to hear about success stories from other footcare nurses and the services you offer and a price range? I am thinking along the lines of $45-$60 per home visit. Anyways, I got discouraged talking to another nurse who said the podiatrists in town were going to not like the idea, and that it would be difficult getting fee for service being unable to bill medicare. I almost didn't go to my course actually because it really bugged me. I am thinking that if I will pay 40 for a pedicure and have to drive there, why wouldn't someone pay for their mom or their selves to have footcare in the home? So, I am thinking that I might do some probono stuff at the alf/snf and checkout the diabetes clinic here in town. maybe the free drs clinic as well. I'm feeling that refferals is going to be a large part of my business as well so rounding up a team of who I know. Please tell me about your footcare biz and if you have struggled getting it going? the good, thebad, the ugly please! thanks
It's true that some podiatrists will be suspicious thinking you are after their patients. It may mean educating them about what a foot care nurse is and does. We actually need to develop relationships with podiatrists because you'll need to refer to them for problems outside your scope. I have created a introductory form letter for docs explaining my role and requesting my desire to work with them. So far, none have responded. This week, I need to find someone to visit one of my clients who is too fragile to move. When I make those phone calls, it will be an opportunity to make myself known.
For me, the process is going slowly but I really just got started. Marketing is turning out to be much more arduous than I thought. I've had some luck in community centers
(setting-up foot care info tables during senior events) and non-medical home health companies
In order to get 30 clients a month, you may need to set up a foot care clinic to get started. However, don't waste your time in nursing homes or assisted livings as they tend to have long-standing contracts with podiatry practices already. Also, you'll have a harder time developing clientele if you live in an area with tons of podiatry practices ( as I do).
Keep me posted.