Foot care training - page 11

I have been interested in starting a foot care service for some time now and after reading posts from LoisJean feel this is something I can do. I would like to start out by receiving some kind of... Read More

  1. by   Tutti
    Quote from Summers
    Hello Tutti, Our wound specialist has been performing foot care for many years and at this time our outpatient clinic offers free foot care for the other RN's to practice. We formed a foot care clinic committee this last year, (hosp. staff, home health staff, wound specialist, & interested RN's) & have acquired a providers number for billing, we are collaborating with the Oregon Diabetes Coalition, who are supplying us with foot care kits, our hospital supports us and the community assist. living facilities as well as our local community are looking forward to our service's. We are looking forward to talking with other foot care nurses.
    Summers,
    Sounds great! The one thing I have been wanting to be able to do is to bill for services. I keep hitting a brick wall. I am told I cannot bill for services as a Nurse, and so my patients have to pay privately. I hope to meet up with some of you at the seminar. My name is Gina. Hope to see you there!

    Tutti
  2. by   ehresources
    Hi,

    I realized after I posted that the seminar hadn't happened yet. Next time I will reread the posts more carefully I had just been thinking about it and thought I'd check in. I am in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Things are changing here so rapidly and I find that we are having similar difficulties. I teach a course at the local college. Recently, our College of Nurses retired our Foot Care Standards and didn't replace them with anything else. This is leading to some confusion. I like this board because from reading all the posts, I have realized that we all all in the same boat. We want some standardization of policies and procedures as well as standards of practice. One of my goals is to put together a national association to unify our voices. Often in nursing, we are so busy competing that we do not support each other and pull together to reach our common goals. I know that we all want to achieve this. There is so much support out there if we can only find each other. (sorry, but I'm a little sentimental and philosophical tonight).

    Got to go
    J




    Quote from Tutti
    Summers,
    Sounds great! The one thing I have been wanting to be able to do is to bill for services. I keep hitting a brick wall. I am told I cannot bill for services as a Nurse, and so my patients have to pay privately. I hope to meet up with some of you at the seminar. My name is Gina. Hope to see you there!

    Tutti
    Last edit by nightingale on Oct 25, '04
  3. by   Hisdaughter
    Greetings from Wa state folks! I am a new member and this is my first entry. I am excited to have you all as a resource and I've read all the posts on foot care. I am relatively new at this as I started giving foot care six months ago. My fellow co-workers have been very helpful at teaching me and answering questions, however, I feel I have much to learn and would be more confident with a formal course. Since I was unaware of the Seattle conference and anxious, I am looking in to the Fraser Valley College course in June up in British Columbia. Has anyone attended this course?

    FYI- I was a burned out RN of 35 years and ready to throw in the towel. I had worked in many areas including med/surg, home health, camp nursing (fun!), insurance physicals, ocupational health nursing, independent contracting collecting urine for drug testing, and was a certified rehab nurse. When I discovered therapeutic foot care I realized it was a job I would love and I've hung in there with my "towel"!
  4. by   Tutti
    Greetings Hisdaughter,

    I haven't visited this site for awhile, and from the looks of it, either has anyone else! So, are you in Washington? Welcome to the world of foot care! I have been an LPN for 13+ yrs and started doing foot care about 5 yrs ago. I love it! I started out by going to the Seattle conference, but realized it wasn't enough, although it does provide allot of information and you get to meet other Nurses doing the same thing you do! I went up to take a private course in Ontario, CA since it was being given by a Nurse who teaches foot care in the college and she was able to do the course for me in her home in just 10 days! I got to do lots of hands-on, as she had her own clinic going in her house, I got to work on most of her Patients, and she also would travel to people's houses, and even went to a nursing home there. It was a great experience for me. i haven't heard of the Fraser Valley course you are talking about. How long is the course? How did you find it? I know we can't do any form of solicitation here, so if you need to PM me, feel free to.

    Tutti


    Quote from Hisdaughter
    Greetings from Wa state folks! I am a new member and this is my first entry. I am excited to have you all as a resource and I've read all the posts on foot care. I am relatively new at this as I started giving foot care six months ago. My fellow co-workers have been very helpful at teaching me and answering questions, however, I feel I have much to learn and would be more confident with a formal course. Since I was unaware of the Seattle conference and anxious, I am looking in to the Fraser Valley College course in June up in British Columbia. Has anyone attended this course?

    FYI- I was a burned out RN of 35 years and ready to throw in the towel. I had worked in many areas including med/surg, home health, camp nursing (fun!), insurance physicals, ocupational health nursing, independent contracting collecting urine for drug testing, and was a certified rehab nurse. When I discovered therapeutic foot care I realized it was a job I would love and I've hung in there with my "towel"!
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    Foot and Nail Care Certification

    Beginning in January 2005, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) is offering a new certification credential to Registered Nurses (RNs) who perform foot and nail care. The WOCNCB is dedicated to providing consumer safety and protection by offering this new credential - CFCN (Certified Foot Care Nurse). Please review this website for complete information on eligibility, educational preparation, exam content, review references, and the testing process.
    http://www.wocncb.org/whatsnew/footnail.asp
  6. by   Hisdaughter
    Quote from NRSKarenRN
    Foot and Nail Care Certification

    Beginning in January 2005, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) is offering a new certification credential to Registered Nurses (RNs) who perform foot and nail care. The WOCNCB is dedicated to providing consumer safety and protection by offering this new credential - CFCN (Certified Foot Care Nurse). Please review this website for complete information on eligibility, educational preparation, exam content, review references, and the testing process.
    http://www.wocncb.org/whatsnew/footnail.asp
    Thank you for the info. I am excited about becoming a certified foot care nurse. I still wish there were more courses/seminars with clinical. It's not that I haven't had 8 mo practice but it would be nice to have a critical eye. I guess I may have to settle for our local pod, if she is even willing. I had a good case yesterday. A new client's toenails were aprox 3-4 cm long. First growing out and then curling and growing back again. Cool, I like the big jobs and how good they feel when I'm done!
  7. by   guest***
    I know of some upcoming courses and events, but since I am participating in some, I guess I can not post them on this site. If anyone wants further information, they can message me. One will be in Santa Rosa, the other in Portland. Both 3 day course.
  8. by   Jude1361
    Hi Y'all!
    I have spoken with some of you via private email but wanted to say hello to everyone and ask for some advise. I have received a lot of support from a Family Practitioner in my area that I worked with for several years as well as a Podiatrist who is also located in my town. (Both have been very helpful in handing out my cards, brochures, etc.) I have mailed in my application for Foot Nurse certification (May 15 deadline) and am now concentrating on marketing my services to local nursing homes and assisted living centers but as of today haven't gotten a client. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am located in Texas and though so many tell me that they think my services are needed I seem to be having a slow start when it comes to actually getting customers. Did any of y'all have such a difficult time getting the ball rolling? If so, how did you turn it around? Any suggestions will be appreciated.
    Thanks, Judy
  9. by   Hisdaughter
    Is it possible your fee is to much??? What are you charging? How about if you personally visit facilities and speak with families and facility manager. I work for an agency (unfortunately, instead of myself) and we do a lot of assisted care, nursing homes, group homes facilities etc. All payment is through the family so the senior client does not have to worry about details. Also, our area homes actually advertise to prospective clients that foot care is available...it is a selling point for them. We routinely go in q 6 weeks. Keep in touch...and hang in there.
  10. by   Jude1361
    I don't think my fee is too high ($25) and includes foot bath, massage, etc. The Pod who has been so helpful to me has told me I should charge more to cover the gas expenses as we live in a rural area. He has also referred his patients to me since he says he is not going to even try to bill Medicare any longer (it's too hard to get reimbursed) and that he will also charge $25 if his patients insist on a doctor to clip toenails. He is trying to focus on other foot care procedures. Well, I'll keep trying, hopefully something will break soon! By the way, do you use a general nurse's liability insurance in your business? Or is there a specific type of liability for this kind of service - business?
  11. by   Hisdaughter
    $25.00 is very reasonable, especially if you go to their home. It does matter what part of the country you are in. I am in Washington state and we charge $25.00. I understand it is quite a bit more in California. We figure we are a bargain compared to most pods...your doc who charges only $25 is one in a million!
    I use regular nursing insurance but as I said before I have not ventured out on my own yet and have not researched yet. Perhaps some day...
  12. by   NedRN
    Quote from Jude1361
    By the way, do you use a general nurse's liability insurance in your business? Or is there a specific type of liability for this kind of service - business?
    Your personal liability only covers you under certain circumstances. It will not cover you while operating your own business. The major supplier of liability insurance, nso.com , used to charge only $11 more a year ($89 personal, $100 business) but unfortunately raised the rate a few months ago to $300/yr.
  13. by   Hisdaughter
    You're right, it makes sense. I have my liability through NSO. Quite a jump up to $300.


    Quote from NedRN
    Your personal liability only covers you under certain circumstances. It will not cover you while operating your own business. The major supplier of liability insurance, nso.com , used to charge only $11 more a year ($89 personal, $100 business) but unfortunately raised the rate a few months ago to $300/yr.

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