Foot Care Nurse
- 1Jan 29, '12 by yrmajesty3EXCELLENT!!!! Care to share any of the sticky info that was covered?
I understand that the exam is becoming more detailed every year.
Woogy, when you are in the mood to answer a few business questions, I'd LOVE to talk to you. I am almost up and running. Trying to figure out fee schedules and how to do billing?
If you'e gotten that far, let's chat. I would love to start an association of some sort so we can all brainstorm together.
- 1Jan 30, '12 by WoogyI would definately say the thing that helped me the most was knowing my podiatric medical terminology! Without that...you'll be lost. The Foot Care for Salon Professionals is a great book. I also learned a lot from my didactic with Dr. Overstreet (DVD so I can watch it over and over and use it as a training tool for others).
I am going next month for MORE training, but this time with one of the leaders in the industry. I have decided that if I'm going to do this, I need to do it right or I won't have an edge on all the LPN's and Pedicurists that perform this specialized foot care. I will be using high speed podiatry drills & autoclave. I want to do this right, so I'm investing. I feel it is the most appropriate thing to do if I am going to stand by my Mission Statement.
I hope to be taking patience by March. I already have one good lead and that was just over drinks at New Years! Didn't even try! I have to compete for clinics with HH/Hospice places (that use LPN's & CNA's--NO RN's) so I'm hoping that I can stand out enough by standing up for what's right and raise the standard of care. (I'm not trying to get up on a soapbox, I'm just confused at how we can have pedicurists getting minimal extra training to care for diabetic feet and how an LPN can assess and perform based on that assessment without an RN around).
Anyhoo...I would love to chat! I'll send you a PM.
- 0Feb 4, '12 by FlockoneQuote from WoogyCongratulations!!WooHoo! I passed my CFCN exam today! So excited to get my business going!
I wish you every success!
I am a RN looking to open my foot care nurse care business this spring. I have Dr. Overstreet's DVD. I decided to go to a local salon school and take the nail technician program for education and comfort level afforded by my clinical experience.
I want to take the certification exam also. After being done with school next month, I am going to pursue more education on diabetic feet. Any suggestions as to what programs are full of information?
- 1Feb 4, '12 by WoogyDr. Overstreet's DVD's are definately a great learning tool. Also the book by Oscar Mix. I have checked out books at the library, geared towards diabetes. I am going to train with Laura Roehrick in Northern Cali in two weeks.
I have thought a lot about taking a nail tech course, but I haven't had luck finding one that is cheap enough to work it in. There are DVD's out there for a fraction of the price that could teach me a lot of what I would want to know. But hands-on is always better.
- 1Feb 5, '12 by FlockoneHow long is the training with Laura? Dr. Overstreet offers a day.
I am in NY state and the west coast travel adds up. There is training in Toronto Canada, and North Carolina (thru Taylor) I found. Also a week training in NB, Canada (but nail tech school was the same price and was 18 weeks long). I also can do people's fingernails too..opens up more possibilities for me. Meeting local podiatrists is good too.
- 0Feb 6, '12 by WoogyLaura holds a two day weekend course. 1st day is the didactic training and second day is the hands on portion. She rarely offers courses. She teaches the high speed podiatry drill/vac, which I plan on using. She is also one of the nurse pioneers, having done this business for 18 years. I don't need anymore training (cert wise), but I am taking the training for the experience.
Nurses can do the fingernails too, based on our scope of practice. You will have an edge though, with the manicure/pedicure training. I did find a class through the university, but I don't think I could take the time off to do it. Maybe one day. Most of the patients are beyond the beauty part and just need functionality, so I think my training will suffice. Hopefully I can make them feel as though their nails look nicer.
Dr. Overstreet is only hands on. She teaches the dremel, which I don't plan on using, but my experience with her will benefit me.
- 0Feb 6, '12 by FlockoneThe salon school has helped me build my confidence and teach me marketing skills! I can also work in a salon (just opens more doors for me!-I have been in the hospital as a staff nurse for 31 years and have cut back to PT). Yes, you will help people feel much better after working on their feet..it is great to see the improvement even after one treatment! I believe we will all get personnal satisfaction for the help to people we will provide. I am excited about the future!
May I ask where your class is being held, when, and the cost of the training? The high speed podiatry/vac looks like the way to go for me also.
Thank you for the advice on the book you purchased. I have a copy coming to me from Amazon.
It looks like a very helpful tool to add to my library.
Hopefully more footcare nurses will join us on this thread. Networking and support of each other is what we all could use!