Foot care training - page 17

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   celticlass
    Hi again,

    Responding to the last few notes:
    HOw is your business going? Great, there is a lot of competition but it goes back to service oriented care being the strong point.
    How do you run your clinics? Several different clinics in care facilities, wellness fairs etc.
    Have you learned any tricks to the trade that you can share? No tricks just good organization skills, several sets of instruments ready to go in the morning with extras in case of mishaps, and for locations where electricity is an issue one extra lithium or three regular charged batteries in backup for the day.
    any special tools that you love? just about anything by Miltex but the double action nail nipper really helps save the hand muscles by the end of the day for general use.

    As far as the concerns about the acceptance rate in the class please remember the class is set up to make sure you have the best practice for a Foot Care Nurse and therefore will be able to complete the certification needed to continue to practice in the field. The application process is to show that applicants are committed to the process and will chose to continue through the course to the graduation and receive the certificate from St. Lawrence College. It is not a two or five day hands on training to cut nails it is instead a 180 hour education course which will allow nurses (LPN, RPN, RN and NP) to understand , perform cares, assessments, referrals to physicians, orthotists etc. and then to educate others on the important aspects of Foot Care for everyone. The instructor also offers a course to qualify as a Foot Care Nurse Educator to train others, which could be a great opportunity to others who have been in the buisness and have a wealth of knowledge to help others toward their Foot Care Nursing Career.

    disclaimer: I am in no way connected to a College or instructor or to any company I mention, they are mentioned only on their merits, I receive no compensation for my mentions.
  2. by   bizi
    Miltex (40-230): Nail Splitter 5" English Anvil Pattern, Double Spring, Stainless

    Here at Claflin Equipment we sell three grades of surgical instruments. Each grade designed to meet different operational requirements. The following is a short description of each: Miltex, “all instrument numbers ending with -00”. These instruments meet the highest OR surgical instrument grade requirements. They are used by many hospital’s in their OR suites. They are of German manufacturer with precision craftsmanship and a lifetime guarantee.

    Are these the clippers you use?
  3. by   celticlass
    Those look wonderful but I don't have a pair, the ones I prefer are 40-218.

    They are about $120.00

    Do you have the ones you mentioned? If so how are they? My hands are strong but the wrists start showing fatigue at the end of the day so I look for any advantage to make small movements more effective.
  4. by   bizi
    what’s more, cidex opa solution has been shown to be a better investment than glutaraldehyde or peracetic acid1,2 not only because of its speed and efficiency but also because of its environmental safety.
    combined, these factors explain why cidex opa solution makes both clinical and economic sense for facilities seeking a more cost-efficient option for instrument reprocessing.

    increase speed and efficiency
    • rapid 5-minute immersion time at a minimum of 25c in an automatic endoscope reprocessor*
    • efficient 12-minute soak time at room temperature (20c) for manual reprocessing
    • schedule more procedures with quick scope turnaround
    • improve staff productivity
    • effective against glutaraldehyde-resistant mycobacteria3
    this is the solution that my podiatrist uses.
  5. by   bizi
    HI slnurse1,

    the web sight is the best place to find out your questions for the certification process.
    If you read through this entire thread you will get quite a bit of information.
    In addition to the 4 part training series which I would highly recommend to you... I would look at the hands on training classes. THere is a fantastic program in canada...Unfortunately I could not afford this.
    I believe that MS is the same as LA in regards to what is out lined in your nursing scope of practice.
    In my state, I am required to obtain MD orders to perform Level 2 foot care. I maintain charts on all of my clients.
    I have a small practice set up with about 100 clients.
    Half of them are institutionalized the others are in their private homes.
    The ones in care settings I bill their families for payment.
    I am not allowed to bill any is all private pay.
    Let us hear from you.
    There are other nurses who post here so go ahead and ask us any questions you may have.
    Good luck to you in this new endeavor!
  6. by   bizi
    Hello Fellow foot care nurses.
    Just wondered if any of you are still reading here?
    How are your businesses going?
    Any stories you want to share....
    I would like to hear from you.
    I am getting ready to have a foot care clinic at a homeless shelter here in Lafayette Louisiana.
    Does anyone have any suggestions for simple and inexpensive treatments for blisters? I have already been asked this and I have not even started the clinic just yet. I have never run into this sort of problem before but yet it is very common one for this group of people.
    thank you for your replies.
  7. by   celticlass
    For someone who does not have frequent medical cares: keeping the blister intact and padding the area around it like a donut is probably the best idea. Their problems will start with the infections that may start from the breaking of the blisters.
  8. by   bizi
    Quote from celticlass
    For someone who does not have frequent medical cares: keeping the blister intact and padding the area around it like a donut is probably the best idea. Their problems will start with the infections that may start from the breaking of the blisters.
    how do you pad the area?
    Specifically what do you use?

    and what if the blister breaks?
    then what?
    thanks for your reply
  9. by   bizi
    also, do you mean using those corn pads with the centers cut out? is that what you mean?
  10. by   djdoll
    hi ,i am from lower mainland,BC,CANADA and interested in foot care nursing but i dont know anything abt this course (how long,how much and colleges) can u guys help me out here plz.................thanks.oh forgot to ask ...job oppurtunities n stuff...............thanks
  11. by   bizi
    hi there and thanks for responding.
    My first suggestion would be to sit here and read the entire thread....there is a lot of information from past posts that will be invaluable to you.
    once you have done this let us know what questions you may glad to try to help you.
    In canada you guys are way ahead of the USA in regards to foot care and courses etc.
  12. by   roadnurse
    Malaspina College is now Vancouver Island University, for the foot care courses as well as being able to take them at Vancouver Community College. Both are in BC, Canada.
  13. by   roadnurse
    Hi Tutti,
    Who was your instructor? Which course was it? And where?