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dixiesnurse has 2 years experience and works as a RN.

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Marketing suggestions I would check with the DON's at the long term care facilities and let them know the service is available. We have 2 podiatrist that make facility visits in my city and you have to have a doctors order as well as consent from family d/t billing issues. Medicare now requires the PCP to see a pts feet and document the issue before the podiatrist can be consulted so I think if you get your name and your service in with the people that would know the patients that need your service you might pick up some more business. We do have some residents that families pay a private massage therapist and even a councelor that were recommended by the DON &social worker at our facility.

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Hello! I know this thread is years old; however, I'm interested in entering this a new career venture as a foot care nurse. I'm an RN with my MSN and certified in case management. I'm working towards a certification in foot care as well. I would like to communicate with you more about your business and how things are going.

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I am not sure how old this post is, however, after seeing this post I felt compelled to answer. I spoke to my GP with regards to foot care which I do. He gave me some very good advice which I thought I might share with you. He told me to go to all the Pharmacies and doctors and explain what you do with regards to what you offer, I for instance cut Ram's Horn Nails, corn and calluses and minor ingrown toenail removal. My doctor was really happy to hear this as he stated that although they deal with the major problems, they would prefer not to have to do the above if possible as this is really time consuming and not life threatening, and free's them up to deal with more pressing issues with patients.

I hope that this is of some help to you.

Kindest regards

Carol (South Africa)

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I have read through the foot care nurse posts and find that few are getting positive responses from podiatrists/almost all are not. May I give you some info/suggestions?? Podiatrists who are not surgeons are very territorial about their Routine Foot Care practice - that is a hur part of their income. CONVERSELY, podiatrists who are successful podiatric SURGEONS do not want to do routine foot care - it is too expensive for them to do since they could be working in the surgical aspect of their business instead. So, my suggestion is that 1) check your state guidelines to see where you stand on how to work (in an independent office, as a concierge practice, set up with a podiatrist but independent, etc etc), then 2) design a marketing packet to take to podiatric SURGEONS, and to other physicians who might be interested in referring to you, s/as vascular surgeons (work with a lot of diabetics), primary care physicians, endocrinologists, gerontologists, etc. Brochures in hospice care units and for home care RNs to carry. The secret is getting past the front desk, of course. That is why you have the in-hand presentation ready to hand over to the office manager instead of asking to see the physician (they see it as intrusive and demanding.) If you do your leg work (DO NOT send them in the mail or call - it does not work), you will find physicians who are delighted to refer to you/you refer back to them. They HATE to trim toenails - you just need to get out there and call on the offices and clinics (wound care clinics?) to find them.

Marketing just takes opening your mind, once you get the drift of it. It appears that I need to write some blogs on this on my site, Professional Education – "Providing excellent continuing education for nurses.". I love working with RNs etc who are not familiar with marketing and watching them become successful! This is important care in our current healthcare system! And RNs and LPNs who love to do this are performing a huge service to the chronically ill!

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I apologize about the double entry - I am new at this site!

I have read through the foot care nurse posts and find that few are getting positive responses from podiatrists/almost all are not. May I give you some info/suggestions?? Podiatrists who are not surgeons are very territorial about their Routine Foot Care practice - that is a huge part of their income. CONVERSELY, podiatrists who are successful podiatric SURGEONS do not want to do routine foot care - it is too expensive for them to do since they could be working in the surgical aspect of their business instead. So, my suggestion is that 1) check your state guidelines to see where you stand on how to work (in an independent office, as a concierge practice, set up with a podiatrist but independent, etc etc), then 2) design a marketing packet to take to podiatric SURGEONS, and to other physicians who might be interested in referring to you, s/as vascular surgeons (work with a lot of diabetics), primary care physicians, endocrinologists, gerontologists, etc. Send brochures in hospice care units and for home care RNs to carry. The secret is getting past the front desk, of course. That is why you have the in-hand presentation ready to give to the office manager instead of asking to see the physician (they see it as intrusive and demanding). If you do your leg work (DO NOT send them in the mail or call - it does not work), you will find physicians who are delighted to refer to you/you refer back to them. They HATE to trim toenails - you just need to get out there and call on the offices and clinics (wound care clinics?) to find them.

Marketing just takes opening your mind, once you get the drift of it. It appears that I need to write some blogs on this on my site, Professional Education – "Providing excellent continuing education for nurses.". I love working with RNs etc who are not familiar with marketing and watching them become successful! This is important care in our current healthcare system! And RNs and LPNs who love to do this are performing a huge service to the chronically ill!

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anoeller has 1 years experience.

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I am starting a foot care business, I was wondering does your state recognize the hours you work as RN hours? My sbn just told me that it would not count towards actual nursing hours and I would have to take ces courses to stay active. Has anyone else encountered this? I feel that I am doing nursing care and it should count as being active...

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Hi everyone! Does anyone know if nurses in Florida can do footcare on elderly and diabetics without a doctors order? Looking to start up my business. Thank you!

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hotflashion has 4 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a Independent foot care nurse.

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You can care for anyone's feet as long as the care you provide is within the scope of practice as defined by your state board of nursing. Contact your board and find out what they say you can and cannot do specifically regarding foot care. e.g., do you need special training and if so, how much and what kind? Do they require you to be certified? Who can do it, LPNs? RNs? Etc. In my state, the guidance re: foot care is in the form of an advisory letter and it is very broad, not detailed, and I have called them in past with specific questions.

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Hi! Have you found out much about foot care nursing in Florida? Please let me know if PM me your experience!

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bizi has 16 years experience and works as a in-home foot care.

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Hello foot care nurses! Has anyone started a franchise?

I am looking into hiring a subcontractor RN or selling her a franchise so she can use my company name.

Not sure how to do this at all. I thought if anyone still posts here I would throw that question out here.

bizi

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