Advanced Foot Care Nurse Skills Workshops
These 1 day Advanced Foot Care Nurse Skills workshops are intended for nurses who have previously completed Foot Canada Training’s Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course and Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course or have equivalent training. The workshops are designed to increase nursing foot care skills and competencies using a blend of theory and skills practicum and use the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) as Clinical Performance Standards.
Diabetic Foot Care Management
Areas of focus include: a review of current diabetes management best practice guidelines, exploring different diabetic risk assessment tools,testing the loss of protective sensation with the use of a tuning fork and monofilaments, exploring and practicing client-centered interviewing techniques and goal setting for persons with diabetes.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) & Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI)
Areas of focus include: a review of PAD’s relevant best practice guidelines, definition, causes, risk factors, common signs, prevention strategies, management, and complication; exploring and practicing different PAD assessment and diagnostic tools;exploring current ABPI theory; and practicing different health teaching and ABPI techniques.
Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC)
Areas of focus include: a review of best practice guidelines across Canada for ‘sterile to the point of use’ foot care instruments, reprocessing options, medical devices designed for humans, 5 steps of instrument management, purchasing instruments and a variety of audit tools; a tour of an instrument reprocessing facility;and a hands-on practical to set up a clinic, IPAC documentation and sterilizing foot care instruments using best practice guidelines with the use of autoclaves, ultrasonic cleaners, incubators, biological indicators, chemical indicators and sterile pouches.
Podiatry Instrument Skills
Areas of focus include: a review of best podiatry practices for industry regulations, purchasing podiatry instruments, equipment and supplies, features, manufacturer’s instructions, warranties, calibration, audits, uses, risks, and reducing risks; practice proper care, maintenance and clinical applications techniques for autoclaves, supplies and podiatry instruments such as nippers, scissors, files, rotary burs and scalpels.
Areas of focus include: a review of current best practice standards and guidelines in Canada for nursing foot care private practice and for setting up a business including professional consultants, bookkeeping, marketing, advertising, licenses, types of businesses; explore different self-assessment tools to identify individual and professional strengths and risks; develop a business plan draft and an individualized action plan for a successful private practice.
Areas of focus include: a review of wound care best practice guidelines, scope of practice, skin structure and function, normal wound healing, etiology versus cause, classification, assessment, cleansing, and prevention; followed by several practical sessions of wound assessments, cleansing and dressing applications for lower leg wounds such as acute, chronic, pressure, venous, arterial, ischemic, diabetic and mixed ulcers.
Padding & Orthotics
Areas of focus include: a review of padding & orthotics best practices and resources in Canada, scope of practice and several practical hands-on sessions involving assessment of biomechanics, gait analysis, proper fitting of footwear, over-the-counter orthotics and padding products, as well as fitting and fabrication of custom orthotics, padding and digital molds.