Policy - Limitations to Practice as a Foot Care Nurse
1. Policy History
Created May 7, 2019. To be revised every 2-3 years.
Foot Canada Training's FCN course has two parts:
- Part 1 of the FCN course is offered online and focuses on theory.
- Part 2 of the FCN course is offered onsite and provides a clinical/mentorship practicum of 40+ hours.
As Part 1 of the FCN course (online) does not provide any practical training in foot care, nurses are not yet qualified to provide foot care to clients after completing this part of the FCN course.
3. Scope and Responsibility
It is the responsibility of each nurse to ensure they are working within their scope of practice by following the requirements of their provincial or territorial nursing governing body and national nursing foot care associations as outlined in related policies, competencies, guidelines, standards, acts and regulations (4.1 & 4.2)
To practice as a Foot Care Nurse, nurses must ensure they have successfully completed both theoretical and clinical/mentorship components of a FCN course, such as Part 1 and Part 2 of Foot Canada Training's FCN course, or any other equivalent FCN course. A certificate of completion is provided to students who achieve a 75% average or higher for Part 1 of the FCN course, listing course details and limitations. The certificate can be used as supporting documentation if applying to financial aid. (4.3)
4. Supporting Practice Standards, Guidelines and Competencies
4.1. Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses' (CAFCN) National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017).
4.2. Practice Standards and Guidelines from provincial and territorial nursing regulatory bodies.
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