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December 2020 Foot Canada Training Newsletter
Foot Canada Training Newsletter - Inspiring Excellence in Nursing Education

Holiday Closure

We will be closed from December 25th, returning January 4th.


Interested in Teaching Foot Care Nurse Clinical Courses and Workshops?

Please visit our Q & A and curriculum pages for more information about available business growth and teaching options for Foot Care Nurse Educators, colleges, universities and health agencies.

As our part in the effort to help Canada recover and come out stronger after this global pandemic, we would like to offer the following 50% discount promo code on our Curriculum License until May 30, 2021: #INTHISTOGETHER.


Winter Semester Courses

Registration is open for the Winter 2020 semester. Please visit the Foot Canada Training website for details. 

Click on the course application below for your preferred course to register:


80% Discounts

Foot Canada Training is offering a discount for  the Online FCN Theory course to eligible applicants. See our Financial Aid page for details.


Licensed Clinical Education Providers

Clinical Education Providers with a license to teach Foot Canada Training's Curriculum for the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course, the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical Refresher course and the Advanced Foot Care Nurse Skills Workshops are available in the following locations:

  • Prince George BC
  • Dryden ON
  • Ottawa ON
  • Thunder Bay ON
  • Windsor ON

Note that not all courses and workshops may be available at your location of choice. Please contact the closest licensed Clinical Education Providers to you for more information on these training opportunities.


Alternative Clinical Training Options

Did you know that students are welcome to complete their clinical training with the education provider of their choice? Read our article to learn more.


COVID-19 Impact

"It seems like everyone is dealing with ramifications from the novel coronavirus and as health-care providers, we are all working to update our practices during these changing times."

Michelle De Grandmont shares her experience as a Foot Care Nurse, business owner and educator.

The Art & Science of Foot Care Textbook

Currently the #1 textbook being used for Foot Care Nurse courses in Canada. This textbook can be purchased on its own or in combination with one of Foot Canada Training's courses. Please visit our bookstore page for details.

 

   

Holiday Closure

Holiday Closure from December 25th, returning January 4th.

 
As this year comes to an end, we want to take this opportunity to thank our students, licensed clinical education providers, as well as our colleagues and fellow members of the nursing foot care community. I think we can all agree it's been an unusual year with its fair share of challenges. For the nurses who have been working on the front line of this pandemic; the small business owners finding ways of providing foot care services while keeping both their clients and team safe; the clinical educators and course administrators who are going above and beyond to continue to meet the learning needs of their students while adapting to the current situation; the students embarking on this learning journey while self-isolating at home, or home-schooling their kids, or working overtime to meet the current demands on the heath care system, we want to let you know that we see you. We are grateful for you. You are what gives us hope.
 
Thank you for all that you do, and for your continued support!
 
Cindy, Julie and Marie-Pierre
Foot Canada Training Team

Curriculum License Promotion

50 Percent Off Promo Code for Curriculum License: INTHISTOGETHER

As our part in the effort to help Canada recover and come out stronger after this global pandemic, we would like to offer the following 50% discount promo code on our Curriculum License until May 30, 2021: #INTHISTOGETHER. The discount from this promo code is applicable to the final purchase price after any other discount advertised on our website. 

 

By purchasing our 3-year renewable license to independently access and teach our curriculum, Foot Care Nurse Educators can now have a standardized and peer-reviewed curriculum at their fingertips. The curriculum includes teaching and administrative materials the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course (6 days/43 + hours), the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical Refresher Course (1 days/8 + hours), as well as a series of Advanced Foot Care Nurse Skills Workshops (1 day each). The curriculum is based on the Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada (2017) textbook and uses the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) as Clinical Performance Standards and is compliant with the IPAC Canada Position Statement 2019 - "Point-of-use sterility of critical, reprocessed foot care instruments for every client".

 

There are currently two options available to purchase the curriculum license. 

 

Purchase Option 1 (Discount) - Foot Care Nurse Educators, as well as colleges, universities and health agencies that have an Educator meeting the following requirements are eligible to purchase the curriculum license for a 50% discount. The discounted rate is $2,500.00 + tax for a term of 3 years. With the promo code, the cost is $1,250 + tax. The license is renewable for $500/year after the initial term has expired.

Purchase Option 2 (Full Price) - Foot Care Nurse Educators, as well as colleges, universities and health agencies that have an Educator meeting the following requirements are eligible to purchase the curriculum license at the full price of $5,000.00 + tax for a term of 3 years. With the promo code, the cost is $2,500.00 + tax. The license is renewable for $500/year after the initial term has expired. 

  • Nursing License - Current and non-restricted Nursing Registration/License from a Canadian territory or province
  • Experience Requirement - 750 hours of nursing foot care practice in the past 5 years
  • CAFCN - Valid Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses membership

To purchase, please complete the Curriculum License Purchase Request Form. For more information about the curriculum license and the benefits of using our curriculum, please visit the curriculum page on our website. 


Winter Semester Courses

Winter Semester Online FCN Courses

 

*For 2021, we have consolidated the FCN Preceptor and FCN Educator courses into one newly consolidated Online FCN Educator course, which means that completing the course work to become an educator is now easier than ever.

With this change, any experienced Foot Care Nurse looking to complete their educator training and meet the prerequisites for the curriculum license discount, can complete the required course work in one semester.

80% Discount FCN Theory - Click HERE for details


Licensed Clinical Education Providers
 


 

The Clinical Education Providers listed below have a license to access and teach Foot Canada Training's Curriculum for the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course, the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical Refresher course and the Advanced Foot Care Nurse Skills Workshops. Note that not all courses and workshops may be available at your location of choice. Please contact the closest licensed clinical education provider to you for more information on these training opportunities.

College of New Caledonia (Prince George BC)

Minowaywin Mishkikii Qwe (Dryden ON) 

Soft Soles Advanced Diabetic Foot Care (Ottawa ON)

Confederation College (Thunder Bay ON)

Healthy Heels and More (Windsor ON)

Interested in teaching Foot Care Nurse clinical courses and workshops? Please visit our Q & A and curriculum pages for more information about available business growth and teaching options for Foot Care Nurse Educators, colleges, universities and health agencies.


Alternative Clinical Training Options

Although we strongly recommend students complete their FCN Clinical training with a Clinical Education Provider that has a license to use the Foot Canada Training curriculum, we recognize that this may not always be the best fit for every student. Some students may not be able to travel to the available locations, or the timing of the courses offered may not work for them. Regardless of the reason, we believe it is important for students to have options. All nurses are welcome to complete Foot Canada Training's FCN Theory course and attend the clinical portion of their nursing foot care training with the education provider of their choice. If unsure if the clinical training option you are considering meets the requirements to practice as a Foot Care Nurse in your province, we invite you to contact your provincial regulatory body for confirmation. Note that Foot Canada Training does not review or advise on third party course curriculum/preceptorships/mentorships.
 

For more information on this, please read the following sections of our Q & A page: Can I pick my own FCN Clinical course Mentor/Educator/Education Provider?

 

We also recommend reading the following articles from our August 2020 newsletter:
  • Independent Clinical Training Options
  • Top 10 questions to Ask Before Paying Tuition

COVID-19 Impact
Submitted on Nov 28, 2020 by Michelle De Grandmont RPN

Michelle De Grandmont

It seems like everyone is dealing with ramifications from the novel coronavirus and as health-care providers, we are all working to update our practices during these changing times. Self-protection and stay-at-home orders are important but continuing to work and provide care to our patients is important as well.

Accordingly, we must adjust our practices for the safety of our patients and staff. Patients that have diabetes, neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease who have been postponing their appointments to avoid exposure to the virus may now be at risk for other health issues. As the weeks pass, the risk of infection, ulceration, skin breakdown, and infected ingrown toenails increases.  Reaching out to your patients to encourage them to return to service will help to keep them safe.

There are many options in which you can endorse a safe and professional environment for your patients to get their foot care resumed.

Offering to assess their feet through a secure online video conference, or with photos reviewed during a phone call will enable them to put your assessment and nursing skills to use while keeping patients safe within their bubble.

Offering guidance to a family or caregiver on how to assess the nails, feet and legs will help them to maintain preventative care.

Redirecting your appointments to one-on-one clinics and scheduling home care visits based on directives from the Ministry of Health, public health offices and the guidance from provincial nursing regulatory body and directives from our provincial and local government health agencies will help to keep your patients confident in your professionalism.

Here is what we send to our patients to assure them that we are following best practice.

In the Clinic

1. All new patients are asked to fill in forms online or ask your nurse to help you fill out the forms to eliminate the use of pen/paper.

2. The schedule is spaced so that no two patients are in the office simultaneously.

3. Patients are asked to wait in the car and call upon arrival. The nurse will tell you when they are ready to begin the visit.

4. Patients are encouraged to wear a simple surgical mask or a homemade mask during the appointment.

5. Nurses will wear an N95 mask, goggles or face shield, a gown, and gloves always.

6. After the visit, your nurse thoroughly cleans and wipes all surfaces with disinfectant spray and wipes.

In Home Care

1. The nurse will ask you to leave the door unlocked just before the appointment. Please do not wait at the door.

2. Your nurse will arrive wearing an N95 mask and will put on a gown, gloves, and face shield or goggles inside the home when they arrive.

3. After your treatment, the nurse will clean the work area and discard the gown and gloves. Please have a garbage bag handy.

4. Your nurse will clean the door handle and any touch areas on the way out. Please do not go to the door with your nurse.

Foot Care Is An Essential Service

As a business owner I am responsible to provide our team with the resources and support they need to help their patients maintain and improve their lower limb health. The nurses work as a team to ensure that high quality health services are accessible, timely and consistently meeting best practice. Together we monitor health risks, including social isolation and mental health of our patients and their support persons.

I am not just a business owner and foot care nurse.

I also offer a specialized foot care nurse education program in association with Foot Canada Training. Nurses receive education in best practices, infection control and pathology of the lower limb. Currently nurses are benefiting from small class sizes. We only have two nurses per clinical. The feedback has been very positive!

Here is what recent Graduates have said about their experience:

“I really liked the hands- on clinical experience with a small clinical group. I found it helpful to see lots of different patients. Michelle was also very knowledgeable on source material and easy to ask questions to.”

“I really liked the fact that the course was individualized and in a class of two. We had a diverse amount of practice (at home, residencies and clinic settings) with all the support of the educator.  Good strategy for teaching clients based on pathophysiology. Truly dedicated educator who responds without delay to concerns of the students. Michelle really cares about the advancement of students.”

I love to help nurses become Foot Care Nurses and start their independent practice!

I provide mentoring, guidance, and training for new nurses on skills such as:

Business Skills

  • Entrepreneurial business Policies and procedures Electronic Medical Record Systems (EMR’s)

Nail Skills

  • Nail bracing 
  • Onyfix system
  • Nail reconstruction scalpel use

Assessment Skills

  • Compression therapy 
  • ABPI’s  
  • Podiatry Instrumentation
  • Monofilament 

Contact us to learn more about our education programs.


The Art & Science of Foot Care Textbook

Art & Science of Foot Care Textbook now available for purchase at Friesen Press

Foot Canada Training is very excited to announce that the Art & Science textbook is now available for purchase through Friesen Press! Many thanks to Ted Durrant at Quality FootCare Products for his years as our dedicated distributor!

Currently the #1 textbook being used for Foot Care Nurse courses in Canada. With coloured photos, glossary text and graphic visual elements, this textbook will bring you ease in your foot care work, reference or for study. 

For more information about the textbook, please visit our bookstore page.  


Thank you for reading our newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly with your feedback and questions.                                               

 Cindy Lazenby                                           Marie-Pierre Hamelin                                              Julie Gauthier

[E] cindy@footcanada.ca                            [E] marie-pierre@footcanada.ca              [E] julie@footcanada.ca
Cindy Lazenby RN, FCNEd                           Marie-Pierre Hamelin MSW                       Julie Gauthier B.A. (Hons), B.Ed.
Executive Director &                                      Director of Operations                                Director of Education
Director of Nursing 

 

 

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