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

Summer Semester Courses

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

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


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

FCN Clinical courses are offered at the following locations by clinical education providers with a license to teach using Foot Canada Training's FCN Clinical, FCN Clinical Refresher and Advanced FCN Skills Workshop Curriculum: 

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

Please visit our Clinical Education Providers' page for details.


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 colleges, universities, health associations, individual Foot Care Nurse Educators and businesses with an educator.


Independent 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.


Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Paying Tuition

Become a better consumer of continuing education courses, ask these 10 questions.


Reducing the Risk Of COVID Transmission During the FCN Clinical Course

Given that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic differs by province and sometimes even region, Foot Canada Training recommends that each education provider follow the guidelines provided by their health authority and nursing regulatory body and make adjustments to their teaching schedule and course/workshop delivery accordingly.


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.

 

   

Fall Semester Courses

Fall 2020 Courses

Online Foot Care Nurse Courses

80% Discount FCN Theory - Click HERE for details

 

Licensed Clinical Education Providers

FCN Clinical Course - Student

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 colleges, universities, health associations, individual Foot Care Nurse Educators and businesses with an educator.


Independent Clinical Training Options

Independent Clinical Training Options

Did you know that students are welcome to complete their clinical training with the education provider of their choice?

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. Whether choosing an education provider using the Foot Canada Training curriculum or an education provider using their own independently developed curriculum, students can select the clinical education provider that best meets their needs.

We recently invited our colleagues in the nursing foot care community with their own independently developed clinical courses to use Foot Canada Training's Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course as a prerequisite for their students. This is a great way to provide students with a strong theoretical foundation before they arrive to class, ready to practice their skills. We are excited to announce that Senior Watch's Care-Ed Learning Center in Saint John, New Brunswick has answered the call!

Senior Watch's commitment to education began when the company was founded in 1987, with a focus to prepare people seeking a caregiving career as well as support family caregivers. In 2007, they officially launched Care-Ed Learning as their educational division. The Learning Centre values life-long learning through student engagement and considers prior learning experiences when assessing caregivers.

Senior Watch has now officially announced that their Foot Care Management course will run in sequence with Foot Canada Training's Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course (FCN Theory) and that they will be recommending the FCN Theory course as a prerequisite to their students moving forward. For more information about the Senior Watch Foot Care Management course, please visit the Senior Watch website.

All education providers are welcome to refer their students to the FCN Theory course. We welcome this opportunity to work in association with other nursing foot care education providers to try and make nursing foot care training as accessible as possible to nurses throughout Canada. If you are an education provider interested in this option, please contact us for a free consultation on how to use the Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course as a prerequisite.

Note that Foot Canada Training does not review third party curriculum or monitor the administration of courses offered by education providers using their own independently developed curriculum. Prior to registering for any FCN Clinical course, we recommend students review the following section of Foot Canada Training's Q & A page:

As a helpful guide for selecting continuing education courses, we have also re-printed an article below originally published in our February 2018 newsletter on the top 10 questions to ask before paying tuition.


Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Paying Tuition
by Cindy Lazenby RN
Originally published in February 2018 Newsletter

Top 10 Questions to Ask Before Paying Tuition

Nurses often ask me to compare and recommend specialty courses such as wound care courses and Foot Care Nurse courses. Instead of recommending a specific course or providing a comparison, I prefer to suggest nurses strive to be good consumers of continuing education courses by asking course providers the questions below. 

Rating:

  • Give one point for every YES answer.
  • Scores 6 - 10: the course may be a good investment of your time and money. 
  • Scores 0 - 5: the course may not be a good investment of your time or money. Ask if the course has other unique attributes that were overlooked in the questions.

Questions

  1. History: Has the facility/association taught the course for more than 10 years?
     
  2. Clinical Experience: Has the lead educator practiced as a professional health care provider in the specialty area of the course for more than 10 years?
     
  3. Educator Competencies: Has the lead educator taught more than 10 years in their specialty field AND maintained competencies by taking continuing education regularly AND practiced in the specialty field?
     
  4. Educator Courses: Has the lead educator taken at least 1 adult education course with the last 5 years?
     
  5. Interdisciplinary Team: Have three or more different health care disciplines contributed to the course's resources as speakers, instructors or contributors?
     
  6. Course Curriculum Team: Were the course resources originally developed by a team health care professionals?
     
  7. Course Revisions: Does the course curriculum get revised every couple years to include new best practice guidelines (BPGs) and competencies that meet the highest BPG's such as RNAO, Wound Canada, Diabetes Canada, IPAC Canada, CAFCN, Certified Diabetes Association, World Health Organization?
     
  8. Peer-Reviewers: Is the course peer-reviewed by multiple interdisciplinary experts every year?
     
  9. Nursing Content: Do the course prerequisites specify that only nurses registered or licensed with their provincial/territorial nursing body can participate?
     
  10. Accreditation &/or Recognized: Is the course accredited and does it offer CEU’s from a national non-profit organization &/or do funding agencies recognize the course and provide reimbursement? For example CAFCN is developing educational standards/accreditation and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs of Canada (DVA) recognize courses for reimbursement of foot care services. In Ontario the RNAO & RPNAO recognize courses for a reimbursement for up to $1500/year, Canadian Association of Nurses offer 21+ nationally recognized nursing certification specialty exams.  

Reducing the Risk of COVID-19 Transmission During the FCN Clinical Course

Reducing the Risk of COVID

Given that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic differs by province and sometimes even region, Foot Canada Training recommends that each education provider follow the guidelines provided by their health authority and nursing regulatory body and make adjustments to their teaching schedule and course/workshop delivery accordingly. This may mean re-scheduling all together and/or making adjustments as reopening guidelines permit. Here are some examples provided by Foot Canada Training's Executive Director and Director of Nursing, Cindy Lazenby RN, on how education providers can reduce the risk when running the FCN Clinical course:
  • Avoid hosting the course in a long term care facility.
  • Have a smaller number of students per class.
  • Screen students to ensure they are not themselves in a high-risk category and have been taking all the necessary precautions to reduce risk in their personal and professional lives.
  • Temporarily restrict registration to local regions to ensure students do not have to use public transportation, eat out, stay at hotels.
  • Consider running the course over different blocks of time.
  • There is usually one client per day during the first two days, but the Educator could use a student as a volunteer for these days instead.
  • Given that from days 3-6 there is an increasing number of clients, education providers could consider implementing their current nursing foot care practice's policies and procedures, which have been adjusted for COVID-19, into their FCN Clinical course.
  • Education providers could also use these same policies and procedures to screen volunteer clients. Alternatively, Cindy also suggests using the Nursing Foot Care Acuity Screening Tool developed by Chelsey Krause LPN and Lori Ralph LPN.
Note that these examples may or may not be appropriate in your province and/or region depending on where things are at with reopening measure. We recognize this is a challenging and fluid situation and there may not be a perfect solution that will fit the needs of every course location, but hope these examples provide helpful ideas.

The Art & Science of Foot Care Textbook

Textbook Sale

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. 

This text can be purchased on its own or in combination with Foot Canada Training's Foot Care Nurse courses and is available for bulk purchase and/or individual purchase order through our distributor Quality FootCare Products by completing the Textbook Purchase Form. The textbook cost is $109.99 CAD + tax with FREE shipping within Canada and the USA. 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.                                               

                                                                                          

[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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