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Learn, Discover, and Become A Foot Care Nurse

It would be very hard for me to pinpoint one thing that I liked most about the course as it was a very dynamic and multifaceted experience from the Zoom meetings, clinic environment, clientele, mentorship, and person​al insight into my professional future goals.

My facilitator Michelle De Grandmont went above and beyo​nd to connect with me personally and professionally to provide the best clinical experience, and I am very grateful for the opportunities she provided and suggested. 

Ottawa Student May 2021

I was amazed that Michelle and her team were able to locate a Nurse Preceptor 55 Minutes from my home. My nurse preceptor Caroline was amazing. She was patient and understanding. I saw so many patients during our four days together! When Clinical was was complete I got a job working with Caroline right away!

Soft Soles was amazing making me feel so welcome into the Foot Care Nurse Team! I am so happy I took the Ottawa Clinical Preceptor Opportunity. 

Preceptor Student August 2​021

Ottawa Foot Care Nurse Clinical Course Outline 

Total Hours: 43 (Not including lunches and breaks)



Foot Canada Training and Soft Soles will furnish certificates indicating you have successfully gained the knowledge and skills to practice as an Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care Nurse. 


These can be used to qualify as a Blue Cross service provider and allows your patients to claim your services in their insurance plans. ( We cover more of this in the business discussions at clinical)


Together, both the Foot Care Nurse Theory and Foot Care Nurse Clinical courses are designed to prepare participants to function as a Foot Care Nurse within a health care team. 


We believe that nurses who are starting out in foot care need to have all the skills to practice safely.


Students will be will be able to practice  during clinical training advanced skills such as 

  • Gait Analysis
  • Padding, Strapping and Offloading.
  • Silicon Molding
  • Methods to teach patients about diabetes, neuropathy, and circulation.
  • Prevention and treatments for a variety of comorbidities.
  • You will measure for compression, apply nail braces, and practice sharp reduction.
  • Policy and Procedures writing for independent practice. 
  • Business management 

More nurses need this!

Michelle,

Thank you for the policy and procedure program. I feel like I am ready to not only finally get my policies up to date but to face the pandemic now. I am so glad I took your foot care training. I am prepared and confident that I was following best practices.  

THANK YOU SO MUCH

Cathy 

RN, Foot Care Nurse

Thanks again Michelle, the course was sooo helpful, I feel more confident about planning to see my first home care patients next week! Your course on anatomy review  is so straightforward and easy to follow.

I really liked being able to hear how to pronounce the words and the review really pulled it all together for me.  

Paula

RPN, Foot Care Nurse

Thanks for the course. It was informative, clear and easy to follow. I felt confident at the end.  the components to teach myAs a new nurse it is hard to know what to say to patients . Now I feel a lot more confident! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Mary 

RN, Foot Care Nurse

Tuition

 Foot Canada Theory has just seen a price drop to $800.00 with tax ( add $170 for the text & shipping)


Clinical is $2979 (with tax) for those who register in February. 



What is included in tuition?

  • 43 hours of clinical (24 hours of advanced nursing foot care skills, 16 hours of clinical practice skills and 3 hours of mentorship)
  • Includes tax, all PPE, sterile instruments for patient care, instruments and additional supplies).
  • Depending on timing students may also learn, compression fitting, ABI's, scalpel use, nail bracing, padding and strapping
  • Business management, and Policies and Procedures for independent practice is included
  • A certificate of completion on successfully meeting minimum requirements of the course.


What are the payment methods?

E- transfer, Credit card, cash or personal cheque.


Expenses not included in tuition:

  • See Supporting Documents, Instruments and Supplies section
  • Food & Drink – Students are responsible for their own food and drinks each day. Costs for accommodation & travel to and from clinical and mentorship locations
  • Parking (FREE)
  • Tuition for the FCN Theory course (formerly FCN Part 1)
  • Requests outside of normal course activities or outside of educational, technical, and administrative support schedules or activities as per the course outline (such as requests for remedial assignments, course transcripts, third party correspondence, letters, etc.).

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

This course  will enable you to create the robust policies and procedures needed to meet IPAC standards. This program is based on evidence based practice, government resources, and Health Canada standards that you will need to operate your foot Business.  The program includes examples and resources specific to Foot care nurses working in LTC, Facilities Home care settings with Pandemic Planning sections.

ADVANCED SKILLS 

 Padding and strapping will help to reduce pressure points. Silicon Molds are created for individual patients allowing nurses to create personalized offloading, Sharps  reduction to reduce hyperkeratosis will increase patients comfort and decrease risk for pressure ulcers.  Hands on practice with nail braces with course work including Onyfix.  Learn about Podiatry drills and their safe operation and maintenance. 

REFRESHER

Nurses can use this course to review  the general principles of foot care. This course focuses on anatomy and physiology of the low​er limb, common foot care pathologies, as well as  assessment practices. it is suitable for the foot care nurse preparing for Clinical practice Refresher Program or those who wish to review their knowledge base.

Clinical Performance Standards


There are a number of different educational options for foot care, and there are a number of things to consider when choosing a course.

Refer to the College of Nurses practice documents for your obligations as a professional nurse. There are a lot of important things to keep in mind when making the transition to independent practice. 


I would encourage you to consider an institution that works and teaches within the National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada, which like Soft Soles does.


IPAC Canada has also updated their requirements for Foot Care providers. Foot Care Nurses have to be able to have comprehensive policies and procedures for their businesses as well as follow specific reprocessing standards. Soft Soles clinical training will make sure that you have both Policies and Procedures as well as IPAC ready for your practice.


You may also have noticed an offer of 'Certification' from several educational venues - please bear in mind that currently, no certification for foot care is recognized by any of the Canadian provincial or territorial regulatory bodies. CAFCN is in the process of developing a certification process, which would then inform educational institutions. 


It is up to the individual to choose which continuing education course they complete.


It can be expensive to get going, and it is up to the individual nurse to choose the program that best meets their needs - educational, financially, time-wise, etc. RNAO funding does help, though. I utilized it when I did my education. We offer receipts geared towards getting that $1,500 reimbursement.



FCN Clinical Lesson Plan (43hrs)

Mentorship (3 hours)

Students will observe their Foot Care Clinical Lead Educator or one of the Foot Care Clinical Preceptors performing 2 nursing foot care clinical appointments. These mentorship hours are to be completed during the hours of the Foot Care Clinical.


Advanced Nursing Foot Care Skills (21.5 hours)

This portion of the course will be taught in a nursing lab or foot care clinical setting and will cover all advanced nursing foot care skills required to complete Foot Care Clinical, including risk assessments, treatment, development of individualized treatment plans, referrals and health education. Students will be guided to simulate step by step practical hands-on skills on 2 volunteer clients each.


Clinical Skills (18.5 hours)

This portion of the course is offered in a clinical care setting and provides students with clinical experience with 10 -13 volunteer clients, per student group.

Contact Information

Michelle De Grandmont R.P.N.

 Owner, Operator and Foot Care Educator

[email protected]

613.621.0012

Refunds, Conditional Acceptance and Course Cancelation Policy

** Should you wish to withdraw, note that tuition received is non-refundable and cannot be deferred.


Tuition is allocated towards course expenses from the date of receipt, including room bookings, team hires and coordinating pre-course activities such as volunteer client bookings, etc. It is the student’s responsibility to attend this course in its entirety for the dates and times registered to receive their final mark and certificate.


Applicants currently registered in the FCN Theory course and meeting all other course prerequisites will be accepted to this course on a conditional basis that they successfully complete the FCN Theory course and provide a copy of their certificate prior to the start of the FCN Clinical course. 


If the applicant does not pass the FCN Theory course prior to the start of the FCN Clinical course, the applicant will be provided with a choice to receive a refund for FCN Clinical or defer their tuition to the next available Ottawa Foot Care Nurse Clinical.


If  Soft Soles Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care cancels the clinical course due to low enrollment or any other unexpected reason, students will be informed and will receive a full refund.

Supporting Documents, Instruments, and Supplies

The items listed below are not included in the cost of tuition. 

Students will be expected to arrive on their first day of clinical with the items listed below.


  • Student Equipment, Instruments and Supplies: Please purchase handheld medical grade rotary instrument and goggles prior to course and bring with you. No Dremels are permitted




Privacy and Confidentiality Standards

How our organization protects student information:

All student information is placed in a locked filing cabinet on-premise or home office.


How our organization protects volunteer client information:

All client information obtained is confidential and consents are signed prior to all treatments.


How students are expected to protect volunteer client information:

Client confidentiality is a must. No cell phone photos allowed during teaching. All phones must be shut off and only used during break times.


Dress Code

  • A name tag will be provided to the student and shall be worn at all times.
  • Scrubs/uniforms and closed-toe and professional clean shoes, hair up and off shoulders and face
  • Punctuality is a must. Classes will begin on time.
  • Short clean fingernails, No acrylics, please.

Need to know more? Please contact us. We endeavour to respond to all inquiries within 1-3 business days.


Michelle De Grandmont R.P.N.

Owner, Operator and Foot Care Educator

[email protected]

613.621.0012