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August 2018 Foot Care Kingston Newsletter

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Save the Date

Foot Care Kingston's first annual conference to take place from October 4-6, 2019 in Thunder Bay, ON

Continuing Education Options to Meet your Needs

Registration is open for the fall semester. Register before the early bird deadline and save $150 + tax. Please visit the Foot Care Kingston website for details. 

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

FCN Workshop
FCN Part 1
FCN Part 2 *
FCN Refresher

Registration for FCN Part 2 varies based on location. Please visit the FCN Part 2 page for more information.

80% Discounts

Foot Care Kingston is offering discounts for Part 1 of the FCN course (online) to eligible applicants. See our Financial Aid page for details.

Interested in Collaborating?

38+ colleges in 8 provinces and territories in Canada currently use our textbook. We also have a variety of other options available to organizations wishing to collaborate, including customized courses, hybrid courses and education partnerships. Interested in knowing more? Please contact us for details.

Clinical Corner

Facebook groups for Foot Care Nurses and the updated Inlow's Foot Screen Tool - Information to help you stay ahead of the curb on all the latest advancements nursing foot care.



Save the Date - Fall 2019 FCN Conference 

We're excited to announce Foot Care Kingston will be hosting its first annual conference next year at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, ON, from October 4-6, 2019. Further details to be announced on the FCN Conference page of our website and in our newsletter.

Foot Care Nurse Conference - Save the Date (Oct 4-6, 2019)

Continuing Education Options to Meet Your Needs

Whether you're an experienced Foot Care Nurse, an educator or a nurse interested in dipping your toe in for the first time to learn what this field is all about, Foot Care Kingston has you covered. We have a range of Foot Care Nurse continuing education opportunities available this semester. Students save $150 + tax when registering before the early bird deadline. Application links and fall semester early bird deadlines are listed below:

New, experienced, not yet a Foot Care Nurse, but curious? This section is for you.

Infection Prevention and Control in FCN Practices workshop 
Our Infection Prevention and Control in FCN Practices workshop is our first in our new Series of 5 Skills Workshops. Although the workshop is designed with Foot Care Nurses in mind, all nurses are welcome. This hands-on workshop will provide each participant the opportunity to reprocess foot care instruments with the use of autoclaves, ultrasonic cleaners, biological indicators, chemical indicators, sterile pouches and incubators in order to meet best practices using "sterile from point of use" standards and guidelines. Please visit the FCN Skills Workshops page of our website for further details and to register.
  • Offered in Kingston on September 29, 2018. 
  • Only 8 spaces available. 
  • Early bird registration deadline: August 25, 2018

New to the field? This section is for you.

Foot Care Nurse Course Part 2 (Clinical)

Foot Care Nurse Course

Our Foot Care Nurse course is designed for nurses (RN’s, NP’s, RPN’s & LPN’s) new to foot care and for experienced Foot Care Nurses who wish to update their knowledge and skills.

The Foot Care Nurse (FCN) course follows a comprehensive, advanced and diabetic nursing foot care curriculum. This curriculum is based on current Best Practice Guidelines and evidence-based practice, including the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017), which are integrated as exit competencies to the course.

This course has an online theoretical component (FCN Part 1) and an in-person clinical mentorship component (FCN Part 2), and is designed to prepare participants to function as a Foot Care Nurse within a health care team.


FCN Part 2 (ON)


  • September 22 - December 7, 2018


  • January 15 - April 2, 2019
  • April 16 - July 2, 2019
  • June 11 - August 27, 2019
  • September 24 - December 10, 2019

The early bird tuition rate for the fall 2018 semester is available until September 8, 2018.

Please read the FCN Part 1 Course Outline and Appendix A and visit the FCN 1 (Theory) page of the Foot Care Kingston website for more information on this part of the course and to register.

FCN Part 2 dates are available on the FCN 2 (Clinical) page of the Foot Care Kingston website. Please read the FCN Part 2 Course Outline and click on your location of choice below to find out more about course details for your area.



Experienced Foot Care Nurse? This section is for you.

Foot Care Nurse Course Part 2 (Clinical)

FCN Clinical Refresher course
Lots has changed over the years with foot care. Did you know that all returning students and experienced Foot Care Nurses are currently eligible for a discounted tuition rate of $250.00 + tax for Part 1 of the Foot Care Nurse course (FCN Part 1)? If ever you feel the need to refresh your theoretical knowledge in the coming years, please keep us in mind. We take care of keeping our courses updated with all the latest tools, resources and guidelines. 
In addition, we also offer an FCN Clinical Refresher course for experienced Foot Care Nurses and Foot Care Nurse Educators who have completed FCN Part 1 with 85% or higher. Although this course is only available in Kingston this year, we expect that it will become available at select partner locations shortly. Please read the FCN Clinical Refresher Course Outline and visit the FCN Clinical Refresher course page for additional information. Interested nurses are invited to add their name to our interest list for their preferred FCN Clinical Refresher location.
  • Next course: Wednesday October 17, 2018 (early bird deadline August 1st, 2018)
FCN Preceptor (FCN PREC) course - ONLINE
The FCN Preceptor (FCN PREC) course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist an Educator for the clinical and mentorship portion of a Foot Care Nurse course. This comprehensive course explores adult learning theory, assessment and teaching principles. The curriculum is based on current Best Practice Guidelines and evidence-based practice, including the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) and the WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies (2016). Please read the FCN PREC Course Outline and visit the FCN PREC Course page for additional details.
  • Next course: October 16 - November 27, 2018 (Early bird deadline October 2, 2018)
FCN Educator (FCNEd) course - ONLINE
The FCNEd course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach the clinical and mentorship portion of a Foot Care Nurse course. This comprehensive course explores lesson and event planning, presentation skills, marketing, and health and safety. It also provides an overview of small business practice. The curriculum is based on current Best Practice Guidelines and evidence-based practice, including the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) and the WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies (2016). Please read the FCNEd Course Outline and visit the FCNEd Course page for course dates and details. 
  • Next course: October 2, 2018 to December 4, 2018 (Early bird deadline September 18, 2018)

Interested in Collaborating with Foot Care Kingston?

Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada

We have a variety of options available for organizations wishing to collaborate. General information is included below. Please contact our Operations Management Consultant and Liaison, Marie-Pierre Hamelin (marie-pierre@footcarekingston.com) for more information. 
  • Textbook Resource for Independent Foot Care Nurse (FCN) Course - We currently have 38+ colleges and partners across Canada who use our textbook for their own uniquely developed course. The Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada (2017) was written with the Foot Care Nurse course in mind and is a peer-reviewed, multi-authored textbook that was developed through the collaboration of many experienced Canadian foot care professionals. If interested in using the textbook for your own uniquely developed Foot Care Nurse course, please note that the book is available for bulk purchase and/or individual purchase order through our textbook distributor Quality FootCare Products by calling their toll-free number 1-866-833-9352 or emailing quality@qfootcare.comThe textbook cost is currently $99.99 CAD + tax with FREE shipping within Canada. Note that the textbook cost will be increasing to $109.99 starting September 1, 2018. This will help us to more adequately cover the increasing costs of marketing, shipping, storage and printing. For more information about the textbook, please visit our bookstore page for details.  

  • Customized Course - Our Foot Care Nurse (FCN) course has 2 parts. FCN Part 1 focuses on theory and is completed entirely online. This portion of the course runs 4x per year. Please visit our FCN Part 1 page for details. The second portion of the course, FCN Part 2, is in-person and provides clinical mentorship. This portion of the course is currently being offered in Kingston, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Windsor and in Northern and Interior British Columbia. Additional locations for FCN Part 2 are anticipated over the next year. If however, there is an organization interested in hosting FCN Part 2 at an alternate location with a group of 4 nurses or more interested in taking the course at the same time, we may be able to have one of our Educators travel to that community to teach Part 2.   

  • Hybrid FCN Course - Some locations develop their own clinical Foot Care Nurse course to meet the unique needs of their community, but prefer to have their students complete the theory online beforehand with Part 1 of Foot Care Kingston's Foot Care Nurse course. We call this a hybrid course. All organizations offering a hybrid course with Foot Care Kingston's FCN Part 1 must have a written agreement in place with Foot Care Kingston.

  • Join our Team - Foot Care Kingston is looking for experienced Foot Care Nurses that have taken our courses, to join our team of Preceptors and/or Educators. Check out the Join our Team page for more information on current opportunities and to apply. We hope this sparks an interest in new Foot Care Nurses, as this is a career option for all our graduates once they have accumulated a few years of experience.

Clinical Corner
 by Cindy Lazenby RN

Foot Care Nurse Facebook Groups - Networking Opportunities in Foot Care

Foot Care Nurse Facebook Groups

Did you know that Foot Care Nurses (FCNs) from across Canada can request to join the following closed foot care groups? In addition to Foot Care Nurses, some of these groups also include other interdisciplinary foot care health care providers from across the world.

Each group has a different focus, so you should read through to see which is the right fit for you. Personally, I have joined all of the Facebook groups below. I find it's one way to keep abreast of the advancements in foot care, find out about continuing education opportunities, network and share clinical experiences.

Here are the current 3 secure Facebook pages available to Foot Care Nurses:

Canadian Foot Care Nurses Practice Support Group

This group was initially created for practice support for FCNs in Canada and has expanded to include FCNs from the United States and some international nurses who do not have FCNs in their country, but need the support to do their jobs. Content from this group is geared towards Canadian FCNs and encourages all participants to 'mentor' and share their knowledge with other FCNs within the group. 

Alberta Foot Care Nurses

This group is for Foot Care Nurses and other foot care medical professionals wishing to share their expertise, seek advice from their peers and learn about educational opportunities. 

Foot Care Profession Educational Opportunities Group

This group's focus is sharing educational opportunities within the Foot Care community. Many of the participants are medical professionals and their clients holistically. The group welcomes educational opportunities that help participants be more well rounded and informed practitioners. 

Inlow's 60-Second Foot Screen Updated

The recently updated Inlow's 60 Second Foot Screening tool has just been released. We encourage readers to take a look at Heather L. Orstead and Mariam Botros' article in the Summer 2018 issue of Wound Care Canada, Inlow's 60-Second Diabetic Foot Screen Gets a New Look!, to learn all about what the expanded tool has to offer. 

Feedback: Please send us your feedback, questions or your interest to join our growing team.                                               

 Foot Care Kingston Director - Cindy Lazenby                                                                      Foot Care Kingston Operationa Managment Consultant - Marie-Pierre Hamelin

 Cindy Lazenby RN                                                                          Marie-Pierre Hamelin MSW
 Director Foot Care Kingston                                                           Operations Management Consultant and Liaison

 [E] cindy@footcarekingston.com                                                  [E] marie-pierre@footcarekingston.com



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