Thunder Bay (ON) Foot Care Nurse Course Part 2

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FCN 2 (Clinical)



Policies and Procedures Manual - Thunder Bay, ON

  1. Course Description

  2. Course Prerequisites

  3. Course Dates & Registration Deadlines

  4. Contact Information

  5. Location

  6. Education Team Profile

  7. Registration

  8. Tuition

  9. Tuition Refund, Course Cancellation & Wait List


  10. Instruments & Supplies

  11. Privacy & Confidentiality Standards

  12. Dress Code

  13. Policies & Procedures Unique to Facility

Course Description

The Foot Care Nurse (FCN) course is designed for nurses new to foot care and for experienced foot care nurses who wish to update their knowledge and skills. This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a foot care nurse within a health care team. This comprehensive, advanced, and diabetic foot care program follows current Best Practice Guidelines and evidence-based practice.

Part 2 of the FCN course provides hands on learning opportunities for students to practice their foot care skills. This part of the FCN course is a mentorship and clinical program offered in a central location and facilitated by an on site Foot Care Nurse Educator.

Part 2  of the FCN course in Thunder Bay is not administered by Foot Care Kingston, but is independently administered by Confederation College, one of Foot Care Kingston's education partners. Tuition for Part 2 is not included in the tuition for Part 1.

Course Prerequisites

  • Applicants must have successfully completed Part 1 of the FCN course through Foot Care Kingston with a minimum grade of 75%.
  • Applicants must start Part 2 within 12 months of graduating from Part 1. Exceptions to the 12 month rule may be allowed in extenuating circumstances. Applicants are to contact their Part 2 location of choice to discuss their unique circumstances and for more details.
  • Each applicant must carry and show proof of at least $2 Million personal protective insurance (malpractice insurance).
  • Each applicant must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from the territory or province in which they reside and will be taking their Part 2 FCN course.
  • Each student must show proof of completion of the two Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) free online courses (as per online workbook resources in FCN Part 1 – Assignment #6 – IPAC).
  • The student is expected to have purchased the following textbook for Part 1 FCN course:  Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada.

Course Dates & Registration Deadlines

The Foot Care Nurse Course Part 2 at Confederation College for 2018 is scheduled for June 4-8. Applicants will be expected to seek out eight hours of mentorship between May and June  (to be discussed in class). Applicants who have successfully completed Part 1 are to register for Part 2 with Confederation College. Part 2 at Confederation College will only be offered if there are sufficient registrations.

Registration will open on December 1, 2017 and deadline to register is April 6, 2018.

Contact Information

For information, please contact:

Shelley Leeson Program Officer
Confederation College
P.O. Box 398
1450 Nakina Drive
Thunder Bay, ON
P7C 4W1
Phone: (807) 475-6189


Confederation College, 1450 Nakina Drive, Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4W1

Facility Profile Highlights

Confederation College is more than just another post-secondary institution; we’re a culturally diverse, close-knit community of individuals, delivering exceptional education and training to an average of 7,800 combined full and part-time students per year.

With highly-trained instructors, smaller class sizes and a dynamic learning environment, we offer practical, hands-on programs and courses that will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed.

Our main campus is situated on 130 acres of park-like property located right in the heart of the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Our campus has beautifully treed grounds, a shallow, twisting river and a network of walking paths.

We have been serving the citizens of northwestern Ontario since 1967, by meeting the educational needs of students in a catchment area of 550,000 square kilometres - that’s about the size of France!


Confederation College inspires learners to succeed in their lives and careers in northwestern Ontario and beyond.


Confederation College will enrich lives through learning.


Confederation College values diversity, learning and leading, respect and caring, openness and excellence.

Education Team Profile

Philina Sky RN, CDE, Educator

Philina Sky's spirit name is Strong Hearted Woman and her clan is Moose. She is a proud member of Cold Lake First Nations, which is located in Treaty 6, Alberta, and with paternal family roots in Camperville, Manitoba. She is a proud mother of six children and kokum of 2 beautiful grandsons!  She was raised in Northwestern Ontario most of her life and has been working in semi-remote, isolated and urban community settings within the Treaty 3 and Nishnawbe Aski Nation areas for the past 19+ years.

Understanding the importance of patient safety and “wise” practices in her work, Philina is a Foot Care Nurse Educator, certified Diabetes Educator and Ontario Community Support Association Personal Support Worker Instructor.  More recently, she has successfully completed the Novice Infection Prevention and Control Canada 400+ hours course. In addition, to being a dedicated educator for Home and Community care on numerous chronic disease health workshops, she was instrumental as the Lead Curriculum Developer and Instructor in Canada’s first Anishinaabe “Community Diabetes Support Worker” program, through the Seven Generations Education Institute in 2014. Philina endeavours to contribute to education that is geared to the reality of the north, which led her to the work and delivery of Foot Care Kingston's Foot Care Nurse course (Part 2-Clinical) in Thunder Bay, offered in partnership with Confederation College. Twelve Foot Care Nurses graduated from this course at Confederation College in 2016. Currently, Philina appreciates the opportunity to continue teaching for the online Confederation College Diabetes Graduate Program to health care professionals and consulting for Foot Care Kingston.

Over the years, Philina has been actively involved on several committees such as the Kenora Diabetes Network Committee, NWO End of Life Steering Committee, Grand Council Treaty 3 Pandemic, Diabetes & Home Care working groups, and various Health Canada related working groups.  She also served a two year term as the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses as the Northwestern Ontario Provincial Advisor and is presently involved in the development of the Northwestern Ontario’s first Home and Community Care Network.

Philina is also known in her area as a helper and describes herself as “a gap-filler, a builder and a fixer”, and advocates to leaders for better health care delivery for the population she serves. She has been influential in successful proposal submissions, course reviews, presentation and training delivery.  Over the past decade, she has contributed her expertise on many health projects for First Nations communities promoting best practices, to increase quality services and better health standards for the people, and focuses her energy on activities that promote and support capacity building and cultural competency approaches.

Philina is the owner and operator her own business "Minowaywin Mishkikii Qwe" which means, 'a nurse helper that treats you well', inspired by the work of her mother and mother-in-law, who have journeyed on to the spirit world.  Minowaywin Mishkikii Qwe Nursing Services & Consulting is located on Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake) First Nation and currently provides nursing services, training education and consulting in Infection Control, Home care, Diabetes prevention and management and Foot care within Northwestern Ontario.


When and How to Register

Upon successful completion of Part 1 with Foot Care Kingston nurses can web register via the Continuing Education shopping cart or by phone 1-807-475-6550 on or after December 1, 2017. DEADLINE to Register is APRIL 6, 2018. If you would like your name added to an interest list for Part 2 (we can contact you when registration is open) please email

Minimum and Maximum Participants’ Requirements

Part 2 of the FCN program will be offered with a minimum registration of 10 nurses and a maximum of 12 nurses (possible flexibility on this criteria may be extended). A waitlist will be maintained for any nurse wishing to register after the program maximum has been reached. Nurses are therefore encouraged to choose another location to attend part 2 in the event that Confederation College does not meet the minimum number of nurses required to run the program.


How Much is Tuition? 

$2,090.50 ($1850.00 + $240.50 HST)

Additionally, nurses will be expected to print out and bring to class a print package of program handouts.

*Price subject to change based on cost of program supplies at time of scheduling. For more information contact 807-475-6550.

What is Included in the Tuition?

Tuition includes clinical, mentorship and hands-on practical training.

Note: Nurses are expected to bring own PPE including 10 universal disposable gowns (yellow isolation gowns - no aprons, or sleeveless type), 1 box of gloves, 10 N95 masks - ear loop ones are NOT acceptable and 1 pair of eyewear/safety glasses.

What are the Payment Methods?  

Interested nurses should register as soon as possible to secure a seat in the program and must register 4 weeks prior to the start of the program. Payment is required at time of registration. We will allow exceptions if the program is undersubscribed, therefore if interested please inquire after this deadline. NOTE: Registration is on a first-come first-served basis, so nurses are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Confederation College accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express or certified cheque.

Tuition Refund, Course Cancellation & Wait List Policy

Part 2 at Confederation College will only run if there is sufficient interest. If you have chosen Confederation College for Part 2, you will be notified by email or phone if the course is cancelled. Full course fees will be refunded if the program is cancelled by Confederation College.  In the event that the course fills, nurses will be placed on a wait list in the order in which they have expressed interest either by email to  or phone 1-807-475-6550. We will do our best to let nurses know as soon as a spot opens up.  Should you wish to withdraw, any tuition received is non-refundable, as activities and expenses were made on your behalf from the date of receipt. Subject to approval by the Program Officer, you may re-apply to re-enter into the next course (space permitting) and will be subject to a re-entry fee to a future course of equivalent content and tuition.

Instruments & Supplies

What are Nurses to Bring?

Nurses must purchase the required textbook: Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada. Please visit the Bookstore page of Foot Care Kingston's website for details on how to purchase.

Nurses are also required to purchase a medical rotary tool. This can be purchased from Quality Foot Care. It is the student nurse’s responsibility to bring a MEDICALLY-approved rotary tool such as this. No one should be bringing the Dremel-type bought from a hardware store or Canadian Tire.

Nurses are expected to bring own PPE including 10 universal disposable gowns (yellow isolation gowns - no aprons, or sleeveless type), 1 box of gloves, 10 N95 masks - Ear loop ones are NOT acceptable and 1 pair of eyewear/safety glasses.

Nurses are expected to bring a binder with paper to take and hold notes as well as any handouts that you will be asked to print and bring to clinical each day.

Nurses are required to bring their own food and drink. There are many places to purchase food nearby.

Other expenses not included in the tuition/where and how to purchase:

  • Course textbook
  • Tuition for Part 1
  • Costs of instruments and PPE supplies noted above
  • Cost of hotel and travel expenses
  • Required printing of program handouts/materials
  • Requests outside of normal program activities or outside of educational, technical, and administrative support schedules or activities, as per the course package (such as requests for remedial assignments, course transcripts, external correspondence, letters...).

Privacy & Confidentiality Standards

How is Information Protected?

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), Confederation College regards as confidential all personal information held in its records regarding applicants, registered students, and former students. The College also has a duty to protect the privacy of student health information as outlined in the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA).

The College will protect the personal information of all students. All employees of the College with access to personal information are responsible for adhering to the responsibilities under FIPPA, PHIPA, and under Privacy Policy (5-5-02).

What Policies are in Place to Protect Client Information During Clinical?

All student nurses and clients of the foot care clinics are asked to sign a consent to treatment form prior to receiving any treatment which includes a freedom of information and protection of privacy act collection notice.

Dress Code

Nurses are required to purchase PPE and wear uniforms, closed toe shoes/standard nursing shoes, as well as reusable eye wear/safety glasses to clinical and should bring enough scrubs for each day as there is clinical – for Part A 3 sets, Part B 4 sets.

Policies & Procedures Unique to Facility

The following are additional prerequisites for all nurses applying to Part 2 of the FCN course at Confederation College:

  • Police Information check with vulnerable persons screen prior to clinical (Confederation College will supply a letter of request at no charge to student nurses who need a PIC to bring or send to police station. Please email if you need a letter).
  • CPR (Health Care Provider Level) if no expiry date on certificate a 2 year expiry date is applied
  • Personal Immunization Record (childhood to present - must be up to date)
  • Hep B Vaccine Series (3) (must be completed if not on your Immunization Record)
  • Tuberculosis Skin Test (2 step) if positive result, student must have chest x-ray and report must be included with package.  The x-ray is valid for a 2 year period.  A previous 2 step test can be submitted along with current 1 step