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Policies and Procedures Manual - Thunder Bay, ON


Last Revised: December 5, 2018

Course Outline

The curriculum for Part 2 was developed by Foot Care Kingston and is administered by Foot Care Kingston and our education partners in select locations across Ontario and British Columbia. Each location uses the same standardized peer-reviewed education guidelines and this FCN Part 2 Course Outline

Dates & Registration Deadlines

  • FCN Part 2 in Thunder Bay will next be offered in 2020. Dates TBA.

Contact Information

For information, ​please review the information on the Foot Care Nurse - Part time Studies/Online page of the Confederation College website and contact:

Shelley Leeson Program Officer
Confederation College
P.O. Box 398
1450 Nakina Drive
Thunder Bay, ON
P7C 4W1
Phone: 1-807-475-6550


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 (date TBA). DEADLINE to Register is (date TBA). Registration after this date may be possible based on availability, please call 1-807-475-6550. If you would like your name added to an interest list for Part 2 (we can contact you when registration is open) please email ce@confederationcollege.ca.

Maximum Participants

  • Maximum 12 students

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 may need to choose another location or different dates to attend part 2 if Confederation College cannot accommodate them on specific dates, such as if minimum number of nurses required to run the program are not reached or have exceeded their maximum number of students.


How Much is Tuition? 

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

*Price subject to change based on cost of program supplies at time of scheduling. For more information contact 1-807-475-6550.

What is included in tuition? 

  • 43 hours of clinical + 3 hours of mentorship
  • a certificate of completion on successfully meeting minimum requirements of the course

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.

Expenses not included in the tuition

  • See Supporting Documents, Instruments and Supplies section 
  • Food & Drink – Students are responsible for their own food and drinks each day. There are many places to purchase food nearby.
  • Costs for accommodation & travel to and from clinical and mentorship locations
  • Parking (if any)
  • Tuition for 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.).

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 ce@confederationcollege.ca  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.

Supporting Documents, Instruments & 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:

  • All items listed in the Policies and Procedures Unique to Facilities section
  • A hard copy or electronic copy of at least $2 million personal protective insurance (malpractice insurance).
  • A printed or online 'receipt' of showing current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License from the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Hard copy government issued photo ID.
  • Course Textbook - Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada
  • A printed copy of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses' National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017)
  • Equipment - Each nurse is to bring a 'podiatric rotary instrument' that is designed for use on human skin (not hardware or industrial brands). Podiatric rotary instruments can be purchase through Quality FootCare Products at a special discounted student rate of $540 (includes 3 diamond deb burrs, taxes and free shipping). When calling to place your order, tell them you are a  Confederation College student to receive the discounted rate. 
  • Medical Supplies - Nurses are expected to purchase and 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. It is highly recommended that students call Ted at Quality FootCare Products at 1-519-681-4763 only after they receive a confirmation email from Confederation College that the course is a "go" (after the course registration deadline). When calling Quality FootCare, students need to mention that they are a Confederation College student to receive special pricing. 

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.

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 prior to clinical (Confederation College will send a letter after registration for use when applying for PIC).
  • 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