Ontario Podortho Nursing Association
- Use of the title Podortho Nurse
- Members Only Discussions
- Vendor Benefits & Early Access
- Ensure standard fee’s are set
- Access Podortho Nurse Care Plans
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Podortho Nurse’s Mandate
The Ontario Association of Podortho Nurses mandate is to support its members by promoting the role of the Podortho Nurse in career objectives to work in an interdisciplinary health care setting or independent practice. We will lead the transition from the title Foot Care Nurse to Podortho Nurse making recommendations towards increasing Nurses knowledge and skills in the field of foot and lower limb care through continued education initiatives.
Podortho Nurse’s Practice Statement
Professional Podortho Nurse Specialists Are Registered Nurses (Registered Practical Nurse / Registered Nurse) that specialize in the field of Advanced Medical Foot and Lower Limb Care. The primary objective of a Podortho Nurse is to optimize foot health, improve client mobility and overall Health Related Quality of Life. This is achieved by performing lower leg and foot assessments, which has been known to detect early signs of life threatening diseases or disabling conditions. In conjunction, Podortho Nurses use the Nursing Process to assess and diagnose, develop and implement a plan of care, and evaluate patient outcomes, while working as part of an interdisciplinary health care team or independently to ultimately provide adequate quality client care.
The Ontario Association of Podortho Nurses mission is to facilitate the integration of the Podortho Nurse into the public health sector whereby they can work in a number of different health care settings including but not limited to; Long term care facilities, clinics, hospitals, home care settings and private practice.
To Lead the transition from the title Foot Care Nurse to the title Podortho Nurse recognizing Podortho Nurses assess patients health care requirements of the lower limb and foot but also treat not only the Foot but the entire body focusing on the Physical, emotional and spiritual side of each individual patient.
To support Podortho Nurses to educate their patients regarding their general health and conditions and how it relates to their foot health, teaching preventative measures to reduce foot and lower limb complications.
To utilize Podortho Nurses advanced skills and extensive health care knowledge to specialize in quality Foot and lower limb care focusing on patient centered concerns working either alongside other disciplines or independently.
To certify Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses with the title Podortho Nurse who has specialized in post graduate studies of foot and lower limb care though continued education initiatives.
To make recommendations to educational facilities to increase the level of education for Nurses specializing in Foot and lower limb care through continuing education initiatives.
Recommend training for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses who wish to specialize in Foot and Lower limb care to private educational facilities and, community colleges standardizing a minimum 180 hour foot and lower limb care course however ensuring we recognize the work all existing Foot Care Nurses have accomplished through their own efforts to self educate and regulate their practice therefore; grandfathering existing Foot Care Nurses into our association.
To educate the public and advance provincial and national recognition of the Podortho Nurse through the appropriate channels of legislation.
To lead Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses to best practice in foot and lower limb care within their scope of practice allowing that to broaden with the continued changes in health care within our governing body encouraging best practice educational initiatives.
To decrease the barriers presented to Foot Care Nurses in the industry that are providing care to their patients.
To support Nurses to become more recognized for their respected education in Nursing and specialty area of Foot and lower limb care as Regulated health care providers.