The Ontario Podortho Nursing Association
Professional Podortho Nursing Specialists are registered Nurses (Registered Practical Nurse / Registered Nurse) that specialize in the field of Advanced Medical Foot 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 plan of care, and evaluate patient outcomes, while working as part of an interdisciplinary health care team to ultimately provide adequate quality client care.
Podortho Nurses graduate from a comprehensive 180 hours Advanced Foot Care training course where they studied in depth theory, using evidenced-based best practices, and practice skill sets in a regulated Advanced Foot Care clinical / medical setting. Instructors are experienced practicing Professional Podortho Nursing Specialist that teach a comprehensive theory and practical skills course, including but not limited to; nail and skin anatomy, physiology and pathology, various disease processes, nail and skin care, wound care, pain management, structural deformities, adequate footwear and bio-mechanics of the lower limb and foot, infection control, foot care techniques and treatments, instrumentation and procedures, assessment and documentation, planning and management of foot health. Alternatively, practicing Foot Care Nurses can become a Podortho Nurse and as needed, advance their knowledge and skills through various courses or workshops. A foot care school will provide the tools and resources needed to become a Podortho Nurse.
Additionally, Podortho Nurses are regulated health care providers with knowledge, skills and judgement to practice advanced nursing foot care skills. They are insured health care providers and possess registration to practice with a regulated nursing body governing their practicing province. They maintain the Podortho nurse trade mark and designation right by meeting educational requirements and, or are matured in the field, and hold an active membership with the Ontario Podortho Nursing Association.
Nursing Foot Care Member Benefits
Access to core competencies.
Access to charting forms.
Access to Nursing Foot Care diagnoses.
Easily accessable malpractice insurance at affordable rates.
This will validate your profession and increase your patient bookings.
This will also lend credibility to your profession and increase referrals from other health care professionals in our communities.
Accessible links to government agencies for ordering products and accessing rules and regulations related to our industry. I.e. Reprocessing links to public health.
Podortho Nurse Specialists are Registered Nurses (Registered Practical Nurse/Registered Nurse) that specialize in the field of Advanced Medical Foot Care. The primary objective of a Podortho Nurse is to optimize foot health, improve client mobility and overall Health Related Quality of Life.
- Ensure standard fee’s are set
- Access Podortho Nurse Care Plans
- Listed in Podortho Search Tool
- Vendor Benefits & Early Access
- Members Only Discussions
- Use of the title Podortho® Nurse