The Ontario Podortho Nursing Association
Podortho® Nurses are registered Nurses (RN’s, RPN’s, NP’s) that have obtained post graduate continuing education in the specialized 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 their client’s 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 altering diseases or disabling conditions. In conjunction, Podortho® Nurses use the Nursing process to assess, diagnose (nursing), develop plan of care, provide therapeutic treatment, and evaluate patient outcomes, while working either independently or as part of an interdisciplinary health care team providing quality client care.
Podortho Nurses graduate from a comprehensive post graduate program where they study in depth evidence-based theory and obtain superior clinical practices. Facilitators and mentors are seasoned Podortho Nurses, physiotherapists, Retired Podiatrists, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists. This continued education consists of; Anatomy of the foot and lower limb, physiology, pathology, various disease processes, nail and skin care, wound care, lower limb vascular education, pain management, laser therapy, biomechanics, gait analysis, structural deformities, infection control, foot care techniques and treatments, instrumentation and procedures, assessment, and documentation, planning and management of a Podortho Nursing foot and lower limb care plan.
Foot Care Nurses may acquire this advanced continuing education by providing their Foot Care Certificate of Completion, register for the additional online courses available and complementary to OPNA members which is required to become a Podortho® Nurse ensuring all members have the same level of advanced knowledge and skills. OPNA members will be able to use the trademark title Podortho® Nurse. Foot Care Nurses may also choose to participate in the Foot Care Nurse to Podortho Nurse Bridge program to refresh and upgrade their theoretical and clinical practice. This is not mandatory to become a Podortho® Nurse, however, may be recommended by OPNA Directors to upgrade the Nurses knowledge, skill and judgement to ensure all members have obtained this higher level of education to provide this more advanced care consistent with the OPNA Podortho Nurse Core Competencies (PNCC).
Podortho® Nurses are regulated health care providers (RHCP) who have obtained the knowledge, skills and judgement to practice in the field of advanced medical foot and lower limb care. Podortho® Nurses are insured health care providers and are members of the College of Nurses of Ontario. OPNA (not for profit organization) maintains the Podortho® Nurse Trademark title for their members and encourages advanced practice so their members are able to provide complete client care working to their full scopes of practice in this specialized area of care.
- Discount Code for 20% off Podortho Nursing Textbook
- Client Education Materials for Health Teaching
- Downloadable Practice Forms-Assessment, Documenting, Pod. N Lower Limb Nursing Diagnosis Examples
- Insurance Guidelines with Downloadable Forms
- Predetermination Practice Document
- Fee Guidelines
- General Practitioner Referral Document & Client Progress Reports
- General Practitioner Prescription Document
- Client Intake Form
- Informed Consent Form
- Best Practice Resources
- Marketing Materials
- Tips to Advertise your Practice
- Guide to Leasing Equipment
- Board Meeting Minutes
- Assessment Tools
- Presentations on Podortho Care Topics
OPNA’s PNCC promote best practice in foot and lower limb care performed by Podortho® Nurses.
OPNA members are celebrated for their extensive Nursing knowledge, judgement, and skill.
In addition, Podortho® Nurses have obtained post graduate continuing education in medical foot and lower limb care thereby, providing a comprehensive approach to the whole client addressing their health care needs and goals.
Quality Podortho Nursing Foot and Lower Limb Care is essential in order to meet the needs of a growing and aging population. Podortho Nurses are needed and well positioned to step into this role to meet the needs of the public and promote active and comfortable lifestyles, improve mobility and the general health and wellbeing in our communities across Ontario.Document Link
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 and limb 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