The Quest for Interesting CE Hours

“More CEs…I need more CEs!”

As a nurse you’re required to keep up with your training, and every licensure period you must have a certain number of CE hours. There are many educational opportunities out there, but very few deal with the feet. What? The feet, did you say?

Yes, the feet may be lowly and humble, but problems with your feet can literally take you to your knees! Patients often will put off “little dings” or annoyances, but when they do finally book a medical appointment, you often get a laundry list of medical complaints. And then they add “Oh, and I’ve been having problems with this right foot.” After this program, you will be ready for this to happen.

Think back on your training days….do you remember that chapter on the feet and lower extremities? No? Not really? We surveyed eight nursing text books and the feet were barely mentioned. No interventions. No treatments. No comprehensive list of conditions that you should be looking for with every office visit.

With all that in mind, we have designed an online program in which you can put everything together and bridge the information gap in your textbooks with our foot care-specific training programs. At the same time, you can also earn your required CEs.

  • Our LPN/LVN course grants 12 CE contact hours and you will learn to recognize and understand the implications of your observations during foot assessments. And these skills will add to your value in your position!
  • The RN course grants 24 CE contact hours (1) and you’ll garner the knowledge you need when baby boomers and those with chronic health conditions present with foot complaints. The course also serves as a prep course for the WOCNCB’s CFCN exam. With this online program, you can take advantage of adding another board certification to your skill set and command a higher salary.

Book your course and get the vital information you need to take care of the multitude of foot conditions you see with confidence. You’ll earn some new and interesting CEs…and your patients will thank you!

(1) Editor’s Note: In October, 2017, the biennial review and update of the RN course added more materials and the CEs allocated for this course was increased to 25 Contact Hours.

Why Foot Care Training?

“My training stopped at the ankles,” she said.

My mother was an adult on-set diabetic. She was a cosmetologist and took care of her own feet, and I remember when she told me she was afraid to let anyone else touch them. When I asked her why, she said, “I’m afraid someone might cut me.”  As a youngster that made perfect sense, but as an adult with extensive education in foot care and the conditions that affect our feet, her words take on much more meaning.

My business partner, Janet McCormick, and I both have immediate family members who have health conditions that directly affect the health of their feet and legs. Along with my mother, my brother is diabetic. Janet’s mother was also diabetic, as well as two sisters. Her brother-in-law recently was diagnosed with melanoma on the plantar surface of his foot. It was discovered on his very first dermatological scan—who knows how long it had been there! Both of us are passionate about getting more foot care information into the hands of those who need it the most: first contact and routine health care givers.

Who needs foot care training? Those who see patients! Whether you are a nurse, a medical assistant, a nursing assistant or a caregiver, you need to know about foot-specific conditions, diseases, disorders and the implications that chronic health conditions have on the lower limbs.

We surveyed 8 nursing textbooks. A couple of them devoted a few paragraphs to foot care…one had more: one and a half pages with pictures and all were anatomical in nature. None of them gave information about recognizing specific foot-related conditions. None of them offered nursing interventions. None of them gave treatments of any kind. This is a huge gap in nursing care training. One of the nurses that worked with us in the development of our RN course said, “Basically, my training stopped at the ankle.”

What can Prof-Ed offer? We promise you that our courses are thorough and tailored to your level of licensing. It will give you the knowledge you need to confidently assess your patients’ feet and integrate your findings in the context of their overall health. Your training in wound care will be extended to cover the special requirements of wound healing on the feet. Your new knowledge of how underlying chronic conditions can manifest in the feet will give you the early warning system you need to prevent loss of limbs…and lives. Join us in our quest to educate and inform medical providers, patients and their caregivers about the utter necessity of proper foot care.