Foot Care Facilitator
Role : Director of Education / President
Specialist in : Registered Practical Nurse / Podortho® Nurse
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION | REG. PRACTICAL NURSE | PODORTHO® NURSE| FOOT CARE EDUCATOR | WOUND CARE SPECIALIST | REG. REFLEXOLOGIST | CERT. LASER THERAPIST | CERT. COMPRESSION FITTER | CERT IN BIO-MECHANICS
Erin King is the owner and Director of care of Feet for Life Medical Foot Care Ltd., Feet for Life School of Podortho Nursing and President/Founder of The Ontario Podortho Nursing Association Inc. Erin brings decades of experience in the field of Podiatry practicing as a Podortho® Nurse/Registered Practical Nurse. She has extensive experience in Nursing as a twenty-five-year veteran previously working in Hospitals, long term care facilities and, private practice.
Erin’s career began in a traditional Nursing role training in hospitals with a focus on complex chronic care and Rehabilitation. Erin graduated from Northern College studying the healing curriculum both at the RN and RPN levels and has obtained post graduate studies in foot and lower limb care in the field of Podiatry. Erin is a former Georgian College instructor teaching and designing the Advanced Nursing Foot Care program and now educates Nurses in her private practice ensuring Nurses are exposed to and educated in the available treatment options in Podiatry allowing Nurse to work to their full scope of practice. This is accomplished through providing advanced content with her authored text book Podortho Nursing Advanced Foot & Lower Limb Care (2019). Providing practical experiences that exposes every student to advanced treatment options to deliver high quality care to patients in Ontario allowing them to stay mobile, active and healthy.
Erin’s philosophy “Nurses execute superior standards of care and competencies incorporating this into their foot and lower limb care practice following through with every patient concern with care and compassion”
Feet for Life School of Podortho Nursing provides the most advanced foot and lower limb care education and practical competencies providing one on one mentor instruction and hands on practice. Nurses wishing to specialize in the field of Podiatry will enjoy this customized program providing them with training and education to deliver all encompassing care addressing patient’s initial foot and lower limb concerns with an understanding of how those conditions effects one’s general health and every day life. Students will learn concepts for maintaining good foot and lower limb health utilizing prevention strategies and techniques. Students will learn advanced skills with the implementation of advanced tools, technologies and holistic treatment options. Nurses are Regulated Health Care Providers and posses the knowledge, skill and judgment to provide top quality care. Once completing this course, the Nurse will feel confident entering the work force to deliver Nursing Podortho® patient care.
Course content includes; anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of human body specific to the lower limbs focusing on working to a Nurses full scope of practice and how to best apply these skills in a clinical setting.
These advanced skills will assist Nurse to treat general nail and skin conditions of the foot and care for advanced conditions such as foot pain, performing bio-mechanical assessments to dispense orthotics and, offer adjunctive therapies complementing their practice. The Nurse will best understand how to assess and treat lower limb conditions such as edematous legs, arterial diseases, diabetic foot complications and wound care to name a few. understanding the physical and emotional impact lower limb conditions may affect the patient’s overall health and wellness and activities of daily living.
This post graduate program will allow the Nurse to work independently or in an interdisciplinary setting. Additional opportunities are available to further advance knowledge and skills through workshops provided by our industry resource care partners supported by The Ontario Podortho Nursing Association Inc. (OPNA). www.opnassociation.ca. Completion of this program will allow the Nurse to use the trademarked title “Podortho ®” and utilize OPNA’s online tools to assist them with practice and support career goals. Included in the program fee is a one-year complementary membership to OPNA with access to online tools and providing advocation for this specialized Nursing profession.
Nurses are held to a high standard of care consistent with the core competencies and values set by both the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Ontario Podortho Nursing Association Inc. (non-for-profit).
The OPNA is recognized by most major insurance companies for patients submitting claims to their extended health benefits and recognized by the College of Nurses of Ontario as an approved practice specialty area of Nursing.
Foot Care is artistic in its scope, practice and cure and plays a vital role to one’s health related to quality of life.
Feet for Life Medical Clinic 88 Blake Street Barrie, Ontario L4M 1J9