Module 1

Introduction to Foot and Nail Care

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Learning Objective 1: Explain the principles of being a foot care nurse.



Module 1 reviews the requirements to meet basic competency for becoming a foot care professional. State specific regulations, Scope of Practice, and Decision Making Model determine if you are eligible to practice foot care in your state. Certification board requirements determine if you are eligible to become certified. The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certification Board (WOCNCB) and the American Foot Care Nurses Association (AFCNA) state which concepts and competencies are required to determine if a person is competent to provide foot and nail care. These recommendations are based on professionals with years of experience and should be followed. We will additionally review what to expect in Modules 2-8 as each module follows the certification board recommendations for concepts and competencies.


Goal Statement: The goal of this module is to provide nurses with information regarding state specific eligibility, certification board specific eligibility, and the basic principles of what it is to be a foot care nurse.


Measurable Objectives:

By the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss at least three factors that determine state eligibility.

  • Identify at least three factors that determine certification board eligibility.

  • Describe four body systems that are related to foot and nail care.

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