Podiatric LPN Specialization

Training, Qualifications and More

What is a Podiatric LPN?

Podiatric licensed practical nurses (LPNs) play a vital role in supporting podiatrists and other foot and ankle specialists. They assist in providing comprehensive foot and ankle care to patients of all ages.

Here are some of the key duties and functions of a Podiatric LPN:

●  Assisting podiatrists during patient exams, diagnostic tests, and surgical procedures involving the feet and ankles

●  Educating patients on proper foot care, hygiene, and preventative measures Performing wound care on the feet and lower legs, including cleaning, dressing changes, and monitoring for signs of infection

●  Managing podiatry inventory and medical supplies related to foot and ankle care Documenting accurate patient health records regarding podiatric assessments, treatment plans, and outcomes

●  Coordinating patient appointments, referrals, and follow-up care plans for podiatric treatment

●  Collaborating with orthotists and prosthetists regarding custom foot and ankle orthotics and prosthetics

●  Providing compassionate patient care and emotional support to those receiving podiatric treatment

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How Do I Become a Podiatric LPN?

Establishing a career as a podiatric LPN involves following key steps. Here is an outline of the recommended pathway into this specialized nursing role:

1. Graduate from high school or complete a GED program

2. Enroll in an accredited LPN program and complete the required coursework and clinical rotations. Consider taking courses specific to podiatric care, such as foot and ankle anatomy, podiatric procedures, and lower extremity assessment

3. Obtain LPN licensure by passing the NCLEX-PN exam. Gain hands-on experience through a podiatry clinical rotation or externship

4. Seek LPN job openings in podiatry offices, clinics, or surgical centers

5. Highlight podiatry-relevant skills and experience

6. Obtain any credentials preferred by podiatry employers, like Basic Life Support certification

7. Develop strong communication, critical thinking, and patient care skills for working directly with podiatry patients

8. Remain up-to-date on the latest in podiatric medicine by taking continuing education courses

9. Join professional associations like the American Podiatric Medical Association to stay current in the field

10. Explore opportunities to advance your podiatry nursing career through added certifications and training

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