Nelson becomes Certified Foot Care Nurse

Posted: 2/12/2014

Bonnie NelsonBonnie Nelson, RN at Brookings Health System, recently completed her training to become a certified foot care nurse (CFCN) from the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board. She performs foot care for patients at Brookings Health System’s foot care clinics.

As a certified foot care nurse, Nelson is able to help patients find the right care and treatment regimen for their foot care needs. In addition, she is able to recommend patients with foot care problems to other appropriate care providers as needed, such as a podiatrist or surgeon.

Nelson is trained to perform routine foot assessments involving foot inspection and nail trimming. During the inspection of a patient’s foot, she looks for color changes, foot or ankle swelling, temperature changes, decreased sensation, skin cracks, bone formations, calluses, ulcers and ingrown toenails.

Nelson, a resident of Lake Preston, S.D., has nine years of experience helping patients care for their feet. She also worked for a year and a half at a podiatrist clinic. She holds an associate degree in nursing from the University of South Dakota.

Brookings Health System holds foot care clinics every Tuesday at the hospital and monthly at White Medical Clinic and Arlington Medical Center. Referral is not required. Call (605) 696-8888 to schedule a foot care appointment at any of the upcoming foot care clinics.

For more information about foot care services provided at Brookings Health System, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/footcare.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, Arlington Medical Center and White Medical Clinic. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.