Episode 112 Head to Toe Assessment of Community Health Nursing Foot Care Education

On this episode of WOCTalk, we sit down with Ivy Razmus, PhD, RN, CWOCN, and Suzanne Keep, PhD, RN, FNAP, authors of the WOCNext® 2023 poster called “Put the toes in head to toe assessment,” to discuss their study that assessed the foot care knowledge of community health nursing students and their ability to provide basic foot care to vulnerable populations during their clinical training. Ivy and Suzanne emphasize how the research impacted the participating nursing students and the vulnerable patient population, highlighting the importance of the topic and the need for more attention and resources for further research.

Episode Resources:
Click here to view the abstract for the poster “Put the toes in head to toe assessment”
Click here to view the interactive ePoster for “Put the toes in head to toe assessment”

About the Speaker:
Ivy Razmus, PhD, RN, CWOCN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy where she is currently teaching in the BSN Nursing program. Her research focuses on pressure injury prevention for pediatric patients including neonatal patients. She has experience as a Manager of Pediatric populations both neonatal and pediatric intensive care; as a quality analyst within a health system focusing on nursing sensitive quality indicators and root cause analysis; and as a CWOCN in the acute, critical and outpatient settings in the adult population.


Suzanne Keep, PhD, RN, FNAP, has a Masters in Community Health Nursing from Wayne State University. Suzanne has been teaching community health nursing for pre-licensure, BSN completion, and Master’s level nursing students for over 35 years. She mentored students for foot care for several years and incorporated it into the community health practicum for senior year students. She has provided footcare at a variety of community sites including a transitional house for men who have been incarcerated, the Salvation Army, city own lower income housing, and homeless shelters.