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Intrapreneurial Nursing: The Comprehensive Lower Extremity Assessment Form

Kelechi, Teresa J. M.S.N., R.N., C.S.; Lukacs, Karen S. M.S.N., R.N., C.S.

Clinical Practice

THE COMPREHENSIVE LOWER Extremity Assessment Form was developed in response to the need for a screening tool in a nurse-managed foot care clinic. It differs from other such tools because it includes clinical measures that identify the potential for foot pathology. The Comprehensive Lower Extremity Assessment Form also serves as an assessment teaching guide in a foot care course and is included as part of a home-study program. The authors demonstrate how the Comprehensive Lower Extremity Assessment Form has generated revenue as part of an intrapreneurial outgrowth of their foot clinic and provides a comprehensive approach to lower extremity assessment. The form can be tailored to meet the needs of the advanced practice nurse, the clinical setting, or patient population.

TERESA J. KELECHI, a gerontological CNS, is director of The Foot Care Education Program and codirector of the University Diagnostic Center Foot Care Clinic at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. She received her M.S.N. from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and her B.S.N. from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.

KAREN S. LUKACS, a gerontological CNS, is clinical coordinator of the University Diagnostic Center Wound Care Clinic and codirector of the Foot Care Clinic at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. She received her M.S.N. and B.S.N. from Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina. She is also a certified wound care nurse.

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