Audrey Wall RN, BScN (Hons.)
Audrey Wall has been an RN for more than 25 years, first graduating from Niagara College with an RN diploma, and then continuing with a BScN from Brock University. She has practiced in a number of clinical capacities – on a hospital surgical unit, and in Long Term Care, has taught in the Nursing program at Brock University, and most recently, has worked within a Family Health Team as a Certified Respiratory Educator/TEACH Certified Smoking Cessation Specialist, and a Foot Care Nurse.
Audrey Wall Nursing Professional Corporation was borne out of a discovered passion for foot care nursing, and Audrey’s desire to promote foot health and bring best-practices foot care to the residents of Niagara. Audrey believes in the value of a national association for foot care, and has worked with the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses over the past few years in a number of roles. She was part of the group tasked with developing the National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada, which was subsequently published in 2017.
Audrey’s article Your Feet Tell a Story was published in Canadian Skin, (2017) a quarterly publication of the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance. Audrey is a member in good standing of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses (CAFCN) and is a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO).
What’s in a Name?
You may have noticed that the name of this business doesn’t sound or look like other businesses out there – foot care or otherwise. There’s a reason for that. You see, the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) has specific rules around the kind of name a nurse may use for their business. Because this is a Nursing Professional Corporation, the CNO requires the corporation owner to use their corporate name as opposed to an additional operating name. There are other regulated health care providers such as doctors and dentists who are permitted by their colleges to use operating names, but the CNO is different. And that’s ok.
Why am I telling you this? Well, you may have wondered if Audrey (that’s me) is completely lacking in imagination. Really? She couldn’t put a little effort into coming up with a great business name? Audrey Wall Nursing Professional Corporation isn’t exactly a catchy name for a foot care clinic. And you’re right – it’s not. Starting a business has a steep learning curve, and it was only after having an absolutely gorgeous name and brand put together, that I learned it couldn’t be used.
BUT, at the end of the day, Audrey Wall Nursing Professional Corporation tells you exactly with whom you’re working. It tells you that the CNO has said, “Yes, Audrey Wall RN, is permitted to incorporate as a nursing professional”. It tells you that I’m a member in good standing with the College, and am committed to excellence in every aspect of my work. It also tells you that I’m willing to be completely transparent in my business as a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario.
In the end, the absolute best name for my business is my own.