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What Does A Diabetes Educator Do?

Diabetes Educators And You

Diabetes Educators And You

Credentialled Diabetes Educators are specialists in diabetes. They are health professionals who have completed further study to focus their efforts on helping people with diabetes self-manage their diabetes effectively and prevent complications. A diabetes educator can be the first point of call when you are wanting more information, support and/or motivation in the management of your diabetes and the link between other health professionals. They have in-depth knowledge on all aspects of diabetes and can recognise when you need to see other members of your health care team for example, an optometrist or podiatrist. When should I see a diabetes educator? Credentialled Diabetes Educators can be there with you the entire way through your journey. When you are first diagnosed, Credentialled Diabetes Educators explain what diabetes is and provide individualised advice on how to get your blood glucose levels within the appropriate target range. They will also help you organise tests and screenings for diabetes complications. This will vary depending on your diabetes, your lifestyle and your age. Credentialled Diabetes Educators can also help you when your blood glucose levels fluctuate. According to Credentialled Diabetes Educator, Rachel McKeown, this could be changing when you are feeling stressed or anxious. “Lifestyle changes and events like exams, weddings, divorce, somebody close to you dying, can send up blood glucose levels,” Rachel said. “The main aim of a Credentialled Diabetes Educator is to empower the person that has diabetes to self-manage their diabetes through knowledge, motivation and support.” Who should see a diabetes educator? Everyone should see a diabetes educator even people with pre-diabetes. Credentialled Diabetes Educators can provide you wit Continue reading >>

What Does A Diabetes Educator Do?

What Does A Diabetes Educator Do?

ANSWER Diabetes educators will help you learn to take in stride all the things in your day-to-day life that can help control the disease -- like exercise, nutrition, medications, and checking your blood sugar. They may also work with your family so they understand your needs better and can be there to support you. Continue reading >>

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Everything You Need To Know About Certified Diabetes Educators

Everything You Need To Know About Certified Diabetes Educators

In this article, we will explore what it takes to look for a Certified Diabetes Educator, where to look for one, and what questions to ask when you get there, among other things. We will also explore how to become a CDE, and what kind of degree, license, hours and examination that you will need to pass in order to become a Certified Diabetes Educator. Personal perspective on becoming a CDE My own story of becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator may help to illustrate the process of actually becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. It is a process, and it is a challenge to get the 1,000 hours of diabetes education that is required. Many people with diabetes do enter careers in healthcare or related fields, and do become Certified Diabetes Educators. Their experience as a person with diabetes is very valuable to their client. I am a registered nurse, which is one of the licenses that you can hold in order to become a CDE. Degrees and licensure needed in order to become a CDE One must be in one of the following disciplines holding an active and current license which is unrestricted in the United States in order to become a Certified Diabetes Educator according to NCBDE (National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators): A clinical psychologist A registered nurse An occupational therapist An Optometrist A pharmacist A physical therapist A physician (M.D. or D.O.) A podiatrist A dietitian or dietitian nutritionist holding active registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration A physician assistant holding active registration with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants A clinical exercise professional holding active certification with American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP), previo Continue reading >>

The Scope Of Practice, Standards Of Practice, And Standards Of Professional Performance For Diabetes Educators

The Scope Of Practice, Standards Of Practice, And Standards Of Professional Performance For Diabetes Educators

Introduction The Scope of Practice, Standards of Practice, and Standards of Professional Performance for Diabetes Educators has been developed by the AADE to define the scope, role, and minimal level of quality performance of the diabetes educator; to differentiate diabetes education as a distinct healthcare specialty; to promote diabetes self-management education and training (DSME/T) as an integral part of diabetes care; and to facilitate excellence. Representing the expertise and experience of a multidisciplinary task force of health professionals representative of the AADE membership and an extensive review process embracing a broad spectrum of practice areas, this document supports the specialty by: • Stimulating the process of peer review, • Promoting documentation of the outcomes of DSME/T, • Encouraging research to validate practice and improve quality DSME/T and diabetes care, • Engaging in a process of critical examination of current diabetes educator practice and professional performance, and • Complementing other practice-related documents that address the delivery of DSME/T by diabetes educators and roles of other healthcare practitioners who are members of the diabetes care team. Diabetes education is unique in that its practitioners come from a variety of health disciplines. Diabetes educators remain individually accountable to the standards set by the discipline and by national, state, local, and institutional regulations that define and guide professional practice. This document serves to guide diabetes educators’ practice regardless of their professional discipline. Background Living well with diabetes requires active, diligent, effective self-management of the disease.1 Self- management is an important concept to e Continue reading >>

How To Become A Diabetes Educator

How To Become A Diabetes Educator

Expert Reviewed A diabetes educator specializes in treating and educating diabetic patients at clinics or hospitals. You can become a diabetes educator by getting hands-on experience as a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other medical professional. Formalize your ability to provide diabetes patients with counseling and lifestyle management advice by obtaining official certification through the American Association of Diabetes Educators or the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Continue reading >>

The Diabetes Educator's Role In Teaching The Diabetic Patient.

The Diabetes Educator's Role In Teaching The Diabetic Patient.

Abstract Diabetes educators have become a necessary cost-effective addition to the health care team whose efforts are directed toward the improvement of the total care provided to the diabetic patient. The role of the nurse educator in clinical practice and in hospital teams is a new approach to improving the quality of patient education. The nurse educator has specific responsibilities in the evaluation of each diabetic patient. An assessment of not only what that individual knows about his illness and where his educational needs lie but also of each person's readiness to learn. Whereas the physician's contact time with each diabetic patient is limited, the nurse educator has the time to spend with the patient and family. One must listen to what each individual has to say about his diabetes and other problems and to start the teaching-learning process. The nurse educator must be skilled in this teaching-learning process and have a good background and understanding of diabetes, including diabetes complications and problems. Very importantly, the educator must have the capability and the responsibility to evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching and learning that are done. This evaluation provides proof that better education of the diabetic patient does provide improvement in patient self-care through a better understanding of his illness. Proper care and management reduce the frequency of office visits, telephone calls, and hospitalization. Finally, the educator must interpret, for eah diabetic patient, the research being done, and, when possible, encourage diabetic patients to become involved themselves, for they are the ones who reap the benefits from diabetes research. Continue reading >>

Guidance For Becoming A Diabetes Educator/cde

Guidance For Becoming A Diabetes Educator/cde

How do I become a diabetes educator? One must be a healthcare professional who has a defined role as a diabetes educator, not for those who may perform some diabetes related functions as part of or in the course of other usual and customary duties. Practice as a diabetes educator means actively employed for compensation, providing a direct or indirect professional contribution to the care and self-management education of people with diabetes. Diabetes education, also referred to as diabetes self-management education or diabetes self-management training, is performed by health care professionals who have appropriate credentials and experience consistent with the particular profession's scope of practice. Diabetes self-management education is defined as the interactive, collaborative, ongoing process involving the person with diabetes or pre-diabetes and/or the caregivers and the educator(s). The process includes: Assessment of the individual's specific education needs Identification of the individual's specific diabetes self-management goals Education and behavioral intervention directed toward helping the individual achieve identified self-management goals Evaluation(s) of the individual's attainment of identified self-management goals Proper documentation of all education encounters Diabetes educators can be found in a variety of settings: hospitals, physician offices, clinics, home health, wellness programs, to name a few. They most often work within accredited or recognized diabetes education programs. This means that the diabetes education program has met requirements set forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and can bill for diabetes self-management training through two different codes: G0108 and G0109, which are for individual and group diabetes ed Continue reading >>

What Does A Diabetes Educator Do?

What Does A Diabetes Educator Do?

By Patty Cebulko, manager of The Health Plan’s Disease Management department. Patty is a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator, and works to educate and support people to understand and live well with diabetes. November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and November 6 through 12 is National Diabetes Educators Week. This week is set aside to give special recognition to the nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and other licensed health care professionals who specialize in educating people with diabetes about their condition. The training, counseling, and support that diabetes educators provide to patients is known as diabetes education or diabetes self-management training (DSMT). What does a diabetes educator do? Empowers and assists patients to modify lifestyle and adopt healthy self-care behaviors Trains patients and caregivers to use diabetes devices, such as blood glucose meters, insulin pens and pumps, and continuous glucose monitors Teaches problem-solving strategies and skills to help people with diabetes live healthy, active lifestyles Provides nutrition education that is individualized for each person and allows people with diabetes to eat “regular” foods Works with physicians and other members of your health care team to help manage medication regimens based on physician-directed protocols Helps you develop emotional coping skills Some diabetes educators carry the title of Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). A CDE is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in prediabetes, diabetes prevention, and diabetes management. To become certified requires years of practice-based experience in diabetes education, along with specific knowledge and education requirements, along with a written examination with minimum passing requi Continue reading >>

You And Your Diabetes Educator

You And Your Diabetes Educator

You don’t have to manage diabetes alone. Get the facts about diabetes educators, key members of your care team. Let’s face it: Counting carbs, staying active, testing blood sugar and tweaking your meds can feel like a full-time job. So why not get a little help? Whether you have been diagnosed recently or have been living with diabetes for years, adding a diabetes educator to your care team is a smart step toward a healthier you. What’s a diabetes educator? Diabetes educators are qualified health professionals, including registered nurses, registered dietitians, and pharmacists, who work in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices or on their own to provide diabetes self-management education (DSME) or diabetes self-management training (DSMT). The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) defines DSME/DSMT as “a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.” Diabetes educators can earn two different types of credentials, CDE (certified diabetes educator) or BC-ADM (board certified–advanced diabetes management), and must go through a re-credentialing process every five years to stay up to date on advances in diabetes care. What does a diabetes educator do? A diabetes educator helps you set achievable behavioral goals and provides support by encouraging you to talk about your concerns and challenges. “One of my favorite questions to ask is, ‘What is standing in the way of your taking care of diabetes?’” explains Kim DeCoste, RN, MSN, CDE, manager of the Diabetes Center of Excellence of the Madison County Health Department in Kentucky. Some people have trouble following their doctors’ recommendatio Continue reading >>

5 Ways Diabetes Educators Can Boost Income

5 Ways Diabetes Educators Can Boost Income

Call it moonlighting, a la Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd in that '80's TV hit. Or, in a more professionally focused vein, call it a way to build on your skills to enhance your income. A presentation at the 2016 American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) annual meeting focused on how certified diabetes educators (CDEs) could earn extra income. EndocrineWeb (EW) caught up with the two presenters, EW Advisory Board Member Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, CDN, who has a private practice in New York, and Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE, owner and clinical director of Integrated Diabetes Services in Philadelphia, to hear more about their ideas. Both Weiner and Scheiner have found a way to build a high demand for their writing, speaking, advisory, and related media savvy skills. The two were eager to share ideas on how they got started with projects that can be done after work, in the early morning, or over the weekend to bolster income. “Our presentation aimed to provide practical suggestions any diabetes professional could employ,” said Ms. Weiner, the 2015 AADE Diabetes Educator of the Year. For an ambitious CDE, or any health professional (for that matter), there are five key services that Ms. Weiner and Mr. Scheiner, AADE's 2014 Diabetes Educator of the Year, to explore to attract more income: 1. Lend yourself out as a freelance writer. "There are so many more opportunities to write," says Mr. Scheiner, who authored Think Like a Pancreas: A Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes with Insulin (2012), citing the explosion of online sites in addition to the more traditional opportunities, such as print magazines and newsletters. Another option is the American Diabetes Association (ADA) often seeks out professional writers. Many professional and disease specific organizations n Continue reading >>

5 Reasons I Love My Cde (certified Diabetes Educator)!

5 Reasons I Love My Cde (certified Diabetes Educator)!

Don’t have a CDE you really “click” with? That’s a shame…because not only does it not have to be that way, it’s also really important that we have CDEs we truly feel we can turn to for help when we’re facing the endless list of blood sugar and insulin challenges. In life with diabetes, especially if you’re on insulin, you deserve a CDE who you truly feel you can go to for support and knowledge and help! I wanted to share why I so appreciate my CDE because she is also someone anyone can work with across the globe. If you feel like the options in your area aren’t meeting your needs or you aren’t finding a CDE who really seems to provide the support and knowledge you’re looking for…then you’ve gotta know about Jennifer C. Smith. (Check her out at IntegratedDiabetes.com.) Yes, she has a great background: she’s a type 1 herself, a mother, an athlete, a pregnancy coach, a registered dietician, and of course, a certified diabetes education. But what makes her truly unique is how she works with her patients. Here are 5 things that I love about my CDE, Jennifer Smith: 1. She will never scold you or shake your finger at you for mistakes. Had a super high blood sugar last weekend because you very knowingly ate a ton pizza and while you did the best you could to take enough insulin, we all know pizza isn’t easy to juggle in the blood sugar. Many CDEs would look at your weekend high numbers and say, “Oh my god! What happened? You shouldn’t be eating pizza!” But Jenny will look at your high numbers and ask you about them merely to confirm whether or not you know why they’re high or if they’re the result of a potential insulin dosing issue that she could help you adjust. Instead of telling you to never eat pizza again, Jenny is going to help you Continue reading >>

Certified Diabetes Educators (cdes): What You Should Know

Certified Diabetes Educators (cdes): What You Should Know

We get a lot of questions about Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) – what they can offer patients, how to find one, and even how to become a diabetes educator yourself if interested. We’ve queried some top diabetes education experts in the country to compile this at-a-glance guide. Read on for practical information about the world of CDEs, along with lists of the Top Tips for Patients to Make the Most of Their CDE Appointments, and Top Things You Should Know About Becoming a CDE. A huge thank you to the following expert contributors: Deborah Greenwood, Diabetes Clinical Specialist and 2015 president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) Jane K. Dickinson, RN, PhD, CDE, Coordinator of the Columbia University Master’s in Diabetes Education and Management program, and person with type 1 diabetes herself Jennifer Smith, CDE, Registered Dietitian & Director of Lifestyle and Nutrition at Integrated Diabetes Services, also living with type 1 diabetes herself Marissa Town, RN, CDE and a type 1 diabetes patient too, who was the inspiration for the Children With Diabetes (CWD) community Diabetes Educator Basics What is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)? CDEs are healthcare professionals trained specifically to coach patients with diabetes through their own self-care. This means coaching on glucose testing, medication dosing, insulin delivery, results logging and more. Some CDEs even have specialized training as insulin pump educators, focusing on helping patients get set up on those advanced devices. What Does a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) Do? CDEs work with patients and their families to teach diabetes self-management skills, and help with everyday challenges that doctors often don’t have time to address. They work in hospitals, clinics and sm Continue reading >>

The Diabetes Educator's Role In Teaching The Diabetic Patient

The Diabetes Educator's Role In Teaching The Diabetic Patient

Diabetes educators have become a necessary cost-effective addition to the health care team whose efforts are directed toward the improvement of the total care provided to the diabetic patient. The role of the nurse educator in clinical practice and in hospital teams is a new approach to improving the quality of patient education. The nurse educator has specific responsibilities in the evaluation of each diabetic patient. An assessment of not only what that individual knows about his illness and where his educational needs lie but also of each person's readiness to learn. Whereas the physician's contact time with each diabetic patient is limited, the nurse educator has the time to spend with the patient and family. One must listen to what each individual has to say about his diabetes and other problems and to start the teaching-learning process. The nurse educator must be skilled in this teaching-learning process and have a good background and understanding of diabetes, including diabetes complications and problems. Very importantly, the educator must have the capability and the responsibility to evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching and learning that are done. This evaluation provides proof that better education of the diabetic patient does provide improvement in patient self-care through a better understanding of his illness. Proper care and management reduce the frequency of office visits, telephone calls, and hospitalization. Finally, the educator must interpret, for eah diabetic patient, the research being done, and, when possible, encourage diabetic patients to become involved themselves, for they are the ones who reap the benefits from diabetes research. Continue reading >>

The Crisis In Diabetes Education: How Can We Fix The Problems

The Crisis In Diabetes Education: How Can We Fix The Problems

Diabetes educators are no less than a lifeline for patients, providing vitalinsights into the self-care behaviors that keep diabetes in check: managingblood sugar, dosing medications and insulin, exercising, and understanding allthe numbers involved. Yet many patients never get referred to these specialists at all. Even whenthey do manage to get a doctor’s referral for diabetes education, insurance maycover only a few hours per year of this critical counseling – not nearly enoughto learn how to manage the disease for a lifetime. Ironically, certified diabetes educators (CDEs) are more overworked than ever,struggling to reach existing patients even as diabetes reaches epidemicproportions. According to the National Centers for Disease Control, diabetesdrains the U.S. economy of over $130 billion each year. That’s more than threetimes the annual amount spent on diabetes patients all across Europe. While new diabetes drugs and high-tech treatment devices are coming to marketfaster than ever, recruiting of new educators is almost at a standstill. This ishappening for two reasons: First, the current certification process essentiallyserves as a barrier to becoming a CDE. Second, health insurance companies simplydon’t pay for enough hours with a CDE, a policy that has led to the closure ofmany diabetes education centers. No matter how you slice it, the field of diabetes education is facing a crisis.There are only about 15,000 CDEs in the U.S., yet nearly 21 million Americansare already affected by diabetes, and the number is growing every day. Who willhelp all these patients manage their disease? In order to serve them all, everyeducator would have to see at least 1,400 people four times a year: this worksout to more than 22 people every single weekday. Why these discon Continue reading >>

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