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Perform professional consultation and education services for persons with diabetes, and provides community health education as indicated. Act as a health care consultant by providing information on the management of diabetes for patients.
1. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates learning needs regarding Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) per referral.
a. Teach Diabetes Self-Management skills including monitoring, taking medication, healthy eating, being active, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping for patients with Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes.
b. Review diabetes intake form and document on Diabetes Education Template.
c. Create measurable, achievable goals for each patient and review % achieved at each visit.
d. Utilizes research as a basis for providing and improving diabetes care.
e. Communicate with other providers as a team member to coordinate and provide optimum patient care. Consults with nursing staff as requested.
2. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) when applicable for patients per referral.
. Assess nutritional needs of clients and prescribe dietary recommendations.
a. For clients with diabetes, review diabetes intake form and Diabetes Education template in Next Gen.
b. Create measurable, achievable goals for patient and assess % achieved at each visit.
c. Provide individualized Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to clients, family members and/or significant others to implement and evaluate nutrition plans and effect behavior change.
d. Document Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) consultations and follow up visits with cc to referral source outside the office in a timely manner, i.e. within three (3) days of patient visit.
e. Communicate with other providers as a team member to coordinate and provide optimum patient care. Consult with nursing staff as requested.
3. Provides consultation and educational services for person with diabetes.
. Provide education related to diabetes and the disease process; medication, diet and nutritional monitoring; foot care, prevention and care of complications; blood glucose monitoring and the techniques of self-monitoring and injection.
a. Document assessments, interventions and plans including recommendations and goals, progress notes and discharge summaries.
b. Assess, monitor and implement treatment plans for patients at various stages of the disease. The focus is on prevention of complications and management of stable diabetes.
c. Assist patients in monitoring blood glucose for the purpose of medication control and adjustment for both insulin and non-insulin dependent diabetics.
d. Advise patients as to long-term complications.
e. Provide clinical resource and consultation to staff and providers.
f. Assists and educates patients with the initiation and ongoing maintenance of insulin pumps.
g. Under the direction of the physician, adjusts insulin doses for optimal glycemic control.
h. Provides diabetes education to women with gestational diabetes.
4. Able to manage technical equipment associated with the Diabetes Education program.
. Demonstrates skill in performing quality control tests and patients tests using a whole blood analyzer for blood sugars.
a. Demonstrates skill in using a variety of current blood glucose monitoring equipment and available software for downloading of results.
b. Demonstrates skill in using audiovisual equipment necessary to present group education.
c. Demonstrates skill in using equipment for continuous blood glucose monitoring and continuous blood glucose sensors.
d. Demonstrates skill in using equipment for HgbA1c monitoring.
e. Demonstrates general knowledge of insulin pump therapy to enable the ongoing management of patient therapy.
5. Works collaboratively to market a comprehensive community diabetes program.
. Represents WDH at community events as requested.
a. Provides education to primary care practices.
b. Provides diabetes education to off-sites as contracted.
c. Participates in assuring adherence to ADA recognition standards and application process completion.
6. Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates learning needs of the inpatient and outpatient population.
. Evaluates and revises as needed all resource materials for diabetes education for nursing staff.
a. Utilizes research as a basis for providing and improving diabetes education.
b. Provide individual and group outpatient Diabetes Education.
7. Participates in community diabetes education.
. Plans, implements and evaluates outpatient education programs.
a. Participates in health screenings and/or local support group meetings.
b. Participates in Diabetes Advisory Board meetings.
c. Participates in planning, implementation and evaluation of camps/events for children with diabetes.
Experience Minimum Required
• Direct patient diabetes education
• Over one year experience as a Diabetes Educator
Education Minimum Required
• Bachelor's or Masters Degree in Nursing or Nutrition
• Bachelor's or Masters Degree in Nursing or Nutrition
Special Skills Minimum Required
• Able to present in group settings to patients and/or other health care providers.
Licensure and/or Certifications Required
• Diabetes Education Certification within 3 years from date in job
Licensure and/or Certifications Preferred/Desired
• Diabetes Education Certification
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