I work in an outpatient family practice clinic which serves our active duty military personnel and their families. I have been volunteered to be the Diabetic Champion for the Clinic. Not having done this type of work before, I am looking for some guidelines and topics which I can use to share with out staff. This job (diabetic champion) is not to teach patients, but to keep our staff (mostly the MAs, LPNs, and Techs) up to date with things to do and what to look for when checking-in and rooming patients. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Oct 3, '09
You really need to consider a diabetes nurse educator for this or if you are an RN to consider getting certified as a diabetes educator http://www.ncbde.org/
National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
Many hospitals and endocrinologists have RN's on staff with the certification.
Oct 7, '09
agreed. Call a local hospital and ask for educator. Meanwhile, check out www.diabetes.org
for info and www.guidelines.gov
for national standards. Remember, out-pt care and in-pt care may differ. I have had so many nurses and a few MD's say the reason the patient's BS is elevated is due to (pick one: steroids, infection, ----). No matter. If it's up get it down. And "up" is defined as >120 in a hospital setting!!