I have been an RN for over 4 years in a hospital setting. I am interested in getting my CDE. I qualify on all levels: I just have to get the 1000 hours of diabetic teaching. I have searched for a preceptor, with no luck in my state. I have been in contact with my state BON, with no help. Seems I can't get any work doing diabetic teaching without the CDE and can't get the CDE without some teaching. I signed up for the preceptee prog with the NCBDE, but the closest person is 350 miles away that would be willing to be a preceptor, and that is not feasible. If there is anyone that has their CDE that would be willing to give me some other ideas, I would be so appreciative. Someone with a CDE on the opposite end of my state suggested I take the CoreConcepts course thru AADE. I have joined that organization and there is a course in Dallas in Sept, but it is pricy and I don't know if it is too soon to consider that. Any advice?