First of all, a warm welcome to AllNurses and to the Nursing Educators Forum, Jeanie
I am also in a MSN program in nursing education.
I am unable to answer any questions about staff nurses, but perhaps the following information about a diabetes knowledge assessment tool will be of some assistance:
The authors developed and validated a semi-structured interview, the Diabetes Self-Management Profile (DSMP),to measure self-management of type 1 diabetes. The DSMP includes the following regimen components: exercise, management of hypoglycemia, diet, blood glucose testing, and insulin administration and dose adjustment.
Hopefully some other educators will chime in to assist with some of your other questions