Becoming a Certified Diabetic Educator - page 2

Hey all, I'm having a difficult time finding this information. I'm a RN 1.5 years out of school with med/surg and tele/stepdown experience. I've always enjoyed the pathophysiology of diabetes... Read More

  1. by   classiccat
    How badly do you want to be a diabetic educator/CDE? REad and reflect if you may. Luck combined with creativity and strong will to become who you want to be : It worked well for me. I sat down with my DON and told her that I had a proposal that since we have lots of diabetic patients in the hospital (rehabilitation) and we don't have a diabetic educator position , I decided to be it : staff nurse for 3days/week and diabetic educator 2 days/week, providing 1:1 patient education and diabetic class. Having dual role/position. that took care of the 1K hour requirement to sit for the examination. The hospital loved it because of positive feedback from patients and families. Ironically,when I finally had CDE after my name that's when they phased out the diabetic educator role and left the diabetic educ.responsibility to the staff nurses who by the way are doing a great job in providing the 1:1 educ to patients and families- and still get the positive feedback from the patients,families and even MDs. I finally had a job somewhere else as a CDE , and made couple of cents more per hour than what I used to make as a staff nurse. My patients love me , and yet when they looked at my ID they ask "What does CDE stands for?"...HUH?. We worked so hard to put those letters and abbreviations after our names - titles that we value , and certifying boards' intentions to declare exclusivity - to our patients and community we serve, it is meaningless!!!It's our actions and expression of compassion that leave a strong mark that they remember and value - not those 3-4 letters after our names. Idealistic it may seem however, it's these TITLES and 3 letters that pays the bill and feed our egos!!! Welcome to the world of illusions!!

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