by purplewaves45 purplewaves45 Member

Has 4 years experience.

I am in a transition time right now and exploring different job options. I have seen a lot of diabetes educator positions posted in my area. I am interested, but only have basic knowledge. (managed Type 1 kids in school). I was looking on the American Association of Diabetes Educator website and they have a bunch of interesting sounding classes. Is this the best route to go? Any suggestions?

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 30 years experience. 2,776 Posts

If you want to be a CDE, the most important thing is the dedicated clinical hours. (Acting as an educator; it's sort of a catch-22, as how do you get a position like that until you're certified...?) The profession has MAJORLY acted to limit the number of candidates able to enter.

The AADE classes you referenced are good for your professional knowledge, but they don't lead to CDE status...