Nursing: Diabetes Essentials for Nurses, 3rd Edition

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Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 2/26/2019
Course expiration date: 2/26/2022

About the Course
This course provides a comprehensive overview of diabetes for nurses practicing in a variety of settings to provide safe, evidence-based care.  With this knowledge, nurses can assist patients with diabetes in learning successful self-management practices and becoming more aware of resources to help reduce the risk of long-term complications, thus improving their quality of life. Effective self-management requires that nurses learn the body of knowledge relevant to the disease state, weigh the benefits and risks of various medication options, understand a range of interventions/treatments that improve diabetes outcomes, and help patients develop skills (both physical and behavioral) to support these choices. With the management of diabetes becoming increasingly involved, keeping up to date on new treatment options and standards is critical as nurses play a major role in diabetes prevention, care, and management.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the mechanisms of normal glucose metabolism and the physiologic changes and expected signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus.
  • Discuss goals and strategies for including healthy meal planning.
  • Discuss the role of physical activity and exercise in diabetes.
  • Discuss current pharmacologic strategies used in managing diabetes and relevant nursing considerations.
  • Discuss the use of insulin and injectable therapies.
  • Discuss surveillance and monitoring techniques for optimal diabetes management and control.
  • Discuss the use of complementary and alternative medicine.
  • Discuss the major acute and chronic complications of diabetes and strategies for risk reduction.
  • Recognize how illness affects blood glucose control and the strategies used for sick-day management.
  • Discuss the emotional responses faced by patients living with diabetes.
  • Describe teaching considerations to facilitate health behavior change.
  • Identify issues related to diabetes management in the older adult population.

About the Author:
James A. Fain, PhD, RN, BC-ADM, FAADE, FAAN, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Graduate School of Nursing in Worcester, MA. He's the recipient of the Allene Van Son Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Diabetes Educators and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Fain is board-certified in advanced diabetes management and is currently editor-in-chief of The Diabetes Educator, the official journal of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

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