Diabetes is a disease of the endocrine system. As diabetes mellitus has become an increasingly common problem, there’s a growing need for diabetes nurse to provide patients with the information and treatment they need to effectively manage their diabetes.
Diabetes nurse monitor and educate patients, or other clinical staff who can take on the added responsibilities of advanced diabetes management and education. These additional responsibilities often include adjusting the type and dosage of medication, providing nutritional therapy and exercise planning, and providing behavioral and psychosocial counseling. Their main duty is to educate patients and their families about diabetes and the self-management skills required.
Roles of Diabetes Nurses includes:-
In addition to general nursing care, responsibilities of Diabetes Nurses include (but are not limited to):
- Dealing with complications of patients diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.
- Working closely with physicians, Nurses and other healthcare professionals.
- Informing patient’s families on living with diabetes.
- Monitoring blood glucose levels.
- Provide education to patients, relatives and other healthcare workers regarding diabetes and the disease process; medication, diet and nutritional monitoring; foot care, prevention and care of complications; blood glucose monitoring and the techniques of self-monitoring.
- Develop and implement educational programs for diabetic staff, patients, and families
- Advise patients as to long-term complications
- Provide clinical resource and consultation to staff and physicians
- Assist patients in monitoring blood glucose for the purpose of medication control and adjustment for both insulin and noninsulin dependent diabetics
- Assess, monitor and implement treatment plans for patients at various stages of the disease. The focus is on prevention of complications and management of stable diabetes
- Provide ongoing assessment and recommendations to the treatment team and patient/family for adjustments in the plan of care as required
- Document assessments, interventions and plans including recommendations and goals, progress notes and discharge summaries
- Coordinate outreach education classes to OPD
- Displays professionalism while completing tasks in a timely manner
- Records all care information concisely, accurately and completely, in a timely manner, in the appropriate format and on the appropriate forms