| The Diabetes Educator is a Registered Nurse with knowledge, skill, and expertise for the comprehensive management of diabetes. Through coordination with the provider, provides comprehensive diabetes related care to patient with diabetes and/or associated conditions, such as diabetic complication. |
Responsibilities: Assess and monitor glycemic control in the patient with diabetes. At the patient’s initial appointment, review medical record and obtain a complete history as it relates to chronic disease process, patient’s knowledge about diabetes, and technical skills. Provide comprehensive management of diabetes and associated conditions, including adjusting patient’s current medication and adding additional oral agents or insulin injections to patient’s regimen, per approved protocols. Provide comprehensive management of chronic disease and assess condition including medication management per protocol. Review and monitor medications and treatment plans. Provide, develop, and evaluate patient education material. Act as primary contact for patients and families for issues related to patient’s chronic disease care. Develop a plan of care that will optimize the patient’s control of chronic disease, to screen for complications, and eliminate knowledge deficits related to chronic disease and communicate with primary physician. Order and obtain lab work to assess patient’s control of their chronic disease, to screen for complications and identify risk factors following the American Diabetes Association standards of care. Facilitate referral to other community healthcare facilities, agencies, providers and/or resources. Communicate plan of care with patient’s primary physician. Document patient status in medical record as it relates to chronic disease management. Provide ongoing follow-up for management of chronic disease. Teaching/Consultation: Provide consultation to Dean Clinic health care providers related to chronic disease and associated conditions. Provide continuing education opportunities for clinic staff and serves as a resource. Serve as part of the instructional team for the Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) classes. Participates collaboratively in the implementation of the DSME program with the Program Coordinator and other Department Personnel. Assists in the development and implementation of the DSME curriculum.
Essential Physical Functions: Ability to sit or stand and to move quickly between tasks. Ability to hear and converse on the phone and in person. Ability to see fine print and to use the computer. Ability to perform fine motor tasks, such as when writing, computer or phone tasks. Ability to safely perform patient handling tasks, such as ambulation, pushing wheelchairs or assisting with patient transfers. Ability to safely lift and to push/pull up to 10 pounds. Ability to bend/twist, crouch and reach overhead when performing various job tasks. Ability to work with and to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when working with bloodborne pathogens. Ability to wear a respirator.