Summary: The Diabetes Educator, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team and in accordance with approved protocols, provides diabetes self-management education and training services to clients/families with diabetes (pediatric, adult, and geriatric). This includes coordinating care, assessing and identifying risk factors, negotiating care plans with the patient and clinical team, individual and group education sessions, monitoring and communicating outcomes.
The Diabetes Educator must be able to demonstrate the following skills: •Assess the patient’s abilities, limitations and barriers to diabetes self-management. •In collaboration with the PCP and multidisciplinary team, identify and prioritize strategies to assist patients with diabetes self-management education. •Assist care team with medication adjustments to achieve optimal glycemic control in direct correspondence with the primary care provider, and/or endocrinologist. •Understanding of the pathophysiology of diabetes, medication management of diabetes, lipids, and hypertension; basic concepts of diabetes care coordination, self-management techniques, motivational techniques and brief negotiation. •Using self-management-training techniques, assess, plan and implement patient and family education in an individual and/or group setting. Education includes but is not limited to self-blood glucose monitoring, medications, diet, exercise, emotional adjustment and coping skills, foot care and risk reduction. •Evaluate the effectiveness of educational process toward achieving self-management. •Participate in site CQI projects, in-services to staff and providers and interpretation of diabetes metrics data.
**Being immersed in the primary care setting, the diabetes team is an incredibly valuable resource to supplement the Institute's services and provides a unique opportunity for CDEs to have impactful collaboration with both the care teams and patients.
•Bachelors of Science
•Registered Dietitian or Registered Nurse with current certification and registration in New York State
•Advanced training in diabetes, signified by certification by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (CDE)
•At least 2 years in practice as a Registered Dietitian or Registered Nurse, with diabetes specific experience
• Bilingual in Spanish; At least basic knowledge for conversational interactions, with opportunity to advance skills through increasing use
•Participate in continuing education with a minimum of 30 hours per year that includes diabetes, educational principles and behavioral strategies.
Internal Number: 2589
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