Under general direction from the Department Manager or RN Supervisors and in collaboration with department providers, the Diabetes Educator provides confidential, evidence based, education and coordination of care to patients who have been diagnosed with Diabetes. The Educator develops care initiatives to assess and coordinate diabetes care management including general care counseling, assistance with managing chronic and serious medical conditions, help preparing for important discussions with an individual’s provider, and general health related information and management with the goal of achieving the effective self-management skills related to Diabetes.
Participates in the initial assessment of patient’s physical, emotional and social needs upon initial referral of the patient.
In collaboration with the PCP develops and assumes responsibility for care planning across the continuum.
Assists patient with the development of their short and long term goals, engaging and motivating patients to reach optimal wellness.
Provides diabetes education according to evidenced based guidelines, interactively and collaboratively with patient and care team, and refers patients to the diabetes education program, when appropriate.
Tracks and ensures appropriate follow up care is fulfilled.
Maintains optimum communication with the patient, their family and the care team to monitor and refine treatment plan to achieve best outcomes while developing a therapeutic relationship.
Participates in audits, medical record reviews, surveys and studies to measure, assess and improve the quality of diabetes care coordination services. Documents clearly and concisely in the EMR (electronic medical record).
Utilizes available resources to assist with identification of diabetic patients who are in poor control of their diabetes or have not been adequately followed for their diagnosis according to the established standards. Identifies gaps in care by utilizing the diabetic registry.
Attends and participates in appropriate staff meetings, care coordinator meetings, divisional meetings, and weekly case conferences as needed. Serves as an active participant in the Diabetes recognition program.
Assists patients in the development of annual goals and the identification of outcomes for continuous quality improvement.
Maintains up to date knowledge on new guidelines and medications.
Performs other duties as required or assigned.
Graduate from an accredited Nursing Program required.
Associate Degree (ADN) prepared nurses with 5 years of clinical nursing experience with prior experience with diabetes education or counseling (glucose meter) required.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) preferred.
Strong organizational skills, excellent verbal, written and communication skills required.
Must possess sound decision-making, time management and negotiating skills.
Excellent computer skills are required.
Demonstrated ability and interest in the care of individuals with chronic disease.
CDE strongly preferred or must complete CDE certification program within 3 years in the position.
Required Licensure/Certification Skills:
Licensed Registered Nurse in New Hampshire required.
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