Diabetes Management Nurse Job Description
Diabetes management nurse are registered nurses who assist their patients in managing their diabetes, with their main duty being the education of patients and their families about diabetes and how to self-manage. They will also advise on diet and exercise, besides medication and the monitoring of insulin levels.
Other duties include working closely with physicians and pharmacists, as well as other health care professionals. Good people skills are essential, and you must be patient and understanding, especially with newly diagnosed diabetics, who may be frightened by the news. Diabetes management nurse may have to administer insulin or medication if the patient is unable to help themselves, and are also responsible for monitoring blood glucose levels in patients. These nurses can work in hospitals or outpatient clinics and often are required to travel from one clinic to another in regional areas.
Diabetes Management Nurse Career Outlook
Employment among all Registered Nurses (R.N.) is expected to grow faster than in other profession, with a 20% increase predicted by 2020. The growing population, as well as an aging population and the increase in diabetes diagnosis, will all help to increase job growth in this area. Job prospects therefore are expected to be very good, especially with those diabetes nurses who have experience, while new openings will arise in the wake of retiring or transferring nurses.
Diabetes Management Nurse Requirements
All diabetes nurses must be registered nurses, after completing a diploma, or associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing. Some will complete master’s degree to become clinical nurse specialists, specializing in diabetes care.
All nursing training programs provide classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as clinical experience. Those wishing to become diabetes management nurses usually complete internships in relevant settings to gain some practical experience. All registered nurses must be licensed, and most diabetes nurses also acquire certification as diabetes specialists. Certification requires the passing of the Diabetes Management Board Certification exam, as well as minimum experience.
Diabetes Management Nurse Training
Several training programs are available, first as Registered Nurses (R.N.), then specialist training in diabetes nursing. Nurses will study diabetes management as part of their primary degree, and often will choose to take a specialist course in diabetes management. This is preferred by employers, although not a specific requirement to work in this particular field. The National Council Licensing Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-R.N.) must be passed by all Registered Nurses, who then can go on to take specialist certifications. Diabetes Management Nurse must also continue regular education to keep skills current, and maintain their certification and license. As with any other certified position, it is best to consult with your state board to be sure of which training programs and certification are necessary in your area.