Provides education to patients, their families, and appropriate support systems about diabetes self-management and related issues. The diabetes educator presents the necessary information using established principles of teaching-learning theory and lifestyle counseling. This instruction is individualized for persons of all ages, incorporating their cultural preferences, health beliefs, and preferred learning style when feasible. The diabetic educator will perform the following: assessment of educational needs, planning of the teaching-learning process, implementation of the educational plan, documentation of the process, and evaluation. The diabetes educator should collaborate with the multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and integrate their knowledge and skills to provide a comprehensive educational experience. The diabetes educator will be working in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS/PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
§ Assesses, projects, and plans for patient needs.
§ Maintains current knowledge of diabetes medications, monitoring equipment and insulin pumps.
§ Provides education to patients, their families, appropriate support systems about diabetes self-management and/or other nutrition needs.
§ Acts as resource for other nurses and health care professionals around diabetes care.
§ Advocates on behalf of patients with diabetes within the team, program, organization and community.
§ Provides education and serves as a resource to the community in a professional manner including classes, health fairs, screenings, support groups, and other community events, which may be scheduled on weekends and/or evenings.
· Bachelor of Science (BSN) Degree in Nursing required. If nurse does not have a BSN upon hire, the nurse must commit to enter a BSN program within two years of employment and complete the BSN program within five years.
· Current State of Texas License as a Registered Nurse
· Bachelor's Degree or higher (preferably in nutrition) from an accredited 4-year college/university.
· Credentialed as a Registered Dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) or be registration eligible (must show proof of completion of internship.
· Certified Diabetes Educator desirable or working to obtain CDE credential. Must be CDE eligible after completing 3 years in the Diabetes and Nutrition Learning Center.