Provide initial and comprehensive skills and education to children with diabetes and their families regarding planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating self-managed diabetes care. Interacts with and confers with medical providers and diabetes team members in evaluating and developing child and family's knowledge and skills in diabetes care.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Conducts focused patient interview and assessment based on the reason for the visit and confers with physicians, staff, diabetes care team in providing medical management of diabetes care.
- Collects, assesses and reviews patient data (laboratory tests, medical history, diagnostic procedural results, etc) and confers with physicians, staff, diabetes care team in providing medical management of diabetes care.
- If patient presents with unstable clinical findings, a complete thorough physical assessment will be conducted
- Collaborate with patient, family and diabetes care team to establish goals for diabetes self-management skills training and education.
- Provide initial and continuing education and skills training for children and families on diabetes care, both in-patient and outpatient.
- Educate patient and family with diabetes management plans and management of hypo- and hyperglycemia, ketosis, and sick days
- Provide hands-on assistance to patient and family to ensure proper medication use, techniques and adjustments.
- Document patient/family learning needs assessment, goals, management plans, and understanding of education provided.
- Utilize licensed independent practitioners, community resources and any other resources, as indicated.
- Comply with state, federal and other regulations.
- Participate in obtaining requirements for ongoing national program certification and recognition.
- Maintain patient safety, privacy and confidentiality.
- Patient and family phone calls are triaged by the diabetes care team based on the reason for the call.
- Non urgent calls are handled by the diabetes care team and may consist of (but are not limited to) assistance with diabetes management plans, glucose and/or food logs, and/or community care resources
- Urgent sick calls are handled by a registered nurse.
- Telephone assessment is guided by telehealth guidelines and nursing judgment.
- Two-year Associate's degree or equivalent experience required
- Four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred
- Graduate of accredited nursing program required
- Education required to maintain CDE certification/eligibility required
Licenses & Certifications
- Current Texas Nursing License required
- Health Care Provider Basic Life Support (CPR) required
- Certified as a Diabetes Educator (CDE) by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators or eligible to take exam once necessary experience is obtained. Must obtain certification within three (3) years from date of hire required
- PEARS certification - within 6 months of hire or transfer to position required
- Minimum 2-3 years of job related experience required
- Two (2) years experience working as a registered nurse required
- Pediatric Nursing Experience preferred
- Experience as a diabetes educator in a pediatric setting preferred
Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Spanish/English fluency desired
- Proficiency in using personal computer and software such as Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Experience with Electronic Medical Record applications preferred.
- Must possess the ability to communicate with others in a clear, understandable and professional manner on the phone and in person; and the demonstrated use of good written and verbal communication skills.
- Must possess the ability to coach, train, counsel, evaluate and motivate others.
- Must possess the ability to actively identify new areas for learning; regularly create and take advantage of learning opportunities, and use newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learn through their application.
- Must be able to maintain CPR certification unless an exception is identified.
- Must possess the ability to be flexible and adaptable to change.
- Must possess the ability to maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance.
- Must possess the ability to work independently or as a member of team.
- Must possess the ability to learn and apply new information, knowledge and experiences in a timely manner.
- This job requires the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to patients ranging in age from 0 to 18 years. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span, must possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and must be able to provide the care needed as described in the unit's policies and procedures.
- Light - Exerting up to 20 lbs. occasionally, 10 lbs. frequently, or negligible amounts constantly and may require walking or standing to a significant degree.