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Certified Diabetes Educator

Overview and Key Facts

Diabetes educator
Bachelor's degree
Median Pay
Median Pay
Job Growth
Job Growth
(Above US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031

What Do They Do?

A certified diabetes educator could...

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Who does a diabetic turn to if they have questions or do not understand how to manage their disease? They consult a certified diabetes educator. These diabetes experts work with people who have diabetes (or pre-diabetes) so they know how to manage their condition. This can include educating people about how to measure and control their blood sugar levels, giving specific diet and exercise recommendations, and providing emotional support. Certified diabetes educators present health information in ways that their audience can relate to, and are sensitive to cultural differences.
Watch this video by Nurses Talk to see Suzanne Williamson, a certified diabetes educator and registered nurse, talk about what it takes to become a certified diabetes educator and the benefits of pursuing such a career.

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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks a Certified Diabetes Educator might do:
  • Explain how diabetes treatments and drugs work to people who do not have a medical background.
  • Review a diabetic patient's medical records to fully understand their situation.
  • Show a newly diagnosed diabetic patient how to measure their blood glucose levels, and tell them about the ranges they may expect to see.
  • Talk to a newly diagnosed diabetic patient about what to do in a diabetes-related emergency.
  • Show a newly diagnosed diabetic patient how to administer their own insulin injections.
  • Help a newly diagnosed diabetic patient (and possibly their family) understand diabetes and its many components, such as causes and self-management, which includes how they may need to modify their lifestyle, dietary habits, and physical activity levels.
  • Apply knowledge about how different medical drugs for treating diabetes can affect a patient and what to be careful of.
  • Check to make sure that a treatment plan for a given diabetic patient works with any other complicating factors they may have, such as other medical conditions or prescription drugs.
  • Perform regular health assessments of diabetic patients.
  • Develop and give a presentation to a large group of diabetic patients to help them better understand diabetes.
  • Develop and give a presentation on basic diabetes information to the general public or a classroom and cover such topics as the different types of diabetes, their causes, and treatments.
  • Prepare and distribute diabetes education materials, including reports, bulletins, and visual aids such as films, videotapes, photographs, and posters.
  • Manage frequent one-on-one calls with individual diabetic patients who have concerns or issues they want to discuss.
  • Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks, and other information to facilitate the functioning of diabetes education programs.
  • Develop, prepare, and coordinate grant applications and grant-related activities to obtain funding for diabetes education programs and related work.
  • Develop and maintain diabetes education libraries to provide resources for staff and community agencies.

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