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May 26, 2015

While writing entries for the blog, it occurred to me I really don’t know who my audience is...

I know that not everyone who reads and replies to the blog is an AADE member or a CDE. 

I know many dedicated, competent, and knowledgeable individuals who are diabetes educators but do not have the certification because they do not meet the certifying criteria. However, these individuals are an integral part of the team.

Many of us come from different disciplines, educational backgrounds, practice settings, and experiences. I would like to take the opportunity for everyone to introduce yourself, tell us where you work and what you do in your setting.

Please share some of the common issues you face every day so others can share their success stories addressing similar circumstances. Let's get to know each other!

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  1. Sep 15, 2010

    I have been involved in Diabetes Education for over 20 years and I am excited about a new position that I have that pulls together a lot of the work I have done on public awareness, professional education and the chronic disease model. I am going going to be the chronic disease manager and health coach in a primary care practice with doctors, NPs and MAs. If anyone who is working in a similar position, I would love to hear from them about the challenges and successes they have had!
  2. Jul 03, 2010

    I've had type 1 diabetes for 37+ years and currently use a pump and a continuous glucose monitor (Dexcom). My A1C hovers between 6.5% and 7.5%. Like all I struggle with highs and lows, carb counting, avoiding significant lows and health care insurance. I also have constant carb cravings (I've a low BMI), I'm working to solve these. The book The End of Overeating by David Kessler has been helpful.
  3. Jun 29, 2010

    One of the most common issues I face pertains to testing time and frequency. The majority of my patients are Type 2 and when they are initially diagnosed they are not using insulin. I would like to know what other eductors are suggesting for a testing schedule for these particular patients. Does anyone have a great testing flow sheet? Thanks
  4. Jun 18, 2010

    One common issue I face is keeping up to date with technology! So this is "blogging!" I have never attempted this type of technological communication before. Now that I have, I must say, learning how to blog is definitely worth the time and effort. Educational, informative, convenient, and available anytime, anywhere! Thank you, AADE, for making this possible!
  5. Jun 18, 2010

    Rebecca, Congratulations! I don't work in an acute care setting but I would like to hear more about your role in diabete management.
  6. Jun 18, 2010

    Patricia, I provide the education in the clinic in which I work. Diana, Thank you for mentioning the SPG groups. They can be very useful in linking indiviudals with those specific needs
  7. Jun 17, 2010

    Hi Kristi, While it's not going to give you all the CDEs in the country that work with type 1 children (not sure you could find that anywhere), one option is to contact the Pediatric Specialty Practice Group chair (https://www.diabeteseducator.org/Members/SPG/Listing/Leadership/index.html) and see how she can help you get the word out. Hope this helps. -- Diana Pihos, AADE Communications Director
  8. Jun 16, 2010

    I am a RN and work in an inner city hospital in Philadelphia in the CCU for over 20 years. I am currently a diabetic educator and will be taking my CDE exam this fall. I am nervous and studying very hard. I enjoy this new position and the challenges that come with this position. I am interested in reading the blogs. Thank you.
  9. Jun 15, 2010

    Iris Hi all, what a wonderful way to meet other educators and hear about your experience. I think our experience at my hospital is not very different from other programs. We are seeing decreasing participation. There could be many different contributing reasons. With the AADE approval, we are investigating more areas where we can provide education in the community. Currently, we have a support group in a church in one of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia. We have also held classes at this church. Would love to hear where other educators provide services.
  10. Jun 14, 2010

    Joan, I can't think of a glucometer that could address the dexterity issue. CGMs might be an option to incorporate with the pump as a means to monitor blood sugars without having to deal with the lancets and reagent strips.
  11. Jun 14, 2010

    Arlene, I am amazed how many individuals work with gestational women. Do you have suggestions on resources for those educators who are interested in finding educational material?
  12. Jun 14, 2010

    Kristien, I am so glad to see people using the blog as a means to network. I don't know how to get such a list but I recommend you email the AADE staff. I think the National Conference would be an excellent way to meet the types of individuals one is looking for. The networking that occurs is amazing...
  13. Jun 14, 2010

    Pat Adams, what is your experience in having patients come into a hospital based DSMT program? Do you have the volume needed to financially keep the program running? I'm interested in knowing your opinion because I have read some literature regarding the difficulties some programs are expereincing keeping their programs open.
  14. Jun 14, 2010

    Sarah Jane, I'm so excited to hear you are passionate about becoming a CDE. If possible, attend the National Conference every year and complete as many free CEs as possible. You learn so much and this will help you pass the CDE exam with flying colors!
  15. Jun 14, 2010

    Carrie, I don't have much experience working with the gestational diabetes population. My area of interest is adults and more specifically, older adults. I work in an internal medicine clinic as an NP and am most comfortable with the populaiton. I do know several people have inquired about where they can access literature regarding diabetes management for gestational patients. Do you have suggestions for those readers who are asking? I do know the book made avaialble by AADE "the Art and Science of Diabetes Education" is excellent. The ADA also has a book titled "Managing Preexisting Diabetes and Pregnancy" is also very good. Recently, I worked on updating the guidelines for diabetes management in pregnancy for the Texas Diabetes Council and used these two resources.
  16. Jun 10, 2010

    I am looking at a meter suggestion for a patient of mine that is an older Type 1 diabetic on a pump with low vison but also with low dexterity and sensation in her fingers due to her chemotherapy. I'm looking at a Prodigy voice- but the dexterity issue has me concerned. Suggestions? Thanks Joan Booker
  17. Jun 09, 2010

    Hello Everyone, This is an excellent way to communicate and expand our network. I work in an Outpatient Diabetes Management & Nutrition Center in NE PA. We see a variety of clients mainly adults - offer individual and group counseling. We also offer a Gestational education program every Thursday am - see an average of 3 Mom's per week; we are an ADA recognized program. I look forward to reading everyonme's comments. Arlene
  18. Jun 09, 2010

    Sarah Jane - Hi this is Kristi Gentile, RD, CDE. I'm am writing to you because I was in your EXACT same position about 8 years ago. I was getting my nutrition degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with the hopes of becoming both an RD and eventually a CDE. I can definitely tell you that you will eventually get there!!! Also, like you, I have been living with type 1 diabetes for 23 years! I am curious what school you are going to? If you would like to contact me with any questions please feel free - kristien.gentile@va.gov. I work at the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles in the outpatient primary care clinic as well as diabetes clinic, fyi. :)
  19. Jun 09, 2010

    Hello everyone! My name is Kristi Gentile and I work for the VA Hospital as a registered dietitian in the primary care clinic as well as diabetes clinic. I somewhat recently became certified as a diabetes educator and am getting more active on the AADE site. I have a question and I'm not sure where to post it...I thought I would take a chance on the blog... I volunteer as and RD/CDE at a diabetes camp called Camp Conrad-Chinnock. The chief executor of the camp, Tom Jenkins, asked if I would be able to provide him a list of CDEs that work with children with type 1 diabetes because he would like to send out the camp brochure. Does anyone know where I could find a list of CDEs and his/her contact information so a brochure can be sent? Thanks! Kristi
  20. Jun 09, 2010

    Iris; Hi, what a great idea. I'm a RN, CDE in the Philadelphia area at a inner city hospital. Most of my patients are living with type 2 diabetes. We provide both inpatient education, and an AADE certified outpatient program I hope more people will see this blog and join in. This is a good way for all of us to adapt in the transition to My AADE Network.
  21. Jun 08, 2010

    Dear Iris, I was very excited about AADE starting a blog, but I've been so busy I completely forgot to check back in! Who am I? I am a seasoned labor and delivery nurse at a busy inner city hospital in Hartford, CT. I have been a RN since 1998 (ADRN) and will be officially graduating with my BSN on June 24th. I LOVE working with gestational diabetics and intend to take the CDE exam in the fall of 2010. I am currently working with the CDE at Saint Francis to incorporate more diabetes related nursing education into our practice in the delivery room. I've learned so much outside of pregnancy related diabetes this year that my head is spinning, but I am loving every minute! I have also been exploring additional job opportunities in an effort to work more specifically with the diabetes population, but I am finding most facilities are not interested without the official CDE title. It is unfortunate because I am very passionate about my work, but I know I will get there eventually! Ideally, I would like to work with gestational diabetics while also branching back into my previous specialty -- pediatrics. Have I completely confused you yet? I love my job in the delivery room, but I see a great opportunity in my future developing a more comprehensive team approach to gestational diabetes education for patients and for nursing staff while branching out into other areas of diabetes education as well. It's a work in progress and I am very excited to have the ability to connect with others through AADE! What are your experiences with the gestational diabetes population? Thanks, Iris. Carrie
  22. Jun 08, 2010

    I just discovered this blog. I am currently in school obtaining a Dietetics degree and I hope to become an RD and eventually a CDE. I have had type 1 diabetes for 11 years. My name's Sarah Jane. I am interested in reading the blogs on this site because I want to learn more about what it means to be a CDE and what I need to do on my way to becoming one! Thank you for writing.

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