By Chris Memering, BSN, RN, CDCES, FADCES
David Letterman may have made the "Top Ten" lists famous on The Late Show with David Letterman, but what a great tool they have become. As a reviewer for the 5th edition of The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education (lovingly referred to as The Desk Reference), I’d like to share with you my top five favorite things about the most useful resource in diabetes care and education. (I’ll give you five since it’s 2021 and although reading blogs is an awesome quarantine thing to do, we are still healthcare providers and this is a busy time for us.)
Here it is, the top 5 things you should know about the 5th edition of The Desk Reference:
#5. When you are new to the profession of diabetes care and education, there are chapters devoted to the process and approaches to impart self-management to your clientele. As well as chapters on understanding those nuances of pathophysiology with all types of diabetes and related cardiometabolic comorbidities and complications.
#4. Diabetes care and education specialists come from all areas of healthcare; community health workers, dietitians, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, behavioral scientists, psychologists, doctors, NPs, PAs, nurses, the list goes on. Our schooling gives us each an area of focus but diabetes care encompasses them all. The Desk Reference fills in those gaps! I can’t even count the number of times The Desk Reference showed up on my grad school homework. And just this morning, I was looking up which medications have the potential to cause hypoglycemia outside of those used for glucose management.
#3. Cardiometabolic connections. We all know how interlinked diabetes is in cardiometabolic health. How can it not be with glucose touching all the cells in our bodies and in particular the macro and microvascular changes? But The Desk Reference keeps this theme throughout the topics. Technology, pharmacotherapy, problem solving, monitoring, I could go on. As diabetes care and education specialists, we know diabetes, but The Desk Reference helps us understand all that we are being asked to educate about and care for.
#2. Case Studies!
And the #1 thing you should know about the 5th edition of The Desk Reference:
Caring and working for those with diabetes or affected by diabetes is both an art and a science, and The Desk Reference is the perfect blend of both of these worlds to help the diabetes care and education specialist be competent and compassionate in the person-centered care we deliver.
So many amazing experts in our field were able to help create this new edition and keep us all well-educated and informed. It’s one of the best things that ADCES does for members and for those working in the world of diabetes care and education.
So those are my top five favorite things about the 5th edition of The Desk Reference. And we all know this list could be much, much longer. Get your copy of The Desk Reference today!
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