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What is a blog and why does AADE have one?

Apr 16, 2010

When I was asked to be an AADE “blogger,” I was excited! But first, I had to figure out what that meant. I am pretty good with a computer, and I can put together a good PowerPoint presentation, but I have never blogged… Well, it’s time to catch up to 2010! So, to find out what this was all about, I looked at the Wikipedia entry for “blog.” This is what I learned.

The term blog was coined in 1997. It came from a combo of “web log” when the term “weblog” was split to “we blog.” A blog is a noun meaning a type of website with commentaries, news, online diaries, descriptions of events, etc. A blog can have words, images, and links to other web pages or blogs. Blog can also be a verb meaning “to maintain or add content to a blog.” And, those who participate in a blog are called “bloggers.” I am just one of three bloggers who will be contributing for AADE’s new Association Blog.

Why does AADE need a blog? We are a group of 12,000 multidisciplinary healthcare professionals. We are dedicated to the care of people with diabetes and related chronic conditions. But we are also men and women; we are parents, grandparents, children, aunts and uncles; we have spouses, partners, friends, and colleagues; we work with people with diabetes and other conditions (some related and some not); we work in every setting imaginable; we have outside interests and hobbies; we do recreational and sport activities; and, we come from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. We have so much to offer and learn from each other. This blog is a great way to celebrate our community, ask questions, and share our perspectives.

So, we want you to be a blogger, too! Blogs are meant to be interactive. To have a great blog, we would like to find out what you want to blog about.

Iris started our blog with a professional topic about making the most of group classes. Carla joined in with a blog about balancing professional and personal life. I would like to find out what you want to blog about.

What questions, comments, inquiries, challenges, and successes have you had? We can “talk” about the practice of diabetes education and/or being a diabetes educator. Do we want to blog about getting credentialed? Or how we balance work with the rest of our lives? Or, how to market or increase participation in diabetes education programs? Do you have something unique and interesting you are doing? We want to know.

So, come to the Blogosphere! Join us as we blog, interact, and share ideas, thoughts, and questions. I look forward to hearing from many of you as we kick off this wonderful, interactive AADE blog!


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  1. Dec 22, 2016

    Hello, it does not look like anyone has blogged in 6 years...what do I know? I am very new to AADE. I was looking around to familiarize myself, but in particular I wanted to find, the videos, and or lectures from the past AADE conference in San Diego. I attended, and am looking more into the Teens helping teens model for Group Diabetes Care. We would love to use it in our Community. The speaker's names were Geneva Foncannon, RD,CDE, and Rosanna Hannum, MSN, CNS, CDE.  Could someone help me with some direction? Thank you.
  2. May 17, 2010

    Thank you for the informative intro to blogging. Reading your and the other bloggers' articles makes me realize I could contribute to our local networking group's AADE website, if asked to, by writing a blog about some aspect of diabetes education that interests, frustrates or perplexes me!
  3. May 04, 2010

    I am attempting to build a DSMT program from the ground up. I work for an FQHC and the reimbursement for FQHCs is a little confusing. Apparently, an FQHC can bill for one-on-one education visits but not group education sessions. The glitch I'm running into is Medicare will only pay for group visits unless the patient has a special circumstance that requires one-on-one, i.e. learning disability, language barrier, hearing or vision impairment etc. does an FQHC maintain a viable program in that situation? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
  4. May 03, 2010

    I would like to blog about reimbursement, especially for FQHC's.
  5. Apr 30, 2010

    in response to Will Ryan I think the peer diabetes educator is Great!! Wish I had one here.
  6. Apr 30, 2010

    I have been a diabetes educator for 3 1/2 years and have my CDE the past year. I have been asked by my boss to find out if there is a standard for how much time for a full time nurse is actual teaching and how much time in administrative time/paperwork/phone calls. Does anyone know a standard or at least a general accepted practice? Pat LaFontaine RN BSN CDE
  7. Apr 29, 2010

    Given nearly 25 million identified cases of diabetes and the urgent need to educate those people about how to live with it, I'm advocating the establishment of PDEs (Peer Diabetes Educator). I've been one for two years and the program is working to teach fellow diabetics about the impact of their attitude toward their disease. We PDEs are not medical people and are thus not allowed to practice medicine or promote themselves as CDEs. We do, however influence people about taking responsibility for their disease and helping them to see positive aspects. With a cadre of PDEs we can teach many more people with diabetes how to build a relationship with their disease. This program works and is not competitive with traditional diabetes education provided by the medical community. When medical questions arise during a seminar, we record the question, consult with a CDE after the session and then reply to the questioner by email or telephone. In this way, we're able to multiply the impact of CDEs and significantly increase the number of people receiving diabetes education.
  8. Apr 28, 2010

    advise and guidance for the cde exam for first timers. Thoughts on question type, construction of questions etc.
  9. Apr 28, 2010

    great idea!
  10. Apr 28, 2010

    Help! I want to start studying for the exam. Went to Core Concepts. Excellent. Feeling anxious. Where to start first? My weakness is medications. What is a good way to learn them? Thanks so much.
  11. Apr 27, 2010

    One neat thing to do on this blog is to share information about upcoming CE events. Patricia, you're invited to visit Birmingham on Sept. 17th for our biannual AlaADE diabetes education conference. 6 ceu's and a great line-up of speakers. I know your hospital won't pay for it, so you can make it a road trip/vacation.
  12. Apr 26, 2010

    I belong to the in-pt e-community, only because it is active. I would like to see an e-community for the coordinators of out pt diabetes programs.
  13. Apr 26, 2010

    I agree with Patricia, AADE does charge way too much for webinars. Even though you can participate in them as a group, at least in my practice there's only two of us and our hospital is real frugal when it comes to reimbursement. Patricia, check out "Academy Medical" at They have quite a few diabetes topics for 9 CEUs each for a very reasonable price. I'm glad for this blog1 I think it's a great way to network!!
  14. Apr 26, 2010

    I look forward to interacting with the AADE blog in the future. It will be especially helpful, as I am starting a new and exciting job in Diabetes Education in the near future.
  15. Apr 26, 2010

    I would also like to join the 2010 trend of blogging. I have never gotten on facebook nor do I text . But I am in a hospital of 200 beds and I am alone in the diabetes center. I am the manager, the receptionist, educator for out-patients, in-patients and staff. I teach CPR, participate in community health fairs. I work 40-50 hours per week and prepare for support group and special events at my home computer. I am a mother, grandmother and wife. I would like to find more time to spend with the grandchildren but my full time job will not allow much time left over. Any suggestions? Do most CDEs fill in their schedules with other activities in the hospital or clinic? We are going to get an endcrinologist soon. I imagine that I will become even busier at that time.
  16. Apr 24, 2010

    Topics could be at different levels. For example I've been a CDE in a hospital for over 10 years. My issues will be different than someone starting out.
  17. Apr 24, 2010

    I am a new diabetes educator. I work as an RN at a local hospital. The other day at work ,one of my patients started eating a sandwich before we could check her blood sugar level. She had a visitor who became alarmed when I our technician proceeded to check her glucose level. She was knowledgeable. She said that we would get an inaccurate number if we checked the patient's levels while she was eating. I could agree with her. However, given that she had taken a few small bites of a sandwich, I felt it would be better for her to have some insulin rather than none at all just because she had begun to eat. Her blood sugar level was 243. Her scale recommended that she have 4 units. It was not enough to bring her level down to a dangerous level.
  18. Apr 23, 2010

    I love it. I am not a blogger or a frequent visito on Facebood only because who has time to do all these after 8 or more hours work, mostly talking... But, I will log in the AADE blog just to help me to be intouch with my CDE colleagues and keeping up with the diabetes world. I thing the time will be well spent.
  19. Apr 23, 2010

    What a great idea!
  20. Apr 23, 2010

    Thanks, Patricia! That's a great idea for a post. Perhaps one of our bloggers can write a future post on how to get CEUs when you are on a very strict budget. I'll definitely pass along your suggestion!
  21. Apr 23, 2010

    I program focus is on the inital one visit with the patient. The way we do it, we learn so much information about them, develop a trust with them, and bonding. We see a better follow up rate then with our classes where they are able to bond with others. I would like to comment it is expensive to maintain CEU for our CDE license, with AADE charging so much for their programs, and hospital cut backs. Also I cannot find diabetes programs with enough CEU in our state of Georgia. My hospital does not allow traveling out of state for inservices due to cut backs. any suggestions.

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