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Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE

Barbara Walz

Howdy from San Antonio, Texas. My name is Barbara Walz. I am an RN, BSN and have been a certified diabetes educator since 1986. (Wow! That seems like a really long time…I like to tell people I was in a work/study program in Junior High!) Joking aside, I am very fortunate to have worked extensively for the last 25 years in diabetes care and education.

Since 2000, I have coordinated a multi-site diabetes study examining the macro-vascular effects of diabetes at the South Texas Veterans’ Healthcare System under the supervision of Dr. Ralph DeFronzo. Prior to this project, I was a nurse manager and director of a diabetes center, during which time we had many “firsts” in San Antonio - first patient to be placed on an insulin pump, first patient to receive human insulin, and first patient to use an insulin pen. It was a very exciting time!!

I am actively involved with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), where I have held leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. I am also active on several sub-committees at the Texas Diabetes Council. In my private life, I have two sons and enjoying “playing” at my lake house.

Recent Posts:

  • Keeping up With Diabetes

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Apr 12, 2016

    Though it's challenging, AADE blogger Barbara Walz manages to keep up on new information regarding diabetes and its comorbidities. Check out the articles she highlighted this month.

  • Recharge and Renew Your Mind and Spirit

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Mar 07, 2016

    Over the course of her many years in diabetes education, Barbara Walz has attended many annual meetings. See why she keeps going back year after year.

  • How's Your Professional Health?

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Jan 27, 2016

    AADE blogger Barbara Walz knows it's easy to forget about your own personal and professional goals while helping patients to work toward theirs. Take time to think about how you want to grow in 2016.

  • Happy Holidays: Managing Diabetes During This Busy Season

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Dec 15, 2015

    Managing Diabetes During the Holidays
    Happy holidays from AADE blogger, Barbara Walz! She has some tips to stay on track at holiday parties, and how to control yourself around the appetizer table.

  • Advocate for Your Patients to Participate

    By Barbara Walz, RN, BSN, CDE | Nov 18, 2015

    Advocate for Your Patients to Participate
    Barbara Walz makes an effort to keep up to date on the diabetes and medicine arenas. She urges CDEs to encourage people with diabetes to learn as much as they can.

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