1) The role of the Diabetes Educator Nutrition Specialist is to educate patients in the outpatient Endocrinology clinic and Comprehensive Diabetes Center/Kovler Diabetes Center as a full-time diabetes educator.Â
2) This Diabetes Educator Nutrition Specialist, is primarily responsible for providing comprehensive diabetes education to pediatric and adult individuals with diabetes, in both individual and group settings.Â
3) This individual works collaboratively within a multidisciplinary diabetes team, and utilizes advanced clinical and educational skills to perform a thorough nutritional and diabetes assessment and education plan to assist in the management of patients with diabetes.Â
4) Advanced educational and assessment skills necessary include conducting nutrition assessments and customizing educational plans for people with diabetes while working in conjunction with the individualsâ™ providers and other healthcare professionals and staff involved in the individualsâ™ care.Â
5) In this role, the Diabetes Educator Nutrition Specialist must have independent expertise and knowledge regarding diabetes technologies, as well as planning appropriate care for individuals who utilize those technologies.Â
6) Maintain up-to-date regarding the current position statements and algorithms used in the care of people with diabetes and utilize them in the ongoing care of the person with diabetes.Â
7) The Diabetes Educator Nutrition Specialist will be an integral part of the diabetes education team, providing support, assisting in the development of curriculum, policies and procedures and protocols, performing nutrition and diabetes education assessments, and providing individualized diabetes self-management education and instruction.Â
8) Assist the program coordinator in ensuring that all ten of the national education recognition standards are being met and documentation consistently reflects the mission, vision and curriculum of the diabetes education recognition program as set by the American Diabetes Association.Â
9) Perform nutritional, behavioral and physical activity assessments for outpatients with diabetes.
10) Provide individual or group diabetes self-management education related to diabetes management, meal planning and diabetes medication.
11) Develop individualized plans for lifestyle modification and ongoing diabetes self-management as ordered by provider(s).
12) Assess and review treatment plans, including meal planning and nutrition, with individuals with diabetes, their families, physicians and the other diabetes educators as needed.
13) Utilize education theories required for the treatment and management of diabetes.
14) Collaborate with physicians and other multi-disciplinary healthcare providers, individuals with diabetes and their families to improve the understanding and utilization of the most current diabetes self-management principles.
15) Responsible for individual and group diabetes self-management education.
16) Participate in multidisciplinary meetings, diabetes team meetings, and other committees related to diabetes as needed and as specified by the head of the Endocrinology department or the practice administrator.
17) Maintain competency and currency of clinical practice developments, standards of care and position statements and algorithms in diabetes self-management and care and serves as an advocate for individuals with diabetes.
18) Function as a Registered Dietitian NutritionistÂ (RDN) demonstrating competency in clinical judgment, select technical skills and appropriate knowledge base per the Standards of Practice/Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and for those RDNs specializing in diabetes care.
19) Implement care in a knowledgeable, skillful, consistent and continuous manner, utilizing up-to-date procedures, protocols, standards of care and algorithms for the care of individuals with diabetes and their families.
20) Evaluate effectiveness of education provided by measuring outcomes based on the individualized goals set with each person with diabetes seen for diabetes self-management education and/or medical nutrition therapy.
21) Perform documentation responsibilities following the outcome-based standards and guidelines for forms used in the Medical Center and the assigned clinical area, as well as national standards for diabetes care and the education recognition program rules set by the American Diabetes Association.
22) Demonstrate applied knowledge base in areas of outcomes-based standards, protocols, medications and insulins, diabetes standards of care and significant laboratory values as defined generically in the Medical Center and in the area of expertise.
23) Exhibit leadership, critical thinking and management skills that will promote excellence in customer service and diabetes care.
24) Provide support and follow-up to clinic patients by maintaining regular clinic schedule to perform diabetes self-management education, alone or in conjunction with the physician.
25) Demonstrate ability to appropriately perform ongoing communication with patients, if needed, in between visits.
26) Counsel patients concerning lifestyle modifications using an appropriate communication level based on literacy and numeracy level.Â The individual will also counsel on medication and insulin regimens as competency increases as per the AADE competencies for diabetes educators.
27) Recognize an emergency situation and initiate appropriate emergency care.
28) Identify complicating factors that may require collaboration and consultation, initiating appropriate action.
29) Promote, maintain knowledge and utilize appropriate patient care protocols that relate to the physiological and psychological needs of people with diabetes.
30) Promote an environment that aids learning by responding to the individual patientâ™s preferences, education needs and priorities in a culturally sensitive manner.
31) Prepare, review and revise current patient/community education materials at least annually with the diabetes education team in order to maintain accuracy and include the most up-to-date information.
32) Assist in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the program at all sites.
33) Assist in the maintenance, collection, and update of documents needed to maintain the diabetes Education Recognition Program. (ERP).
34) Partner with the other diabetes educators to create annual quality improvement projects related to the behavioral or other outcomes measures that are part of the diabetes self-management within the program.
35) Acknowledges the importance of research-based practice by active participation in research projects within the diabetes clinic; identify potential areas of research; test the applicability of research findings to clinical practice.
36) Participate in self and peer evaluation to improve the quality of patient care.
37) Updates knowledge base and clinical competencies by attending educational programs, completing annual clinic based competencies and reading professional literature on an ongoing basis.
38) Maintains professional certifications.
39) Assumes accountability for own practice.
40) Participates in the development, review and evaluation of diabetes self-management education standards and protocols. Â
1) Excellent verbal, analytical, quantitative and writing skills
2) Outstanding interpersonal skills.
3) Knowledge of word processing, data management and spreadsheet software.
2) Cover letter
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