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Diabetes Self-Management for Healthcare Professionals

Continuing Education Program For Health Care Professionals


  • 8 Nursing Continuing Education Contact Hours
  • Shands Healthcare is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s COA.
  • Approved provider status does not imply endorsement by the provider, ANCC, GNA of any products displayed in conjunction with this activity.


Participants will be able to:

  • Set up and operate own meter
  • Demonstrate correct blood sugar testing
  • Understand when to test blood glucose
  • Identify most cost-effective way to obtain BG monitoring supplies
  • Understand/follow Basic Diabetes Meal planning
  • Understand the importance of exercise
  • Understand the importance of smoking cessation
  • Identify short term goal for the program
  • Define diabetes in simple terms
  • Discuss reasons for good BS control
  • State why healthy eating and exercise control blood glucose
  • Discuss sites of actions for several oral diabe-tes medications
  • State the relationship between food and blood glucose
  • Know the effects of activity on blood glucose
  • State the need to wear diabetes identification
  • Understand the relationship between monitoring and good blood glucose control
  • Discuss an initial approach to pattern recognition
  • Define what an A1C test measures
  • Define hypo and hyperglycemia (simply)
  • List the steps for treating hypoglycemia.
  • State when to call own doctor


The Diabetes Institute, its clinical teams, educators and researchers believe in the right of each individual to achieve and maintain the highest degree of wellness—recognizing that good health is fundamental to a desirable quality of life.

Based on this belief, the Mission of our Diabetes Institute is:

  • To assure access to comprehensive clinical services in a caring environment, unconditionally responsive to the needs of our patients, their families and those who must provide support.
  • To advocate and collaborate on public policies that guarantees those who must live with diabetes, a responsive and sensitive health care environment.
  • To provide educational programming for patients which enhances the individual’s understanding of diabetes and their ability to effectively manage the disease while avoiding the life threatening complications—Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME).
  • To facilitate the learning and education of professionals and of future health care providers relative to the medical and emotional care and treatment of those who may seek guidance about the disease.
  • To conduct original scientific research and promote the advancement of technology enabling us to cure diabetes in the next decade –a disease which affects millions of Americans and countless others worldwide.

Speakers and Planning Committee

  • 8 CEs
  • Lori Blanton, MS, CHES
  • Amy Aponick, MPH, RD, LD/N, CDE
  • Courtney Puentes, RN, CDE eligible
  • Amber Wilhoit, RD, LD/N
  • Kathryn A. Parker, RD., LD/N