Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the population worldwide. Diabetes can be a complex and fatal disease, if not treated appropriately. It can lead to systemic complications affecting many organ systems, and is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Because of these staggering numbers, it is likely that nurses, in all healthcare settings, will encounter and treat a diabetic patient. This course is designed to assist the nurse in reviewing the etiology of diabetes and related risk factors, investigating the complications of diabetes, and considering clinical implications for practice, including treatment options.
The course is the first in a series that includes two other courses that are each worth 1.0 CE for nurses and can be completed in sequence or as standalone courses.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Explain the pathophysiology of diabetes
- Examine the risk factors for developing diabetes
- Explore treatment options for the various types of diabetes
This educational activity was developed for nurses, but is also appropriate for additional healthcare roles including, but not limited to clinical managers, new graduate nurses, and clinical educators,
This course is approved for 1.0 contact hours by the Florida and California State Boards of Nursing.
This course was written by Megan Stewart, MD, Jessica Taylor, RN, and Brenda Kozak, MSN, RN, CNE.
Megan Stewart is a physician with training in General Surgery.
Jessica Taylor has a Master’s degree in nursing and experience in emergency and critical care nursing, with board certification in emergency nursing and a trauma nurse specialist license.
Brenda Kozak is a certified nurse educator with 18 years of clinical experience in nursing, who earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on education.