What is your role in diabetes education?
My role involves educating clients with diabetes on how their diabetes affects their feet and wound healing.
Monitoring their blood sugar levels, checking their blood sugar levels during their consult if they feel like they are having a hypo, and providing a oral glucose syrup to elevate the sugars if required. Providing clinical handover to the emergency department if my clients sugars do not begin to improve and/or they require further obs.
What do you want your role to be?
Within my role I want to be able to provide further education to clients about their diabetes and how they can manage their condition better to improve blood sugar levels.
I work alongside an Endocrinologist, I want to be able to assist him further with managing the clients diabetes by educating the client and being able to liaison with him about the clients care plan.
What are the challenges you face?
The general practitioner is only in clinic one day a week, if clients have urgent complications on other days, the dieticians are required to call the doctor and provide clinical handover. Therefore, I believe having a diabetes educator background will allow me to improve my discussion with the endocrinologist about the clients care requirements.
What are the opportunities you face?
I believe having a diabetes educator background will allow me to improve my discussion with the endocrinologist about the clients care requirements. Also when referring one of my clients to see the endocrinologist I will have a better understanding of what I need to educate the client about prior to seeing the doctor, such as when and how often to test their sugars, bringing along their last HbA1c results.
! do I have the right to expect from others