Inside Diabetes Nurse Careers

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Biggest Surprises

"I Was Surprised At Incredible Workload...
it takes too long to graduate. And the starting pay is very low, and the work load is incredibly high. And lastly you are on the call, so if the hospital calls, you must show up regardless of time and location." (Lab Assistant; 2014)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in New York, male
School: Studied Biology at City College Of New York in New York; completed Bachelor degree in 2012

"Working With Doctors...
It surprised me to see how close you work with doctors and in some cases assist and provide knowledge. It's amazing how much direct care you provide yourself." (Floor RN; 2013)

Career: 1 years of experience, currently based in Ohio, female
School: Studied Nursing at Central Ohio Technical College in Ohio; completed Associate degree in 2012

Best & Worst Things About This Career

Diabetes Educator: "Best part of my job is I have combined all three of my previous jobs: teaching, psychiatric nursing and diabetes education in this role. I get to meet new people and form relationships with them as I provide a service that will ultimately improve their quality of health if they choose to take action to improve their health . The worst part of my job is that many people when given the info and tools to improve their health, choose not to. Diabetes is a chronic disease that causes multiple body system complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness and kidney disease. When people choose to ignore the disease and not take care of themselves, it is something that is hard for me to accept. Also, since the onset of electronic medical records in hospitals, my charting has become cumbersome. I must make a whole paper chart and chart electronically. This is time consuming." (2011)

Career Background

Diabetes Nurse

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Career Tips

"Incredible Workload Of A Nurse...
If you are not confident in the field, you should not go into the field. You will regret it." (Lab Assistant; 2014)

"Organization Is Key...
Get organized, because you will need it when you become a nurse. Practice now by keeping your studies in line." (Floor RN; 2013)

"Must Be Certified...
The current system to become a diabetes educator is not working well for the RN or RD interested in learning the job. Currently, in many locations, you must be a certified diabetes educator to be hired. To become certified you must work 1000 hours in direct patient care to sit for the four hour exam. This has become a hardship for many looking into this type of specialty. Currently, the Association of Diabetes Educators is in the process of changing the guidelines to becoming "Licensed" . They have not exacted criteria yet and it will most likely be determined state by state. This will allow Medicare to cover visits. To become licensed you will need an undergraduate degree in a health care profession. A dietician, nurse, pharmacist, MD, or psychologist will be eligible to apply provided they meet defined criteria." (Diabetes Educator; 2011)