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Certified Diabetes Educator-Diabetes Center Clinic, Full-time, Days

Northwestern Medicine
Employment type: 
Full time
Remote Position: 
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A skilled professional nurse with competence in diabetes and lifestyle medicine. Works cooperatively and communicates effectively within a multidisciplinary framework to actively promote holistic care for patients and families. Demonstrates self-direction, excellent problem solving ability and initiative in the role of nurse clinician, educator and consultant.

Clinical- Provides direct patient care and/or consultation using in-depth clinical knowledge and skills in area of Diabetes. Establishes nursing standards and develop policies and procedures that assure the provision of quality, comprehensive and coordinated care. Serves as a consultant to other disciplines on diabetes. Receives and assesses referrals from other hospital units. Consults with multidisciplinary team as appropriate to develop, implement and evaluate care for patients and families. Educates patients and/or families on self management skills to promote optimal level of chronic disease management and wellness. Collaborates with the Patient Education Department on patient education needs and provides appropriate resources for patients specific to diabetes. Documents patient care activities in patient medical records.

Professional- Demonstrates the following professional attributes: Exemplifies a professional image in appearance, manner and presentation. Is an advocate for patients and their significant others, coworkers, the community and the nursing profession. Consistently exhibits accountability. Champions collaborative practice with coworkers and other disciplines and departments. Consistently demonstrates compassion to internal and external customers. Dynamic representative of the nursing profession in internal and external forums. Integrates theoretical knowledge base and clinical expertise in decision making. Assumes responsibility for meeting regulatory and other mandatory requirements. Assumes responsibility for personal development plan and education/certification related to clinical specialty area. Supports and models personal wellness. Leadership/Organization-Serves as a patient advocate and role model for "Patients First". Mentors staff to ensure quality of health care practices. Participates in unit/departmental/divisional or hospital committees/task forces. Consults with management in assessment, problem solving, decision making, and evaluating clinical/system issues.

Education-Participates in programs to meet continuing education requirements. Provide formal education to both internal and external groups pertinent to diabetes. Develop and present educational materials in support of specific educational and behavioral goals, and modify such materials to as needed to support individual patients. Research- Facilitates research based practice in clinical area of diabetes/lifestyle medicine. Collect and document quality management and outcomes research data. Participates in research pertinent to area of diabetes/lifestyle medicine. Demonstrate proficiency in diabetes self management training including but not limited to: self monitoring of blood glucose, risk reduction, medications, acute complications and the diabetes disease process. Works closely with medical staff to assess and adjust diabetes medications as needed. Serves as a resource for community services available to patients with diabetes. Knowledge in diabetes program management. Strong analytical ability is required. Excellent communication skills are required in order to teach and lead.

Demonstrates exceptional competency in diabetes self management training. Interact effectively and collaborate with others in difficult situations. Work requires the ability to walk throughout the medical center campus and requires standing or walking most of the designated shift. Able to assist patients in standing or sitting. Able to visually check documents for errors, use a keyboard to enter or retrieve data, and closely examine specimens, images or reports. Work conditions include performing procedures where carelessness could result in injury or illness and/or contact with potentially infectious materials, radioactive elements and/or strong, hazardous chemical agents. AA/EOE.
Required: Licensed as a professional nurse in the state of Illinois. Certified Diabetes Educator. Current certification in Basic Life Support at the healthcare provider level. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited Nursing program. Preferred: Two years of experience in diabetes care. Master's degree from an accredited Nursing program or in a related field.

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