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Diabetes Nurse

ASN or BSN

A diabetes nurse helps patients that have diabetes, a disease that prevents the body from producing or absorbing enough insulin. Since much of their job is spent relaying important information between patients, doctors, and family members, a diabetes nurse’s greatest asset is their ability to communicate. Many Diabetes Nurses become advocates for diabetes awareness and go on to become diabetes educators.

Things You'll Do:

  • Help patients monitor their blood sugar
  • Minimize diabetic nerve damage
  • Give nutritional therapy
  • Teach proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Diabetes Nurse.
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  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Work at least 500 hours in diabetic medicine
  • Get Your
    Advanced Diabetes Management Certification (BC-ADM) through the American Association of Diabetes Educators(AADE)
  • Become a
    Advanced Diabetes Nurse Specialist

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Hospitals
    • Physicians’ offices
    • Schools

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • Specialized training in the endocrine system
    • An increased need for diabetes nurses, due to the growing number of people in the US who suffer from diabetes

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