Inpatient Diabetes Education

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City-wide diabetes nurse educator

The city-wide diabetes nurse educator will travel to and support all sites associated with St. Joseph's Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre.

Contact Number: 519 658-8500 ext. 35142
or pager 519 685-8500 ext. 16312

Citywide hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 13:00 – 16:30
(Excludes stat holidays)

Home base is the Diabetes Education Centre at St Joseph’s Health Care London.

Contact number: 519 661-1600
Fax: 519 661-1634

Reasons for referral

  1. Patients with newly diagnosed type 1 or type 2 diabetes:
    Teach survival skills: e.g., meter education, acceptable glucose values, insulin initiation, prevention and treatment of hypoglycemia
  2. Patients with established diabetes:
    Assist with acute care needs: e.g., insulin initiation and other changes in medication regimens, education surrounding admissions for ketoacidosis
  3. Assessment of follow-up options:
    • Act as liaison for the Diabetes Education Centre
    • Collaborate with dietitian, CCAC, social work and physician etc.
    • Provide contact information and facilitate referral process for out of town diabetes educators and education centers (provincially, nationally)

The city-wide diabetes nurse educator is also responsible for:

  1. Providing inservices on topics pertinent to nursing units as requested: e.g., diabetes overview, diabetes and kidney disease, new insulin analogues and insulin adjustments, clinical practice guidelines, pens, meters etc.
  2. Orchestrating survival skill teaching by staff nurses for inpatients as indicated: e.g., diabetes binder on each unit with educational material to assist staff with after hours or weekend needs on unit
  3. Developing partnerships with other hospital programs: e.g., LHSC Renal Care Program.
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